Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPACE 2017 Exhibitor Bios Part 3

Jefffrey Lowe:
Everybody loves Bacon... well... maybe... at least everyone should!

Theodore Mallison:
Theodore Mallison has been self-publishing comic books since he was six and is a professional illustrator and animator. By day, he is the curator of a history museum. He lives and works in Akron, Ohio.

Michael Marcus:
Michael Marcus is a publisher, games designer, and hypnotist who has attended SPACE since 2008, when he first started publishing the IF-X comic book anthology as part of Hamtramck Idea Men.  These days, he publishes a digest-sized book called ONE PUNCH and a whole variety of unlikely games.

Ben Miller:
Ben Miller is an independent comic book writer.  He has self published two books, Judges and Botched.  Judges is supernatural action graphic novel.  And Botched is supernatural wrestling one shot.  His latest graphic, Kaneesha will be published by Alterna Comics.  Kaneesha is a realistic fiction story about a young girl whose brother has been killed by the police.

Brian John Mitchell :
Making matchbook sized mini-comics since before it was cool.

Robert Monsarrat:
Robert Monsarrat is a burgeoning author an artist currently at work on his first book, "FragorDeira." Ohio-born and raised, he graduated from CCAD with a Bacheor's in Illustration, which he's putting to good use. Follow him at!

Joseph Morris:
Joseph Morris is the Owner and Operator of TORC Press, a Small Press Publishing Company based out of mid-Illinois that has been publishing comics for 17 Years.  Notable comics include The Hot Fudge Sundae Adventure Club, SDF, Skull Mob, and Cosmic Pulp, among others.  His current project is "7Worlds", a story that serves as an exploration of various styles and types of comics.

Maryanne Rose Papke:
Maryanne Rose Papke has been self-publishing short comics since 2010. Her comics are usually weird, often silly, typically cute, sometimes sad, and occasionally epic. She has more than 8 minicomics in print, and also produces the fantasy webcomic, Xylobone Tomes.

Stu Rase:
Stu Rase is a thirty-something High School teacher, freestyle rapper, and comic book writer.  His most recent works include Teacher Strips, an auto-bio graphic novel about his experiences as a high school teacher available on Comixology Submit; Billy the Dark Elf, a humorous documentary comic about LARPing illustrated by renound fantasy artist Pat Loboyko; Refugee Road, a comic about the real cost of escaping poverty; and To Boldly Go, an award nominated mini-comic that's a transgender father's tribute to Leonard Nimoy.

Carlos Rivera:
Founder of the Youngstown Indie Creators Expo in Youngstown Ohio.Will be debuting a yet to be named book. More to come.

Bruce Rosenberger:
Bruce Rosenberger has been drawing as long as he can remember. In the early 80's Bruce started creating mini-comics but his two jobs got in the way. In 2004 he asked friend Steven Hager to write him a comic book (but specified NO superheroes!) and Steven did so by writing the first issue of Dutchy Digest. In 12 years Steven and Bruce have managed to put out 10 issues. In 2015, Bruce teamed up with Podcaster Derek Coward to start working on a web strip called Chimera Force.

Zach Sabatino:
Zach Sabatino earned his BFA in Animation at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. Shortly after he began work as an Animator and Designer at the start up company Bolster Learning Systems. There he collaborated with a colleague to create an interactive animated screening test designed to assess young children with learning issues. Recently he taught the Intro to Game Animation course at the Cleveland Institute of Art and is now currently working as a freelance animator and independent comic artist.

Sal Sciandra:
Sal Sciandra is an American comics writer & artist based in Buffalo, NY. He is the creator of “The Casebook of Elijah Snugs”, an ongoing mystery comic book series.
His influences include Gabrielle Bell, Richard Scarry, John Byrne, Daniel Clowes, Edward Gorey, and Joe Mathieu.

Ian Shires:
30-year veteran of the small press trenches, publisher of hundreds of comics and zines.

Lee Smith:
Lee Smith, a former teacher, is the creator of Ohio Chronicles, a comic based on Ohio History as well as two comics that teach math, Cosine Cadets; and Sammy Spiffy super robot & Calculator Chicken.

Lauren "Wingéd Elf Girl" Sparks:
Lauren "Wingéd Elf Girl" Sparks is a writer, illustrator, animator and designer.  She illustrated issue #2 of Open Tree, Linus and the Fluke of Love by Chris Charlton for Assailant Comics, writes and draws the silly webcomic Cats Talking Words, wrote and illustrated a short story for the Kickstarter-funded Transitions Anthology, and self-publishes minicomics. She works both digitally and in watercolor, and enjoys drawing humans, cats and Pokemon.

Jeremy Stoll:
Jeremy Stoll is an author, artist, and folklorist who started making superhero comics in college – and then pursued a doctorate on India's comics culture at Indiana University. Stoll currently publishes stories about the ineffable in life as Great Bear Comics, maintains a serialized illustrated mystery novel, Sadie Hawkins & the Girl in Question, and is working on the upcoming comic The Dick Pic of Dorian Gray. His scholarly work has appeared in The Routledge Companion to Comics and the International Journal of Comic Art, among others, and he is currently co-editing The Comics World: Comics, Graphic Novels, & Their Publics.

Alec Valerius:
Alec Valerius is a working illustrator and comix artist in Columbus Ohio. Recently graduating CCAD with his BFA in illustration, he has also contributed to the "CCAD Spitball Anthology", working with Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer. Alec also contributed to the "Shonen Trump" anthology at CXC. At SPACE, Alec is will be selling several of his personal zines and illustrations, including SHITSTACK.

van der Walt :
I have few qualifications as an artist, but the arts have always meant so much to me. I trade in shaking hands for smooth lines, jumbled mind for calm and collected thoughts. Art is an escape from anxiety for me. I am lucky enough to have a family and people around me that support my dreams of being an illustrator. I am so excited to share what I have with you.

Casey Van Heel:
Comedian and comic book writer. Moved from Brooklyn to Columbus to dedicate my time to creating comics.

Hedwig Vinson:
Hello!  My name is Hedwig Vinson, and I am a creator based out of Minneapolis, MN.  My vision is to create work that calls on all elements and genres of storytelling.  Sight, sound, touch, the basest forms of expression, cultural nods, and classical music,  all tied up neatly in comics form.  My beloved Walter the cat is confused, too. 
Check out my exploration of the Minneapolis/St. Paul classical scene, as well as some excellent bike rides, sketches, and reading recommendations on instagram-twitter:  hedwigonatheme

Jack Wallace:
Disposable Fiction is meant to be exactly that. Disposable. It’s short fiction that you read on your way on the subway or the bus on the way to work or school. Comics that you may throw away at the end of your trip, but those stories stick in the back of your mind.
We are a small press publisher comprising of one writer and one colorist and letterer. We collaborate with thoughtful, creative artists rich in talent.

Bill Widener:
Bill Widener has been cartooning since a teenager in the savage '70s. He was co-editor of the underdog anthology NERVE and created the series "Go-Man" and "Mack the Knife" for Caliber Press. Other gigs included editorial cartoonist for the "Kentucky Kernel" during the early 80s and a long-running strip in local alt-weekly ACE. He has self-published his zine COMICS FUNNIES since March of 2014, each issue a combination of new work and stuff from his big ol' pile of art and comics.

Bruce Worden:
When he's not collecting shopping lists and drawing the people he imagines owned them (, Bruce Worden continues to toil away on the one and only zombies-at-Woodstock comic series: Woodstalk. Issue 7 is out now, and big changes are on the horizon for issue 8. Stop by his table and ask him what's up!


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