Thursday, March 29, 2018

SPACE Exhibitor Bios Part 3

Brian Canini:

Brian Canini is a cartoonist that lives and makes comics in and/or around Columbus, OH. He is the creator of the award-winning graphic novel Fear of Flying, the critically-acclaimed crime comic Ruffians, and half the team that produces the award-winning webcomic Drunken Cat. He lives and breathes comics; in fact he may be some sort of comic making robot. He also enjoys root beer floats on special occasions.

Abigail Connor:
Abigail Connor is the co-creator and co-writer, with her father, of the comic book series The Electric Team, and the writer and artist of the mini-comic The Electric Team: The Food Adventure. She is a member of the Cincinnati Junior Roller Girls, a Brownie, and a pianist. She plans to one day be an artist or a veterinarian for turtles and frogs.

Leighton Connor:
Leighton Connor is the co-creator and co-writer, with his daughter Abigail, of the comic book series The Electric Team. He is one of the artists behind the Seeing Calvino tumblr; the illustrator of Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation;  the author of the Ross Fulton, Occult Detective stories; and the creator of the web comic Laser Brigade. He is a co-founder of Hex Games, and has written numerous RPG books, including Laser Ponies and Leopard Women of Venus.

Ken Cooney:
Ken Cooney, the owner of Spark Comics, has been making comics since 2009. Comics include Superball!, The Adventures of Choco and Cocoa, and the 24hr comic mini-series Faith & Honor. You can check out some free comics at; just click Free Stuff! Feel free to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! You'll see works in progress and other great stuff!

Joel Cramer:

Joel Cramer is a comic artist from Columbus, Ohio who loves aliens, dragons, superheroes, ninjas, fantasy creatures and everything else geeky. His family-friendly series "Adventures of Honzy and Joel" reflects his love for these things.

Kelci Crawford:
I’m a  freelance artist currently based in southeast Ohio, working on some awesome comic projects, including, Thoughtful Dinosaur, Validation (with Christian Beranek), Johnson & Sir, Charlie & Clow, The Case of the Wendigo, and Seeing Him (with Kia Crawford). Other art projects of mine include Mini-Comic Theater and The Women Warriors Project. I’m also a podcaster on the shows Extra ClothesPins and Clothespins & Hand Grenades.

That might sound like I’m working all the time, but I still leave time for playing Dungeons & Dragons with my pals, taking care of my two heathen kitties, and reading lots and lots of books.

Creative Mussel:

Creative Mussel is the publisher of MeSseD Comics.  They are based out of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Creative Mussel focuses on supporting diverse artistic projects.
Creative Mussel is the publisher of MeSseD Comics. We focus on supporting diverse artistic projects. Creative Mussel is based out of Cincinnati, Ohio.
MeSseD Comics answers the question of “What happens after we flush?”
MeSseD puts a spotlight on the answers with sewer worker, Lilliput.  She our tour guide to the weird, wild and unfortunately, wet world beneath our feet.
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Jaime Crespo:

Jaime Crespo has been a published cartoonist for over 35 years. Focusing on bio/autobio stories (ala Harvey Pekar) he has had his comic strip, “Slice O’ Life” (later shorted to ‘Slices’) in weeklies around the US. Upon the downsizing and in most cases the collapse of some weekly papers, Crespo then turned to self-publishing a comic book entitled Tortilla, in which he is finishing the fifth issue. Currently, Jaime is in the midst of his much anticipated first graphic novel, “Turk Street Serenade,” which focuses on his time spent in a San Francisco Tenderloin District SRO hotel as a janitor/maintenance man during the mid-1980’s.

Flor de Canela:

Flor de Canela is a vivacious Latina woman artist and lifelong geek girl. In the 90s, when she was in high school, she saw the X-Men cartoon series and was inspired to create her own superhero comic books. However, she soon had to put that dream aside so she could get on living her life and earn a degree in graphic design. After spending 30+ years in the graphic design industry as well as creating fine arts and illustrations, Flor has recently returned to her first passion and is focused on becoming a comics creator. Her debut webcomic series is “Stuck-Up Unicorn Comics" debuted in 2016. It features Flor and her eclectic sense of humor and observations from her everyday life. It also stars “Unicorn,” a once-upon-a-time celebrity who Flor meets and gets to know over the course of the series. Much like many formerly famous stars, “Unicorn” is nothing like how he was once portrayed back in his heyday. Their conversations reveal how the reality of fame can change over time and lead to some dark/humorous situations. 
Flor has contributed her artwork to the annual “Comics Vs. Art” gallery exhibition since 2016, with her pieces receiving glowing praise and support. She will be exhibiting again in 2018.

Molly Durst:

Graphic and Web Designer by day, comic book artist by night.

Nick Dutro:
Nick Dutro is a life-long comics fan and writer of 'Multi-'. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio Northern University, getting a BA in Journalism. He is currently an editor at the local daily newspaper.

Matthew Erman:
I'm the co-creator and writer of Long Lost, a monthly horror comic published through Scout Comics. In comic stores nationwide, November 2017.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SPACE Exhibitor Bios Part 2

Samantha Albert:
Samantha Albert is a barista by day, and the comic artist for The Electric Team by night. She can often be found drinking coffee, playing D&D, and reading whatever fantasy novels she can get her hands on.

Will Arnold:

Work Press & Publication is an independent print and publishing house based in St. Louis, MO and Champaign, IL. It was founded in 2013 by Will Arnold and Tate Foley.
Work Press started because of a mutual interest in small-press, short-run, desktop publishing and Risograph printing. We are interested in creative projects that situate themselves in a mezzanine between fine artist’s books and efficiently produced zines. While a lot of Work Press’s books and prints contain various printing and production processes, Risograph printing is at the heart of our shop.
The content of our work explores a variety of interests, from photography to comics, fine art, and illustration. It is tied together by a love of the printed page and the physicality of books and zines.

Glenn Baskin:

80 Proof Comix has been around since the late 80's in various forms. In 2007 it began a true storyline (Days of Bewilderment) featuring past characters put in a new situation. Taking bits, pieces, fragments, and experiences from working in the DD/Mental Health group home setting, I've worked on creating a comedic realistic look at the staff that work at these homes and some of the situations they face (without getting on a soap-box). Currently working on Chapter 10 (the last chapter), Chapters 1-9 are collected in affordable editions.

Suzanne Baumann:

Suzanne makes comics from her attic in Hamtramck, MI. Minicomic titles include the series As Eavesdropped (based on overheard conversations), Turtleneck Boy (She created the character & 25 cartoonists did their take on him) and Ball Point (doodles, tiny and free). She’s currently working on Sucker Street, an online graphic novel. Follow it at

Harmony Becker:
Harmony Becker is a comics artist and illustrator from Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of Anemone and Catharus and Love Potion, and is currently writing and illustrating Himawari Share.

Robert Berry:
Co creator of TandRFusion Artist and creator of S.E.E.D.
Byron Black:
From 1995-1998 I created four issues of the small press comic book series The Steppenwolf Chronicles. Currently I've revised my original concept and self-published it as full color, standard format comic book.

Lauren Boeing:
I am kimchi babe
I don't have all the answers
Or really any

Thomas H Boeing:
Thomas H Boeing is stoked to be at SPACE for a second year. He's got three fur babies, a dog, Vincent, and two cats, Lemon and Chaka, and a beautiful wife, Lauren. Everything about his comics (except the coloring) is done by hand with nibs, brushes, and ink- ask to see some of the original pages, he'll show you.His comics include Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Sitting in the Shower, and his newest, Indoor Cat.

Christa Boocher:
Hello there! My name is Christa and I am a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with a Degree in Animation.
While my degree is in animation my passion has always been to create comics and have been making them since high school. I studied to be an animator to have a better understanding of story telling and direction in art.  I specialize in a Disney/Anime art style and focus mostly on high fantasy stories.

Caitlin Cass:
Caitlin Cass makes comics and art installations that folklorize failures throughout history.  She publishes a bi-monthly periodical called The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent. Her comics have also appeared in alt-news weeklies like The Chicago Reader and The Public. Caitlin lives and works in Buffalo, NY.


Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is a private college of art and design located in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879 as the Columbus Art School, CCAD is one of the oldest private art and design colleges in the United States.

Mat Calvert:

Mat Calvert is a comic creator known among his peers as "the scratchboard guy." He draws his books in an engraved line style and formats text as screenplay pages.
He is a Columbus native.

Eric J Cockrell:
Eric has been drawing comics since the age of seven. His works have improved dramatically since that first time he drew a stick figure get digested and subsequently evacuated by a dinosaur. With a couple pieces housed in the archives of his alma mater, The American Academy of Art in Chicago, and a decade of published, professional works, Eric has put together an impressive body of work, with ongoing comics featuring original characters, including Adhesive Man, created a quarter century ago. His latest project is an adaptation of his 2015 novel, Blister: A Punk Rock Memoir. The first issue successfully Kickstarted this year.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

SPACE Exhibitor Bios Part 1--Gerhard!

We're starting our exhibitor bios off with our special guest- Gerhard! Sponsored by the Laughing Ogre.

Gerhard is best known for his work on Cerebus with Dave Sim. A 300-issue series, it is a milestone in comic book publishing as the longest running creator-owned comic book series!

For 20 years, Gerhard worked as background artist, environmental designer and cover colorist on the Cerebus graphic novel which has been hailed as, “one of the most sprawling pieces of visual fiction ever created.” His designs and meticulously crafted drawings served to ground even the most fantastic of events, or drastic of stylistic shifts. Under the pressure of a monthly deadline, he honed his skills using the crosshatching technique which has become his particular style and has gained him acclaim throughout Canada, the U.S. and the UK.

Since completing Cerebus in 2004 he has been exploring other creative endeavours including doing commissioned work through his website,; contributing to the awesome Winsor McCay tribute book: Little Nemo, Dream Another Dream; doing a variant cover of The Walking Dead and most recently, illustrating a Grant Morrison story ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ for  Heavy Metal Magazine.

Best Graphic Album: Reprint 1994 Cerebus: Flight by Dave Sim and Gerhard
Outstanding Achievement 2005 Dave Sim and Gerhard for completing Cerebus in 2004.

·1989 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Art Team: (Cerebus [Aardvark-Vanaheim] - with Dave Sim)
· 1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Inker
·1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer/Artist or Writer/Artist Team: (Cerebus (Aardvark-Vanaheim) - with Dave Sim)
·1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Cover Artist: (for Cerebus [Aardvark-Vanaheim])
·1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Penciller/Inker, Black & White Publication: (Cerebus (Aardvark-Vanaheim) - with Dave Sim)
·1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer/Artist Team: (Cerebus (Aardvark-Vanaheim) - with Dave Sim)
·1994 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Cover Artist: (for Cerebus [Aardvark-Vanaheim])
·1994 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: (Cerebus (Aardvark-Vanaheim) - with Dave Sim)