Saturday, November 14, 2009

Genghis Con Invades Cleveland November 28

Comic Show Features the Unknown Work of Local Graphic Storytellers

You won’t find Superman, expensive back issues or fading Hollywood celebrities at Genghis Con, a comic book convention organized to showcase the work of independent artists and writers from the Midwest. The event will be held at the Beachland Ballroom on Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. The convention will feature the talent of approximately 50 graphic storytellers from around the Midwest whose work does not fit into the normal perception of what a comic book should be.

For 70 years the part of the country known as the “rust belt” has provided the world with an incredible abundance of creative talent in the art of telling stories with pictures. This form of communication has reached its pinnacle of popularity in the form of the beloved comic book. Many of the biggest names in comics today hail from the Midwest.

Comic readers are familiar with such Ohio natives as Brian Bendis, Brian Vaughn, Fred Van Lente, Harvey Pekar and Jeff Smith. These and many others from around the Great Lakes are the modern personalities shaping graphic storytelling as we know it today. The common thread through each of these current and rising stars of the industry is they began their careers creating and publishing their own material.

Like their famous brethren, the participants of Genghis Con use skill, imagination and craftsmanship to create engaging, original graphic storytelling art. Their work, however, remains largely unpublished outside of the creator’s own trips to the local copy center. Genghis Con exists to bring this creative talent together in one place and to provide a venue for interaction with potential readers who may not have any other opportunity to see this work.

The organizers of Genghis Con are committed to creating an event which is unique in many ways. Early in the planning stages, the convention organizers decided to break most of the rules of a normal comic convention. These changes include eliminating the dealer’s room and the endless rows of fading TV celebrities. Perhaps the most radical difference is participants will not be charged for table space as they are at other comic conventions. The organizers feel this will free the artists from feeling the pressure to “make up their costs” and allow them to focus on promoting their work.

"We are not doing this to make money,” says Scott Rudge, one of the Genghis Con organizers and owner of Astound Comics in Westlake, Ohio. “We want the creators to use the money they save on renting space to offer inexpensive copies of their work. This benefits both the artist and the audience in a way not seen at a typical comic con. We want those attending the convention to feel comfortable interacting meaningfully with the creators and we hope to do that by making the communication of ideas as inexpensive as possible.”

To further break down the barriers between the artists and readers, Genghis Con attendees will be able to build their own comic book containing the work of each artist at the show. This book will be included at no additional charge with normal admission of $5.00.
“We are looking for creators who use a comic book style format to tell their stories, but we also have accepted some ‘zine and poster artists,” says Rudge. “While we may have some of the next generation of mainstream stars displaying their work, we are also looking forward to offering the work of those who have no interest in promoting their material beyond the desire to simply tell a story.”

The call is out for artists wishing to participate in Genghis Con. Artists are welcome to submit samples of their work for consideration. The organizers of Genghis Con will be accepting submissions until November 15th. For complete details and submission guidelines, creators should go to the event website.

(There was also recently a write up on the show in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Read that here. )

Monday, October 5, 2009

2009 Columbus 24-Hour Comics Marathon

This year, the official 24HCD fell on the same weekend as Columbus' Mid-Ohio-Con (Oct 3-4); and so, Max Ink (author of Blink and executive director of Sunday Comix) took it upon himself to organize a special "Halloween Edition" 24HCD for the Columbus comic book creating community. The cartoonist group Sunday Comix (that's us!) will set up at Crimson Cup (where they meet every Wednesday from 6-8pm) and if any other group wishes to participate in the event, they are more than welcome and their events will be posted here. Also, Sunday Comix is partnering with the HERO Initiative and will have comic book related items (including the very first 24 Hour Comics Anthology) available for sale and the proceeds will go directly to the Initiative.

The 24 Hour Comic Book Day is an annual challenge for cartoonists to produce a 24-page comic book written, drawn, and completed in 24 consecutive hours. No sketches, designs, plot summaries or any other kind of direct preparation can precede the 24 hour period. Indirect preparation such as assembling tools, reference materials, food, music etc. is fine. For a full set of guidelines for the 24HR Comic Dare, read Scott McCloud's explanation (Scott is the author of the seminal book, Understanding Comics and originator of the 24 Hour comic concept).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coffee, Comix & Crypts, Oh My!

Sunday Comix will be having an Opening Reception to celebrate its second Art Show at the Crimson Cup Coffee House [4541 North High Street] this Friday, October 2nd from 7pm until 9pm. The works of Jonathon Riddle, Bob Corby, Kira Keck, Matt Wyatt, Ray Tomczak, Michael Carroll and Max Ink will be on display.

There will be a Sunday Comix Jam happening and our Jamtastic Foray books will be available for sale.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Ohio State University’s archives of comics-related material is one of the most respected (and undoubtedly largest) collections of comics history and art on the planet. But you wouldn't know it. It's tucked away across from the Wexner Center for the Arts and behind the Mershon Auditorium. But as of last week, it will be renamed the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and relocated to Sullivant Hall (which is currently under renovations) thanks to a gift of $7 million from the Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation.

According to the press release:

The project is estimated to cost $20.6 million and will be completed in 2013, at which time Sullivant Hall will house both the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and The Ohio State University Department of Dance. 
“The Graves Foundation has made a critical investment to enhance the learning environment for students, faculty, and visitors from around the world,” said President E. Gordon Gee. “The revitalized Sullivant Hall will be a fitting home to two university treasures – the top-ranked Department of Dance and the world-renowned Cartoon Library and Museum. Naming the latter in Billy Ireland’s honor is a fitting tribute to a remarkable Ohioan.”
The Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation is managed by Billy Ireland’s granddaughter, Sayre Graves, and is based out of Bremo Bluff, Va.. 
The Columbus Dispatch hired Ireland, a native of Chillicothe, Ohio, shortly after his high school graduation in 1898. A self-taught cartoonist, he worked for the Dispatch until his death in 1935 (the above cartoon was illustrated in 1934) and was known both for his editorial cartoons and for his Sunday feature The Passing Show. 
An exhibition of Ireland’s work will be held at Ohio State in the fall 2010. 
“Billy Ireland was a Columbus celebrity during his lifetime,” according to Lucy Shelton Caswell, the cartoon library and museum’s founding curator. “He enjoyed a national reputation and his work is still delightful to read. This is a fitting honor for a great cartoonist. We look forward to sharing his work with a new generation of readers.” 
Established in 1977 with a founding gift of the Milton Caniff Collection, the Cartoon Library and Museum was housed in two converted classrooms in the Ohio State’s Journalism Building. Since then, Caswell has built it into a widely renowned collection that is a destination for both cartoon researchers and fans from around the world.

Thousands of donors have contributed to the collection, with gifts ranging from one item to tens of thousands. With the recent addition of the IMCA’s extensive permanent collection, the Cartoon Library and Museum now houses more than 400,000 works of original cartoon art, 35,000 books, 51,000 serial titles, 2,800 linear feet of manuscript materials, and 2.5 million comic strip clippings and newspaper pages.

Now the world’s largest collection of cartoon art and comics, the Cartoon Library and Museum is currently located in the basement of the Wexner Center for the Arts Its new, permanent home in Sullivant Hall will expand its space from its current 6,808 square feet to more than 40,000 gross square feet of space storage and exhibit space allowing more of the collection to be displayed and accessible to the public.

New Sunday Comix Gallery Show

I just a have a few tweakings to do on this poster (it should read "Esoteric" and not "Strange," for instance), but this is the main info on one more comic bookish thing going on next weekend (and throughout all of October). This show will be Sunday Comix's second this year at the `Cup. (We'll probably have more next year there and elsewhere.) On board to be on display is Sue Lense, Ray Tomczak, Michael Carroll, Matt Wyatt, Bob Corby, Jonathon Riddle, Kira Keck and myself. (I think that's everyone.) Later this month, we've also got a special event planned (but we're waiting for approval), so keep your Hallowed Calendars open (if ya catch my drift).

Thursday, September 24, 2009

OH, Comics Digs in the Dirt

Back Porch Comics proudly announces the publication of Oh,Comics! #18 “Earth.”

According to publisher/editor Bob Corby's press release, this issue of OH, COMICS features 76 "salt-of-the-earth pages containing 18 rock-solid strips by 13 dirty creators!" Sunday Comix regulars Max Ink, Jonathon Riddle, Ray Tomczak, Michael Carroll, Brent Riches, Matt Wyatt and Bob Corby (of course) comprise over half of the list of creators; and Sue Lense (another of our illustrious crew) not only provided her Onion City comics for an added taste of humor to the book but also illustrated the "down-to-Earth" cover.

The anthology will be available for sale (at $3.50, it’s dirt cheap!) at the Back Porch table at the Mid-Ohio Con on October 3 and 4, 2009. The book will also be available to purchase on-line at via the Back Porch Comics website on October 5. 2009.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New S.P.A.C.E. site

S.P.A.C.E., the Midwest's largest exhibition of small press and creator owned comics, is celebrating its 11th year in Columbus with a new website ( and a new location (Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Columbus 4900 Sinclair Rd.). Designed by resident S.P.A.C.E. vollunteer artist, Tom Williams, and lorded over by event coordinator, Bob Corby, the new website provides all the info from the tried and true decade old website, a history of the show, a list of exhibitors, more accessible contact info and features a new blog to boot. (The website is still in progress, so if you find any broken links, contact Tom.)

If you're an artist/writer/publisher of indie comix, sign up for a table to exhibit your work (Tables are still $55 till February but fear not, it only goes up to $65 for full tables. Still a bargain compared to other indy shows)! If you're a reader/lover of comic books, be sure to clear your calendars on APRIL 24 & 25 to see all SPACE has to offer in 2010.

This show is purely a grassroots effort/ DIY show. So, anything you can do in your area to help promote this is a good thing. The show lives and dies by word of mouth so spread the word.

John Porcellino Book Signing Tour

Legendary small press artist/writer John Porcellino is on tour across the United States promoting the release of his newest collection of comics, Map of My Heart (released Sept. 29 and published by Drawn & Quarterly) and will be arriving in Columbus on Monday, October 12 for an appearance at Wholly Craft (3169 N. High St., beginning at 7pm. (Interesting to note: Ohio has been called "The Heart of It All" and John will be making a grand total of 4 appearances throughout this fair state. He'll be in Akron on Sept. 23 @ Square Records, Cinci on Sept 29 @ Shake It! Records & on Oct 10 he'll be @ Cleveland's Visible Voice. For a full tour listing, see here.)

Map of My Heart celebrates the twentieth anniversary of John Porcellino’s seminal and influential comics zine, King-Cat Comics, which he started self-publishing in 1989 and which has been his predominant means of expression. In this collection, while Porcellino is living in isolation and experiencing the pain of divorce, he crafts melancholic, tender graphic ballad of heartbreak and reflection.

Known for his sad, quiet honesty rendered in his signature deceptively minimalist style, Porcellino has a command of graphic storytelling as sophisticated as the medium’s more visually intricate masters. Few other artists are able to so expertly contemplate the sadness, beauty, and wonder of life in so few lines.

Patrick Porter will accompany John with some fine acoustic music.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The ToonSeum will be presenting Tom Richmond: the MAD Art of Caricature, from August 1 through October 4.

Tom Richmond is one of the most recognized and respected caricaturist in the world. A member of MAD Magazine’s Usual Gang of Idiots since 2000, His sharp pen has produced dead-on caricatures of pop culture icons, political figures, movie stars and even the president’s dog.

Tom’s style and technique carry on in the great tradition of MAD Magazine legends such as Mort Drucker and Jack Davis.

Tom’s work appears in publications, films, and comics worldwide. His company also provides caricature artists for some of the nations top theme parks. He recently completed a new book about President Obama’s dog due for release this fall.

The “MAD Art of Caricature” also gives a behind-the-pen-and-brush look at Richmond’s parodies of movies, including “Harry Plodder,” “Spider-Sham,” “Battyman Begins,” “30 Crock,” “Obama’s Inauguration” and many more.

“The ToonSeum is proud to take MAD out of the teacher’s trash can and put it on museum walls where it belongs,” says ToonSeum Executive Director Joe Wos. “Tom is truly a master of mockery, and we are delighted to present his work at the ToonSeum.”

Richmond will drop by the ToonSeum Aug. 1 and 2 for book signings, a demonstration and a special Master Caricature Class. More information is available at

The exhibit runs from Aug. 1 through Oct. 4 at the ToonSeum, which is located inside the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the city’s historic North Side.

What: “Tom Richmond: The MAD Art of Caricature”
When: Aug. 1-Oct. 4
Where: ToonSeum at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on the city’s historic North Side, 10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Square.
Cost: ToonSeum admission is included with paid admission to the Children’s Museum, which is $10 for children 2-18 and seniors; $11 for adults

Details: 412-325-1060 or

Friday, July 3, 2009

Lora Innes' The Dreamer

“I usually describe it as Gilmore Girls meets Pirates of the Caribbean... It’s half high school dramedy (with) fast-talking interaction. The other half of it is adventure in a historical time period.”

“When I figured out I wanted to do a dreamer/time-travel piece, I started looking into the Revolutionary War... I fell in love with the crazy guys who started the war. They were so idealistic, and actually believed that their ideas were right and had the power to change the world.”

Lora Innes

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Zits' Jim Borgman

"...Here in Cincinnati, everyone said I was a flaming liberal, which means I'm probably in the middle of the spectrum for most of the rest of the country. But I grew up as the son of a working-class, blue-collar family. That dirt under my fingernails is my conservative streak, my cautious streak, but I'm sure I was always pushing the envelope. In this town, it's always important to challenge the prevailing winds."

Jim Borgman

Friday, June 19, 2009

This Is A Comic Book (Gallery Exhibit)

I found this on the Wexner Center for the Arts WexBlog.

During the month of August, the Mahan Gallery will holding an exhibit, “This is a Comic Book,” which focuses on the art stylings of some of the most independent, individualistic and far-reaching comics being published (or self-published) today. The exhibit will be featuring artists such as Ron Rege Jr. (Los Angeles), Lauren Weinstein (Mass.), Anders Nilsen (Chicago), and Columbus’s own Phonzie Davis.

There will be an opening reception, Sat, August 1, 6-10pm (during the Gallery Hop, of course)

<-- image credit:
Panayiotis Terzis
King Top: Bluetooth, 2009
17 x 23.5 inches, watercolor on paper

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Green Brain Comics Celebrates 10 Years

In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, Detroit's comic shop supreme Green Brain Comics kicks off a summer full of events with the inaugural exhibition in their new art gallery space.

Entitled "The Best of the Green Brain Comic Jams" this exhibition features some of the most unique, humorous and downright baffling pieces of comic art created by a host of local and visiting cartoonists. These works have been culled from a huge library of collaborative works created over the last several years at monthly Comic Jams.

"We have been inviting local cartoonists to collaborate on comic jams on the second Wednesday of the month for years." says Dan Merritt, co-owner of Green Brain Comics "And we thought it would be great to open our gallery space by showing off some of the gems that were created right here by some of our good friends and talented cartoonists."

The opening reception runs from 7pm to 10pm on Saturday, June 20, 2009.

And just six days later, author James Danky will present a slideshow and be signing his book, Underground Classics on Friday June 26th from 5pm to 7pm. Mr. Danky is both co-author (along with Denis Kitchen) and co-curator (same) of the art exhibit Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics Into Comix (running May 2 through July 12, 2009 at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI).

Underground Classics
provides the first serious survey of underground comix as art, turning the spotlight on these influential and largely underappreciated artists. Essays from the book’s co-writers and co-curators James Danky and Denis Kitchen, alongside essays by Paul Buhle, Patrick Rosenkranz, Jay Lynch, and Trina Robbins, offer a thorough reflection and appraisal of the underground movement. Over 125 original drawings, paintings, sculptures, and artifacts are featured, loaned from private collections and the artists themselves, making Underground Classics indispensable for the serious-minded comics fan and for the casual reader alike.

So, if you're in the neighborhood, visit Green Brain Comics at 13210 Michigan Avenue in East Downtown Dearborn and see what Jams they've got on the walls! More information can be found at or by calling 313-582-9444.


The Wild Goose Creative is hosting a weekend of Geek-related awesomeness. "Geekfest" runs from Thursday until Saturday at the Wild Goose Creative homebase (2491 Summit Street, Columbus.) There will be plays, movies, games, comic book readings and stand-up comedy.

Of particular note is on Thursday (that's TONIGHT!), the first act of Michael Neno's superhero play-in-progress, Octo's Helmet, will be performed along with three other geekishly-themed plays. Members of WGC will be bravely tackling the roles of Rabbit Lass, Metal Elbow, and other forlorn misfits from Mr. Neno's vast Universe of misfits.

is open to any and all geeks - from movie buffs to comic fanatics, Whedonites to Tolkienites--you’ll find something to feed your obsession! Each event is a suggested donation of $5, but don’t let that stop you. Pay what you can, or just stop by to have some fun!

Want more information? Email Jessie.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Carol Tyler, father, signing in Cincy 6/13

When: 06.13.2009 | 17:00 - 19:00
Event Title: You'll Never Know - Dad & Daughter Book Signing
Where: Shake It Records - Cincinnati
Category: Book Signing
Event description:

"You'll Never Know" Dad & Daughter Book Signing
Saturday, June 13, 2009
5 - 7 PM

You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler

Shake It Records will be hosting a book signing with local artist C. Tyler for her new graphic memoir You'll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man.

And, as an added rare bonus, her father, 90 year old World War II veteran Chuck Tyler -- subject of the book -- will also be there to sign copies.

A Cincinnati Exclusive!!!!

You'll Never Know Book One: A Good and Decent Man is published by Fantagraphics of Seattle. It tells the story of the 50-something author's relationship with her World War II veteran father, and how his war experience shaped her childhood and affected her relationships in adulthood. "You'll Never Know" refers not only to the title of her parents' courtship song from that era, but also to the many challenges the author encountered in uncovering the difficult and painful truths about her Dad's service.

You'll Never Know makes full use of Tyler's virtuosity as a cartoonist: stunningly rendered in detailed inks and subtle watercolors, it plunges the reader headlong into the diverse locales: her father's wartime experiences and courtship, her own childhood and adolescence, and contemporary life.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Join the Schulz Challenge!

The OSU Cartoon Library and Museum needs your support to raise funds for the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of the library. Donate to the Schulz Challenge & Cartoon Library and Museum Fund and your contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by Jean Schulz.

Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, issued a challenge: in addition to her initial gift of $1 million, she will provide an additional matching gift of $2.5 million if Ohio State raises the same amount from other sources.

"We are very grateful to Jean Schulz for her generous gift and for her challenge which will encourage everyone who cares about cartoon art to become involved in our project," said Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor and Curator of the library. "The new Cartoon Library and Museum will be a place of learning and enjoyment for the public and scholars alike."

Located at a highly visible location along High Street and adjacent to the Wexner Center for the Arts, the historic Sullivant Hall is in dire need of repair. The planned renovation will provide 40,000 gross square feet of space for the new Cartoon Library and Museum that will include a spacious reading room for researchers, three museum-quality galleries, and expanded storage with state-of-the-art environmental and security controls. A dedicated ground-level entry will allow for easy access to the new facility. The addition of exhibition galleries dedicated to cartoon art will facilitate public display of the Library's extraordinary collection. Total renovation costs are estimated at $20.6 million.

More Upcoming OSU Library and Museum Events

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 7:00-9:00 pm, 162 Hopkins Hall, 128 North Oval Mall

"A Whirlwind History of American Comics" by Dr. Jared Gardner, Dept. of English, followed by a gallery talk by Lucy Shelton Caswell, curator of From the Yellow Kid to Conan: American Cartoons from the International Museum of Cartoon Art. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, July 19, 2009, Free Family Programs

12:30-4:30 pm From the Yellow Kid to Conan: American Cartoons from the International Museum of Cartoon Art at the Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor,

1:00 pm The Secret of N.I.M.H. (1982), Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater

2:30-4:30 pm Special events at the Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor: enjoy lemonade and cookies, print a comic strip with Bob Tauber, Logan Elm Press and Book Arts Program, and make an authentic newspaper printer's hat

Co-Sponsors: The Ohio State University Cartoon Library & Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Department of Art Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor, University Libraries, and Logan Elm Press and Book Arts Program

Upcoming OSU Library and Museum Events

Two new exhibitions at The Ohio State University celebrate the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection, which was recently transferred to OSU’s Cartoon Library and Museum (formerly the Cartoon Research Library). The union of these two institutions created the largest collection of original cartoon art in the world. The exhibitions showcase the treasures of the collection including original art from editorial cartoons, comic strips, animation and comic books. Fan favorites Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Blondie, Dick Tracy, Mickey Mouse, For Better or For Worse, Doonesbury, Spider-Man, Beetle Bailey and Family Circus will all be on display. The characters and images depicted may be familiar, but taken out of their traditional context in print and on screen, cartoons can be examined and appreciated as works of art; triumphs of design and craftsmanship. The originals reveal the method behind the magic, offering visitors an opportunity to look at the popular culture icons and images so prevalent in their everyday lives in new and different ways. These exhibitions will engage and delight audiences of all ages.

From Yellow Kid to Conan: American Cartoons from the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection will be held at the Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor from June 28 – August 7, 2009.

Hogarth and Beyond: Global Cartoons from the International Museum of Cartoon Art Collection will be held at the Cartoon Library and Museum’s Reading Room gallery from June 10-August 31, 2009.

Exhibition Opening Reception and Special Events:

Saturday, June 27, 2009, 7:00 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater
101 Dalmations(1961) proceeded by animated shorts, the Brave Little Tailor (1938) and Leprechaun's Gold (1949). Introduction by animation historian Jerry Beck. Visit or call 614-292-3535 for tickets. $7 ($5 for members, students, and senior citizens).

Sunday, June 28, 2009, Grand Lounge, The Ohio State University Faculty Club, 181 South Oval Dr.
1:00 pm Milestones of the International Museum of Cartoon Art. Panel discussion with former trustees Brian Walker, Jerry Robinson, and Arnold Roth moderated by Dr. Jared Gardner, Dept. of English.
2:15 pm Keynote Speaker - Jim Borgman, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and co-creator of the comic strip Zits
3:30-5:00pm Exhibition opening reception at the Hopkins Hall Gallery + Corridor. Refreshments will be served.
All June 28 events are free and open to the public.

For more information:

Monday, May 18, 2009

new location for SPACE 2010

From Bob Corby:

Dear SPACE Exhibitors

SPACE 2010 Update

SPACE 2010 will be April 24 and 25, 2010.

New Venue:
I just wanted you guys to be the first to know about the new venue for next year. We are moving to the
Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center

4900 Sinclair Road
Columbus, OH 43229

It's right off I71 at the Morse Sinclair exit.
They have a restaurant, a bar and shuttle service to the airport. The room rate will be less than $80.00 per night.

I haven't finalized the layout yet but there appears to be room for about 140 tables which is about what we had at the Aladdin Shrine Complex and a panel room that's just across the hall from the exhibitors room. (I lost about 10 pounds at SPACE 2009 running from the front to the panel room a few times each hour.)

I don't have final numbers worked out but I think we will be holding the table prices (including the returning exhibitor early registration price) the same as last year.

Don't do anything yet. I will notify you for the early registration and particulars about the hotel rate.

Flyers at MOCCA:
MOCCA is about 2 weeks away. If anybody is planning on going and is willing to drop SPACE flyers off at the freebie tables please let me know.

SPACE Prize for Webcomics:
I'm adding a 3rd catagory for the 2009 SPACE Prize- Webcomics. The prize will consist of a plaque and $50.00 (enought to pay for your website for a month or two). If you were an exhibitor at SPACE 2009 and would like to enter your comic please send me the following info:

Comic Name:
Artist, Writer:
e-mail address:

A few rules:
The comic (or portion under consideration) must have been posted on-line between March 3, 2008 and April 17, 2009.

We can't afford to pay a charge or a subscription fee to get to your comic. If that is the case some way to deal with that will be needed. The comic could be reviewed by up to 3 different people for judging.

More Webcomics Participation:
I've been trying to include webcomics into SPACE for sometime now and I know we have a healthy participation. The Webcomics Prize is a product of that effort. I'd appreciate it if anybody has some ideas on how to further incorporate it into SPACE to send them along. If anybody participated in the the New England Webcomics Weekend this year and has some info on how that worked I'd be interested. I will be contacting them directly to hopefully compare notes.

That's it for now.

Bob Corby
Back Porch Comics / SPACE

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Jeff Smith @ Ohioana

From his website:

The Ohioana Festival takes place in Columbus, Ohio this week May 6-9, 2009

Here are the details of Jeff’s appearances:

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 6, kicks off with a WOSU Interview hosted by Fred Anderle with fellow authors Ann Hagedom, and Phil Brady from 11am-12pm. You can stream it live by clicking here.

Thursday May 7, 2009: Signing at Barnes and Noble Lennox Town Center from 6:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday May 9, 2009: Panel Discussion with fellow author Erin McCarthy at the Board Room of State Library of Ohio from 11:30am-12:15pm

A Conversation with Jeff Smith at State Library of Ohio from 2:00pm-2:45pm followed by a booksigning / meet & greet at 2:45pm-3:30pm

Friday, April 24, 2009

Schulz' widow gives $1M to Cartoon Library

Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, has given $1 million to the Ohio State University Cartoon Library & Museum to support the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of the world’s most comprehensive academic research facility dedicated to documenting printed cartoon art. Jean has also promised another matching gift of $2.5 million if Ohio State raises an equal amount.

“We are very grateful to Jean Schulz for her generous gift, and for her challenge which will encourage everyone who cares about cartoon art to become involved in our project,” said founding curator Lucy Shelton Caswell. “The new Cartoon Museum and Library will be a place of learning and enjoyment for the public and scholars alike.”

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


From the SPACE PR machine (aka Bob Corby):

Nate Powell, who is an LA Times Book Prize finalist in the Young Adult fiction category (up against the likes of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman!) for his graphic novel, SWALLOW ME WHOLE will be at SPACE on Saturday and Sunday. SWALLOW ME WHOLE is the first graphic novel since 1992's MAUS to make the list! Find out more at and

Also just announced SWALLOW ME WHOLE has been nominated for three Will Eisner Awards: Best Graphic Album (New), Best Writer/Artist, and Best Lettering!

On Saturday, April 18, we will be presenting an exhibition of original pages from Carol Tyler’s soon to be released graphic novel “You’ll Never Know Book One: A Good and Decent Man”, published by Fantagraphics Books. The book is the first in a series regarding her father’s World War II experiences. There's additional information on the book and other projects of Carol’s at the University of Cincinnati website. Also, you can read this Publishers Weekly interview.

Jeff Stahler (”Moderately Confused” and editorial cartoonist for the Columbus Dispatch), Steve Boreman (”Little Lost Dog”) and John Kovaleski ("Bo Nanas" and MAD Magazine UGOI) will be on a panel called “The Adventures of a Working Class Syndicated Comic Stripper” at 2:00 Saturday, April 18

Sunday , April 19, We will be presenting the Atomic Indy Artist Comix Show
An exhibition the Cartoon Art of Columbus’ Sunday Comix Group (That's us!).

Two full days of Panels, Programs and Exhibits are posted at

Also there are 6 pages of Premiere Comics which will be available at SPACE at

Check out who else is going to be there at the Exhibitor List

And don’t forget:

Friday April 17, 2009 3:00-5:00 PM meet some of the SPACE exhibitors at
The Ohio State University Cartoon Library and Museum (formerly the Cartoon Research Library) Open House

Enjoy the Reading Room Gallery Exhibition, Light: A Forgotten 19th Century Humor Magazine, along with behind-the-scenes tours of the library stacks and a special display of treasures from our collection.

There will also be some special treasures out for viewing, including original Bone art by Jeff Smith, original Calvin and Hobbes art by Bill Watterson, and original art by P. Craig Russell.
SPACE Exhibitors will also be working on the annual jam panel.

The first 20 people in the door will receive a free single day pass to SPACE!

The Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE)

The Mid-West’s Largest Exhibition of Small Press, Alternative and Creator Owned Comics

April 18 & 19, 2009
Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm
Aladdin Shrine Complex
Multipurpose Room
3850 Stelzer Rd. Columbus OH
Off I 270 near the Easton Town Center
Free Parking!

Admission $5.00 per day and $8.00 per weekend.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Rich Watson interview

Some of you may know that I run an awards program, in conjunction with the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, called the Glyph Comics Awards, which honors black comics and creators. I recently did an interview over at Comixfan where I talk about it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Looking for Noel Sickles

"...Chillicothe, Ohio is not only the birthplace of Sickles, but also of Billy Ireland, a longtime cartoonist at the Columbus Dispatch and a mentor to both Sickles and Caniff. To the general public, though, Chillicothe is known as the original capital of Ohio and the home of Mead Paper. Sickles worked for Mead, providing cartoons for the company newsletter. I didn't take a picture of the paper mill, now significantly changed from when he would have worked there. I did visit the Carnegie Library. The library, built in 1907, was where Sickles would spend many hours in the art stacks, studying the great masters. What must it have been like for a young man with artistic ambition in a small town?"

Also: A Paul Pope video interview.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cartoon Library open house 4/17

Open House at the Cartoon Library & Museum

Date: April 17, 2009
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Reading Room Gallery
27 West 17th Avenue Mall

Enjoy the Reading Room Gallery Exhibition, Light: A Forgotten 19th Century Humor Magazine, along with behind-the-scenes tours of the library stacks and a display of treasures from our collection, including original Bone art by Jeff Smith, original Calvin and Hobbes art by Bill Watterson, and original art by P. Craig Russell, acclaimed illustrator of Ring of the Nibelung, The Sandman, Hellboy, and Coraline.

This event is in conjunction with SPACE, Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo.

The first 20 people through the door will receive single day passes to SPACE!

The Cartoon Library and Museum

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lakeland CC Comics Symposium 4/3-4

The 6th annual Lakeland Community College Comics Symposium in Kirtland, OH is this Friday and Saturday. Details, including guest speakers and a schedule of events, here.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sean McKeever returns to Waiting Place

"...Back in New York Comic Con, in February, I had an idea for a new story, but I was kind of struggling with the ending. And then I saw this commission that Mike [Norton] did for somebody of Jeffry and Lora from The Waiting Place. And seeing Mike, today, drawing those characters just lit a fire under my butt to get the story going. So I finally came up with the whole story. I'm scripting it currently. And I'm really geeked to see Mike draw them with his ability now."

Sean McKeever

Monday, March 30, 2009

Comic Me @ Urban Spirit 4/4

No website that I can find; just getting this off of the promo...

The Brush Experience presents Comic Me
featuring the artwork of Freestyle Komics and the sounds of the Liquid Crystal Project
@ Urban Spirit Gallery/Loft
893 East Long St
April 4, 2009
8PM - 12AM every first Saturday
18+ (for the mature and the progressively artistic)
$10 cover at the door

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Or imagined having a super power? Maybe be a character in your own comic book... Well now is your chance!!!

We at the Brush Experience are bringin' out our inner comic book hero on canvas!!!

Come out for a night of fun and action... you be the artist and the hero this night!!! We will be featuring local comic book artists Freestyle Komics!!! And the Liquid Crystal Project!!!


The Brush Experience is a social experiment combining people and art to yield creative results. It's where everyone can be an artist (if only for one night) while indulging in food and drinks in an inviting and inventive environment. As the evening progresses joint artworks bloom and are shared for all artists to enjoy! Paint, socialize, chill as you create or watch masterpieces being made!

For more info email

Chris Yambar exhibit @ Y'town

Paul Pope's Loverman

Thursday, March 26, 2009

P. Craig Russell signing @ Wexner 5/12

Wayne Alan Harold and P. Craig Russell
Night Music: The Art of P. Craig Russell

Book signing | 6 PM

(Wayne Alan Harold, 2008)

Tue, May 12, 2009 | 7:00PM
Film/Video Theater

Night Music provides an illuminating behind-the-scenes look at one of the most acclaimed and interesting comic book artists working today, P. Craig Russell.

Before the film, come by the Wexner Center Store where Russell will be signing copies of his work, including his graphic novel adaptation of Coraline, at 6 PM.

Born in Wellsville, Ohio, and now living in Kent, Russell quickly established himself as one of the most distinctive artists in the fantasy genre with early work on Doctor Strange for Marvel Comics in the mid 1970s. He has since created mesmerizing interpretations of characters ranging from Conan to Neil Gaiman's Sandman, along with a string of astonishing adaptations of operas (The Magic Flute and Salome among them) and of Gaiman's children's classic Coraline. (80 mins., video)

Wexner Center for the Arts

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Jeff Smith doc @ Wexner 5/22

Ken Mills and Jeff Smith
The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics

World Premiere

(Ken Mills, 2009)

Fri, May 22, 2009 | 7:00PM
Film/Video Theater

The Cartoonist is a portrait of Columbus-based cartoonist and Bone-creator Jeff Smith and his impact on the field during the past 20 years. The Wexner Center is pleased and proud to host the film's world premiere.

The film surveys Smith's career during the run of Bone and also captures the key moment when he shifted focus from completing his popular epic to beginning new projects, including Rasl. Shot during the run of Smith's Wexner Center exhibition Bone and Beyond in 2008, the film is filled with interviews with fellow cartoonists including Harvey Pekar, Terry Moore, Paul Pope, and Scott McCloud. (76 mins., video)

Wexner Center for the Arts

Friday, March 13, 2009

Atomic TV

This weekend, you can tune in to WDEM 17 and watch LIFELINE COLUMBUS. There, you'll see all manner of cool and interesting stuff going on in Columbus, One of those interesting things is the Sunday Comix Group's Atomic Indie Comix Show along with an interview with Max Ink! To see when the show is playing, check out their schedule. And if you have any trouble tunning in to (or finding) Channel 17, you can watch their broadcast being streamed online here or here. So there's no reason not to see the Atomic Indie Comix Show!

or... you can watch it right here!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Watchmen As Alternate History

One of the most common comments I've read about the Watchmen movie from people who didn't read the book is “Why is Nixon still president?” and now that I think about it, I'm wondering that myself. To be honest, upon close examination, writer Alan Moore's alternate version of American political history seems poorly thought out and doesn't quite make sense.
In Moore's telling, Nixon sent the super powered Dr. Manhattan in to Southeast Asia and won the Vietnam War, and kept Watergate to coming to light by having Woodward and Bernstein arrested. He then got the Constitution's term limits on the president repealed, allowing him to still be in office as Watchmen's story opens in 1985.
Watchmen is one of two comics published by DC in 1986—the other being The Dark Knight Returns-- that perfectly captured the zeitgeist of the 1980's, and while the name and face of the president of Watchmen's United States are Nixon's, the foreign policy that Moore is reacting to is Ronald Reagan's.
Therein lies my major problem with Moore's alternate history. Quite frankly, I cannot see Richard Nixon, a president who prided himself on his statesmanship and foreign policy expertise, allowing U.S.-Soviet relations to decay to the point, as is the case in Watchmen, where the bombs are just moments from flying, especially with Henry Kissinger at his side as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. Under Reagan, however, this scenario was frighteningly plausible.
If Nixon is merely a stand in for Reagan, why not use Reagan? In the early stages of Watchmen's development, DC nixed the use of the characters from Charlton Comics defunct “Action Heroes” line of comics, which DC had recently acquired the rights to. Moore was forced to create new characters that roughly parallel the Charlton heroes. Dr. Manhattan stands in for Captain Atom, Nite Owl II is Blue Beetle, Rorschach is the Question and so forth. Did DC also put the kibosh on Reagan as president, perhaps afraid of portraying the sitting chief executive in a negative light? Well, I've never heard or read anyone else even speculating about this possibility, and DC's publication of The Dark Knight Returns that same year, which does depict Reagan and not flatteringly, seems to argue against it.
Having Nixon still in office in 1985 does serve to establish that Watchmen is set in an alternate universe. Of course, the presence of a blue, glowing, naked man who can see into the future is enough to do that.
I'll just say that I honestly have no idea why Nixon is still president, especially as it seems to serve no real purpose storywise.
Another thing that bugs me is the business of Dr. Manhattan winning the Vietnam War. If he could do that, why didn't LBJ send him in years earlier?
So, I've worked out an alternate alternate history for the world of Watchmen that makes a little more sense to me, and still makes the story's events of 1985 possible.
In 1968, after the Tet Offensive, with the war going badly and public opinion turning against him at home, president Lyndon Johnson reluctantly orders Dr. Manhattan to 'Nam to end the war. It is precisely this victory, perceived as a grossly unequal use of force and a display of American arrogance, that inflames the left wing of the Democratic party against him and drives Johnson to withdraw his name from consideration for his party's presidential nomination.
As in real life, Nixon defeats Democrat Hubert Horatio Humphrey and independent candidate George Wallace to become the 37th president of the United States. His dirty tricks never come to light and his opening of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China makes him quite a popular president. Despite Nixon's disdain for domestic affairs, Dr. Manhattan has made electric cars possible, so the US is not dependent on Arab oil, and other innovations and new industries made possible by the good doctor help to keep the economy on track. Nixon serves out his Constitutionally allotted two terms and is still quite popular when he leaves office.
With that popularity, you would think that his vice president would be a shoo-in to succeed him. However, while Watergate never blew up in Nixon's face in this reality, apparently the entirely separate scandal that drove Nixon's first veep, Spiro Agnew, from office did, and Jerry Ford replaced Agnew. I only recently learned that Ford made a promise to the Senate during his vice presidential confirmation hearings that he would not be a candidate for president in 1976. Of course, in our world, by the time '76 rolled around, circumstances had changed. Ford was now president, and he reasoned at the start of his truncated presidency that to announce he wasn't going to run in the next election would make him a lame duck from day one and even more politically ineffective than he ultimately proved to be. In my alternate alternate world of Watchmen, however, Ford, being an honorable man, honors his pledge and sits out the campaign. The public is still in the mood to elect a Republican, however, and former California governor Ronald Reagan's political star had been rising throughout the sixties. With no incumbent in the race, he sails to the nomination and easily defeats Jimmy Carter.
Reagan proves to be as popular with the American people as he was in real life, and his handling of the Iran hostage situation by sending in Doc Manhattan, ending the crisis in about six hours and restoring the Shah to power, makes him even more popular. At the beginning of his second term, it is Reagan who uses his immense popularity to ram through the necessary Constitutional changes to keep him in office as long as the American people will have him. Thus, we find him in 1985, as the story of Watchmen commences, at the beginning of his third term and engaged in a deadly game of nuclear brinkmanship with the Soviet Union.
I haven't seen the film yet, but from what I've heard, Moore's alternate history of the American comics industry did not make it into the movie. This aspect of Moore's alternate history seems a little better thought out , which is only natural, since he worked in the industry, but still doesn't quite ring true. In Moore's version of events, the emergence of real live costumed crime fighters nips the nascent superhero genre in the bud, as no one wants to read about fictional super heroes when they can read about real ones in the newspapers. Thus by the 1950's the dominant genre is pirate comics. As it serves the story, this does make sense, as it sets up the parallel story from the “Tales of the Black Freighter” reprint comic, which also was left out of the film. However, logically, it seems backwards. After all, the existence of real life cops and doctors and lawyers has never dulled the public appetite for books, television shows, movies, and even comics about them. Going to the moon didn't kill science fiction. In fact, it seems to me that the emergence of real super heroes would only increase demand for fictional accounts of super heroic adventure.
None of these petty quibbles detract from the brilliance of what Moore accomplished in Watchmen. After all, when people talk about what makes the book great, they speak of its intricate structure, its deconstruction of the super hero genre, and its realistic portrayal of its characters. The alternate history is merely background detail.

Atomic Indie Art Comix Show

Here are some pics from the Sunday Comix Atomic Indie Art Comix Show. If you've missed it, it is still going on until March 29, so get out there and take a look.

Behold, indie comics plus coffee, together again!

Max, Mike, Ray & Friends enjoying the coffee, the show, and jammin!

Bob Corby and Ray hanging out.

Art by Rich about the trials and tribulations of a Columbus Ohio mouse

Sue's Onion Adventures

Part of Johnathan's WWII era piece

Max Ink & Family

Max's awesome Blink cartoons

Matt's Beautiful Work

Ray "Wastes his Potential" again

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Call for Cartooning Entries

Attention all of you aspiring comic strip cartoonists and "graphic fiction authors" (aka comic book creators): there's a shin-dig going down in Kirtland, Ohio a month from now and you'll definitely want to check it out! The Lakeland Community College is hosting their 6th annual Comics Symposium on April 4 (which is free and open to the public) and are accepting entries from up-and-coming cartoonists of all ages for a special Comics Contest.

The contest age groups are Middle School, High School and Adult and there are two media categories: comic strips and "graphic fiction" (aka comic book). Organizers note that the Comics Contest is not an art contest. Judging criteria include factors beyond the artwork such as compelling stories, unique characters, innovating storytelling technique, and humor.

This year’s judges, who also will present at the symposium, include Cleveland-area resident Terri Libenson, creator of the syndicated comic strip "The Pajama Diaries," and Californian Justin Thompson, creator of the Web comic "MythTickle" and illustrator for Charles Schulz's Creative Associates Studio.

Last year's prizes totaled more than $1,000 in gift certificates, art supplies and comics treasury collections. Plans also are in the works to feature the winning entries in a gallery show.

Comic strip, graphic-fiction authors of all drawing abilities can submit up to five entries. Advance electronic or mailed entries are $12 for initial submission and $8 for each additional entry. Entries submitted at the symposium are $15 each. The deadline for early entry is March 27.