***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
EXHIBITION: Atomic Indie Art Comix Show
DATES: March 6 – March 29, 2009
OPENING RECEPTION: March 6, 2009, 6:00pm -9:00pm
LOCATION: Crimson Cup Coffee Shop, 4541 N. High Street
CONTACT: Max Ink, Executive Director, Sunday Comix, (614) 275-4764, firstname.lastname@example.org
Atomic Indie Art Comix Show
COLUMBUS, OH —“The Atomic Indie Comix Show,” an exhibition of comic book pages and comic strips by six members of local cartoonists' group Sunday Comix, will be on display throughout the month of March at Clintonville's Crimson Cup Coffee Shop, located at 4541 N. High Street. The show kicks off on Friday, March 6 with a reception with the artists that begins at the Laughing Ogre comic book store at 4258 N. High Street at 4 PM, and then moves to Crimson Cup at 6 PM, continuing until 9 PM. In addition to viewing the artwork on display, those who attend the reception will have the opportunity to contribute panels to an ongoing “jam comic strip”.
“There's an independent-minded, artistic vibe in Columbus and our group has tapped into that,” says Max Ink, Sunday Comix Executive Director. “The writers and artists of our group each have something unique to say and choose to express it through the art of comics. We encourage individuality and artistic discovery over conforming to the standards and norms of American commercial comics.”
The participating Sunday Comix artists express their individuality through a wide range of styles and genres in comics and cartoon art. All have had their work featured in various local publications, including the Short North Gazette and Columbus Alive! Matt Wyatt's editorial cartoons have appeared in area weeklies since 2003. Sue Olcott's “Onion City” is featured every month in the e-magazine Naked Sunfish, and Ray Tomczak's “Wasted Potential” has been appearing weekly on-line for over two years. Columbus College of Art and Design graduate Jonathon Riddle is currently collaborating with Columbus State teacher Terry Eisel on a graphic novel set in World War II era Czechoslovakia. Rich Watson, whose webcomic “City Mouse Goes West” chronicles his move from New York City to Columbus, was recently profiled by the Columbus Dispatch, and Max Ink's comic, “Blink,” has been declared both “charming” and “worth its weight in gold” by Rick Allen of The Other Paper.
Sunday Comix was founded by Max Ink in 2003 in order to create a sense of community among local comics artist and to promote the artform to the general public. The group meets the third Sunday of each month at the Upper Arlington Public Library. In addition, a spin-off group, Wednesday Comix, gathers on Wednesday evenings at Crimson Cup. All are welcome to attend the meetings of the group. Previously, the group has shown its work at Kafé Kerouac, near the OSU campus, and at the Gallery Upstairs, above the Short North's Surly Girl Saloon.
The local opening of “The Atomic Indie Comix Show” coincides with the nationwide release of the movie “Watchmen”, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons named by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 Novels of All Time. “Watchmen” is the latest in a spate of comics inspired films that, along with the increasing visibility of graphic novels in bookstores, have helped to bring comics back into the cultural mainstream.