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 http://cartoons.osu.edu/. 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 (www.spacexpo.info) 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., http://www.whollycraft.net) 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.