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Saturday, February 16, 2008

SPACE Parties

2-day SPACE convention deserves 2-day party!
To celebrate the 2-day Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, Columbus’ own Panel Collective is planning two days of parties.
Friday, Feb. 29 – Monkey’s Retreat
Join us for an art show and mixer at Monkey’s Retreat in Columbus’ Short North area. Monkey’s Retreat has been Columbus's best source of underground comix, art books, martial arts supplies and more since 1975 – a perfect match for SPACE. We’ll have a keg, but once that’s cashed there are several cool bars and clubs within walking distance.
Monkey’s Retreat
1202 North High StreetColumbus, OH 43201
8– 11 p.m.
Google maps reference:,+OH&fb=1&cid=0,0,7336798876243304512&sa=X&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=imageSaturday, March 1 – Momo2
Panel is taking you back to Momo2 for this year’s SPACE party. Momo2 features bowling, billiards, karaoke, bubble tea and a fine collection of Asian gifts and novelties. Momo has easy access to highways and several restaurants and bars nearby.
2885 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, OH 43202
8 p.m. - ???,+OH&fb=1&cid=0,0,3238279955749711861&sa=X&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=image
Panel is a Columbus-based group of writers and artists. It features several working comics professionals, and it will debut its 12th anthology at SPACE.
SPACE, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, runs March 1-2 at the Aladdin Shrine Temple. It brings dozens of the best regional and national small press comics.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Latest--Well, Really Just Late--News

Yep, I'm a little late in getting this stuff posted, but here it is.
First off, Dara Naraghi, of the local artist's "collective" known as PANEL, will be signing copies of his new graphic novel Lifelike this Saturday from noon to 4 pm at the Waldenbooks at Polaris Fashion Place.
Meanwhile, Bob has released the line up of panels and programming for SPACE:
All Weekend:
Dave Sim’s Secret Project #1: An exhibition of the artwork for Dave’s Secret Project #1 at TablesDave will also be auctioning off VIP sealed copies of Glamorpuss
Day Prize Presentations Hosted by Dave Sim
2:00 PM
Carol Tyler Panel"The Comics Classroom -- From Kids to College to the Community": Join us for a lively discussion about teaching comics to kids and adults. Seasoned professionals will share their experiences. Discussion points: Lesson plans and curriculum development. Classroom management strategies. Grade level expectations. Board/staff presentations. Community center projects and others. With (Joe Kuth-out), Bruce Chrislip, Mike Maydak and Bill LoebsLed by C. Tyler, Professor of Sequential and Graphic NarrativesUniversity of Cincinnati, DAAP School of Art
Cartoon Carnival
On-line Comics. Hosted by Ray Tomzcak with Andrea McEnaney, and maybe Max Ink, and a couple of others that I still have to round up.
12:00 Noon
Group Think: A method to develop story for artists and writers. Jeff Zwirek will lead the group through a unique workshop method for developing ideas with minds eye visulazation and word association. Bring a pen and paper to develop material for your own comics or prose.
1:00 PM
Antholo-geez! Anthology publishers vent. Hosted by Matt Dembicki (Attic Wit) with Dara Naraghi (Panel), Steve Noppenberger (Potlatch Project), Allen Freeman (Slam Bang), Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm), Mark Innes(Comics Eye), and Bob Corby (Oh,Comics!, Untitled)
2:00 PM
Steve Peters will perform songs from his Paradox soundtrack CD. He will explain how they fit together with his new comic, Runner's Paradox, which is the companion for the CD. Peters is the creator of Chemistry, a comic which also has a soundtrack CD and which won the 2006 Day Prize. He will be joined on some songs by Jeff Tundis, bass player for the Jazz Bastards and moderator for the Cerebus Yahoo! group.
3:00 PM
The History and Future of Small Press Co-Ops: A look at the history of small press co-ops, such as the UFO, the Small Press Syndicate and the BPP, with several key figures who helped to make these groups what they are today

Monday, February 11, 2008

Komics @ Kerouac Video

Well, this past weekend I finally had the time to edit and cobble together some of the video I took the previous weekend at the opening of the Sunday Comix "Komics @ Kerouac" show at--where else?--Kafe Kerouac. Please read no significance into my choice of Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" as the soundtrack for the Friday night portion of the piece other than the fact that it's six minutes long.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bio--Myke Amend

Myke Amend, another SPACE exhibitor, dropped me a line with some info about himself and his comics, as well as a couple of sample pages from his upcoming book. That's them up top.
I am sharing a table with Liam Kemp at SPACE.I am an illustrator, programmer, and graphic designer, working on my first comic book and my first children's book. I expect only to have the comic book done when the convention begins though. The comic book is called "Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake" - an art noir comedy about a deranged artist who refuses to live.
This first page is an intro page - the television show he is watching when the story begins.
The second page is a "meanwhile". I don't plan to share the rest of the book until the con.
my website is here:
(sorry if I am speaking too plainly here... but I have been up for days now... just wanted to get this to you asap - feel free to make me sound less dumb)

Click on the pics at left to see Myke's art full size, and be sure to check out the rest of his book at SPACE. When you do, tell him that you don't think he sounds dumb at all. (Unless you do, in which case you're perfectly free to tell him that as well, but I, for one, don't)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Answering a call sent out in an e-mail from Bob Corby to all SPACE exhibitors, Liam Kemp has sent me some info to pass along to you concering his comic book series Fatalysia:

Fatalysia #1 and #2 will be available at SPACE. The fairy tale-themed series chronicles the misadventures of Susan and Christan, best friends who are on dangerously opposing paths. Susan's abusive home life drives her into the arms of a cursed scarecrow. Christan's attempts to help her lead her into a world of magic populated by entities with their own agendas. Written by Liam Kemp; interior art by Uriel A. Duran, a.k.a. -U!; letters by Chris Tabor; covers by Chris Tabor and Myke Amend.

This book sounds pretty interesting, especially the bit about the "cursed scarecrow" (but aren't they all?), and I look forward to checking it out at the big show.

For more info, check out Liam's site at:

Secrets of Dave Sim

So, it looks like the big news coming out of SPACE this year will be the unveiling of former Cerebus writer/artist Dave Sim's new "Secret Project No. 1". Max Ink, writing in the Sunday Comix blog, explains just what the heck this is all about as well as I could, so why waste time typing when I can just cut and paste:
"After 27 years of self-publishing Cerebus, Dave Sim wrapped it up in March 2004 and took a long vacation. Then, in the spring of 2007, he began working on an unnamed 'Secret Project.' Much anticipation and excitement was stirred among Mr. Sim's fan base. However, due to a series of unfortunate events, he put the 'Secret Project' on hold in July. Less than a month later, he began working on another "Secret Project" which then became known as 'Secret Project #2' (and then in December was revealed as being his Glamourpuss comic); thus (ipso facto) making the first 'Secret Project' #1! So, in April Mr. Sim's 'Secret Project #2' (Glamourpuss) will be available for sale at comic shops and in May, so too will his 'Secret Project #1' (the actual title of which is to be revealed at S.P.A.C.E.) be available for sale. "
Of course, I'll reveal more as details become available, though it's likely we won't know anything more until SPACE itself, Saturday, March 1.

Monday, February 4, 2008

And Now...A Few Words from our Sponsor

Since I've been posting bios of artists and publishers exhibiting at this year's SPACE, I thought I would round out the series by giving you some insight into the man behind all this comics craziness, Bashful Bob Corby himself.
What follows are excerpts from an interview I conducted via e-mail with Bob for the short-lived publication The Atomic Tomorrow back in 2005:
OK, I know we covered this the last time I wrote an article about SPACE, but why did you decide to put on your own small press comics convention?
The inspiration for SPACE was the Spirits of Independents shows back in 1995. They were great. I found more comic titles I loved and actually sold more of my own comics at those shows than any other conventions.
How did Dave Sim get involved?
When I decided to do SPACE which was to be a successor to the long departed Columbus Spirits show I contacted Dave about being a part of it. He declined the first year stating that he wasn’t doing any more conventions and just wanted to concentrate on completing Cerebus. He was about 4 years from completing his 26-year task. The second year I contacted him again just to keep him informed. He called me and said he was interested in coming because he wanted to start the Day Prize there.
How has Sim's involvement helped the show?
Dave's involvement did help SPACE a good deal. The first year attendance was dismal. I only started arrangements for the second year because most of the exhibitors were willing to try it again. I was going though the motions but was pretty sure that the result would be the same and I’d call it quits after the second flop. Then I got the call from Dave and we drew a lot more people and I think the show became credible. Last year with Cerebus ending the month before SPACE we drew even more people.
SPACE has grown and changed quite a bit in just six years: Has it turned it into what you envisioned it as? Or is it not quite there yet? Or has it become something you hadn't really foreseen?
SPACE has grown a little larger than I first envisioned it. It also has become something I hadn’t envisioned. The work that shows up at SPACE and other small press shows is not part of the general public’s perception of comics. I think it’s a great opportunity to start changing that perception and show people the possibilities of the medium. That idea has given me a sense of a mission that wasn’t there at the beginning. Hell, I was just trying to sell some of my comics.
What do you see in the future for SPACE?
I would like to see it grow and bring more people in. I’d also like it to stay rooted in the small press. I’d like to continue to see things there you can’t buy at your neighborhood corporate chain store.
Tell us about the history of Oh! Comics:What is it? How long had you been doing it? How many issues?
Oh,Comics! started as a charity book at the Mid-Ohio Con back in 1988. The name comes from Ohio Comics because it was originally intended to only have work by people from Ohio. In the second year I couldn’t find a charity that was interested in working with us so it became an ad financed give away book for a few years. That never really paid the printing bills and in the mid-90’s the bottom fell out of the comic shop business where most of my ads were generated so it became a regular comic with free ads for the contributors. There are 17 issues in print 1 though 15 and also issues 8-1/2 and 10-1/2.
("Editor"s Note: At the time of this interview, Oh! Comics was "on haitus". Bob returned to publishing his signature anthology last year with issue #16.)
Perhaps next time, I'll let you in on my own deepest darkest secrets.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

SPACE People Part III

Alright, time for a few more SPACE exhibitor bios:

Ed Piskor: Ed has drawn some American Splendor strips. He drew 2 graphic novels with Harvey Pekar: Macedonia and The Beats(to be released later this year). Ed has also produced some of his own books such as Wizzywig, his comic about a hacker named Kevin.

Rafer Roberts: Written, and most of the time drawn by Rafer Roberts, Plastic Farm follows the life of a man named Chester and his slow descent into complete insanity, and chronicles how that madness reshapes the world around him. Chester has had a rough childhood, has a magic cowboy that rides a dinosaur living inside of his head, and is now, late in life, sitting in a nameless airport bar during a blizzard telling his life story to a group of people who really couldn't care less. The first story arc "Sowing Seeds on Fertile Soil" encompasses the first twelve issues, and be read online for free.

Joe Shover: Zonetrooper Magazine covers a number of interests. The magazine is based in sci-fi and fantasy with complete fiction, comic material, and role-playing game material. Our first issue will include the fiction pieces titled Cronac" Temporal Enforce, The book of Noheim, and Major Tom's Journal. Our comic section features Cygann which is a 20+ page action tale based in the manga and hero comic tradition. Zonetrooper will appeal to a eclectic group if not all.

Rick Silva: Zephyr & Reginald: Minions for Hire--Behind the devious schemes of every supervillain there is a tireless staff of loyal minions who design weapons, genetically engineer mutant bugs, interrogate captured superheroines, and arrange to have things blown up. Zephyr DeCastle and Reginald Ertz are two such engineers, dedicated to doing evil... On deadline and under budget.

Mike Wytrykus: The Supernatural DOES exist. There ARE monsters among us. And in the town of Grimstone, they walk the dark streets freely. This is the story of five such monsters who are befriended by a young Goth woman. Outcasts each of them, theyare bonded together by unlikely friendships.
Mike Maydak: Mike Maydak is the illustrator of The Blackbeard Legacy~ a comic book mini-series published by Alias~ and the creator of Slimbone~ a nationally syndicated comic strip. Mike was a recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Award in 2007. He currently resides in northern reaches of Kentucky where he teaches art and hastily works on his next graphic novel.

Clint Basinger: Clint Basinger is the creator, writer and artist of Backseat Driver, Sci-Fi Angels and The Cosmic Norseman. All of these action and humor comics are printed under the banner of Cosmic Moustache Comics.

Aaron Trudgeon: Aaron does various mini-comics under his longtime title Ancient Wisdom Comics. In the past few years he has teamed up with a lot of the Hamtrammck, MI cartoonists to do various short movies now on one DVD titled "What's So Fun About No Fun Films: The Documentary."

Molly Durst: Symphony of the Universe is a self-published work, I have written an article on publishing comic books for author, Tamora Pierce, which can be read here.
I am deeply influnced by literature and fantasy and mythology, I have a lifetime love of books. The book Cartooning the Head and Figure, by Jack Hamm, a present I received when I was still in elementary school, is what got me started with cartooning, and I plan on only stopping when I keel over dead, preferably with a stolen sharpie in my hand. (That's Molly's pic, swiped off her site, that accompanies this post)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

More SpaceMen and Woman

Didn't have time to post any more bios last night as I was hanging around Kafe Kerouac for the the opening night reception of Sunday Comix' Komics @ Kerouac exhibit. As soon as I've edited the video into a manageable masterpiece I'll get it up here.
Anyway, we left off the bios with the very busy Allen Freeman, and from there its on to the letter "G".
Robert Gavila: Robert Gavila returns to Space with the third issue in his ongoing "Nisha"series.
Rickey Gonzales: VICTIMS AT THE END OF THE WORLD is the tale of the world beyond ours where forgotten dolls are reborn and reformed in a way which mirrors our own world in world-mirroring otherworldliness... Of course the series has little to do with this, and is all about Algernon, a furry in his early twenties who lives in the city, works in a used record store, frequents the local Starbucks and spends his time obsessing over his friends and their skewed relationships, trying his best to be the person everyone (who counts) thinks he should be as he struggles with the conflicts of life and death, love and friendship and heroes and victims.
Michael Grassia: Michael considers himself a storyteller and perfers that as his label rather than artist or cartoonist. The goal of his work whether working with comics,video, or puppets is to tell a story first and foremost. To Michael, a good storyi s the most important part. Without a good story, it doesnt matter how good can tell it, you wont keep an audience.
From early on in Michael's life his passion for storytelling was obvious. As early as eight years old, Michael was creating his own stories based on his own characters.
Michael always had the ability to make people laugh but he is his funniest when working on his art, which is what lead him to develop his single panel gag strip WHAT'S NEXT? His motto when working with humor is, "I dont care if you laugh with me or at me, as long as you laugh, I did my job."
Though Michael loves working with humor, he works in all genres.
Steve Hamaker: Steve works full time for Jeff Smith as the colorist for the Bone graphi cnovel series published by Scholastic Books. Other work includes coloring Jeff's Shazam: Monster Society of Evil mini-series from DC Comics, as well as the self published all-ages action/adventure comic Fish N Chips.
Jonathan Hodges: Bad Place Productions publishes the SafeWords anthology, The InvisibleWorld and Woodboy
Mark Innes: Mark Innes is a Canadian small press publisher, occasional writer and artist.Since 1988 Bind Bat Press has been publishing Wavemakers, Dreamtime, Oatmeal, GlassEye, Romantic Eye, and The Comic Eye, a new trade paperback of comics about comics and the folks who read and make them. I also work as a background performer in movies and TV including Cinderella Man, Where the Truth Lies, This Is Wonderland and in theaters August 2008, the Fernando Meirelles directed, BLINDNESS.
Kathy Peterson: Kidnapped by Gnomes follows the misadventures of Ed and Wilson and theircomplete lack of common sense as they explore the modern world from a vantage pointof 4" off the ground. The comic updates every Monday and Thursday and can be read for completely free at
Kenn Minter: the Experts: This new team of heroes combines three novices with three adventure veterans: Doctor Delta (a mystical apparition), Free Mary (a spit-fire vixen), Naked Man (a young,eager buck), the Emerald Yeti (a gentle-natured, mechanical, furry giant), NinjaWitch (a moody, youthful witch-in-training), and Mr. Elaztik (the obligatory, rubber-bodied,shape-changing comic relief).T hese six individuals have been chosen to fulfill certain demographic appeal. Though, more importantly, they have been selected for their ability and willingness to workcheap.
As a whole, the Experts is a quirky, off-kilter superhero series revolving around characters that are completely unprepared for their atypical roles and responsibilities.
J. Kevin Carrier: Kevin is a graphic designer and life-long comics fan. He's been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics since 1991, and was voted one of the "Top 25 Small Pressers" by the readers of Small Press Feedback. He is a former chairman of the United Fanzine Organization, and a former president of the Small Press Syndicate. Kevin's professional credits include: Nuance for Magnetic Ink, Cosmic Waves for AmF Comics, and Glorianna for Press This! Studio. He can often be found lurking on various internet message boards, so be careful what you say about him. (Yeah, he's a mean bastard--rt) Kevin can be reached at or by writing to:J. Kevin Carrier 1800 Leven Lane Milford, OH 45150
You can read his blog at:
Kris Lachowski: Kris Lachowski is yet another deluded person seeking his fortune in comics. Mean Goat Comics is that delusion incarnate.
Pat Lewis: PAT LEWIS is a 31-year-old artist from Pittsburgh, PA, raised on MAD Magazine, Looney Tunes, and "Peanuts" reprint books. After bouncing around from various part-time and temporary jobs, he eventually managed to make a living as a freelance illustrator while still finding time to self-publish his own minicomics ,some of which have been nominated for the Ignatz Award and the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize. Right now he could probably use a shave and a cup of coffee. THE CLAWS COMEOUT (published by IDW) is his first book.
Justin Madson: Justin Madson has slowly carved out his little place in the comics world with his genre-crossing series, Happy Town, which he has been self-publishing since 2001. He is also at work on Breathers, a mini-series set in a world where it is no longer safe to breathe the outside air.
Jim Main: Jim Main has been a publisher and writer of fanzines/Independendant and small press comics since the early 1970's and has quite a lot of publicationst o prove it! From my earliest titles like *PPFSZT!, Satyr, Gnome and Spectrum, to his newer books Comic Fan!, Make Mine Monsters, Phanatscape, Six-Guns and Saddles, The Gallery to name a few. Publishing is his life, so it would seem.
Michael Marcus: George McVey is a forty-year veteran of the comic book business, havingcreated major comic book heroes while in his teens. Having produced myriad comics in digest form through GEM Studios and Dynamite Press, he has been a regular SPACE attendee since 2003. With his partnership with Michael Marcus, forming the Hamtramck Idea Men, he comes to SPACE with his books in full-size format. Michael Marcus acts as on-site editor, producer, and occasional author himself while also workingon the game design portion of the company.
Tony Miello: Tony Miello is the creator of the comic strip GAPO the Clown and the mini comic Mr. Happy Pants. He is also to writer and artist behind the Fat Momma comic from Who Wants To Be A Superhero.
Mike Indovina: Mike Indovina attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in the early 90s. His book, Chimera, was published by 5th panel comics, a publisher of ashcan sized books. Later he decided to publish it on his own under the company name Satyr Play Productions. Since then, Mike has done several books, mostly inspired by Greek Mythology, such as Satyr, The Grand Tour of Greek Mythology and Hercules: Choose Your Destiny.
Joseph Morris: Joseph Morris is the owner and operator of TORC Press, a small time publisher based out of the middle of nowhere, IL. His books include SDF, New Super Fun Comix,Gulatta!, and the comic book/CD combo Death Nuevau.
Michael Neno: Publisher of fine comics since 1985. Current publisher of The Signifiers and Reactionary Tales. Creator of the Quacky Pig and Friends online comic strip and coloring book.
Have freelanced for Silver Comics, Dark Horse, Cracked Magazine, Horse Press (PaulPope), and Caliber.
Steven Noppenberger: Hatched in the last century on the 1st of August 1960. Completed High school in Randallstown, Maryland, enlisted in the MARINE in 1980, traveled the world, volunteer as a Peace Keeper in Beirut in 1983. First published illustrated story was with Brad Foster Jabberwocky Graphix GOODIES. Gave up adult comics in search of normal comics but was rejected by all. In 1993 started an illustrated story for EROS Comix. ONCE attempted to find " normal work" was again rejected by all. Started self publishing 1999. Been addicted to self publishing every since. There are only two things that will stop you, that is yourself and death. Okay maybe children and or NAKED woman, might slow you DOWN.
Steve Peters: Steve Peters received a Xeric Grant in 1996 to publish Awakening Comics.He started doing a spiritual native american-flavored series called Everwinds forAmaze Ink at the same time as he began self-publishing. When Everwinds was cancelled, he merged both books in The Everwinds Awakening War. At the close of the century, he took a break from comics to start a band. The result was the Chemistry comic and soundtrack CD, which won the 2006 Day Prize. He's been publishing a series of comics about his half-angel, half-devil character Sparky, consisting mostly ofj am comics with many independent comic book creators. In celebration of Awakening Comics' 10th anniversary, he's created Runner's Paradox, his first full-color comic, also accompanied by a soundtrack CD.
Alright...I need a break. I'll wrap up the bios I have next time, and wait by my inbox until Bob sends me a new batch.