The Official SPACE blog

Monday, April 13, 2009

SPACE Panels

SPACE is, as you must know, in just five days. Besides a roomful of comics artists, there's a full weekend of panels and programming scheduled. Here's the line-up:


3:00-5:00 PM
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 Cartoon Library & Museum is located in the Northeast portion of the Wexner Center complex, north of the Mershon Auditorium. Entry doors are in the walkway underneath the large, white, steel grid that runs north-south, parallel to High Street. After entering the building, take the stairs or elevator down one floor. The Cartoon Library & Museum is next to the Fine Arts Library.

Public parking is available at the Ohio Union Garage South (, which is reserved for hourly visitor parking until 4 pm. After 4 pm, visitors can also park at the Ohio Union Garage North ( or Arps Garage ( ) just north of the Wexner Center complex.

Saturday April 18, 2009 Aladdin Shrine Center

Exhibit Area

All Day- C. Tyler’s "You’ll Never Know" Exhibit

An exhibition of original full-color pages from C. Tyler’s soon to be released graphic novel "You’ll Never Know, Book I: A Good and Decent Man", published by Fantagraphics Books. Book I is the first in a series regarding her father’s World War II experiences. See it here


Panel Room

12:30PM 1st Annual SPACE Prize Presentations Hosted by Matt Dembicki, Tim Corrigan and Bob Corby

2:00PM The adventures of a working class syndicated comic stripper" with John Kovaleski, cartoonist of "Bo Nanas"and contributor to Mad magazine and Jeff Stahler, cartoonist of "Moderately Confused" and editorial cartoonist for the Columbus Dispatch and Steve Boreman cartoonist of "Little Lost Dog".

3:00PM Cerebus LIVE! IV: With Jeff Tundis, Jeff Seiler, Lenny Cooper, Matt Dow, Margaret Liss, and Larry Hart. Excerpts from Cerebus, High Society, Church & State, Jaka's Story and Latter Days will be preformed live!

4:00PM "How to Write a Cool Fight Scene" or "How to Write Action" hosted by
Nik Havert, indycomic writer and martial artist. With panelists Tom Scioli, and Paul Schultz.

5:00 PM The road less traveled - contracts and money hosted by Tim Broderick

How a webcomic guy got his graphic novel published by a traditional, prose

publisher and how that graphic novel got optioned for television. This

session will focus on what you can expect from a standard book contract and

the kinds of things that "preditors" will try to pull! Looking to do more

than self-publish or work-for-hire? This session is for you.

Sunday April 19, 2009 Aladdin Shrine Center

Exhibit Area

All Day- Atomic Indy Artist Comix Show
An exhibition the Cartoon Art of Columbus’ Sunday Comix Goup
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.

Panel Room

12:00 Noon Comics in the future…
Comics, the final frontier, or a dying medium? DUN DUN DUN! In this panel hosts Mason Johnson and Kurt Dinse lead an open forum discussion with creators and audience members about the future of comics, from digital media, to changing standards in the industry and (hopefully) jetpacks. Anyone and everyone is welcome to show up and share their terrifying, exciting, or just plain bizarre visions of the future!

1:00PM TITLE: "I Stayed Up All Night Drawing, And So Can YOU!"
SUBTITLE: 24 Hour Comics: A Reading and Super-Fast Demo
with Marek Bennett
DESC.: Xeric-winning cartoonist and teacher Marek Bennett reads from his
recent book of 24 hour comics, "HOUR 72!", and reflects on the role of
creativity, inspiration, deadlines, surprise, and lack of sleep in both comics and education. Then, astound yourself with Marek's "24 Minute Comic" exercise!

2:00PM "Cartoon Ohio - A history of Ohio's place in the history of cartooning."
Russel Merritt will present information from his book about the history of comics in Ohio. Ohio has a strong place in the history of American cartooning. The number of well-known cartoonists who were born, educated and/or worked in the state is amazing.

3:00PM Dean LeCrone vs. The Mutants of Comic-Con Video
Written and starring Dean LeCrone, filmed on the fly, full improv, at the San Diego Comic-Con. Shot and edited by Allen Freeman. A full onslaught of crazy interviews, dancing, and cavorting comedy by Dean LeCrone, cartoonist and actor. Must be seen to be believed. Screenings have gotten rave reviews! Tons of laughter every single showing! Can't all be consumed in one sitting! Predicted to be a CULT CLASSIC! It's a comic blast that lasts 50 min.

Premiered at the History Mission Theater in Fallbrook, CA. at the Comics and Animation Film Festival 2007

Official Selection of the Fallbrook Film Festival 2008

Official Selection of Mid-Ohio-Con Film Fest 2008

4:00PM Ralph & Stu 20+ years in the independent market. What's the same and what's different? Ralph Griffith and Stu Kerr talk about their time in the comics biz with addition insight by Dustin Carson and Howie Noel