New digs for Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

C-Bus’ own Alexandra Kelley Fox writes briefly about the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at OSU, and their plan to move their facility this summerfrom the basement of the Wexner Center to a new 30,000-square-foot space at Sullivant Hall.

With more than 300,000 original cartoons, 50,000 books, and 2.5 million comic strip clippings, it’s the world’s largest academic research facility dedicated to printed cartoon art. In addition to editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons, it has one of the world’s largest collections of Japanese manga.

Here’s an artist’s rendering of what the new exhibit space will look like:


For the latest news on the museum and their exhibits, visit the official site here.

PANEL takes 2nd place SPACE Prize

The winners of the 2012 SPACE Prize have been announced. Alas, my nominated collaboration with Matt Kish didn’t win, but a hearty congratulations to all the winners. And I’d especially like to send a shout out to my fellow PANEL Collective peeps Tony Goins and Andy Bennett for their 2nd place finish in the Mini-Comics/Short Story category for their story “The Only Two,” from our PANEL #18 anthology:


See you all at this year’s S.P.A.C.E., April 13 & 14 in Columbus, Ohio.

Nominated for 2012 SPACE Prize

I forgot to mention this earlier, but a short story I did with fellow PANEL Collective member Matt Kish has been nominated for the 2012 SPACE Prize in the “minicomics/short story” category. The prize is associated with Columbus’ own long-running indie comic convention, S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo). The story appeared in volume 19 of our self-published anthology, titled PANEL: Green.

By the way, you can read the entirety of our “silent” story on Matt’s blog.


About the SPACE Prize

From the books which were collected at SPACE 2012, we will be awarding the 2012 SPACE Prizes. The prizes will be presented in three categories – General, Minicomic/Short Story and Webcomic. The winners will be picked from three voting bodies in each category. Two rotating judges and the registered SPACE 2012 Exhibitors.

For the full list of finalists, go here. The winners will be announced at the 2013 S.P.A.C.E. on April 13 & 14.


OSU library: small press and self published comix

Some cool news from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at OSU: they are establishing a collection of small press and self published comix. The collection is being named after Dylan Williams, the publisher of Sparkplug Comics, as well as a cartoonist himself, who passed away last September.

The purpose of the Dylan Williams Collection at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is to strengthen and modernize our representation of the contemporary small press comics community. Although our collection currently features a diverse selection of historical self-published works, the Dylan Williams Collection will continually target and support emerging artists in the alternative comics field. We are proud to honor small press publisher, comics historian and cartoonist Dylan Williams with the namesake of this collection.

The library is accepting gifts-in-kind, so if you’re an indie cartoonist, please consider donating some of your self published comix to the library. For more information please contact Caitlin McGurk, – 614-292-0538.

Comfest starts today!

It’s the start of the 40th annual Comfest, Columbus’ long-running community festival.

Comfest is the largest all-volunteer run community festival in the US. 3 days. 6 stages. Hundreds of bands. Hundreds of vendors. Food. Fun. And it’s all outdoors, and all FREE!

For the 8th year, I will have a booth, selling copies of my comics and graphic novels, as well as the PANEL Collective anthologies and books. Hope to see some of you there!

Derf talk at OSU’s Wexner Center for the Arts

Indie cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf will give a free talk Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm, at OSU’s Wexner Center film/video theater. His latest graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, was just published by Abrams ComicArts.

“Ohio State grad and Cleveland-based cartoonist Derf Backderf visits to discuss his new graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, an account of growing up in the same small Ohio town as notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Best known for his strip The City, Derf is a two-time Eisner Award nominee and received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award in 2006. Join us following the event for a book signing in the Wexner Center Store.”

The talk is free and open to the public, so if you have the time, I highly recommend it. I interviewed Derf for the OSU Alumni Magazine several years ago, and he’s a very interesting artist. Cynical, but socially conscious, his work touches upon politics, religion, and the human condition as a whole. I’ve read the original, single-issue comic book version of My Friend Dahmer, but not the expanded graphic novel (yet). Looking forward to hearing him speak.

Ohioana Book Festival – Sat. 5/12

The Ohioana Book Festival is a celebration of Ohio-based authors, and takes place Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center. This is the 6th year for the event, and it will feature nearly 100 authors covering a variety of genres, across both fiction and non-fiction. There will be live music, food carts, exhibits, and author readings. You can meet your favorite writers, get your books autographed, and chat with them in an informal atmosphere.

And best of all, it’s free to attend, and parking is free as well.

The 2012 Featured Authors are:

Tom Batiuk
Jeni Britton Bauer
Cinda Williams Chima
Casey Daniels
Nancy Petro
Donald Ray Pollock
Emilie Richards
Les Roberts
Michael J. Rosen
Robin Yocum

I’ll be one of the guests at the festival, and I’m also participating in a panel at 2:15 pm titled “Young Adult Fiction – For Tweens & Teens.” There will be a ton of other panels, workshops, and author readings as well. Plus, children’s activities. Check out the website for all the details.

Hope to see some of you there.

S.P.A.C.E. 2012 is a wrap

The 13th annual Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) has come and gone. As always, it was a fun show, especially being tabled next to my fellow PANEListas Tom Williams, Brent Bowman, Tony Goins, Craig Bogart, and Matt Kish. The only downside this year was that I was fighting a nasty cold, which had me stuffed up, tired, and in a haze the whole weekend. Still, I tried my best to smile for this picture, taken by another PANEL member who was hanging out with us at the show, Ross Hardy:

Overall, I’d say that each year the level of craft I saw at the other tables keeps improving. There were several gorgeous books I spotted, with silk-screened covers or wood block prints. True objects of art, not just quickie photocopied zines. Not that there’s anything wrong with the latter, though. After all, that’s what this show is all about: DIY comix, in whatever shape or form you’d like to make them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford to buy every book and print I liked, but I did manage to snag a couple of items.

It was also good to see John G. make the trip down from Cleveland. I traded him one of our PANEL anthologies for his latest, a nifty color comic titled The Lake Erie Monster.

I did pick up a few other comics, which I’ll post about later. But for now, I wanted to share some of the artwork I acquired at the show. First up, a print by the talented Marnie Galloway:

And an original piece of art from Salim Cortes:

I also snagged a couple of original sketches: a Matt Smith Doctor Who illustration from partner-in-crime Brent Bowman, a gift for my daughter:

…and a Matt Kish original, related to a Heart of Darkness project he’s working on:

Incidentally, if you’d like to see some great pictures from the show, check out this Facebook gallery from Columbus’ own Alexandra Kelley Fox.

Also, here’s another one from Ross Hardy.

S.P.A.C.E. 2012 is this weekend

Hey indie comix fans, it’s that time again in Central Ohio. Time for the 13th annual Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.)

Art by Tom Williams

Where: Columbus, Ohio (Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 4900 Sinclair Road)
When: Sat April 21, Sun April 22
Who: hundreds of indie comix creators
How Much: $5/day, $8/weekend

SPACE is always a fun show, as it’s purely about comics. Small press, self-published, indie comics. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to check it out. I’ll have a table, as will several of my fellow PANEL Collective members.

Also this year, it’s the return of the pre-convention party!

Friday, April 20 – The Laughing Ogre Comic Shoppe (4258 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214) will host the pre-party from 7:00PM-11:00PM Come meet and talk to many of the SPACE exhibitors before the show. Also, free SPACE passes to the first 20 people through the door.

Hope to see some of you at the pre-party, as well as the show itself.

All hail…hail

We had a nice little hail storm here in C-Bus about half an hour ago…

Pictures from our front yard, plus a bowl full of the stuff I scooped up.

Comic Creators for Freedom – combating human trafficking

Whenever creative people band together for a good cause, it focuses their energy and talent to bring awareness to charitable cause they believe in. And so it is with the cartoonists who have formed the Comic Creators for Freedom, a group dedicated to raising money for organizations combating human trafficking.

“There are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year.”

Participating comic book creators each contribute a drawing of one of their female characters, which are then incorporated into a single wallpaper image that is offered to those who donate money to the cause. To date, the CCfF has raised $15,000, which is split between two charities: Love 146 (working to end child sex slavery and exploitation via prevention and aftercare programs) and Gracehaven (a Columbus-based non-profit with a mission to find and free underage girls who are enslaved by child sex trafficking).

The CCfF will start their 2012 fundraising drive on Monday, January 9th through Friday, January 20th. If you’re a creator interested in contributing to their project, you can find details here. Please keep this important cause in mind when planning your charitable giving.

I’d also like to publicly thank Columbus-based cartoonist Lora Innes, creator of The Dreamer webcomic, for being one of the driving forces behind this project.

Interview on Writer’s Talk

I was a guest on Writer’s Talk, a local show hosted by Doug Dangler and produced by The Ohio State University’s Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. Doug interviews writers in various fields and disciplines, “focusing on how they produce text and communicate in a variety of genres. Its purpose is to demystify and promote writing, especially for academic writers.”

The episode I was on also featured 2 other prolific Columbus comic creators: Ken Eppstein, editor, writer, and publisher of the Nix Comics Quarterly, and Max Ink, creator, writer, and artist of Blink.

In Columbus, the show will be broadcast on the radio at these times and locations:

– Monday, November 7, 7 pm., WCRS radio 98.3 & 102.1 FM
– Wednesday, November 9, 8:00 p.m., WCBE radio central Ohio’s NPR station, 90.5 FM

Or you can watch it right here: