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.