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.

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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.

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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!

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.

My “PANEL: Green” story

The 19th volume of the PANEL Collective’s anthology debuts at S.P.A.C.E. this weekend. The theme for this issue is “Green,” and for your $3 you gets 32 pages of pure indie comix.

Here’s a sneak peek at my contribution, a silent story titled “Green to Green,” with art by the incomparable Matt Kish:

And a look at the back cover, depicting the PANEL crew, by my Persia Blues collaborator Brent Bowman:

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.

Gem City Comic Con this weekend

I’m one of the guests at Gem City Comic Con this weekend, in Dayton, Ohio. Hours are Saturday March 31st, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday April 1st, 10am – 4pm

Tickets will run you a mere $8/day, or $15 for the weekend.

Other guests include Mark Waid, Larry Hamma, Dan Parent, and lots of my friends and fellow creators, like Andy Bennett, Tom Williams, Tim Fischer, and more.

If you make it to the show, please drop by my table and say hi.

Nominated for a S.P.A.C.E. Prize 2011

Columbus’ own Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.), founded and run by Bob Corby, has just announced the finalists for the 2011 SPACE Prize. I’m proud to be a part of the PANEL Collective, which is well represented amongst this year’s nominees:

First up, in the General Catagory:

PANEL: Pulp – volume 17 of our twice yearly anthology series, edited by yours truly (along with Sean McGurr and Tony Goins) and featuring the talents of the writers and artists of the PANEL Collective. I also have a short story in it with my pal Andy Bennett on art, called “Malika, Jungle Queen,” my more modern take on the classic “jungle girl” pulp adventure. Copies of the book are available for purchase here.

The Ineffables: All of Creation, is by PANELista Craig Bogart, who is also a past nominee and winner.

Next, in the Mini-comic / Short Story Category, is fellow PANELista Brent Bowman for his story from PANEL: Pulp, “Noor Jama, Somali Pirate”

Brent also happens to be my artistic partner on the Persia Blues series of graphic novels we’re doing for NBM Publishing.

You can check out the full list of finalists here.

Congrats to all!

NYCC anecdote

So here’s a little story about something I witnessed at the New York Comic Con yesterday. If you’ve never been to the show, it’s practically an East Coast version of Comic-Con in San Diego, in terms of scale and crowds. I think the estimate for this year’s attendance is 100,000 people.

Anyway, we were walking around the massively crowded main show floor yesterday when I saw this little altercation. There was a guy carrying one of those medium size swag bags full of something, I’m assuming books. We’ll call him Guy #1. Suddenly, another guy (let’s call him Guy #2) runs up behind him at full charge, violently yanks the bag out of his hand, and starts walking away, glaring the whole time at Guy #1. And I mean a super pissed-off, murderous kind of glare.

The first thought that ran through my head was “holy crap, Guy #1 just got robbed!” But then I noticed instead of reacting the the way you’d assume he would, he not only didn’t say a word, but just kept walking the way he was going. If anything, he picked up his pace a bit, and within a few seconds he had disappeared into the crowd.

Looking back towards Guy #2, I saw him walk behind one of the smaller publisher booths and put the bag down, still pissed off. So it seems like he was just recovering his merchandise that was stolen in the first place by Guy #1. Oddly enough, no words were exchanged during the whole incident, and there was no call for security. But also luckily, there was no violence.

Made me wonder how often this kind of “shoplifting” occurs at big, crowded cons like this.