Extra SPACE Coming in April

Join talented self published and independent comic book creators and cartoonists from central Ohio and beyond at Extra S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo.) Vendors will have comics in every format from pocket sized minis to full length graphic novels, as well as prints, posters, original art and assorted comics related swag… It’s a great opportunity to get some art and comics that you may never see down at your local comic shop!

When: Saturday April 11, 12pm-5pm

Where: Strongwater

Visit the event page on Facebook and tell ‘em you’ll be there!


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“Talking Palette, Hidden Artist: H.J. Lewis’s Visual Narratives”

A chance to learn about a pioneering African American cartoonist from the late 19th century from a brilliantly talented contemporary artist and scholar,  Garland Martin Taylor.

Thursday, March 12 5:30-7:00 pm in the Thompson Library Room 165 at Ohio State.

Garland Taylor is a Chicago-based sculptor and independent researcher who earned a Masters in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His recent article on Henry Jackson Lewis appears in Critical Inquiry.  For more information, visit http://library.osu.edu/blogs/cartoons/2015/02/16/talking-palette-hidden-artist-h-j-lewiss-visual-narratives/image

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Roz Chast Visits CCAD Thurs. March 5

Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast will speak at CCAD on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30pm in the Canzani Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Chast is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. More than 1000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978. Her newest book, the comic memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, is a New York Times 2014 “Top Ten Best Book of the Year,” and a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize. She also recently collaborated with Steve Martin on the children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!, published by Random House.



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ICAF 2014 in Columbus

What a weekend for comics in Columbus! The 17th International Comic Arts Forum held at The Ohio State University was a rousing success, and maybe, just maybe, it’ll be remembered as a defining moment in the field of comics studies.

Why? The formation of The Comics Studies Society, for starters. The unveiling of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. (More info on both soon.) Provocative artists talks by Phoebe Gloeckner (see below), Dash Shaw, and interviews with the Finnish cartoonist Hanneriina Moisseinen, Carol Tyler and Justin Green (a rare treat), and Columbus’ own Jeff Smith. Thoughtful presentations by more than 40 comics scholars. The sheer beauty of The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Oh, yes, and a powerful celebration of the comics memoir March with its author Congressman John Lewis and his collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

We’re still reeling from all of that excellence, so we’ll have more updates in the next few days. If you want to check out photos from the multitude of ICAF events this weekend, visit the Flikr album of the conference, courtesy of Jared Gardner.

Phoebe Gloeckner

More to come!

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International Comic Arts Forum @ OSU 11/13-15


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Jeff Smith on Will Eisner @ the Billy


The exhibit, curated by Caitlin McGurk and some guy, will be open for a public reception from 6 – 7:30pm

Following the reception, join us at 7:30pm in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall for WILL EISNER’S LIFE AND LEGACY – Jeff Smith, creator of the best-selling graphic novel Bone and friend of Will Eisner’s, will discuss Eisner’s career and its impact.


For more information on the exhibit, visit http://cartoons.osu.edu/events/will-eisner-75-years-of-graphic-storytelling/10659059_752640124771950_6644630018442343934_o

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Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky at the Ogre

I am going to assume everyone know that Fraction and Zdarsky, the team behind Sex Criminals, are in town presenting at CCAD tomorrow. If you don’t already know that, scroll down a couple of messages and read all the lovely details (and/or check out the Facebook page for the event)

But wait! There’s more!

On Saturday October 25th,  Fraction and Zdarsky will appear for a signing at The Laughing Ogre from 3:30-6:30pm. The Ogre is located at 4258 N. High St. in Columbus. But you knew that, right?

For that Facebook page for the signing, go here. Now!


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New Nix Comics Kickstarter

Local publisher Nix Comics has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund 1) a collected edition of Darren Merinuk’s Rockin’ Bones comics in Nix’s signature pocket TPB size, and 2) the Pander Bear: I Want You To Want Nix Comic and Record Set.

According to the site, “Merinuk’s Rockin’ Bones comics, rife with pin-up girls, monsters and greasy rock idols, are inspired by inspired by Cramps records, b-movies and teenage humor mags, are a lost gem of the 90s B&W comic explosion.”  Fans of Nix already know Pander Bear is the playful spokesperson for Nix and a metacommentary on marketing and self-promotion. But now you get music.

Visit the Kickstarter page here.


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Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky: Craft Yr Hustle at CCAD

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky: no pair of names strikes as much fear into the hearts of puritans everywhere. Their successful, smart romp–yes, romp–of a comic, Sex Criminals, is rewriting what we can expect from comics in 2014, and they’ll visit Columbus College of Art and Design next week to discuss their craft and their hustle.

Sex Criminals, published by Image, documents the exploits of an altruistic man and woman who stop time when they orgasm. Written by Fraction (Casanova, The Invincible Iron Man, Hawkeye) and illustrated by Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, former mayoral candidate for the city of Toronto), Sex Criminals won a 2014 Eisner Award for Best New Series.

Following up on this spring’s Craft Your Hustle event, CCAD presents this intimate discussion with the writer/illustrator team on Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7pm in the Canzani Auditorium. Afterward, you can mingle with the guys at a reception held in CCAD’s MindMarket.

Check it out on Facebook here. But wait, is there a signing…?


Yes, there’s a signing…


Fraction and Zdarsky (in costume or not) will appear for a signing at The Laughing Ogre on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 3:30-6:30pm. The Ogre is located at 4258 N. High St. in Columbus. For that Facebook page, go here now.

The duo will also visit CCAD’s Comics and Narrative Illustration class, a writing workshop for student cartoonists.




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