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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Marjane Satrapi Visits CCAD Next Week

Graphic novelist, filmmaker, activist: Marjane Satrapi is a compelling, important figure on the world stage. She’ll visit Columbus College of Art and Design next Tuesday, Oct. 21 to discuss her influential graphic memoir Persepolis, its film adaptation, and other recent works including the film The Voices.

For more information on the event, click here. EDIT: Here’s the Facebook page for the event.


Persepolis is one of the most influential graphic memoirs of the past two decades and the winner of numerous prizes. Its film adaptation, co-written and co-directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud, won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Satrapi has also adapted her comic Chicken with Plums into a film. More recently, she directed the film The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The screenplay was written by Columbus-born writer Michael R. Perry.

Satrapi will be interviewed by Ohio State professor Jared Gardner. Persepolis is the common reader this semester for CCAD freshmen. Arrive early for this FREE event!

When: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30pm

Where: Canzani Center, on the campus of Columbus College of Art and Design


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Columbus cartoonists Max Ink and Liz Valasco teamed up to create Super Zombie Girl and you can get your copy, along with Max’s Blink comics, in the Indiegogo. Max is currently working on a fabulous diary comic, Thinklings, featuring some guy named Max and the awesome women from Blink (watch this space for an interview with Max about the series in the not-too-distant future) which you can follow at But first, support this worthy local-comics cause so that Max can pay his rent and get back to making comics!



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Comics’ newest supergroup is going on tour, and stopping in Columbus, OH!


Join us for an evening of comic readings, book signings and booze at Kafe Kerouac with Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann on tour with his new graphic novel MEGAHEX, Michael DeForge debuting Lose #6, and Patrick Kyle touring Distance Mover!

Simon Hanselmann
Michael DeForge
Patrick Kyle

Doors at 7PM
Projected-comics readings begin at 8PM


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John Porcellino and ROOT HOG OR DIE 9/26

This Friday at the Schulz auditorium at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum come see John Porcellino and the new documentary Root Hog or Die!

For over twenty-five years, John Porcellino has self-published his zine King-Cat Comics & Stories, which, through simple artwork and storytelling, investigates the essence of just being alive. In King-Cat, John beautifully renders the “in-between moments” – those instances which occupy the bulk of our lives, but can pass easily without notice: Sitting on the front porch. Peeing at a rest stop. Watching a bird. Born of the zine revolution of the late eighties/early nineties, King-Cat today is the template for cartoonists who seek to create work that is personal, well-crafted and free of outside influence.

Root Hog or Die is a documentary about John and his lifelong project, and about how John manages – and occasionally struggles – to live and function as an uncompromising artist in twenty-first century America. Directed by Dan Stafford, Root Hog or Die is a fascinating window not only into one of our most original and dedicated cartoonists but into the world of alternative comics.

John Porcellino also has a new book, Hospital Suite, recounting his struggles with physical and mental illness, and after the documentary he will be talking about the book and signing. The evening’s schedule is:

6:30pm – Informal meet-and-greet with book signing opportunities
7pm – Root Hog Or Die Screening
8:30 – Q+A with John Porcellino
9:00pm – Book signing / Spit And a Half sales

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The Sequentialist and Independents’ Day

This weekend features two comics-related events, one a new venture and the other a new tradition.

Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8pm–Join the publishers and artists behind Columbus’ new monthly cartoon newspaper, The Sequentialist, for a launch party at Kafe Kerouac. The party includes music by Metavari and a panel discussion with cartoonists Bryan Moss, Colleen Clark and more hosted by Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. The new issue features work by Julian Dassai, Lavinia Westfall, Thom Glick, and Bryan Moss. No cover!



Read more from Sequentialist co-founder Matt McClure here.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 & 22Independents’ Day! It’s here again at a new locale: the corner of Town and Lucas St. in Franklinton. Columbus’ annual end-of-warm-weather festival focuses on local and independents businesses, and it’s always been good to local cartoonists. There will be a comics pop-up shop, booths featuring various publishers. Here’s at least a partial list of presenters. For more info, visit Independents’ Day’s website.

Saturday, September 20:
11 am to 1 pm:
Jon Harvey
Rich Trask
1 pm to 3 pm:
Valerie Starr
Michael Carroll
3 pm to 5 pm:
Talcott Starr
Brian Canini
5 to 7 pm:
Matt Wyatt
Luke Herr

Sunday, September 21:
11 am to 1 pm
Amie Key
Ray Tomczak
1 pm to 3 pm:
Maryanne Rose Papke
Katie Valeska
3 pm to 5 pm
Max Ink
Jonathon Riddle
Jessica Spangler

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