Columbus Eisner nominees

Two of our very own cartoonists are up for Eisners at this weekend”s SDCC: Jeff Smith,under the “Best Graphic Album—Reprint” category, for the complete and beautifully colored RASL, and Steve Hamaker, for the aforementioned beautiful coloring on RASL, as well as for his coloring work on Mylo Xyloto (Bongo) and  Strangers in Paradise 20th Anniversary Issue 1 (Abstract Studio). Whether you are in San Diego this weekend or celebrating at Packrat, be sure to cheer on our local boys!

Oh, and I will be losing my third straight Eisner nomination for my work as co-editor on Skippy Vol II (under the “Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips” category). Just too many good books in that category this year (and last), but truly totally awesome to be there among such fantastic projects and editors.


Mylo Xyloto (Bongo), Strangers in Paradise 20th Anniversary Issue 1 (Abstract Studio) – See more at:
Mylo Xyloto (Bongo), Strangers in Paradise 20th Anniversary Issue 1 (Abstract Studio) – See more at:
Mylo Xyloto (Bongo), Strangers in Paradise 20th Anniversary Issue 1 (Abstract Studio), – See more at:
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Packrat Comics Not at Comic Con Party 2014

Can’t make it to San Diego for the big show?  Head out to Hilliard to Packrat Comics for their annual Not-A-Con event!

July 26 at 11am,  celebrating 75 years of Batman with special guest appearance by The Shazzbots and exclusive Comic Con swag shipped straight from San Diego!   There’ll be:

*Free Batman Comics and Graphic Novels

*Superhero Training Academy: Ever wanted to be a superhero? Now’s your chance! Begin your training at our  Superhero Training Academy being held during NACC! Learn skills needed to help Batman defeat his villains during our training sessions. Schedule your FREE class today for either 12pm or 1pm!  Space is limited, email your name & age with ‘Superhero Training’ in the subject line.

*Kids Create Comics: Dirk Manning and Victor Dandrige will be teaming up during Not at Comic Con to present a special all ages panel teaching kids to create comics!

* Artist Alley featuring Darryl Banks, Dirk Manning, Victor Dandrige, JD Larrabee, Jason Strutz, Bobby Hardy, Michael Neno, Tom Williams, Wiccy Creations, Todd Beistel, Art Explorer Post Program

*Free Shazzbots Concert

* Mikey’s Late Night Slice Pizza Assault Truck selling pizza by the slice

* Lots of fun and games throughout the day

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Congrats to Columbus’ Harvey Nominees

The final ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards has been posted and congratulations are in order for a number of Columbus-based cartoonists.

Artist Tom Williams has been nominated for his work with Cincinnati’s Chad Lambert in the “Best Single Issue or Story” category for “Now and Then,” Dark Horse Presents #30.

Lora Innes’ The Dreamer has been nominated once again in the “Best Online Comics Work” category.



Also of note, Columbus native Paul Pope has multiple nominations for Battling Boy, and frequent SPACE exhibitor Nate Powell‘s collaboration with Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin on March: Book One has also been nominated. Look for Powell’s original artwork at the upcoming Billy Ireland exhibit, “The Long March: Civil Rights in Cartoons and Comics.”

If we missed anyone, please let us know. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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Three Days of Columbus Comic Creators @ The Laughing Ogre

The Laughing Ogre is on a roll with their support of the local comics scene!  Fresh off of this weekend’s well attending signing,  the Clintonville shop is running a three day “Mini Indie Con” featuring the following scheduled creators:

Friday, July 11th:
6 – 8 PM:
Sean Forney
Brian Canini & Derek Baxter 
Michael Neno
Craig Bogart
Victor Dandridge

Saturday, July 12th:
10 AM – 1 PM:
Dorian Lafferre
JD Larabee
James Moore, Joel Jackson, & Katie Valeska 
Rafael Rosado
Daniel Leister

1 PM – 4 PM:
Terry Eisele
Molly Durst
Liz Valasco
Dara Naraghi
Brent Bowman
Andy Bennett

4 PM – 7 PM:
Mike Eshelman
Canada Keck
Ken Eppstein
Lauren McCallister
Seth Lyons

Sunday, July 13th:
12 – 3 PM:
David Willis
Bob Corby
Uko Smith
Michael Carroll
Wolfgang Parker

3 – 6 PM:
Tom Williams
Celestian Walz
Maryanne Rose Papke
Mason Easley
Jamie Snell

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Julian Dassai’s Columbusonian #26

Julian Dassai’s ongoing comic strip in 614 magazine, The Columbusonian, features illustrated interviews with Columbus community.  In a fashion generally unheard of in modern entertainment magazines, 614 generously gives Julian an entire page to work his magic!  This week, the subject of the Columbusonian is writer, punk rocker, and carny critter creator Paul Bearer.

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Sketch in the City: Katie Valeska

After a great start with Max Ink’s slice-o’-life series Blink, the weekly “Sketch in the City” comic in Columbus Alive is now featuring Katie Valeska’s Next Year’s Girl. Yes, that’s a reference to Elvis Costello’s “This Year’s Girl,” and yes it’s true that one of the Next Year’s Girl comics was featured in a 2011 Elvis Costello box-set. There’s no better street cred than that. Katie’s work also won the 2012 SPACE prize for webcomics.

The presence of “Sketch in the City” in Columbus’ major weekly newspaper is a wonderful thing. It’s curated by Nix Comics editor Ken Eppstein. You should also check out Julian Dassai’s “The Columbusonian” in the monthly (614) Magazine, which we’ll take a closer look at in the near future.

Here’s last week’s Next Year’s Girl, since we don’t want to spoil the Alive‘s mojo. For this week’s installment of Next Year’s Girl, click here.

Katie will be appearing at the Laughing Ogre’s webcomics day on July 6 from 4-8pm (see the post below this one).



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Signing-a-Palooza @ Laughing Ogre

July 6th is going to be a big web comics day at the Ogre, with a bevvy of  awesome cartoonists in the house:  David Willis (Dumbing of Age), Girls With Slingshots, Katie Valeska (Next Year’s Girl), and Lora Innes (The Dreamer) will ALL be in store 4 PM – 8 PM for an extreme signstravaganza!

Be sure to get your books at the Ogre, ahead of time, before they’re all gone!

Girls With Slingshots –
Lora Innes –
Katie Valeska –
David Willis –


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Kickstarter: Mat Calvert’s When The Heart Betrays The Blood

When The Heart Betrays The Blood is the story of a young Jewish girl’s escape from sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle via her strange relationship with the son of a white supremacist.

Within this lurid Gothic romance the book asks complex ethical questions about personal conduct and group identity. It contrasts evil actions with evil ideology and asks you the reader to evaluate if an otherwise harmless man carrying a banner for an evil cause is worse than a man who portrays himself as decent and upright while quietly being monstrous in his private life.”

From Mat Calvert’s “When The Heart Betrays The Blood: A Postmodern Storybook”

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