What's next for comic fans after C2E2? SPACE, the Mid-West's largest exhibition of small press, alternative and creator-owned comics!
On April 21 & 22, the 13th annual Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. SPACE, the only locally owned comics convention in the Columbus area, is the Mid-West's largest exhibition of small press, alternative and creator-owned comics. Comic artists, writers and publishers from all over the US will display an incredible diversity of genres and styles- autobiography, history, social issues, fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor and everything in between even the occasional superhero.
Creators who produce the finest in print comics as well as many webcomics creators will be on hand.
SPACE is a unique opportunity to discover the amazing array of independent comics as well as a chance to interact with the creators.
SPACE is committed to bringing this great treasure trove of work to the public, with no increase in admission prices for the last 7 years as well as discounted advanced ticket sales.
There will be over 170 exhibitors in attendance including nationally know Nate Powell, Carol Tyler, John Porcellino, Tom Scioli, and Eric Adams as well as local favorites Dara Naraghi, Tom Williams, Max Ink, Michael R. Neno, and Ken Epstein . (See the following pages for exhibitor bios)
We will have a full slate of programming including panels and presentations on small press comics, webcomics, the Ohio State Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the 2011 SPACE Prize presentations and the Columbus Premiere of the Cynicalman Movie!
Other events surrounding SPACE include Max Ink's Blink: WWK exhibition at the Wild Goose Collective, The SPACE Pre-party at the Laughing Ogre Comic Shoppe and the Live Art Event at Bowties Lounge on the grounds of the Hotel. Check http://backporchcomics.com/program.htm for details.
The venue offers a restaurant, bar, free parking, a special hotel rate and air port shuttle service. Go to http://backporchcomics.com/hotels.htm for hotel reservations. The deadline for the hotel block is March 30.
Get a taste of SPACE before you come with the SPACE Anthology 2012 which is up as a free download at www.backporchcomics.com. It is also available for iPad and Android through the Cloud 9 Comix app available at the iTunes store and for the first time as a print book available at the show and on Amazon. SA2012 contains 19 complete strips by 23 SPACE exhibitors.
Also there is a list of Premiere Comics which will be available for the first time at SPACE at http://www.backporchcomics.com/premier_comics.htm
Additional information about SPACE 2012 including a full list of exhibitors, programs, the news blog and discount tickets can be found on line at: http://www.backporchcomics.com/space.htm
Hope to see you at the show.
The Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE)
The Mid-West's Largest Exhibition of Small Press, Alternative and Creator Owned Comics
Over 170 exhibitors
April 21 & 22 Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm
Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center in Columbus.
4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229
Off I71 at the Morse / Sinclair exit. Free Parking!
Admission $5.00 per day and $8.00 per weekend.
SPACE-Columbus' only locally owned and operated COMICS show!
Remember, all day today, The Outhouse will be showcasing SPACE! Starting at 8AM Central, we'll be posting something new every two hours, including more information about the con and its atendees, and some interviews with several guests! And we've got even more planned for later this week! Keep checking back all day for more SPACE as we kick off the week leading up to the event with SPACE Monday!
Source: Press Release
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror