Want to learn more about some of the featured guests at SPACE, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo that will be happening THIS WEEKEND in Columbus, Ohio? Read on!
Nate Powell is the author of Swallow Me Whole, the Will Eisner Award winner for Best New Graphic Novel in 2009. Swallow Me Whole was also nominated for a LA Times Book Prize, listed on the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens and has been released in French and Dutch. Nate will be in attendance with two new projects Any Empire and Silence of Our Friends. There will also be an exhibition of Nate's current work in the center of the exhibitors room.
Carol Tyler lives in Cincinnati and teaches a graphic novels & sequential art at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. She has brought her current book theme, military service, into the classroom.
Carol is also a Residency artist in the Arts Learning Program with the Ohio Arts Council.
Carol started out contributing short slice of life stories to anthologies such as Weirdo, Wimmen's Comix and Twisted Sisters. Her first solo book, The Job Thing, was published in 1993.
Carol's current project is a trilogy. You'll Never Know is her search for the truth about what happened to her father during World War II, and also about the damage his war had on her future relationships. The first two volumes have already been released.
John Porcellino was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, a collection of King-Cat stories about Porcellino's experiences as a pest control worker, won an Ignatz Award in 2005, and Perfect Example, first published in 2000, chronicles his struggles with depression as a teenager. King-Cat Classix and Map of My Heart, published in 2007/2009, offer a comprehensive overview of the zine's first sixty-one issues, while Thoreau at Walden (2008) is a poetic expression of the great philosopher's experience and ideals. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, "John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive."
Tom Scioli is the co-creator of the Image Comics series, Gødland, and is the creator of Unmortals: The Myth of 8-Opus and the webcomic American Barbarian. He's done artwork for the comics series Captain America, The Incredibles, Elephantmen, Freedom Force, and The Fantastic Four. He currently lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Erin.
Eric Adams is best known as the creator of LACKLUSTER WORLD, a dark satire comic series about an albino man using vandalism and his job as a newspaper journalist to change the world at large before it changes him.
In 2006, he illustrated STUART, a short story penned by Chris Arrant, which ran in NEGATIVE BURN. Eric is also a contributor to Newsarama.com, writing SEQUENTIAL SMARTS, a thorough series of articles about marketing comics from the perspective of a small press / self-publisher (currently on hiatus).
Eric is also a foolish man that tries to make a living by running a web/graphic design agency.
...And Columbus' Own...
Dara Naraghi has worked as a writer on comic books on all ends of the spectrum, from self-published titles to books based on multi-million dollar movie franchises. As a founding member of the Columbus, Ohio-based comic book writers/artists collective known as PANEL, he has contributed stories to - and helped produce - 17 volumes of their comics anthology, which he self-publishes under his Ferret Press imprint. He has also written graphic novels for IDW and Image Comics, including GHOSTBUSTERS, and the NYT Best Sellers TERMINATOR SALVATION official movie prequel and WITCH & WIZARD: BATTLE FOR SHADOWLAND.
Recently he had "The Protest", a story from his childhood in Iran published in Dark Horse Presents.
For information on his latest projects, check out www.FerretPress.com
Tom Williams has made SPACE look good for many years. He has produced art for our flyers, posters and program books and also designed our website. Tom is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design. He won the Day Prize in 2002 for his comic "Misa". His debut graphic novel (with Brian McLachlan) "No Dead Time" has been published in the US and Spain. Tom has also contributed to many comic anthologies from Tori Amos' "Comic Book Tattoo" to the Columbus based "Panel".
Max Ink is the creator behind "Blink", a comic book series about three friends-- Blink, Sam and Hank--living, working and enjoying life in Columbus, Ohio. "Blink" has been published as a graphic novel, in mini comics, in comic book anthologies (including Ken Eppstein's NIX Comics Quarterly) and from 2008-2010, it ran as a comic strip in the Short North Gazette. In 2009, Blink was nominated for the S.P.A.C.E. Prize. Currently Max's work for Blink: "Wonka Wonka Kochalka"is on display at the Wild Goose Collective. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is the first chapter in the graphic novel, BLINK: SO IT GOES and will be available at SPACE. Go to http://on.fb.me/wildwwk for more info.
Michael R. Neno has been publishing small press, indie and mini comics since 1987. Publisher of The Signifiers, Reactionary Tales, Quacky Pig and Lovey Dovey Coloring Books. He has also freelanced for Cracked Magazine, Dark Horse Comics, Nix Comics Quarterly and Negative Burn. He will be premiering his second issue of The Signifiers at SPACE.
Ken Eppstein is the driving force behind Nix Comics Quarterly, which is a new rock'n'roll horror comic anthology in the spirit of old EC Comics. An issue of Nix is meant to be a written analog to a Ramones Concert... 220.127.116.11. Story. 18.104.22.168. Story. Etc. Besides Nix Comics Quarterly Ken will be premiering Nix Comics For Kids #1, and Nix Western Comics #1 at SPACE. Ken is also the organizer of last month's insanely successful Columbus Indie Comix Fair.
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!
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.
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror