It's the first of our interviews with one of the creators you can find at SPACE, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo happening THIS WEEKEND in Columbus, Ohio, and it features The Outhouse's own KEN EPPSTEIN!
The Outhouse's own indie comics expert (and creator) J.M. Hunter, otherwise known as the InDIY Hunter, caught up with another Outhouse contributor and an indie comics powerhouse, Ken Eppstein, in advance of this weekend's Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) in Columbus Ohio.
InDiy Hunter: Embracing the S.P.A.C.E this year is none other than Nix Comics Quarterly publisher and member of the Kickstarter Success Stories" panel at the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo, (That's SPACE for you newb Cadets!) this year, Ken Eppstein! Watch and wonder as Ken tries to plunder the indie 5 Ohh!
Hi Ken, long time no speak! So you're one of many in the mid-west attending one of alternative comics' best conventions. So tell me, what are you bringing to the "table"?
Ken Eppstein: I'm pretty excited. At this point last year, I only had one issue of Nix Comics Quarterly out. This year, I'll have four issues of the Quarterly and I'll be debuting Issue #1 of Nix Comics for Kids. Plus, this year, I'll have artists Bob Ray Starker and Brian Kraft in tow.
IH: Is this your first year?
KE: Second year.
IH: What clued you in to the show, and how will you rise above the rest in the indie trenches?
KE: You know, I can't remember who told me about SPACE first. Like I said, last year was my first as a exhibitor or as a patron, which I'm kinda ashamed of. Something so cool has been happening right under my nose in town for 13 years, and here I was oblivious.
Why do I need to rise above? All us Indie guys are in the same trench, fighting the same fight. Besides... the last thing I want to do is try to out-write Dara Naraghi or out-draw Max Ink. Rafer Roberts and Tom Scioli are gonna be there! So much talent! Best not to be competitive about it or risk gettin' a whoopin'.
IH: Is SPACE really the final frontier? As the digital age becomes a reality, do you foresee the meet-and-greet, boots on the ground work ethic of the independent comic creator/publisher losing steam or becoming less relevent?
KE: From my perspective it sure isn't losing steam. I don't think this kinda grassroots stuff will ever go away. Its the Big Two and Diamond that need to be worried about their 4 Ps and lawsuits and movie budgets. Self publishers are free to do what they want, when they want, how they want. How could that ever lose steam?
IH: You've had a busy year! Post-SPACE, what does Nix Comics Quarterly have coming up?
KE: Really? I feel kinda lazy. Like I should have three books or more out already. But, yeah, things are busy. The Western should be ready for release soon after SPACE. Then, before the end of the year rolls around, I'd like to get in issue #6 of the quarterly. Oh yeah - I'm also going to put out a TPB in honor of the 20th anniversary of frequent Nix contributor Dazzlin' Darren Merinuk's Rockin' Bones comic.
IH: What does Nix publisher Ken do in his spare time?
KE: I don't have a whole lot of spare time. I work 9 to 5 and spend a lot of time writing and promoting the comics. Add in time spent keeping my missus happy, and there's not a lot left over. I guess I still find a couple bucks and an hour or so a month to go record hunting.
You can meet Ken and a ton of other indie superstars at SPACE this weekend. You can find out more about Nix here (and don't forget to check out the upcoming releases, like Nix Comics for Kids here), follow Nix on SPACE... we mean FACEbook, and you can read Ken's column, Indie Insights, right here at the Outhouse!
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