Yesterday, February 16th was a special day for Sunday Comix-- it was our first meeting held at The Billy Ireland Library & Museum! The turn-out for our inaugural get-together in our new digs was nothing short of spectacular. Over 30 Columbus comics creators and enthusiasts gathered in the Will Eisner Seminar Room of The Billy and got to know each other, talked about comics and some shared works-in-progress or completed comics.
I received a pretty awesome email today from my friend, Jean, who works at the Wexner Center. Jean loves comics and she loves Columbus (it's no wonder that she's my friend!). For the past year, she's been working with musician/cartoonist Julian Dassai to put together a pretty cool project called The Weinland Park Story Book. The book is a collection of stories from residents of Weinland Park that have been turned into comics. (The explanation of the project/solicitation for Weinland residents to share their stories is pretty cute.) A few Sunday Comixers are participating as illustrators (myself included).
But y'know what?
This post isn't about the book. It's about one particular page of the book titled "Good Morning." The story is about a family, a little bird and memorable morning. It was written by Naddir and adapted it into a playful comics page by Katie Velaska. (You can buy her utterly sweetastic book, Next Year's Girl,here!)
Okay, but guess what? This post isn't even about that. It's about this:
The Short North Alliance is unveiling a new series of murals that are giant “stickers” (12ft X 10ft) which will be placed (temporarily) on buildings throughout the Short North. Naddir and Katie's comic page is going to be one of those murals! How cool is that??? The mural will be featured at the corner of 5th and High on the Dress for Success building across from Out of the Closet.
There will be a reception on Friday, February 28th from 5:30-8PM in Ray’s Living Room located at 17 Brickel St (a stone's throw away from Rigsby's Kitchen and Tasi Cafe). There are a number of other murals to see all around the neighborhood and sponsoring galleries will be open and have snacks and drinks for everyone to enjoy!
Part I: This historic lecture (Ohio State University) by Beetle Bailey artist Brian Walker took place at the opening of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
Part II: Artwork from the opening exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State. See examples of animation, political cartoons, comic strips, graphic novels and gag cartoons. Artwork from DC, Marvel, and the American's Sunday comics section are on display. Artist such as Will Eisner, Rube Goldberg, Joe Kubert, Walk Kelly, Bil Keane, Windsor McCay, Charles Schultz. And examples of comic strips such as Blondie, Prince Valiant, Brenda Starr, Beetle Bailey, Dick Tracy, Popeye, Steve Canyon,
"Panels In Pink: A Celebration of
Female Comics Creators" is a new exhibition spotlighting the work of
several female comics artists and writers, mostly from in and around
the Central Ohio area. The exhibit, produced in co-operation with Sunday Comix and curated by SC member Canada Keck, will be adorning the walls of local arts space Wild Goose Creative, located at 2491 Summit Street, from now until the end of the month.
Among the creators represented are:
Maryanne Rose Papke
An artists' reception, sure to be attended by many of the talented
women listed above, is scheduled for April 29 from 6 until 9 p.m.
America's 50 states have all sorts of State symbols that represent our cultural heritage and natural treasures. The official State Tree of Ohio is the Aesculus Glabra (or, as it's more commonly known, the Ohio Buckeye). Our official state bird is the Cardinal and our official flower is the Scarlet Carnation. We also have an official animal (White-Tailed Deer), Insect (Ladybug), Gemstone (Ohio Flint) and reptile (Black Racer). Last week, Mark Butler of the Ohio Historical Society created a petition to get an official State Superhero on that list of Official State symbols. For any comic book lover, there should be no surprise which one it is-- Cleveland's most famous (adopted) son, Superman.
"Superman was created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio," states Butler in the petition. "Superman is a cultural icon that transcends comic books. We want the State of Ohio to recognize Superman and his creators and celebrate Superman's roots in the Buckeye state."
Mr. Butler is a Project Coordinator in the Educational Partnerships and Outreach Department of the Ohio Historical Society. According to his personal website, Mark "provides fun and engaging teacher training to demonstrate how primary resources can make history come alive. He fell in love with history while visiting the Ohio History Center as a youth. He is happy to share this enthusiasm with educators and students. He also is passionate about comic books, which he, much to the chagrin of his colleagues, also enjoys sharing."
Superman is heralded as the first superhero. Hopefully, with enough signatures, the "Man of Tomorrow" will become the first official state superhero. Those interested in signing the petition can do so at http://www.change.org.
Since its founding in 2009, the Goodale Park Music Series has been a showcase for local musicians to share their talents with hundreds of people over the course of six Sunday afternoons in July and August along with local artists, kids activities, and food carts. After attending the Indie Comix Fair in March and the SPACExpo in April, Alexandra Kelley Fox - event organizer and Columbus blogger/PR extraordinaire, was made aware of the vibrant comics creating community in Columbus.
As a result, she decided it was time for Columbus become more aware, too, and invited a few local comics creators to set up alongside all the many other creative types. Kids art activities will be provided by a variety of local artists & organizations over the course of the series, including Hayley Meyers with Terra Gallery, Short North artist Josey Joseph and youth artists from TRANSIT Arts and Columbus Artmobile. A number of local food carts will sell refreshments, as organized by Food Fort Columbus.
Below is a handy list of which comics/creators will be attending and when, along with the bands that will be performing. You can RSVP to each of the events on the GPMS' Facebook Event page. All concerts begin at 12:30p and last until 2p.
Hope you can make it out to the park this summer to enjoy some art, food, music and, of course, comics!
The Goodale Park Music Series is funded by the Short North Foundation, Short North Civic Association, Friends of Goodale Park, Harrison West Society, and ComFest. It was founded in 2009 by Alexandra Kelley Fox.
The event on Friday, May 11, is ominously titled Obstacle Course: Oulipo and the Creative Potential of Constraints, but don't let that scare you away! Similar to our jam comics, which originate from a French literary exercise called cadavre exquis, oulipo is a type of literary exercise originating in France where, theoretically at least, a series of constraints imposed in an exercise allows the writer to be freer and more creative. It's also a sort of acronym, standing for ouvroir de littérature potentielle.
Matt's talk on Friday starts at 4:30 pm in the Film/Video Theater and is FREE. Matt will be talk about his work as well as about how oulipo has been used to create art in a variety of media.
For those of you who'd like a little more instruction in oulipo and don't mind shelling out money, Matt will also be conducting an Oulipo Workshop on Saturday, May 12 from 1 to 4 pm. The workshop costs $12 for members or students or $15 for the rest of us.
Nix Comics Quarterly, the rock music inspired horror comic created by Ken Eppstein, is getting ready for its fourth issue to go to press, and we all have a chance to help this effort by contributing to Ken's Kickstarter campaign.
Nix Comics Quarterly is well worth supporting, not only because the stories, mostly written by Ken, are great fun to read but because Ken pays the artists who illustrate his stories.
Issue 4 features cover art by Michael Neno as well as a story illustrated by Matt Wyatt. Michael Neno's work has appeared in the first three issues, and Matt Wyatt and Max Ink contributed to Issue 3.
If you haven't yet explored any of the Nix Comics Quarterly issues, for a mere $20 you can get all four issues and support a fantastic venue for independent comic creators. If you can contribute more, you can get ad space or even original art work from the issue.
Attention Comic book fans! Boys and girls! Ladies and gents! Now presenting... an adventure in geekdom at Kafe Kerouac! Check out what the local comic book talent has to offer at the Kafe Kerouac's Comic Book Fans and Artists Night Out on Friday, November 11 from 8p-11p. There will be plenty of comic book art & goodies to be had.
So you think you know all there is to know about comics? From Alan Moore to Warren Ellis? From Archie to Xenia? Prove it! There's going to be a trivia game where you can get to use that nerdy knowledge to win prizes provided by the ever popular comic book store on High Street: Laughing Ogre. There's also going to be a "comics caption" game. Show off that rapier wit in head to head competition!
Also! A huge community poster jam will be going on so that anyone can add in their own little drawings and jam with the indie artists who are at the show.
So, come out, have a cup of coffee or some brewskies (or wine!) and mingle with local creators and see their artwork featured on the walls and on the shelves.