Day Two - Sunday at S.P.A.C.E.
March 2nd, 2008, Chuck Moore reporting - I'm going to lead off tonight's update with great news from event coordinator Bob Corby...
Save these dates ... April 18-19, 2009
The official dates for the ninth annual Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo are set!
Crowds were a bit lighter on Sunday, but the intermingling of creators and projects made for a utterly fun day here in Columbus. As someone who visited S.P.A.C.E. purely to take in the show and sample the books offered, I had a great time this weekend meeting and talking with creators. The books I'm taking home will keep me reading and reviewing, quite happily for the next few weeks (and in the case of reviews... months).
In yesterday's update, I shared the details of the 2007 Day Prize winner. Being a bit curious about the history of this award, I learned that it is Dave Sim who actually judges and awards the Howard Eugene Day Memorial Award each year. The award is named in honor of Gene Day, Sim's mentor in his early years in comics.
Entries are submitted by the exhibitors of that show with the nominees and winner chosen by Sim. Awards are presented the following year. Recipients of the Day Prize receive a commemorative plaque, a check for five hundred dollars and, as I learned today, a pretty solid boost in their weekend sales for the title. I can attest to this fact as I left with a copy of Mr. Big (the newest Day Prize winner) in hand and it looks amazing.
Through the day there were panels dedicated to on-line comics, story development for artist and writers and a look at anthologies. There was also a special panel dedicated to APA organizations like the United Fanzine Organization (UFO), the Small Press Syndicate (SPS) and the Small Press Association (SPA). At 2:00 PM, Steve Peters took center stage performing songs from his Paradox comic book soundtrack CD. A solid mix of programming!
Speaking of solid programming, I'm going to give our own upcoming podcast a plug and let you know that I firmed up programming for that first show today. It will have a S.P.A.C.E. focus as I spoke with fourteen creators letting them tell the story of their titles running audio the whole time. That audio will be part of the March 28th podcast launch!
Okay, let's get down to the creators and their titles...
In thinking about how to put together tonight's final update from the show, it became clear to me that there is no easy way to tell all the stories I encountered this weekend. I ran into quite a mix of titles and creators. As a way of honoring many of those comics, I'm going to run through some of the books I I found interesting...
In no particular order whatsoever...
Breathers by Justin Madson (www.justmadbooks.com) - A very interesting murder mystery set in a world where it is no longer safe to breathe the outside air without a respiratory filtering device.
Mr. Big by Carol and Matt Dembicki (www.littlefootcomics.com) - A watery world where only the strong survive, the denizens of a pond launch a plan to eradicate Mr. Big, a giant snapping turtle that is terrorizing them.
Sounds of Your Name by Nate Powell (www.microcosmpublishing.com) - A collection of Nate's zines and comics, including his first two books, Tiny Giants and It Disappears. A smorgasbord of a graphic novel!
Lackluster World by Eric Adams (www.lacklusterworld.com) - At Fahrenheit's own birthday party, his aggressively fundamentalist brother and sister thrust him past his limits of social tolerance and he loses patience for the lackluster world.
Slam Bang #3 edited by Alan Freeman (www.fanaticpress.com) - Mostly true stories by such creators as Mark Martin, Brad Foster, Tim Corrigan, Mark Monlux, Max Ink, Clint Basinger, Chris Moshier, Roberta Gregory, Jim Siergey, Chad Lambert, Steve Keeter, Larry Blake and many more!
Macedonia by Harvey Pekar (www.harveypekar.com) as taken from the text of Heather Roberson and illustrated by Ed Piskor (www.edpiskor.com) - What does it take to stop a war?
The Amazing Cynicalman by Matt Feazell (www.cynicalman.com) - A great 150-page, squarebound collection of the entire Cynicalman Weekly series, 1997-2002.
Indavo Vol. 1 by Nathan Bonner (indavo.comicgenesis.com) - 212 pages, color cover, black & white interior pages. This volume contains Chapters 1 - 13 of Indavo, collecting all of the Grayscale period into one volume.
Fish N Chips Vol. 1 by Steve Hamaker (www.steve-hamaker.com) - One fish, two cats and three gallons of water. To save the future of Solomon City, three heroes will come together to fight the Vampyre underground.
The Claws Come Out by Pat Lewis (www.lunchbreakcomics.com) - An apathetic scientist works late defrosting the Abominable Snowman. A naive blood donor dates a rageaholic vampire. A two-bit fortune teller inadvertently sparks a zombie epidemic. And it's all played for laughs.
Birth by Michael Bracco (www.alternacomics.com and thebirthofnovo.com) - Two doomed alien species, the Aquans and the Terans, are at the brink of extinction. Their only solace is in placing blame on each other for their own evolutionary shortcomings.
The Comic Eye edited by Mark Innes (www.markinnes.com) - 50 biographical and fictional comic strips by 50 talented comic makers!
The Experts by Kenn Minter (expertscomic.blogspot.com) - Six heroes have been chosen to fulfill certain demographic appeal. Though, more importantly, they have been selected for their availability and willingness to work cheap.
The DeadBeat by Jeremy Massie (massieisadeadbeat.blogspot.com) - A superhero comics that's more about the life and friendships of the hero.
The Spindletons by Josh Johnson (www.spindletons.com) - A story which plants the seed of mystery surrounding the Spindletons family.
Blink by Max Ink (avltheatre.info/MaxBlog/) - Max's series telling the story of Blink and Sam (a personal favorite of mine and I was excited to find two mini-comics I had not seen before tonight).
Snuffy The Vampire Rabbit by Troy Gillogly (www.comicspace.com/seagoat/) - Snuffy, a hit-man for the mob has it out with a vampire and becomes a bit of a victim himself.
Random Goodness by Andrea McEnaney (www.webcomicsnation.com/scarlettermite/index.php) - Great cartoons from Andrea and Scarlet Termite Press
Morbid Myths #3 from Alterna Comics (www.alternacomics.com and www.hardwaystudios.com) - Job, the collector of the morbid, returns with three new myths!
Fatalysia by Liam Kemp (www.fatalysia.com) - The adventures of Susan and Christan, best friends who live in a small village in an imaginary time. Susan escapes her abusive home life by secretly spending time with a scarecrow she meets on the other side of the forest.
Get Bent! by Ben Steckler (www.geocities.com/bent4toons/) - Straight humor with a pop culture twist.
B-36 by Pam Bliss (www.paradisevalleycomics.com) - Those Kids!, Radiation Man, The Travelling Travelall, and Much More!
Jesus Hates Zombies created by Stephen Lindsay (www.alternacomics.com and www.captionsandballoons.com) - the J-Man is looking to unleash some Wrath of God, because this time... Jesus Hates Zombies!
Zonetrooper Magazine by Joe Shover and Bill Gladman (www.zonetrooper.com) - You'll just have to visit the site for this magazine. These guys have a ton of things in motion!
The Slightly Askew Adventures of Inspector Ham & Eggs by Lauren Monardo and Stephen Lindsay (www.captionsandballoons.com/hamneggs.html) - A great new web comic.
Break The line by Knifley (www.breakthelinecomics.com) - Tyler Cade and Akulina Volkova taking care of some clients, but they both have a different idea of what that means.
Wild Breed by Troy Gillogly (www.comicspace.com/seagoat/) - A mid-evil epic tale of adventure.
Glass Eye edited by Mark Innes (www.markinnes.com) - 44 pages of romance and comic strips
The Serial Squad by Paul E. Schultz (www.badplaceproductions.com) - World War Two just became a two-world war! Secret decoder ring sold separately.
Oh, Comics! by Bob Corby (www.backporchcomics.com) - A great anthology! Be sure to check out Bob's Big Ear's and Flat Feet, Untitled and Bunny Blues for more comic goodness.
Woodboy by Dave Watt (www.badplaceproductions.com) - Witnessing the hatching bird made Woodboy curious of his own family and where he had come from. This is the start of the story.
Runner's Paradox by Steve Peters (www.awakeningcomics.com) - Conceived as a companion for Peter's Paradox CD, this tale tells the story behind the songs, which chronicle a turbulent period in the author's life.
Chad The Fat Kid by Erik Hodson (www.drunkduck.com/Chad_the_Fat_Kid/) - A great looking web comic I plan to check out after meeting Erik
Gulatta! by Joseph Morris (www.torcpress.com) - An all ages super hero style series
Coeus by Errant Studios Digital (fear-is-spreading.deviantart.com) - If you dare to enter the lab, you may find something more dangerous, more frightening, yet more human than anything you've known before.
Gapo the Clown and Mr. Happy Pants by Tony Miello (www.gapotheclown.com) - Gapo the Clown is the host of Gapo's Super Happy Fun Show, a top rated children's television program. He was hired to host the show by blackmailing its producer.
Fantasy Theater by J. Kevin Carrier (members.aol.com/fantasytheater/) - The mini-comic anthology of action and adventure.
Inter-Fan Productions (www.inter-fan.org) - Comic Fandom at it's best!
Ferret Press (www.ferretpress.com) - Loaded with solid comic content that I didn't get to spend enough time exploring this weekend. Thankfully I'll get a second chance at Gem City Con!
Hamtramck Idea Men (idea-men.us) - George McVey and Michael Marcus, creators of independent comic books, games, fine art, movies, and much more.
Obackbone Productions (0backboneproductions.com) - Featuring the titles Kuma, Odd Jobs, The Warren and The Bizzare Expeditions of Makaveli Hammertoe.
Bashuwa Studio (www.banshuwaart.bravehost.com) - Amazing Asian Art, Sumi-e and comic art.
I can't cover everyone as I couldn't make it to every table over the course of two days. I mean no slight to those not mentioned here. These are simply the titles which caught my eye and the links to their associated websites where you can learn more. All links presented here will also be incorporated into our links page later this week.
What an outstanding show! I would like to close out this year's coverage with a word of thanks to event organizer Bob Corby. Thank you for making me and my website feel welcome at your show. I'm certainly looking forward to returning and covering S.P.A.C.E. 2009!