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I needed to marinate in the juices that was The Mix for a couple of days. Drink in the academia, the art, and receding hairlines. The major thing I take away from it is the question, why isn’t Columbus a bigger comics town? That seemed to be the question posed in interview by Robert Loss and on the Indie Comix panel that Caitlin (from the Cartoon Library) moderated.  Hell, even today it was mentioned on the Comics Reporter. By all rights, we should be. The cost of living is significantly cheaper than Chicago or New York.  Our local economy’s fairing better than most metropolitan cities, despite the crappy economy. Life doesn’t suck in Columbus. Believe me, it took me five or so years out of art school to realize that. You can set up your homebase here, and travel to cons in Chicago, Baltimore, Bethesda, and or New York. Granted, the major drawback for a creative is looking for work in graphic design, or advertising for say a firm or company: the market’s flooded. It doesn’t mean you can’t start your own company or freelance for clients outside Columbus.

I was able to see both panels with Chris Ware. There was a ‘keynote’ Friday night that was more like an informal talk with Ware. Jeff Smith and the entire Cartoon Books staff was in attendance. Saturday he was part of a panel on contemporary life in comics. When I got there, it seemed more like a continuation of Friday’s keynote. I wasn’t complaining, I wanted to hear more from Ware. I went and checked out the exhibit of Ware’s work that’s still up in the Canzani Center main gallery. Make a hard right as you pass the ridiculously big Red Riding Hood installation.

The crowd was a mix of college professors and students. It was a modest attendance for most of the panels, save the keynote address which was of course, free. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there’s a growing number of English college departments taking comics seriously. In that I mean there are college classes now where professors assign Watchmen or Fun Home along with Ulysses or The Invisible Man. CCAD’s Robert Loss teaches a course dedicated to graphic novels. Makes perfect sense for an art school. I’d love to see this grow and expand into sub-series of courses for cartoonists. Enriching the comics illustration class that I  took back when I was a student.

CCAD is moving forward with plans for next year’s Mix. To be a part of it, it’s a bit more complicated than being in a convention panel. You have to submit a resume, and an abstract (synapsis) of what you want to talk about in one of the panels. Artists, creators, and or writers are all welcome.

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    So the Mix started today at CCAD in Columbus: a series of workshops & panel discussions about comics. Technically it began last night with a panel discussion on Maus. As of now it appears all the workshops are filled up. Yay. There is a registration charge (cover) of $50 for all three days (except for the Chris Ware talk which is free).

    Click here for the full schedule.

    • Friday I’ll be on the Indie Comics Spotlight panel. The panel runs from 4:15 – 5:30pm at the Canzani Center.
    • Saturday, I’ll be participating in the Authoring Comics panel. That runs from 12:45 – 2:15pm. Also in the Canzani Center.

    The Chris Ware keynote speech begins at 7pm Friday with a reception to follow. Officially his new book drops this week, and of course it will be at the Mix pop-up shop. I’ll have some merch there as well.

    Robert Loss, the Mix organizer & english professor at the school, runs a comics blog. The Comics Reporter ran an interview with him today. Sounds like the school is up for making this an annual event which is really cool.

    See you there.

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      I spotted this sign at a resale clothing store on 161. It’s not open yet, but I’ll keep you posted.

       

      I didn’t catch the name of the store, but I hope it’s Hit ‘Em Up Style.

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        I know it’s short notice, but I forgot to post this earlier.

        Indie cartoonist Derf will give a free talk Tuesday, May 15, at OSU’s Wexner Center film/video theater.

        Ohio State grad and Cleveland-based cartoonist Derf Backderf visits to discuss his new graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, an account of growing up in the same small Ohio town as notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

        Best known for his strip The City, Derf is a two-time Eisner Award nominee and received a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award in 2006. Join us following the event for a book signing in the Wexner Center Store.

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          The Ohioana Book Festival is a celebration of Ohio-based authors, and takes place Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center. This is the 6th year for the event, and it will feature nearly 100 authors covering a variety of genres, across both fiction and non-fiction. There will be live music, food carts, exhibits, and author readings. You can meet your favorite writers, get your books autographed, and chat with them in an informal atmosphere.

          And best of all, it’s free to attend, and parking is free as well.

          The 2012 Featured Authors are:

          Tom Batiuk
          Jeni Britton Bauer
          Cinda Williams Chima
          Casey Daniels
          Nancy Petro
          Donald Ray Pollock
          Emilie Richards
          Les Roberts
          Michael J. Rosen
          Robin Yocum

          I’ll be one of the guests at the festival, and I’m also participating in a panel at 2:15 pm titled “Young Adult Fiction – For Tweens & Teens.” There will be a ton of other panels, workshops, and author readings as well. Plus, children’s activities. Check out the website for all the details.

          Hope to see some of you there.

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            The Dispatch has a nice article on the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, and profile local cartoonists Bob Corby, Max Ink, and Matt Wyatt.

            Such publishers are refreshing because they take chances that big-time publishers won’t, said Gib Bickel of Laughing Ogre, a comic-book store at 4258 N. High St.

            “Most of the real creativity comes from the small press.”

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              This weekend is the 13th annual Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.)

              Check out this year’s show poster, by fellow PANELista Tom Williams:

              Where: Columbus, Ohio (Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 4900 Sinclair Road)
              When: Sat April 21, Sun April 22
              Who: hundreds of indie comix creators
              How Much: $5/day, $8/weekend

              I’ll have a table, as will several of my fellow PANEL Collective members. Debuting at the show will be the 19th volume of our well-reviewed anthology, PANEL: Green.

              Also this year, it’s the return of the pre-convention party!

              Friday, April 20 – The Laughing Ogre Comic Shoppe (4258 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214) will host the pre-party from 7:00PM-11:00PM Come meet and talk to many of the SPACE exhibitors before the show. Also, free SPACE passes to the first 20 people through the door.

              Hope to see some of you at the pre-party, as well as the show itself.

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                The floor plan’s been rolled out. Here’s where ‘Panel Row’ is seated…

                looks like more of the Michigan contingent will make it out this year. Nate Powell, Tom Scioli, and John Porcellino are back as well as some regulars and new faces. Should be a good show. S.P.A.C.E. is on April 21st thru the 22nd. Same place. Same price to get in the door. See you there.

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                  Sorry I’ve been to busy to post this but there’s still space available for a workshop with Paul at the Thurber Center. If you’re an aspiring creator, student, or take advantage of this, it’s a good opportunity. Here’s the deets…
                  What: The Graphic Novel
                  When: March 26, 2012; 6-8 p.m.
                  Instructor: Paul Hornschemeier, author of acclaimed graphic novels, including MotherCome Home, and the New York Times bestseller, Life with Mr. Dangerous.
                  Deadline to Register: March 16, 2012

                  Where: Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave., next door to Thurber House.

                  Details: Class size is limited so enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be over 18. Please go to: www.thurberhouse.org for price and further details or call: 614-464-1032.

                  Paul’s been honored with the first ever ‘graphic novelist in residence’ offered by the Thurber House & the Columbus Museum of Art. This is one of many events planned while Paul is here in town. (click the tag for the full rundown) Again, congrats to Paul.


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                    In a surprise email I got the other day,  it looks like Paul Hornschemeier is to receive a Graphic Novel Residency honor. A new venture created by the Thurber House & the Columbus Museum of Art. While Paul stays in here in town, he will be researching and creating new work on site in the boyhood home of James Thurber. Wow. They’re scheduling a series of events through late March and early April including workshops, and a talk at the museum with Paul. Below is a provided list of events from the Thurber House. A sincere congrats to Paul. It’s been a thrill watching his career. Looking forward to the next book.

                    @ the Thurber House

                    The Graphic Novel

                    Adult Writing Workshop
                    Monday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 pm
                    Instructor:  Paul Hornschemeier.

                    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: March 16

                     Young Writers’ Studio

                    Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
                    Led by Paul Hornschemeier

                    @the Columbus Art Museum

                    Big Picture Lecture

                    Saturday, March 31, 2:00 pm

                    Otterbein professor of philosophy Andrew Mills will speak about Hornschemeier’s work in a philosophical context. Hornschemeier majored in philosophy at The Ohio State University and often addresses philosophical issues in his books, most notably in his 2007 work The Three Paradoxes.
                    Presented in collaboration with The OSU Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities.

                    Admission to the lecture is free.

                    Artist’s Talk and Interview

                    Thursday, April 5, 7:00 pm

                    Paul Hornschemeier speaks about his creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. In conjunction with his talk, CMA will display a selection of Hornschemeier’s scripts, storyboards, and sketches highlighting his creative process.

                    Free with museum admission.

                     

                     

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                      You’re on my turf now, nerds! Let me show you around. Got specific requests? Hit me up on Twitter, @tonygoins

                      Pre-Mid Ohio Con Party: That’s at Packrat Comics out in Hilliard, going on until 11:30 p.m. tonight. They’re also running a shuttle service from THE HYATT AND HAMPTON INN main entrance every 30 minutes, starting at 6:30 p.m.

                      Packrat Comics 

                      3872 Lattimer Street
                      Hilliard, OH 43026

                      Google Maps http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&num=10&ie=UTF8&q=pack+rat+comics&fb=1&gl=us&hq=pack+rat+comics&hnear=0x883889c1b990de71:0xe43266f8cfb1b533,Columbus,+OH&view=map&cid=6410232749100972516&iwloc=A&ved=0CDUQpQY&sa=X&ei=QMWhTsSJI4iCNKKmqMQI

                      Where you Are

                      You’re in the Short North district, which is one of the cooler areas around here. High Street is the big north-south drag, and it runs in front of the Convention Center.

                      Bars: I have nothing against the hotel bar, but if you want to venture out, here are some recommendations:

                      Across the street is Barley’s, which is chill and they serve their own microbrewed beer. Also across the street is Knead — I’ve never been there at night, but during the day they have housemade twinkies. Believe it. MoJoe lounge (just north of the center) is pretty cool, too.

                      South of the convention center there’s not much, but if you want to walk four blocks you’ll find Elevator and Barrio, which are a little fancy but still chill.

                      If you want to venture north of the convention center, I’d recommend Press Grill and Short North Tavern. But really, if you can walk a mile, I’d recommend

                      * Surly Girl Saloon: 1126 N. High – if Suicide Girls were a bar. 

                      *Barrel 44: 1120 N. High – Whiskey. Lots of whiskey.

                      * North Star Cafe: 951 N. High St – Lots of fresh, lots of vegetarian, extremely super chocolately cookies and housemade ginger ale. www.thenorthstarcafe.com/

                      *Tip Top Kitchen: 73 E. Gay St – Fresh local food, and Ohio-themed cocktails. Have an Alex P. Keaton for me.

                      Getting Around: Don’t be afraid of the bicycle cabs, they’re here for you.

                      And the No. 1 bus runs up and down High Street until midnight, and the No. 21 “Night Owl” runs until 2:30 a.m. That’s $1.75 one-way, $4 for a day pass. Either of those will take you to anything I just mentioned.

                      White Castle: It’s at 965 North High St. Now that I’ve mentioned it, you can’t not do it.

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                      Nightclubs: I haven’t done a lot of dancing since we got the baby, but here’s what I know:

                      Ravari Room is having its Heaven vs. Hell pre-Halloween party Saturday night. I’m personally going to try to make that one. That’s 2661 N. High St.

                      Outland on Liberty was the longtime goth club here, but it has some competition these days. That’s south of you in the Brewery District (ask your cab driver)

                      Shrunken Head has Communion (gothwave-industrial-darkalt-synthpop) on Fridays. 

                      Long Street used to be the big dance club, and it seems to be coming back.

                      Gay dance clubs nearby are Wall Street (a mile or two south) and Axis (about 6 blocks north, back behind the smoothie shop). I used to love me some Wall Street back in the day (2004).

                      Park Street area: Just west of the Convention Center is all the Park Street bars. I can’t vouch for them, and they seem a little douchey. Don’t come crying to me if some jock throws you into a locker and takes your lunch money.

                      Found this helpful? Stop by and say hi to me, Molly and Craig at table 1325, and Andy over at table 801.

                       

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                        Hey kids, just wanted to let you know that I’ll be at The Laughing Ogre in Columbus, Ohio this Wednesday, October 12, from noon-2 pm signing copies of the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011.

                        The Ogre is located at 4258 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214. You can give them a call at (614) A-MR-OGRE.

                        I have a short story in the book, dealing with religious freedom, and as always, sales of the book will benefit the CBLDF’s fight against censorship.

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                          Regular readers of the blog are no doubt aware of PANELista Matt Kish’s project One Drawing For Every Page of Moby Dick. Well, this Tuesday, October 11, Matt is having a book release party for the massive tome collecting his 552 illustrations, published by Tin House Press.

                          (Photo lovingly ganked from Matt's blog)

                          Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page

                          The book signing and reception will be held at the Wexner Center film/video theater and the Wexner Book Store. The event starts at 7 om and is free to the public. Drop on by and meet Matt, listen to the origin of this endeavor, and if you’re so inclined, buy a book. I hear Matt does very cool little sketches in every copy he signs.

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                            Sorta late but the festival’s already about to begin by the time I post this. The Ohio Film & Music fest is three nights of music at the Summit and Skully’s plus a crapload of shorts and feature films. All produced by people that lived or currently reside in Ohio. I honestly don’t know much about the film side of the line-up except for Jarmusch’s fantastic Stranger Than Paradise.

                            Tonight you can catch my friend Tito’s band, the Main Street Gospel at the Summit. Last couple of times I’ve been to the Summit, they’ve had sound issues. Makes me leary to step foot in there for a while.

                            Friday night (probably the night I’ll go) at Skully’s will be Kelley Deal’s new band R.Ring, the Heartless Bastards and the New Bomb Turks. It’s a shame that Stranger Than Paradise is playing the same night. It’s been a while since I’ve seen that on the big screen. If you go, you may or may not miss R. Ring as they play first. I’ve always been impressed by Skully’s sound. Definitely the best of the local clubs. Parking can be an interesting proposition. Don’t park anywhere near the condo or the nearest street. Name escapes me but it’s the street where Family Dollar is situated.

                            Saturday’s the weaker of the line-up at Skully’s. Featuring local rap and RJD2, all of which I could honestly never get into. I’ve heard both RJD2 and Blueprint… meh. That’s my cross to bear. I’m sure it will be a sweaty sweaty dance party.

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                            Fellow Panelista Matt Kish is in the Columbus Alive this week. One more week till his talk/signing at the Wexner Center.

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                              Sorry about the late notice, but I have a couple of pieces in a group show tonight at Skylab (Columbus).

                              Show runs from 6pm till 11pm.

                               

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