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Yes, it’s that time of the summer again: time for Comfest in Goodale park, in the heart of Columbus, Ohio! Friday-Sun, June 24-26.
What’s Comfest? It’s the country’s largest all-volunteer run community festival, featuring over 200 bands on 6 stages for 3 days! Social and political activism, music, food, beer, art, dance, and tons of great people watching.
For the 7th year, Ferret Press and the writers and artists of the PANEL collective will have a booth at this fantastic outdoor festival. You can check out our comics, graphic novels, prints, original art, and more.
Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE!?
Check out some of the sights from the first year we were at the festival, back in 2004.
Just a quick note about a great comic book related event that will benefit a charity right here in Central Ohio: many of Columbus’ comic book creators are banding together under the banner of the Columbus Comics Creator Coalition (C-4). And to kick off our first event, we’re putting on an art show (including live art sketching) at the cool WHAT THE ROCK?! boutique in Columbus’ Short North, this Saturday, June 4, from 5-9 pm.
The evening will feature a raffle with various prizes, including original artwork and comic books by area writers and illustrators. Raffle tickets will be exchanged for cans of food or sold for $1 apiece. All funds will benefit the Mid Ohio Foodbank.
Hope you can make it.
Two FREE events co-sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will be held this week:
Art Spiegelman discuss Dick Tracy, Chester Gould, and More
Art Spiegelman shares his appreciation for comics’ most famous police detective, Dick Tracy, as well as the art of the character’s creator, Chester Gould, who wrote and drew the strip for more than four decades in this lecture. Thursday May 19, 4pm.
Francoise Mouly: TOON Books and Young Readers
Francoise Mouly, the art editor at the New Yorker magazine since 1993, discusses her efforts to promote literacy in children through such efforts as founding TOON Books, a series of hardcover comic books for children. Friday May 20, 4pm.
Both events are at the Wexner Center.
Just a reminder, this Saturday, May 7th, is Free Comic Book Day.
Drop on by your local comic book store for free comics from all the major (and minor) publishers. There will be comics for kids, teens, and grow-ups.
Also on Saturday, for you Central Ohio folks, you can drop by the Ohioana Book Festival.
Celebrating Ohio born and based writers, the festival features dozens and dozens of authors, readings, workshops, and more. One of this year’s feature guests is comic book artist Sandy Plunkett. Unfortunately, I missed the application deadline this year, so I don’t have a table, but having attended for the first time last year as a guest, I can say that this is a pure reader-centric festival. The crowd who attends is there because they love books and reading, and they’re enthusiastic, energetic, and put out a great vibe. So if that sounds like your scene, be sure to drop by. Oh, and best of all, admission is free!
This weekend and next weekend, Columbus’ own Available Light Theater is presenting the play Skyscrapers of the Midwest, based on the indy mini-comic/graphic novel of the same name.
More than a year in the making, this genre-bending adaptation of Joshua Cotter’s critically-acclaimed graphic novel follows two young siblings through the joys and pain of their innocent, 1980s childhood in the heartland, complete with dinosaurs and giant robots.
Rated PG-13: This production is not intended for children.
I haven’t read the comic, but I understand that it’s fairly…esoteric. I can’t even begin to imagine what a play adaptation of it would look like, but I’m damn curious. Hopefully I can fit it in my schedule to catch a performance.
By the way, ALT has an interesting Pay What You Want ticket option.
The Wexner Center for the Arts at OSU is holding a panel discussion this Thursday, Apr 14, at 4:30PM that might be of interested to comic fans:
Join a panel of Ohio State scholars this discussion of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality within and outside the U.S. comic book industry.
The panel is inspired by the recent book Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State. In addition to Aldama, the panel also features Jared Gardner, associate Professor of English and film and director of the Popular Culture Studies program at Ohio State and author of Projections: Comics and the History of 21st Century Storytelling (due this fall), and Rebecca Wanzo, associate professor of women’s studies and English at Ohio State, who contributed the essay “Black Nationalism, Bunraku, and Beyond: Articulating Black Heroism through Cultural Fusion and Comics” to Multicultural Comics. The panel will be moderated by David Filipi, director of film/video at the Wexner Center and co-curator of the Wex’s 2008 exhibition Jeff Smith: Bone & Beyond.
Fun fact: professor Aldama interviewed me for this book about 3 years ago. I’m mentioned in a few sentences at the beginning of the book, along with a nod towards Lifelike.
*Don’t know if I’ll keep up with this or if the other fellow Panelistas will chime in, but I thought about doing a new featurette that focuses on random local culture stuff. Bands, food, art type things, Columbus-centric yarns, observances, etc.
Kicking things off are a band I came across at Comfest last year, the Phantods. Listening to the new Creature disc, I think my favs are the title track (featured in the above link) and the Promising. Sonically, they’re somewhere between the pop-ier moments of Pretty Girls Make Graves and Amanda Palmer. The disc shows a lot of promise. I guess my only peeve with the album is that some of the tracks do meander too much (ex. You’re so Holy) for what sounds like a pop album. Gretchen’s vocals hook it all together and I suppose that’s the real hold on me. They play out frequently here in town so there’s ample opportunity to check them out.