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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.


 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.



I was a guest on Writer’s Talk, a local show hosted by Doug Dangler and produced by The Ohio State University’s Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. Doug interviews writers in various fields and disciplines, “focusing on how they produce text and communicate in a variety of genres. Its purpose is to demystify and promote writing, especially for academic writers.”

The episode I was on also featured 2 other prolific Columbus comic creators: Ken Eppstein, editor, writer, and publisher of the Nix Comics Quarterly, and Max Ink, creator, writer, and artist of Blink.

In Columbus, the show will be broadcast on the radio at these times and locations:

– Monday, November 7, 7 pm., WCRS radio 98.3 & 102.1 FM
– Wednesday, November 9, 8:00 p.m., WCBE radio central Ohio’s NPR station, 90.5 FM

Or you can watch it right here:

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.


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.

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.

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.


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

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.


…delicious. I drank my weight in lemon shake-up’s. It was a good time and great weather yesterday. I’ll never get the mental image of a tranny trippin’ balls out of my head. Thanks Comfest. Go Team Panel.

I’m too exhausted to post anything significant, but after 2 days of Comfest, I think the title of this piece says it all:

Strange days indeed. Zap it up. Feed your brain.

This is Brendan McCarthy art, from Strange Days #2, published by Eclipse Comics, February, 1985.

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 headline on our local CBS news channel’s website isn’t very accurate:

Shotgun Blast Wounds Man Filming Scene From ‘Spiderman’

So here’s a bit more info, to put the story in context:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A group of men were filming an amateur movie in the basement of a Clintonville home on Sunday evening when a gun being used as a prop fired, striking one of them in the leg, police said.

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.


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