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“Back in my day …” I’m kidding, Dara’s day is now.

I’ve been going to SPACE so long, I now have two “I’ve been going to SPACE so long” stories.

When I first started going, everyone had xeroxed stuff from Kinko’s. My stuff was 8 pp, xeroxed, and I traded people for things. I didn’t purchase hardly anything. I just traded.

As print-on-demand and Kablam came up, more people had $3 glossies. Nobody wants to trade a $3 glossy for your xeroxed minicomic. So I adapted, and I started doing $3 glossies. (Actually $2, because they don’t do me any good in a box in my spare bedroom).

The $3 glossy carries an element of risk: Nobody wants to get issue 2 of a 12-issue maxiseries, then wait another year to see you at the next SPACE. And there’s a risk that you’ll fail to finish the story, or you won’t make it back to SPACE.*

So that brings us to my second “I’ve been going to SPACE so long” story: This seems to be the year everyone switched over to $8-10 graphic novels. So I saw a lot of stuff that looked awesome, but I’m only going to be able to plunk down money for one or two things tomorrow.

Ain’t economics grand? Stay tuned for 2015, when it’s a room full of people with Kindle Fires to show their webcomics, and little postcards to remind people of the URL.

* This is why Downs stories are self-contained.

Sorry, folks, our XX issue was not porn.

But to compensate, we’re coming at you with 40 pages devoted to our hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Here’s a sneak at the cover:


Cop that piece at SPACE this weekend! Provided we actually get it folded & stapled in time!


In other publishing news, friend-of-the-Ferret Terry Eisele’s four-year labor of love, “With Only Five Plums,” is now available through Amazon’s CreateSpace.

Terry describes it thusly:

With Only Five Plums addresses the same themes as Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Joe Kubert’s Yossel, and Miriam Katin’s We Are on Our Own. The story is set in Germany and Czechoslovakia before, during, and after World War II. It is told through the recollections of one of the massacre’s few survivors, Anna Nesporova. The author, Terry Eisele, interviewed Ms. Nesporova on four occasions for a total of almost fifteen hours in the mid-1990s. These interviews provide the foundation of the graphic novel. The story is told in three chapters.

Art is from local boy Jonathon Riddle, who tore out 320 pages to bring this beast to life. There’s a taste at the top of the post.

Terry will be at SPACE if you want to chat with him in person, or head on over to Amazon’s CreateSpace and give him your money right now.

With Only Five Plums Book 1

With Only Five Plums Book 2

With Only Five Plums Book 3

In advance of Gem City Comic Con, our own Andy B3nn3tt posted the following on facebook:


I swear, Andy doesn’t use any more lines that I do. They just fall in the right spot. I believe this is a commission, so hit him up if you want one.

Gem City is this weekend, March 23-24, at the Nutter Center in Dayton. I’m a little bummed to miss it; Howard Chaykin will be there.

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.

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.

OMG, u guyz!!!!!!!!111111

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (he of Jersey Shore “fame”) was to “write” a comic book about himself (actually, comics veteran Paul Jenkins is doing the real writing, which is sad on so many levels in and of itself). And it was supposed to debut at the big WizardWorld show in Chicago.

But guess what?

C-Bus totally nabbed this star from Chi-town!!!!

The comic—by Paul Jenkins, Talent Caldwell and Paul Mounts—was to debut at next weekend’s Chicago Comic Con Wizard World Convention. But sadly, neither Sitch nor the comics will be on hand. According to Wizard spokesman Jerry Milani, the book will be debuting at Mid Ohio instead.

So, you know, if you were on the fence about going to MOC…

I have a short post on my personal blog about this year’s Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.), including scans of some of the original art I picked up at the show, and a link to a great photo gallery of the event.

Art by Matt Kish

SPACE starts this Saturday!

PANEL 19: Green will be available all weekend, both from members of PANEL at the show, and from Andy Bennett at the Pittsburgh Comicon.

Bonus – we’ll have stacks of free PANEL bookmarks, with art by Matt Kish, and a checklist of our entire catalog.

Here’s the last peek at what’s in store for you in the latest issue – by KT Swartz and Brent Bowman, from a story called “Apologies for the Missing.”

Brent Bowman


And for good measure, here’s a picture of the cover dress – so you’ll know what you’re looking for!

GREN cover

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.”

You want a splash page? Here’s a splash page for ya:

Green Hills of Earth, from Panel 19


Theseus Moore and the Green Hills of Earth stand alone against the Ravari Horde, with the Earth in the balance! Theseus’ shields are elmo, and the Ravari have their atom-cannons primed! They mean to burn the Earth to a cinder!

“For the Green:” A deadly game of 20-gee cat & mouse, set among the 64 moons of Jupiter! It’s a five-page epic that will rock your face off and forever vanquish the evil forces of decompression! Blasting off from Panel 19: Green, it’s a ray gun to the face from 1948, by way of 1976!

If you crave satisfaction, here’s the place to find that action! Don’t ask … just buy it!

(Pictures by Battlin’ Craig Bogart, words by Annotatin’ Anthony Goins. This is definitely the most Easter Eggs I have ever put in a comic.)


Hold on a second… teenagers—in a Model T—running over a tall leprechaun?

Yeah, that can only be Ross Hardy’s handiwork. From “Luck of the Irish”…

Ross Hardy's Leprechaun


Four more days, folks! You can get your copy starting Saturday morning at SPACE!

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.

…of the imminent release of PANEL 19: GREEN!

This time, it’s the madcap ravings of Captain Responsible in Andrew Lee’s slacker-rrific cautionary tale, “The Devil’s Coleslaw,” lovingly lettered and toned by multi-talented guest artist Ben Smith!

Captain Responsible!

32 pages of 60% post-consumer awesomeness are coming your way SATURDAY at SPACE! Hope to see you there.

…get ready! The 19th issue of our beloved anthology will launch in just 8 days at SPACE on April 21-22! And for those of you who won’t be at the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo, our own Andy Bennett will have copies available at the Pittsburgh Comicon that same weekend.

Here’s a tiny glimpse of what’s in store for you, from Dara Naraghi & Matt Kish’s Rube Goldberg-ian masterpiece, “From Green to Green.” And this is just the beginning!


PANEL 19: Green will continue our legacy of lovingly-crafted, hand-built comics, just as you’ve come to expect. Keep an eye on this spot for more leaks and peeks over the next 8 days.


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