Cincinnati Comic Expo Welcomes Comic Guests on Sept. 22-24th

Cincinnati’s First & Original Premier Comic Convention and Pop Culture Expo returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017!

What would a comic con be without the creators that imagine and conceive our favorite comics? At Cincinnati Comic Expo you can see creators of Marvel, DC, and independent comics. From Spider-Man to Wonder Woman; meet the creators, discover your new favorite series, and enjoy the heart of comic con.

That’s not all! As the region’s leading comicon, Cincinnati Comic Expo is staying true to the heritage of the event by bringing attendees the chance to meet the best and brightest from local industry talent. Coupled with rare and sought after signing events, it is an event that will leave you feeling satisfied.

Comic Creator Guests include:

  • Greg Capullo: Batman, Reborn, Spawn
  • Adam Hughes: Betty & Veronica, Wonder Woman, Batgirl
  • Chad Hardin: Harley Quinn, Spider-Man
  • William Stout: Jurassic Park, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
  • Darryl Banks: Green Lantern, Superman
  • David Michael Beck: Star Wars, G.I. Joe
  • Dave Aikins: Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Comics
  • Scott Beaderstadt: Trollords, The Mummy
  • Andy Bennett: Sherlock Holmes, Negative Burn
  • Craig Boldman: Archie, Action Comics
  • Johnny Desjardins: Vampirella, Grimm Fairy Tales
  • Corbyn Kern: Orphan Black, Back to the Future
  • Mark Kidwell: ’68, Battle Pope
  • Gavin Smith: The Accelerators, Human City
  • More to be announced in the future

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For further information please go to the website: cincinnaticomicexpo.com

Lake Effect Comic Book Convention (June 2017)

2017 Lake Effect Comic Book Convention

Convention Name
Lake Effect Comic Book Convention
Convention Website Address
http://comicsandfriends.org/lakeeffectcomiccon/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/04/2017
About This Convention
The Con is on! (again) A true comic book convention – this is our 8th annual! Without a doubt the most vintage comic books in one spot in northeast Ohio. Not only that, but guests galore. Check our website for details.
Venue Name and Address
Holiday Inn East/Mentor
Reynolds Road Sate Rout 306
Mentor, Ohio 44060
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
100
Projected Attendance
2,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Bystander Group / Chris Lambert, Craig Boldman, Craig Tucker, CN Joy: Novels for comic book fans, Dan Gorman, Dave Nestler, David Kemp, Frank James Bailey, Jason Bascom, Mike Gustovich, Penny Baker, Ted Sikora, Tom Batiuk, and more to be announced.

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OH – We Told You So Signing

Tom Spurgeon speaks at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

It’s hard to imagine the field of comics being as diverse and vibrant as it is today without publisher Fantagraphics Books. Founded in 1976 by Gary Groth and Mike Catron (joined by the late Kim Thompson in 1977), Fantagraphics began by publishing the collector’s magazine Amazing Heroes before beginning to publish comics in 1979. During its existence, the company has published and championed such alternative comics greats as Dan Clowes, the Hernandez Brothers, Jessica Abel, and Charles Burns, along with reprints of classic comics and the influential The Comics Journal. In We Told You So: Comics as Art, comics historian and critic Tom Spurgeon (along with co-author Michael Dean) provide an oral history of the influential company, exploring not only the business side of the operation but the broader movement and acceptance of comics as an art form during the past 40 years. Those interviewed include a “Who’s Who” of American comics including Art Spiegelman, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Dave Sim, Jim Shooter and more.

Three time Eisner Award winner Tom Spurgeon is the editor of the online news site The Comics Reporter and Festival Director of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC).  He has written extensively on comics history and served as editor of The Comics Journal for five years.  He is based in Columbus.

Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3535

Robot Zero – Not At Comic Con! (March 2017)

Robot Zero Comics

Convention Name
Robot Zero – Not At Comic Con!
Convention Website Address
https://www.facebook.com/events/1236941239723281/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
03/18/2017
About This Convention
Not going to the big comic convention in Cleveland? Then join Robot Zero Comics and our guest artists at Briquettes Smokehouse in Ashtabula Saturday, March 18th for #NotAtComicCon – A pop up comic shop and artist signing! Meet comic book artists that are currently working with Marvel, DC, Image, and Darkhorse comics!

Artists in Attendance:

P. Craig Russell – A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on Killraven and Dr. Strange, he went on to become one of the pioneers in opening new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Strauss (SALOME) and Wagner (THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG). Craig has completed five volumes of comic-book adaptations of the FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE and has beautifully brought to life characters as diverse as Batman, Conan, Hellboy, The Spirit, Death and The Sandman. His more recent work includes comic book adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.

Find him on Facebook at – The Art of P. Craig Russell
Find more of his work at – artofpcraigrussell.com

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Matt Horak – Art Director for EarthQuaker Devices in Akron and has been drawing since he was three years old! Matt is currently the artist for Marvel Comics ongoing series “The Punisher”. He’s also illustrated Rob Liefeld’s “Covenant”, Earthquaker’s Octoskull comic book, and recently made an appearance at Ghengis Con Cleveland’s popular Small Press and Underground Comic Convention!

Find him on Twitter: @MattHorak
See more of his work at – http://matthorak.tumblr.com/

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Jeremy Freeman – An artist who has been inking comics professionally since 2003. He is a founding member of Ten Ton Studios and has worked for several companies including Tokyopop, Image, and Marvel Comics.

Notable works include inks on Cable & Deadpool, Jim Henson’s Return to Labyrinth vol. 1, Psy-comm vol. 1 – 3, Squadron Supreme, Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four, Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes, and many others

When not working on comics, The Jeremy Freeman is a big fan of anime and taking care of his two awesome pugs.

Find out more at – antalas.deviantart.com/ and tentonstudios.com/forum/

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Tessa LeBaron – An artist from northeast Ohio.
Art has always been my passion and gateway to unsaid thoughts. My mind speaks on paper and I visually communicate with my ideas. I don’t have a specific theme I express, I create all kinds of work such as portraits, animals, vibrant landscapes, and emotional figures.

Even though I like to focus internally, I am fascinated by everything that surrounds me: abstract elements, the subconscious mind, and all kinds of music.

I work with mostly acrylic and watercolor. There is a certain flow and washy affect in my work with vibrant colors and energy. Sometimes my work is crazy with paint everywhere, yet illustrative and detailed. I want my art to leave a creative impression in
this world, giving something for people to observe and wonder upon.

Venue Name and Address
405 Morton Drive
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
United States
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Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Collectibles
Guests
P Craig Russell, Matt Horak, Jeremy Freeman, Tessa Lebaron

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OH – Terms and Conditions Signing

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak signs at Joseph-Beth Books on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

For his newest project, R. Sikoryak tackles the monstrously and infamously dense legal document, iTunes Terms and Conditions, the contract everyone agrees to but no one reads. In a word for word 94-page adaptation, Sikoryak hilariously turns the agreement on its head. Adapting the legalese of the iTunes Terms and Conditions into another medium seems like an unfathomable undertaking, yet Sikoryak creates a surprisingly readable document, far different from its original, purely textual incarnation and thus proving the accessibility and flexibility of comics.

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Joseph-Beth Cincinnati
2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati OH 45208
(513) 396-8960

OH – Star Trek: Deviations Signing

Colorist Jason Lewis appears at Asylum Comics on Wednesday, March 15 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM to sign STAR TREK: DEVIATIONS.

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Asylum Comics
212 Third Street Ste A, Marietta, OH 45750
(740) 373-9710

OH – Krazy Signing

Author Michael Tisserand presents and signs Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3535

OH – Hilo: The Great Big Boom Signing

Cartoonist Judd Winick (Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Exiles) and colorist Steve Hamaker appear at Books & Co. on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM to sign HILO: THE GREAT BIG BOOM!

Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he’s DEFINITELY not! When we last saw Hilo, DJ, and Gina, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who knows where! But friends don’t let friends disappear into NOWHERE! It s up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her. Will there be danger? YES! Will there be amazing surprises? OF COURSE! Will Gina end up being the one to save them? DEFINITELY! With the help of Polly, the magical warrior cat, the friends will have to battle bad guys and face disgusting food, an angry mom, powerful magic, and more! Will they survive . . . and make it back to Earth before the portal closes again?! Find out in the third Hilo adventure!

Books & Co.
4453 Walnut St, Beavercreek, OH 45440
(937) 429-2169

OH – Superheroes en Vogue Exhibition

Visual artist Amana Harris and Comic Artists Michael Watson and Victor Dandridge come together at the intersection of independent artistry, media industry, education and activism for an engaging presentation and discussion on issues of social justice and diversity in the graphics industry and in our society.  Curated by Christopher Jeansonne, Artists will discuss some of there many powerful works and will have items for sale at the event on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Food provided. Attendance is free and open to the public.  RSVP here

Meet the Artists
Amana Harris
Associate Director, Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
Adjunct Professor, Diversity Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, California College of the Arts

Amana is a leading figure in the world of community arts, respected arts education advocate and author. Amana serves at the Associate Director of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. in West Oakland and is founder of ArtEsteem, an award winning program serving “as a vital force to creatively galvanize the resources to provide arts integrated curriculum with a focus on social justice and self-development…” (California College of the Arts). Her major projects include Self as Super Hero: Handbook on the Creation of the Life-Size Self Portrait, The Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, and the ArtEsteem Annual Art Exhibition.

Michael Watson is a veteran independent comics creator and entrepreneur who is trying to fill the void of strong black heroes in the medium. His latest superhero narrative HotShot, currently being released through Legacy Rising Publishing, is set in various neighborhoods around Columbus, Ohio.

Victor Dandridge is the creator/owner of the Vantage: Inhouse Productions comics imprint, as well as an educator. He is best known for his comic narratives The Samaritan and Origins Unknown, and his U Cre-8 line of educational comics and products seeks to establish a bridge between creativity and literacy fundamentals.

Co-Sponsored By: The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and Library, and Popular Culture Studies Program

This event is a part of the national 2017 Will Eisner Week Celebration

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N High Street, Columbus OH 43210-1393
614-292-0538

OH – Windows on Death Row Exhibition

Press Release:

Join us for a special program and reception on Saturday, February 25, 2017 featuring Windows on Death Row exhibition founders Anne-Frédérique Widmann and Patrick Chappatte, as well as painter Ndume Olatushani, a former death row inmate who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 28 years in prison. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

4:00 pm: Curators’ Tour of Windows On Death Row, museum galleries
5:00-6:30 pm: Catered reception, Will Eisner Seminar Room
6:30-8:00 pm: Multimedia presentation, Jean & Charles Schulz Lecture Hall

In a TED-style talk featuring sound, video, art, and journalism, Widmann and Chappatte will share stories from a world beyond our imaginations as they retrace their journey into the American justice system. Over the course of a year, Widmann and Chappatte established contacts with thirty detainees, visited high security prisons across the country, and led a cartoon workshop for death row inmates. The result of this unique art and documentation project is an exhibit of editorial cartoons and inmate artwork, currently on display at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

The founders will introduce special guest Ndume Olatushani. Along with his wife Anne-Marie and a team of lawyers, Olatushani was finally released from prison in 2012 after a 20-year battle. His story is remarkable; even in the darkest circumstances, Olatushani continued to fight and keep hope alive. Since his release, he has been working with the Children’s Defense Fund, a national organization that provides a voice for children in need.

An audience Q & A will follow his presentation.
All events and gallery entry are FREE and open to the public.

Traveling exhibition organized with curatorial assistance from Anne Hromadka. Artwork gathered with the help of Compassion, R.E.A.C.H., Minutes Before Six, Who Decides Inc., Witness to Innocence, and Art for Justice. Also sponsored by Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights and the Swiss Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Warning: Windows on Death Row contains content that may be inappropriate for children

Patrick Chappatte is an editorial cartoonist for The International New York Times and a pioneer of comics journalism in print, web and animation, Chappatte was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006. In 2011, he received the Thomas Nast Award from the New York Overseas Press Club of America. Chappatte was a research fellow at USC Annenberg School of Journalism from 2014 – 2015 and sits on the school’s Innovation Lab Advisory Board. He has given talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the TED conference. The International New York Times has published six collections of his cartoons.

Promoting editorial cartooning as a tool for dialogue, and art as a way to facilitate conversations on human rights, Chappatte has mounted projects with editorial cartoonists in conflict-ridden countries over the last 10 years. Such initiatives, featuring workshops, exhibitions and debates, were organized in Serbia, IvoryCoast, Lebanon, Kenya and Guatemala with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. He also co-founded the Geneva-based foundation “Cartooning for Peace” with Kofi Annan as honorary president, establishing an international prize to recognize cartoonists for their courage.

Anne-Frédérique Widmann is an investigative reporter, producer and documentary filmmaker for Swiss TV Broadcasting. In New York, she was the foreign correspondent for the Swiss daily Le Nouveau Quotidien and the newsmagazine L’Hebdo (1995-1998). She joined Swiss TV in 2003, where she became the co-producer, editor in chief and anchor of the current affairs documentary program Temps Present (a national equivalent of 60 Minutes). In 2010, she set up the investigative team for the Swiss TV and Radio Broadcasting Corp (RTS), which she led until 2014. Her last documentary, An Eye for an Eye: the Vengeance of the Gaddafi Clan (2014), was nominated for the Europa Prize and was a finalist of the Italia Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Nicolas Bouvier Prize for best documentary for her work in Colombia.

Anne Hromadka, Curator & Project Manager (U.S.) is an independent curator and arts management consultant. Recently, she founded AMH Art Advisory. Anne is working with a select group of artists, arts non-profits and commercial galleries to increase exposure and strategically develop their goals. Examples of her curatorial approach can be seen in several of her recent projects: Last summer, she co-curated an exhibition with Hirokazu Kosaka, Artistic Director at the Japanese American Culture & Community Center, as part of Voices of LA, a citywide festival bringing together diverse artists to celebrate LA’s rich, multicultural fabric. The exhibit entitled Veranda brought together nine Japanese and Jewish artists to explore shared cultural values and identity.

As the curator of Windows on Death Row, Hromadka worked closely with Chappatte and Widmann to develop the exhibition design, educational framework, and several interactive spaces to encourage dialogue and elicit responses from participants about this complicated and challenging topic.

About the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: The BICLM is one of The Ohio State University Libraries’ special collections. Its primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections. The BICLM recently moved into its newly renovated 30,000 sq. ft. facility that includes a museum with three exhibition galleries, a reading room for researchers and a state-of-the-art collections storage space. The library reading room is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
1813 N High Street, Columbus OH 43210-1393
614-292-0538

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