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

OH – Star Trek Author Signing

000-bennett_startrekAuthor Christopher L. Bennett appears at Joseph-Beth Books on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 PM to sign Star Trek: The Face of the Unknown.

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise’s five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond. The inhabitants of this isolated realm are wary of outsiders, and some accuse Kirk and his crew for bringing the wrath of their ancient enemy down upon them. When an attempt to stave off disaster goes tragically wrong, Kirk is held fully accountable, and Commander Spock learns there are even deeper forces that threaten this civilization.

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

Buckeye Comic Con (November 2017)

Convention Name
Buckeye Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.harpercomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
11/19/2017
About This Convention
Comic Convention for True Collectors, readers and investors. Local Comic Creators. Hourly Prizes. Free Parking. Admission only $4.00, age 6 & under FREE.
Venue Name and Address
Courtyard Marriott Columbus West
2350 Westbelt Dr.
Columbus, OH 49228
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
47
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

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Buckeye Comic Con (July 2017)

Convention Name
Buckeye Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.harpercomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
07/16/2017
About This Convention
Convention for True Collectors, Readers and Investors, local Guest creators. Hourly Prizes. Free Parking. Admission only $4.00, age 6 & under FREE.
Venue Name and Address
Courtyard Marriott Columbus West
2350 Westbelt Dr.
Columbus, OH 49228
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
47
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

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Cleveland Comic Book and Nostalgia Festival (October 2017)

Convention Name
Cleveland Comic Book & Nostalgia Festival
Convention Website Address
http://www.harpercomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
10/8/2017
About This Convention
Ohio’s Longest Running Comic Convention for 35 + years. The Comic Convention for True Collectors, Readers and Investors. Comics, Toys, Nostalgia. Hourly Prizes. Free Parking. Admission only $4.00, age 6 & under FREE.
Venue Name and Address
American Legion Hall
22001 Brookpark Rd
Fairview Park, OH 44126
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
40
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles

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Akron-Canton Comic Con (June 2017)

Convention Name
Akron-Canton Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.harpercomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
06/25/2017
About This Convention
True Comic Book Convention for Collectors, Readers and Investors. Cosplay Contest. Hourly Prizes. Free Parking. Guest Comic Creators. Admission only $5.00, age 6 & under FREE.
Venue Name and Address
Chapparell’s Community Center
2418 Arlington Road
Akron, OH 44319
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
56
Projected Attendance
500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

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NEO Comic Con (August 2017)

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Convention Name
NEO Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.neocomiccon.com/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
08/20/2017
About This Convention
NEO Comic Con 3
Sunday, August 20th 2017
Soccer Sportsplex · 31515 Lorain Road · North Olmsted, Ohio 44070-4734Back for its third year – NEO Comic Con will please the comic book, toy & memorabilia collector & their family & friends. Special guests & artists! Over 70 artists and vendors! Cosplay & costume contest! Gaming! Panels discussions! Charity event for Make-A-Wish! A lot of fun! And Even More Space – 25,000 Square Feet!
Children 12 & Under AND Cosplayers Get In FREE!(W) www.neocomiccon.com
(E) info@neocomiccon.com
(F) www.facebook.com/NEOComicConDrop Us A Line!
Venue Name and Address
Soccer Sportsplex – Excalibur Soccer Club
31515 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
120
Projected Attendance
2,200
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Book Festival
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Kevin Nowlan! Bob Hall! Tony Isabella! Marc Sumerak! Jeremy Freeman! Matt Horak! Don SImpson! Darryl Banks! Aaron Archer! And Many More!!!

Neo Comic Con

Cleveland Comic Book and Nostalgia Festival (March 2017)

Convention Name
Cleveland Comic Book & Nostalgia Festival
Convention Website Address
http://www.harpercomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
03/12/2017
About This Convention
Ohio’s Longest Running Comic Convention for 35 + years. The Comic Convention for True Collectors, Readers and Investors. Comics, Toys, Nostalgia. Hourly Prizes. Free Parking. Admission only $4.00, age 6 & under FREE.
Venue Name and Address
American Legion Hall
22001 Brookpark Rd
Fairview Park, OH 44126
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
40
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles

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Buckeye Comic Con (March 2017)

Convention Name
Buckeye Comic Con
Convention Website Address
http://www.harpercomics.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
03/05/2017
About This Convention
Convention for True Comic Book Collectors, Readers and Investors. Local Guest Creators. Hourly Prizes. Free Parking. Admission only $4.00, age 6 & Under FREE.
Venue Name and Address
Courtyard Marriott Columbus West
2350 Westbelt Dr.
Columbus, OH 49228
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
47
Projected Attendance
300
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Collectibles
Guests
TBA

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