OH – FCBD: Ghostbusters Star Signing

Ernie Hudson and many more sign at Packrat Comics on Saturday May 5, 2012!

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Press Release:

We are pleased to include in our 2012 FCBD Celebration the great Mr. Ernie Hudson. Ernie is best known as one of the stars of our childhood favorite movie series Ghostbusters and teen angst movie The Crow! He’ll be at Packrat from 11am-5pm signing autographs and taking pictures. We will be hosting an exclusive meet and greet with a limited number of fans being able to spend some quality one on on time with Ernie!

Meet & Greet details here…

Our artist alley will be overflowing, oozing with talent from:

Dawn Best – Dawn Best was discovered by comic book artist/writer Ken Penders when he requested she submit artwork for an original script.[1] Her premier issue of Sonic was issue #101 (2001), and her last to date was issue #145 (2004). After leaving Archie, Best remained active in the comic book community by appearing as both guest and attendee of conventions and holding annual charity auctions of original artwork. She has since been credited with contributing to several other graphic novels as both artist and writer, including original web serials Sylvanna and Heißdampfreaktor. In 2010, she began production on her independently published graphic novel series, VARULV, which became the premier comic book released by her own Gloryhound Network in February 2011.

Dirk Manning – Dirk Manning is the writer/creator of NIGHTMARE WORLD and TALES OF MR. RHEE for Image/Shadowline Comics, the author of the “WRITE OR WRONG” column at Newsarama, and the co-creator of FARSEEKER at ACT-I-VATE with Len O’Grady.He loves life but hates ninjas. Cthulhu is his homeboy.

Matthew Swift – Matthew Swift is an illustrator, with a background in graphic design and painting. He works with the top companies in the entertainment and comic book industries. Matthew’s work has been seen by millions worldwide on Forbes TV, G4TV, TechTV, and other networks. His work can also be found in games available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Sony Playstation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360 video game systems.

Scott D. Simmons – Scott D Simmons is a comic book and sketch card artist and his work includes Star Wars, Voltron (Moonstone), Hack/Slash (Image), The Dead Cell (Arcana), Wannabez, Halloween Man and Mr. Jigsaw. Scott D. Simmons is the creator of Angelwolf Comics and Knights of P.O.W.E.R. In addition to his comic work, Scott works as a news and convention photo contributor for Comic Related.

Jamie Snell – Jamie Snell studied illustration and graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design. Jamie has been working on and off as a freelance illustrator for over 10 + years. Some of his credits include various sketch card sets from Topps (Star Wars: CW Movie and Seasons 1&2, Galaxy 4&5, ESB Widescreen, Terminator Salvation, Heroes Season 2, Indiana Jones Masterpieces & Crystal Skull, Lord of the Rings Masterpieces 2), 5finity: Voltron sketch cards, IDW Publishing: Beastwars Source book, Image Comics: Popgun Anthology Vol.1 , and various other inking projects. Last year Jamie had the privilege of producing two exclusive Star Wars posters for Lucas Films, Ltd, and Acme Archives: Celebrations V (Official Star Wars Convention) official print and the 30th Anniversary of Empire Strikes Back.

Todd Beistel & Doug Hufford – While still in high school, Todd self published Eye of the Probe, a comic anthology. He then went on to study illustration and graduate from CCAD. While in college, Todd wrote and illustrated Lost Souls, a graphic short story. Lost Souls was published by Hunter Productions.As years passed, Todd’s interests evolved into fine art and graphic design. As a dedicated artist, he has been featured in venues throughout Ohio. On several occasions, he has contributed illustrations to accompany columnists such as Dave Barry and Click and Clack. Doug also studied at CCAD, but strangely evolved into a writer as time passed. He became known for his outlandish movie reviews during the late 90′s. He made his home at Bumscorner.com, and often got picked up nationally by IMdB and Ain’t It Cool News. Currently they are collaborating on the webcomic sensation, Yuri the Gypsy Hunter. Yuri the Gypsy Hunter is a decades spanning epic concerning an orphan, a rock band, and lots of teenage angst.

JD Larabee – JD Larabee is an Ohio native who has been drawing freelance cartoons, comic strips and comic books for over 20 years. J.D. is most know for his gag strips and art in the indie comic book ‘Johnnie Zombie’. JD has provided the artwork for many children’s books, and done animation work on several web series. Most recently his work was part of the hilariously infamous and politically incorrect ‘Uncle Pete’s Play time’, as well as numerous shorts and character designs for Mr. Frights.

Molly Durst – Molly Durst is a professional, award winning graphic and web designer. She is a lifetime learner who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in web development, and has earned a scholarship from the Print Industry of Northern Kentucky and Ohio to pursue this goal. Molly’s love of books began early (both of her parents are teachers). This passion for book arts drives her to self-publish her own stories. Her love of indie media and subculture attracts her to the bizarre world of small press comic books. Molly’s work can be found here.

Mark LeMieux – Mark LeMieux is an artist with the innate ability for creative problem solving and the artistic skills of illustration, sculpture and acting. Mark has an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Design Technology from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he was an Honors Graduate while being employed full time. He is also the owner, director and lead artist of the freelance art company Platypus Productions, that specializes in sculpture, design work, pop culture art, comic illustration, film making, script writing and special effects make-up. Check out more at the website.

Joshua Peters – Joshua Peters returned to CCAD in 2005 and began his studies under the tutelage of many talented instructors including C.F. Payne, Andy Bawidamann and Dave Groff. While he was there, Josh was showcased in the 9th, 10th, and 11th Art of Illustration shows presented by CCAD. His incredibly cool “Over the Line” piece even brought home the C.F. Payne Judge’s Pick award at the 11th. Not only that, but Josh’s “Foo Fighters Poster” was exhibited in New York City at the annual Society of Illustrators Student Exhibition in the spring of 2008. His most recent release is the new child’s book Matilda Turnips Endless Belly Button. See more of Josh’s work at Lunchbox Unlimited.

Seth LyonsSeth Lyons is a professional graphic artist Absolute Impressions Inc., a Lewis Center based print shop. He’s also illustrated comics for a local publishing company, working on Stiletto Heights and Johnnie Zombie. After sitting in front of computers all day, designing for companies like Verizon, WCOL, and others, he decided it was time to return to basics. Painting the characters he loved in his youth and still today; Seth creates and sells highly detailed paintings of beloved comic, movie, and television characters. Also known for his love of insane collage pieces featuring hundreds of characters, Seth enjoys the time spent with his now growing family.

Max Ink – Max Ink is the creator of “Blink”, a comic book series about three friends– Blink, Sam and Hank–living, working and enjoying life in Columbus, Ohio. “Blink” has been published as a graphic novel, in mini comics, in comic book anthologies (including Ken Eppstein’s NIX Comics Quarterly) and from 2008-2010, it ran as a comic strip in the Short North Gazette. In 2009, Blink was nominated for the S.P.A.C.E.Prize See more of Max’s work at his website.

Mike Eshelman – Mike Eshelman has created his own unique art form bringing his love of the past with his creative and relaxing hobby of art. From music to video games, DEVO to Commodore 64, he’s a man of the 80′s. With hundreds of hours and thousands of beads, Mike creates 8-bit fused beads art masterpieces. Samples of his work can be found on his website.

During our annual nerd night party we’ve got the following bands lined up:
The Fritz
Seven Book Trilogy
Tank Destroyer
Nerd Table
Mojomatic

Join Packrat Comics for our annual FCBD bash and Nerd Night celebration! You know you’ll have fun! Invite a guest or two and plan on spending the day! Because you can’t make it through in just a few minutes!

This is going to be one big twinkie!

Packrat Comics
3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026

OH – Free Comic Book Day 2011

Nicholas Brendon, Billy West, Chris Sprouse, Steve Scott, and many more sign on May 7th, 2011.

Press Release:

Join us for 10th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day, loaded with actors, writers, artists, wrestlers, superheroes and of course free comic books! A festival of activities and games along with face painting and fun in the bounce house. Of course Nerd Night will be following FCBD in the evening!

Details, tickets for meet & greet and bio’s can be found on our blog!

Actors:

Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Howard Stern Show)
Nick Jones (John Stewart in Green Lantern live action movie)

Hang with The Dudes during an exclusive bowling meet & greet. Details can be found on our blog.

There is a small fee for autographs. You are welcome to bring your own item to have them sign it, but you will also be able to select from their photos. We will also have photo opportunities available with both Billy & Nicky. For $35 you can get your photo taken with them and get a personal autograph.

Artists:
Steve Scott
Chris Sprouse
Josh Medors
JD Larabee
Uko Smith
Scott D. Simmons
Victor Dandridge
Sean Forney
Joshua Peters
Lora Innes
Joel Jackon
James Moore
Jamie Snell
Dirk Manning
Molly Durst
Todd Beistel
Doug Hufford
Eric Adams
Max Ink
Seth Lyons
Matthew Swift
Bob Corby
Stephanie Forney

Nerd Night:

Live Wrestling

Charity Comic Book Poker Tournament (Billy & Nicky may be playing a few hands)

Open gaming

Bands Include:
Nerd Table
Seven Book Trilogy
The Out
Hubris
The Fritz

Packrat Comics
3864 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 527-8450

SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) (April 2010)

December 4, 2009 by  
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SPACE

Convention SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo)
Convention Website http://www.backporchcomics.com/space.htm
Start Date 04/24/2010
End Date 04/25/2010
About This Convention: SPACE will convene at its new venue the Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center in Columbus April 24 and 25, 2010.
4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229
Off I71 at the Morse / Sinclair exit.
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday & 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday
SPACE continues to be the Mid-West’s largest exhibition of small press, alternative, and creator-owned comics with
over 150 exhibitors, panels, workshops, and presentations.
Admission is $5.00 for one day and $8.00 for both. Special Rates will be available On-line.
The new venue offers a restaurant, bar, free parking, a special hotel rate and air port shuttle service.
More info at www.backporchcomics.com
Convention Guests Exhibitors as of 11/30/09:

Eric Adams (Lackluster World, Reflection, Stuart)
Stacie Arellano ( Tribute Waters)
Clint Basinger (Cosmic Moustache Comics)
Suzanne Baumann (Fridge Magnet Concoctions)
Josh Blair (Candy or Medicine)
Larry Blake (Psychozort, Kevin Cool)
Mark Bloodworth (Midnight Mortuary. The Boxcar Children)
David Branstetter (Straw Man)
CCAD Explorer Post 407 (Post Impressions, Untitled)
Mike Carroll (Accidentals, AsthmaAttack!)
Dustin Carson (No Gods, Trio, Cliffhangers)
Karen Chen (The Adventures of Dexter Breakfast)
Ryan Claytor (Elephant Eater Comics, And Then One Day)
Danny Cooper (Mutant Cactus custom buttons)
Megan Corby (Paper Flowers)
Matt Corrigan (White Stallion Comix)
Tim Corrigan (Tim Corrigan’s Comics & Stories,Mighty Guy, Fred ‘N’ Marvin)
Crossover Comics (Nisha)
Kel Crum (Cornelia Cartoonz, Ed Thud Comix)
Shy Custis (Publication: 13crowns studio, Artbook Junk-o, Little White and Little Dark, 13crowns Collected Artists)
Frank Cvetkovic (Punch-Up)
Tom Dellaringa (Wishtales Publishing Studio / Marooned)
Matt Dembicki (Three Crows Press, Xoc)
Ryan Dow (Introspective Comics)
Rhea Ewing (Urban Fey)
Matt Feazell (The Death Of Antisocialman, The Amazing Cynical Man)
Alex Ferree
Tim Fischer (Space Pilot Girl)
Joe Foo (Desmond’s Comic)
Allen Freeman (Fan-Atic Press, Slam Bang)
Melissa Spence Gardner (XO, Plink Comics)
William Grapes (Infernal Fyre-Dragon )
Ralph Griffith (The Realm, Dark Oz)
Tim Hall (Blood and Justice)
Michael Harris (Gorilla the Chinchilla, Cardinal)
Nik Havert (Scared Ya!, Big Breasted Vampire Death, The 3 Keys)
Alex Heberling (Garanos)
Kevin Hicks (Trio)
Stephen Hines (Hocus Focus, Valedictorian USA)
Chris Houghton (Reed Gunther)
Josh Johnson (The Spindletons)
Larned Justin (Candid Cartoons)
Max Ink (BLINK)
INTER-FAN PRODUCTIONS
Blair Kitchen (THE POSSUM)
Mike Kitchen (SPY GUY)
Stu Kerr (Deadworld,Oz)
Richard Ketterjohn (UVN: Behind the Counter)
Coey Kuhn (13crowns studio — CoeyBook, LavaPunch 1 & 2, 13crowns Collected Artists Vol. 1)
Joe Kuth (Red Panda Comics)
Kris Lachowski (Mean Goat Comics)
Kimberley Long-Ewing (Mystic Sheep Studios)
Nick Marino (Audio Shocker)
William Messner-Loebs (Wanderland, Journey)
Jim Main (Chase!, Comic Fan!, Satyr, Boot Hill)
Brian John Mitchell (Lost Kisses, XO, Worms, Just a Man)
Joseph Morris (SDF)
Dara Naraghi (PANEL, Brainbot Jr.)
Michael R. Neno ( Reactionary Tales, The Signifiers)
Steve Ogden (Wishtales Publishing Studio / Moon Town)
Randy Pare (Speakeasy Primates)
Steve Peters (Awakening Comics)
Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole, Sounds of your Name, Please Release, Walkie Talkie)
Chris Pritchard (Subterfuge)
Mike Roll ( Apooka, The World’s Most Adorable Zombie)
Tom Scioli (Godland, Myth of 8-opus)
Ian Shires (Mysterious Visions, Dungar)
Rick Silva (Zephyr and Reginald: Minions for Hire)
Vernon Smith (The Adventures of Dexter Breakfast)
Gynn Stella Silva (Zephyr and Reginald: Minions for Hire)
Studio Akumakaze (Scrap)
Ray Tomczak (Wasted Potential)
Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book One: A Good and Decent Man, Late Bloomer)
University of Cincinnati DAAP Comics Studio Class
Derek Watson (Mutant Cactus custom buttons)
Thomas Williams (Comic Book Tattoo, Hide, Lifelike, SPB:Rise!, No Dead Time)
Don Wood (Obsessive Heart)
Matt Young (Rose-Coloured Cubicles, T.G.C.)
Jason Young (Veggie Dog Saturn)
Bob Corby (Bunny Blues, Vugz, Oh,Comics!)

Venue Name Ramada Plaza Hotel And Conference Center
Venue Address 4900 Sinclair Road
Columbus, OH 43229
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 150
Projected Attendance 500
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