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JOPLIN COLLECTORS EXPO, Joplin, MO

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Wednesday May 30, 2018, at 7:45 pm

S.P.A.C.E.d Out 2018

Last month, Elton and I really enjoyed returning to S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) in Columbus, Ohio, after 12 years away.  There is a unique energy when you are at a con that is packed with nothing but fellow independent creators who are working hard to put their stories and art out into the world.  Above and below, you can see a couple of the sketch cover portraits I drew for some customers who bought the Book of Hoboes (which was pretty popular at this show).  A librarian from Michigan State University came by and bought a copy of each of our comics to include in the vast collection of comics they have at that school.  It’s pretty cool to think that our books are in the same collection as some of the best comics of all time!

 

 

There was definitely a teaching theme to this show for me.  In the course of doing a presentation about teaching comics, I was able to connect with some other local art teachers and swap ideas/talk shop with them.  One of them, Flint, asked me to do something in his sketchbook, so I ended up doing this goofy self portrait.

I was really happy to finally meet Mike Laughead.  I’ve been following his work since the Parable anthology and the awesome Fist-A-Cuffs blog he participated in.  I was able to snag his new sketchbook and his “Self Help Bunny” mini comic.  I really dig his quirky style!  It was great to show him the Clash of Champions tournament that my Cartoonist Club creates every year, which was definitely inspired by Fist-A-Cuffs.

Mike teaches comics at the Columbus College of Art & Design, so we also were able to compare notes about helping students produce their own comics anthology (“Spare Parts”, above).  It was interesting to hear about publishing it with college kids instead of the high schoolers I am used to.

Another really cool project they do at CCAD is the Spitball anthology, where current students are selected to participate in a practicum with working professional comics writers on new stories, to learn the in’s and out’s of publishing.  This is a really high quality book… I recommend picking up a copy, if you can!

 

It’s always nice to discover newcomers at these kinds of cons, too.  Winifred Kehl explores her love of nature and scientific research in her first ever comic, “It’s Good to be Curious.”  It’s a cute and detailed minicomic, and I definitely learned a lot reading it!

The title of this comic made me stop and laugh, so I had to pick it up from Deon Howard.  Many an artist has had to deal with the guilt of not doing Inktober (or failing at it).  Deon chooses to have fun with the idea in this comic that just gets wackier as it goes on (even featuring a cameo from Inktober creator, Jake Parker).  Fun stuff!

Lastly, our neighbor at the table next to us was Harmony Becker.   She is an accomplished artist whose flowing style works equally well in her paintings and drawings.  I picked up her “Love Potion” minicomic, and the expressive character posing reminded me of the best of Disney animation.

Anyway, I just wanted to spotlight some of the talent we encountered at this unique show.  It’s a long way to Columbus from Joplin, but we hope to make it over there again sometime!

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