With my new book, The Reign of Ash and Other Stories, and my 2020 book Emperor Tom and Other Stories, I haven’t had opportunities for person-to-person sales because of, you guessed it, COVID. That’s why I’m super-excited about some upcoming convention appearances that I have booked.
The first is the Pekar Park Comic Book Fest on Saturday, Sept. 18, 12-5 pm. It’s a friendly outdoor venue in Cleveland’s original hippie district in Conventry Village, Cleveland Heights.
[Note that the SPACE show was unfortunately cancelled due to the rise of Covid cases!]
The second is S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press Alternative Comics Expo) on Nov. 6 and 7 in the Northland Performing Arts Center in downtown Columbus, the oldest and one of the largest conventions in the country devoted to small-press comics.
Hope to see you at one or both of these fabulous events!
Coming up next weekend, 4/27-28, is the Small Press and Alternative Comix Expo at the Northland Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio, and I will be there with my paintings, comix, and publications! For more info, go to http://backporchcomics.com/space.htm.
For the show, Bruce Chrislip and I will hold a panel at 3 PM to discuss various historical Ohio comix phenomena, including the first comix convention (Ohiocon in Youngstown) and my experiences working for Harvey Pekar.
Speaking of Harvey, I created a one-page comic dramatizing the first time I met the man. This is my first b&w comix in quite some time, but more are soon to come, so stay tuned. I will be handing it out free at the show, so come and get it!
Oh my, this is a fantastic event! Could only visit for a few hours this year because family was visiting back in Cleveland, but my mind was thoroughly blown by the talent and enthusiasm displayed at this show! Spent a lot of time catching up with my old pal Bruce Chrislip (author of The Minicomix Revolution 1969-1989). He maintains this incredible sketchbook with works by all the great cartoonists– Howard Cruise, Peter Bagge, William Stout, hundreds of legendary luminaries. He asked me to do a sketch for him– the pressure was ON!! It took me two drawing sessions, referencing a photo of Harvey Pekar I googled from my phone. See Bruce and sketch below. 🙂