What do you get when you introduce a passionate Liberal journalist to a bunch of Small Press Comicsters on a lovely March weekend in Columbus, Ohio?
An informative, entertaining and enjoyable article about the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, which can be found at The Liberal Ohioan. What IS The Liberal Ohioan?
"TLO is an online magazine of liberal news and community with an unapologetically liberal viewpoint. However, being a liberal is not limited to a political stance. Liberalism extends to our lifestyles, from the books we read and the friends we choose to what we do on weekends and how we spend our money. At TLO, we choose to embrace the liberal lifestyle, so there's neither room nor patience for suggestions to be anything less than liberal.
I don't know what your politics/philosophies are, but as a writer & artist who is focused on doing what I can to make the world a better place to live and love through my art, I think it's pretty cool what they're doing at TLO.
Feel free to click on this link and jump right into reading the S.P.A.C.E. article, but I'd like to share with you some of my favorite bits from the article:
I asked Josh (who publishes publishes Candy or Medicine, a quarterly mini-comic anthology) about his comic books and how things work.
Josh: I have a day job. I don't make any money doing this but that's not really the point.
TLO: What's the point, then?
Josh: It's fun. I like creating something that didn't exist before. I like putting something out there that wouldn't be there if I hadn't created it. There's a Do-It-Yourself aspect to it, too.
This Josh guy was definitely not preaching the gospel of capitalism.
There's a spirit of collaboration in this community. Some artists wore pins with the letter "t" to signal their willingness to trade comics. "Hey, didn't I just see this comic on that other table?"
I have never met so many people in one place so anxious to talk to me without the primary intention of making a buck. Actually, one dollar is the going rate for most of the comics at S.P.A.C.E. Corporate America would say these artists just don't know the value of their work. On the contrary, most of the people I met do recognize the value of their creations. They absolutely love what they've created and can't wait to tell you about it and get it into your hands! Put simply, these artists don't restrict the value of their work to dollars and cents.
...and (of course)...
My last stop was at the table of Columbus artist, Max Ink displaying BLINK, his latest creation. BLINK is filled with familiar scenes of Columbus, Ohio and is written to reach a broader audience than the typical comic book readers. I was really impressed with the quality and character of Max's illustrations.
Okay, that's it-- show's over. Time to move along.