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This autumn, there will be TWO Major Comics Educational Events happening in Columbus! 

MIX will be happening at CCAD on September 27 and 28. MIX is Columbus College of Art & Design’s second annual symposium and exhibition dedicated to the diverse art form of comics. It features panels, roundtables, and workshops with scholars and artists from across the country as well as Columbus' thriving comics scene.

Then, just seven weeks later, The Festival of Cartoon Art & Grand Opening of the NEW Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is happening on November 14-17 at OSU. There's a two-day academic conference (Thurs and Fri), a two-day "Festival Forum" (Sat & Sun), "An Evening with the Hernandez Brothers" on Saturday night and there will be two new gallery exhibits. Actually, the whole shebang is NEW. The library (in its former location) is closed and they will open at their new digs on September 9, 2013 in their new home in Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High Street. I'm looking forward to their Grand Opening on Novemeber 15th. :)

There will be many hometown comic creators participating in each event and comic book rock star Jeff Smith will be a featured guest at both. I’ll be one of the panelists at MIX@CCAD and one of the many attendees at FCA@OSU

“Jane Ink, Max Eyre”

I’d like to tell you about this piece of art I did that was a part of a much larger work of art.

I drew a picture (I do that a lot). It was a picture of two characters, Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester... perhaps you’ve heard of them? They’re the main protagonists in the classic novel by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre. I wouldn’t normally draw a picture with characters from a 166 year old novel, but I did. Why? Because my friends at the Available Light Theatre company asked me to. Well, they asked if I’d like to draw one of their posters for their 2012-13 season. Each season, AVLT comes up with a bold and unique visual theme which runs through all the promotional materials for their shows. This time around, they chose a comic book theme (there are a number of comic book lovers in the company). Being as Columbus is “poised to be the next big hub for comic books,” Matt Slaybaugh (AVLT’s Artistic Director and chief comic book lover) asked a number of local artists to create posters based on classic comic book covers.

For example:

Art by Jeremy Sorrell

Art by Jeremy Sorrell


Art by Drew Jones

Art by Drew Jones

Art by Michael Neno

Art by Michael Neno

Art by Clinton Reno

Art by Clinto Reno

(I’ll let you figure out what original comic book covers these fine posters emulate.)

The artists created the images and the astoundingly multi-talented Michelle Whited composed all the text in order to thoroughly emulate the original publications.

And so, here I come, bringing up the rear (as it were) with my poster for JANE EYRE: A Memory, A Fever, A Dream. I chose John Byre’s classic X-Men #137 as my source material. It seemed fitting to feature Jane and Edward standing in for Jean and Scott. (If you’re familiar with both books, you’ll “see” the irony (it was purely coincidental) of the Scott/Edward pairing.)

JANE EYRE: A Memory, A Fever, A Dream

I saw the play on Saturday and was totally blown away by its brilliance. The adaptation by playwright Daniel Elihu Kramer is superb. Acacia Duncan's direction as excellent. The four actors-- Jeff Horst, Elena Perantoni, Michelle G. Schroeder, and Robyn Rae Stype embody their characters as fully as I’ve ever experienced (and each actor plays multiple roles—kinda like Monty Python—so that’s really saying something!)..

I could gush about it plenty more, but these reviews say it all.

So, Jane Eyre: A Memory, A Fever, A Dream is running for the next three weeks, until June 8. I strongly suggest that you set an evening aside between now, reserve your tickets now (they have a limited number of Pay-What-You-Want tickets at the door, but that’s on a first come, first served basis), get yourself to the Riffe Center, Studio One and see this fabulous event.

SPACE 2013 (Down to Earth)

I'll be at SPACE this weekend, talking up and selling the Rough Cut Edition of BLINK: So It Goes, Chapter 2-- "...To Go With This Doorknob!" It's a 48-page booklet (42 pages of story, and a cover) that I've made especially for this weekend.

I've printed all of 50 copies of this exclusive edition and hope it will sell out at the show. We'll see. No matter what, I'm sure to have a great time at the show. 

 

Wonka Reception gone Wild

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So, Thursday night was Gallery Night at Wild Goose Creative and it was oodles of fun with lots of friends and plenty of good food and great conversation. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to stop by and visit! My friend Peter Parker Robert Walker was on the scene with his trusty camera snapping away. IMG_1287

 

 

Origami in Flight 

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Delicious delectables by CK Catering

      

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Reading… it’s fundamental!

 

 

 

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Talkin’ about comics.

 

 

 

 

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“Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the reader.”

 

 

 

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A little extra Blink art

 

 

 

 

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Up Next, the WWK Book Release Party!

 


 

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As wonderful an evening as Thursday night was, I need to share something else with you.

It’s been remarked to me that Blink comes off as an intriguing mix of realism and idealism. I’ll take that as a supreme compliment, since that’s exactly what I’m going for. In the Blink short, “Tilting at Landfills,” I used the following quote from Frederick H. Hedge, “What we need most is not so much to realize the ideal but idealize the real.”

I also believe that it’s a foolish thing to avoid seeing and engaging in reality, no matter what avenue we use to attempt our idealistic escape. Try as we might, we cannot evade what is real and true forever. Not the “reality” which we fear to be true, but the reality that is true. The reality that is undeniable, because it is right there, the reality which exists in front of our faces.

Just before the reception, I drove down the alleyway (pictured at left), behind Wild Goose and Rumba Café to park my borrowed car and unload my supplies for the evening’s festivities. 32 WWK [p]As I slowly made my way down the uneven pavement, I passed by a man and woman, who were both dressed in shabby cloths, holding stuffed animals and looking through the trash bins. What I was a very real reflection of what happens on the final page of “Wonka Wonka Kochalka.” This is no coincidence. This is reality and I’m not interested in looking away from it any more.

But I did.

I saw this reality, the reality which I am writing about--amid the trash and refuse, and I didn’t stop. I kept on going because I had something “important” to do.

Now, I don’t feel guilty for not stopping. But I’d like to think that when I am presented with the opportunity to engage in that aspect of reality again

March ain’t so Mad—(The Imperial Reach of Blink!)

Good news everyone! March of 2012 is shaping up to be a “banner month” for me and Blink!

We’ve got the gallery show going on at Wild Goose (this Thursday is the Gallery Night Reception!).  I’ve had a few articles about me & the comic appear in (614) magazine and the OSU Lantern and I’m hoping for more. (not expecting, but hoping!)  I just received word that Blink: So Far got 2nd Place in the "General Category” for the 2011 SPACE Prize!  And to round out the month of awesomesauceness, I ordered the initial batch of copies of “Wonka Wonka Kochalka” and they’re expected to arrive at my doorstep on March 26th. (Which happens to be my mother’s 75th birthday) Smile 

If I wasn’t so busy working on all sorts of comic book/gallery stuff that needs to get done ASAP, I’d totally make a cute sketch of Blink in a Darth Vader helmet.

WWK Book Release Party - The Music!

I am pleased to officially announce the music line-up for the Wonka Wonka Kochalka book release party on Friday, March 30th at the Wild Goose Creative! The party kicks off at 7pm and the live music entertainment begins at 9pm. I am soooo fortunate that three out of the four acts actually appear/are referenced in the book itself!

01 WWK [small] - Copy.tifElijah Aaron & The Saturday Giant appear on the “Folkadelic” sign outside Wild Goose Creative on page 1

 

Here’s a great example of Elijah Aaron’s style, performing "Give it Soul" in the snow (in C-Bus!). http://www.youtube.com/user/eliguy/v

 

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TSG performing “The Times They Are Up” at Rumba Café :) from the album, “You've Heard of Dragons” http://thesaturdaygiant.bandcamp.com/album/youve-heard-of-dragons

 

“When Death Comes” is from the 5-track EP of the same name. You can view the kick-ass video here and buy the album here.

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and 10 WWK [small] - Copy.tif Jason Quicksall actually performs his song, “Comic Book” on page 10 of the Wonka Wonka Kochalka book itself.

Jason Quicksall performing “Comic Book” at Rumba Café. How much more meta can one comic book be??? Jeez.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s The Salty Caramels’ video of their “signature” song about C-Bus’s premier Ice Cream Shop- Jeni’s

Rounding out the evening’s entertainment will be Bree Frick and Molly Winters (which are 2/3 of The Salty Caramels). They’ll be playing under the name The PSYCHOTIC BLONDES. 

I’m determined to include these girls in a future chapter of Blink, so stay tuned!

Wonka Wonka Kochalka—The Gallery Show Postcard!

 

I just put in an order to local printing company Legendary Ink (no relation) for lots and lots of 5”X7” postcards and got a great deal on the price! (I’m going to totally BLANKET this city with info about this show!) Thank goodness for the total success of the Kickstarter Campaign so I can afford this kind of publicity. (I even managed to include a bit of recognition for the Kickstartin’ Blink readers who helped make this possible on the card Smile). Much of yesterday and a bit of today was spent laying the groundwork for the March 30th Book Release Party. It is going to be an absolute BLAST of a party! I’ll update more about it when plans get finalized.

I also set up a Facebook Event page for this “Wonka Wonka Kochalka” Gallery Show that’s happening all through March at the Wild Goose Creative.

Here’s the nitty-gritty info:

**Gallery Night Reception**
Thursday, March 15th 7p-9p

A relaxed evening of comics and conversation. Copies of "Behind the Sketchbook: The Making of Wonka Wonka Kochalka" will be available for There will be complimentary food and drinks as well as free BLINK mini comics!

***BLINK: "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" Book Release Party! ***
Friday, March 30th 7p-11p

This is it! 8 years in the making, Max Ink's "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" will be released to the world!

And here's the blah blah blah stuff:

Over 30 pages of original comic book art from the newest chapter of Max Ink's BLINK graphic novel will be on display at the Wild Goose Creative. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is the first chapter in the graphic novel, BLINK: SO IT GOES. The art will be on view through the month of March.

Max Ink's BLINK comic book series is set in the neighborhoods of Columbus and features "slice-of-life" stories about three charming characters, Hank, Sam and Blink. Since its inception in 2003, BLINK has showcased numerous Columbus landmarks and hang outs such as Goodale Park, Stauf's Coffee House and the Park of Roses. "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" is no different: the 32-page story is set the Wild Goose Creative and the Rumba Cafe.

Ink's work has received much praise over the years, with many reviewers commenting on the beautiful art and real-life dialog. But the

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characters themselves are the focus in BLINK; to the point where they seem "less like characters and (more like) people you could easily know.” The style and tone of Ink's stories is "smooth and natural, and just happens. It's real life right on the printed page." One reviewer even likened reading BLINK to "a refreshing adult beverage — relaxing, comfortable, and yet eye-opening in noticing the world from a new perspective."

The BLINK: WWK @ WGC exhibit features all the pages from the "Wonka Wonka Kochalka" chapter in sequence, so viewers can actually read the comic in its entirety on the gallery wall! Each piece of sequential art measures 14" X 17" and is drawn in pen and ink. The printed book will be available for sale on March 30th.

Comics For A Cause

Earlier this month, I noticed a post somewhere about Lora Innes putting together a charity fundraising event—Comic Creators for Freedom—to raise awareness about Human Trafficking with funds going to two organizations—LOVE 146,  and GRACEHAVEN (Gracehaven is located in Central Ohio, where I live and where I set the stories of Blink). 

Lora writes on the CCFF website:

Human Trafficking is personal to me.

I mentored a young 14 year-old middle school student in the Columbus (Ohio) City School district. One morning on her way to school, two men pulled up to her bus stop, jumped out with a gun  and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t get in the car. In the backseat she saw two other teenage girls, with duct tape over their mouths. She told me that at that moment she’d rather die on the sidewalk then be kidnapped and raped, so she took off running. The man with the gun began counting down “3… 2… 1…” as if to shoot her, but neighbors came out when they heard the commotion and the men drove off. She gave extensive information to the police, but so far as I know, they were never caught and the girls in the backseat never rescued.

This is happening all over America and the World. Human Trafficking is essentially a modern term for an old problem–slavery. There are actually more people enslaved today than there were during the historic Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade we hear so much about.

Most of it is children, and most of it is sexual slavery–forced prostitution, and the girls are usually runaways who are taken advantage of or are kidnaped intentionally for this purpose. After an intense weekend of being raped by paying customers (one testimony from a survivor I heard was 30 men in less than as many hours), a girl is broken, and a pimp has power over her to do what he wants. She is sold to the highest bidder and her life is no longer her own, and never, ever the same.

So far Comic Creators for Freedom has raised $15,000! Imagine what we can do this year.

We donate 100% of what we raise to charity. The money is split evenly the between global organization Love 146and Gracehaven, a safe house being built for girls coming out of sexual slavery here in the U.S. It is only the FOURTH such house in the entire United States. So I think what they are trying to do is very important. Read more about both organizations below.

I think all girls deserve the right to grow up healthy and free! And luckily, so do a lot of my friends.

-Lora Innes (The Dreamer)

Lora has organized CCFF with the help of Crystal Yates over the past two years and I’m glad to be one of the over 100 artists participating this year to help raise awareness about this sad situation and raise funds to help these kids. January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day here in the U.S. The CCFF fund drive will run from Monday, January 9th through Friday, January 20th. This year’s theme is “Epic Snowball Fight” and I present to you my entry into the fray:

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BLINK: SO FAR 7-Hour Tour on High

 Join Max Ink as he celebrates the publication of his critically acclaimed graphic novel, BLINK: SO FAR at 3 different venues in one day--

The festivities kick off in Clintonville

at the comic shoppe of choice

The Laughing Ogre

4258 N. High St from 3p-5p


Then, Max will set up in the Short North

with plenty of delicious Sundaes

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

714 N. High St from 6p-8p



The evening concludes just north of OSU

with a multitude of tasty caffeinated beverages at

Kafé Kerouac

2250 N. High St from 8:30p-10p


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Books and art prints will be available for sale

with a percentage of all monies made donated to the

HERO INITIATIVE 

And, of course, all through this one-day seven hour whirlwind mini tour,

autographs and sketches will pour out from Maximilian's inky pens!

RSVP at the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE!

Gem City Comic Con - April 3rd, and more SO FAR news

As the dust settles from the awesomeness that was S.P.A.C.E. (HA! As of today, I am totally sold out of my 1st print run of BLINK: SO FAR!  How cool is that?!), I am preparing my next step(s) in my "grand scheme" to actually get people to read the Blink comic book.  
I'm currently gearing up for the 2011 Gem City Comic Con in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, April 3rd and will be going to get more Blink: So Far Convention Special Editions printed up (at my local printer) for the Gem City Comic Con while at the same time I am working towards (hopefully) having digest editions of BSF shipped to my studio by April 2nd.  That way, I can have them both for the Sunday show (but at this point in time, this is just a hope and nowhere near a promise).  I find it interesting that some people really like the "magazine-sized" printing of BSF and other people prefer the digest version (which still hasn't been released-- but stay tuned!).   
The show is being held at Wright State University in the Student Union and runs from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday and sports the nominal entrance fees: $6.00 (adults), $5.00 (students with valid ID) and Kids 10 & Under are FREE!! (with paying adult)  Guests will include such industry luminaries as STEVE ENGLEHART and BOB McLEOD, members of the other Columbus comics creators' group, PANEL,  DARA NARAGHI and  ANDY BENNETT and a few friends o' mine (and great comixers) ERIC ADAMS and FRANK CVETKOVIC and LOTS, LOTS MORE!  

 

Let `em know you're coming by RSVP'ing on the Facebook Event page here.  
(Fun Fact: Dayton, Ohio -- which is where the GCCC is being held-- used to be advertised as "The Gem City, the Cleanest City in America" back in the 1950s, 60s and into the 70s. I wonder if the reason they stopped in the 80's was because it was no longer fashionable to be clean?)  

Carry On

One morning

I woke up

and I knew

You were really gone

A new day,

a new way,

and new eyes

To see the dawn.

Go your way,

I'll go mine and

Carry on…

                                                           ~Stephen Stills

                                                                             CSNY Déjà vu (1970)

 

 

See that little colored drawing up there?  That’s the rough color sketch of the cover for my very first BLINK  COLLECTION (collecting 9 stories between two covers)!!!   This collection is titled “So Far” and if all goes according to my hopeful plan, I shall be selling these 96-page books for $10 a pop at S.P.A.C.E. in two weeks! 

I am SO ready to move forward and carry on. 

The Phone Lines Are Now Open

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been away for a little while.

I’ve been on a self-imposed exile, in fact.  It’s what I do when I’m not feeling “up to snuff.”  (It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the last.)  Some people say that “Misery Loves Company” but not me, thankyouverymuch. I’ve been avoiding company since about August or so.  No website postings, no Facebook updates, no phone calls, and (maybe worst of all) no Blink! …Just work, sleep and eat (and TV) for the past few months.  Well, as of this past Monday, I am no longer denying myself the pleasures of social interaction.

In fact, to celebrate my return to the land of the living, on December 5th (that’s tomorrow!), I’ll be the guest on Allen Freeman’s podcast/live call-in show SLAM BANG MEDIA hosted on the TalkShoe website.  So, if you’re not doing anything important at 5pm EST (2pm PST), you can listen in to the show LIVE and – if you’re so inclined, you can even call (724) 444-7444 and be a part of the show.

Allen Freeman has been a big part of small press for years and years.  He’s been publishing the SLAM BANG “Explosive Comic Anthology” through his Fanatic Press since the mid 80’s.  (Allen’s also been professionally producing commercial art for brochures, biz cards, billboards, TV, newspapers, comics, gaming cards, magazines, video games, web sites, and more! *whew!*)  I met Allen back in the 90’s when I was drawing Nik Dirga’s Amoeba Adventures and attending lots of little conventions to promote the book in Southern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Kentucky.  Allen was living in Kentucky at the time (he’s in California now) and I remember being blown away by the book that he was promoting at the time, Morgana X.


I’ll be contributing a short piece to the 2011 edition of Slam Bang (it’s a robot-themed issue!) and if you’re a creative type with a robot yarn you have to share, email Allen (fanaticpress@yahoo.com) and let him know!  (Contributors FAQ can be found here.)

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Check it out: you can listen to the November 7th episode where Allen interviews cover artist Terry Pavlet.

Payin' The Rent [Fun(d)raising Awareness]

This was NOT the drawing that was auctioned... (But I'll redraw it and auction it later)

There's something about auctions (which raise money for worthy causes) that make people spend money on art that they might not/probably wouldn't buy if they weren't being pressured to do so by the whole "auctioneering" vibe.  Well, be that as it may, I'm very happy that the auctioneering vibe and about a dozen pieces of art  (including a drawing of Blink) helped to raise $650 for purchasing art supplies and games for the Prairie Norton Elementary School in Grove City and other participating mentoring programs sponsored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  The event wrapped up a few hours ago (Saturday night) at the Kafe Kerouac (I took my damn sweet time getting home, thanks to the Columbus bus system*).  The auction was organized months ago by local writer/artist/"organizer by day" Patrick Roach and the actual auction was officiated by local funny guy Zachariah Baird.   There were paintings, photographs, screen printed t-shirts, a knitted purse, and my little pen & ink & pencil drawing.  I also threw in some copies of the Blink books (because I couldn't expect the purchaser to know who the cute blonde was in the drawing).  The seats were pretty well filled up in the back room of the Kerouac, where the auction was being held, so that was comforting-- and every piece of art was bid on at least twice (nothing went for the "starting bid").

Ooookay...  So, it's mighty damn awesome that a significant chunk  of change was raised for BBBS and the Praire Norton Elementary by selling art.  The amount my piece went for surprised me quite a bit (in a good way); I felt well compensated for the time I spent drawing the picture.  On the ride home--or, maybe I should clarify: as I waited and waited and waited for the bus* to arrive, I got to thinking,  "Sure, I sell plenty of Blink books (at the low price of $3 for one or two for $5), but why am I not selling more original art/sketches (for a high price)?" and  "Why am I not selling lots of prints of my art (for a medium-sized price)?"   I guess it's my stupid/crazy/silly nature to not try to make money and just try to make people happy.  Further along my "ride" home, I thought, "Wow.  That was pretty cool seeing all that money being spent for a good cause and all that art being purchased in order to people happy... I should do that--for myself."

I've been drawing comics for over 20 years, but have never quite made what's called "a profit" in all that time.  Maybe it's about damn time I begin turning this thing around.  Well, as I'm thinking about doing that, my computer is breaking down a piece at a time.  A few months back, the machine stopped recognizing my scanner (so I've had to use my roommate's computer to scan drawings) and now--last week-- the damn thing won't even recognize my printer! On top of that, it's running slower and slower and so on and so forth and boo hoo hoo.  (I bought the thing about a year and a half ago, it's a bottom-of-the-line machine and needless to say, it does not age well.)

SO!  The first "Max Ink Fundraising Event" will be to raise the funds necessary to buy me a new computer.  (If anyone who reads this has a deal on a good, reliable used computer, I'd be fine with that, too.)

I don't have any plans worked out for how this "Fundraising Event" is going to work yet (I just had the idea a few hours ago...gimmie time...), but I think the way I might go about this is to draw some swell doodles of Blink and the gang (maybe a half dozen or so to start) and make the original art available for auction on eBay (possible starting bid at $50?) and after the winner has purchased the original, sell prints of each piece to all the losers/ non-participators.  (The whole idea is for me to raise money here...)  I'll need to utilize as many of my Facebook friends (I'm approaching the 700 mark!), my real friends (I think I have about 7 of those...) and anyone else out there in cyberspace and real space to help promote this idea.

Say.... speaking of Fundraising Events, my friend, Shawn Schulte, is having a fundraising situation of his own (for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig's Disease).  As his weblog states:
Since my mother’s passing in 2006 it has been my passion to try and bring hope to those who are suffering and my efforts while steadfast to finding and end to ALS do not end there.  This site is an attempt to give life to a project that I hope will unite Ohio in an effort of compassion, to celebrate the lives and the stories of families and individuals who have battled against this disease, and to prove that such action is the birthplace of healing.  I welcome every voice and every effort in this fight.

At the end of July, Shawn will be one of the many athletes participating in the ALS fundraiser, TRI-STATE TREK-- a 270 mile, three-day bicycle ride from Boston to New York.  Shawn needs to raise a little more than $1,000 in the next 4 weeks to make it happen.  I think to kick off my "Drawing for Fun'Raising" challenge (or whatever I'm gonna call this ongoing Max Ink art auction thing), I'll draw a nice picture of Blink and Sam bicycling and auction THAT off first.  With whatever money I make going to Shawn's worthy cause.  Then I'll get going on my own needs (selling prints of the drawing to all the "losers/non-participants").

As the great Mohammed Ali said, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."

FREE COMICS DAY Flyer for Max @ Jeni's



Come out and see me sometime.  (The mini comics are free, but the ice cream ain't.)

Also: check out the free comics available at THESE great comic shops in Central Ohio on Saturday 1st!

4258 NORTH HIGH STREET

COLUMBUS, OH

(614) 267-6473


(I'll be here from 3-5p)

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1249 MORSE ROAD

COLUMBUS, OH

(614) 262-5006


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3872 LATTIMER STREET

HILLIARD, OH

(614) 527-8450


(I'll be here from 12-2p)


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5505 WESTERVILLE ROAD

WESTERVILLE, OH

(614) 901-3963


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1915 STATE RT 256

REYNOLDSBURG, OH

(614) 577-0220


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1538 BRICE ROAD

REYNOLDSBURG, OH

(614) 751-5008

FREE COMICS... and ICE CREAM!!!

Guess what? FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is SATURDAY, MAY 1st!  I'll be pedaling around Columbus to various locations to spread the good word of FREE BLINK (mini) comics (and I'll also have some books for sale, too).

I'll start out the day at Packrat Comics in Hilliard from 12-2pm (they've got a whole lot planned for the day, so be sure to stop by!), then I'll be putting in some time at the Laughing Ogre in Clintonville from 3-5pm .  That will cover my comic shop appearances for the day.  The pièce de résistance is that after a stop at home for a quick nibble, I'll be making a special appearance at the world famous Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream in the Short North from 7-10p during the Gallery Hop!  I'll have some original artwork available for viewing, Blink books & prints (of Blink's visit to Jeni's) for selling as well as plenty of mini-comics and Short North Gazettes to hand out to all the evening Ice Cream eaters.

I'm happy that I'll be meeting new readers at Packrat & The Ogre, they're very good comic shops and I hope their FCBD events are successful and bring them loads of new customers.  (`Cause that's what this day is all about!)   But I must say that my appearance at Jeni's is something very special.

Although my characters are fictional, they exist in the very real world of Columbus, Ohio.  Ever since I began writing and drawing Blink, I've wanted to somehow converge (for lack of a better term) my comic books/strips and myself with the REAL locations which we all inhabit.  I've been fortunate enough to make a few impromptu "appearances" at various locations where I've set stories, but this event at Jeni's is something that's planned out (albeit very hastily; I only had the idea to do it yesterday morning).  I love the idea of bringing my comics to the people--where they live their everyday lives.  (But it must be performed in a controlled manner (like this Gallery Hop event), because going up to people at random in the streets and giving them Blink comics is not going to gain me as many new readers as it is restraining orders.)  I hope that I'm successful at Jeni's and I hope this event leads to similar events at other Blink-related locations in Columbus.

"Stories in Four Colors: Cartoon Art in Ohio" March 26 through May 8, 2010

"Stories in Four Colors: Cartoon Art in Ohio"
The Works, Newark, Ohio (map)

March 26 through May 8, 2010

Public Reception: Friday, March 26th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

This exhibit of Ohio cartoonists & comic book creators will include works by nationally published artists David Mack, Andy Bennett and Scott Simmons as well as artists from the Columbus Comic Writers and Artists Group, “Sunday Comix,” Michael Neno, Max Ink, Russell Merritt, Matt Wyatt, Ray Tomczak and Jonathon Riddle.  In addition to contemporary works, there will be historical pieces and information on Ohio’s role in the history of comics and cartooning in the exhibit.

Gallery admission is FREE.

Have you seen CerebusTV?

Hey-ho, do you like Dave Sim's comical book works?

Well, Dave has asked me to send out info to help promote tomorrow night's CerebusTV to readers of Blink and since Dave is such a strong supporter of my work, I said "certainly." (He printed yet ANOTHER one of my sketches/letters in the most recent issue of "glamourpuss."  Available now in comic shops or online)

If you can help spread the word by posting a link to this note on your Facebook or Twitter profile, I'd appreciate it (and, of course, so would Dave).

Thanks!
Below is a description of tomorrow night's show:


**EPISODE 20 "Crisis on Infinite Off-White Houses"**


Broadcast LIVE from the second floor rectangle office of the Off-White House in Downtown Kitchener, it features the Sudden Return of Follocly Challenged Neil Gaiman of Earth-Two (doing a LIVE remote from Dave Sim's imagination) and the (we hope) only appearance of the Effing Annoying PBS Membership Drive Dave Sim of Earth-Two. Fully interactive! Tune in and be a LIVE participant!

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http://www.cerebustv.com/