Thursday, February 27, 2014

Artifacts from the Columbus, Ohio Stop of the 1995 Spirits of Independents Tour, featuring Dave Sim, Paul Pope and Steve Bissette

Spirits of Independents was one of the few (perhaps the first?) indie comics con held in Columbus before the founding of SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo). I remember Dave Sim, who helped coordinate the show with Bob Corby, graciously treated many of the cartoonists involved to a Damon's Ribs dinner afterwards.

For a better look at the Dave Sim and Dan Zelig letters, click here:

Diamond, of course, no longer distributes comics from Columbus.

I very much miss Joe Zabel's contributions to the cartooning arts. His self-published comic books of the '90s were some of my favorites. He's a great guy and a major talent.

The info on my old business card above is long out of date, natch.

Max Ink is still quite busy cartooning, primarily with his Columbus-based series Blink:

Tyim Courts is still active as a designer:
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p0w said...

Attendance was 186 paying people. I worked the front door for Central City Comics who was the retailing partner.

It seemed really funny that the attendance figure matched the infamous issue #186.

Michael N. said...

Maybe Dave planned it that way!