Staff Pick: S.P.A.C.E. is Columbus'great unsung arts fest

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A few weeks ago, James Moore, who is a writer for Columbus’ 2 Headed Monster Comics, sent me a message asking if Alive was covering S.P.A.C.E., the annual Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo.

“If not,” he wrote, “think of it as Columbus’ great unsung art festival.”

This is the 13th year of S.P.A.C.E., sponsored by Columbus’ Back Porch Comics, and more than 180 small press comics exhibitors are on the lineup. Plus there are plenty of workshops, like Saturday’s 3 p.m. talk on “Art Versus Commerce” or the noon presentation by Matt Dembicki about his book “District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C.,” which Washington Post named one of the best books of 2012. Complementary S.P.A.C.E. shows are up around town, such as “Panels in Pink: A Celebration of Female Comics Creators” at Wild Goose Creative. Admission for one day is only $5. There’s a bowtie party at the hotel bar on the agenda.

Unsung, perhaps, but hopefully not for long.

Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14

4900 Sinclair Rd., Northeast Columbus