Comics BOOM! The origin stories of six Columbus comic book artists

Justin McIntosh, Columbus Alive

Brace yourselves, Columbus. Comics are coming.

In May alone, we've got Free Comic Book Day, several author/artist appearances, and plenty of cool stuff, as always, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

The summer brings us the rescheduled indie comics expo SPACE in July and the just announced Tricon Columbus comics convention (expanding from a sister show in Huntington, West Virginia) in August. Then in October is a preview of the grandest one of all, the also newly announced Comics Crossroads Columbus, a four-day festival scheduled to take place in 2016. The CXC Launch Event will be held Oct. 2-3 and will be split between the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.Some of the biggest names in comics are attached to this one.

Before you know it, Columbus will be a bona fide comics capital. So we figured we'd help you get started on knowing the local scene a little better. This week's cover story features six comics creators - writers and artists - making uniquely diverse works of art. Contained herein are an all-ages fantasy adventure epic, an Eisner-nominated series, two web comics with distinctly Columbus ties, a comic rejected by Marvel for being too urban (uh, wha?), and another that expertly mashed genres well before the monoculture officially took hold.