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Grand Opening of an Old Staple!

Posted On Monday, November 18, 2013

Over the weekend, I was counted among one of the MANY celebrating the grand opening of the NEW Billy Ireland Cartoon Research Library!  It was truly a gratifying showcase of comic history, intellectuals, enthusiasts and fans -- quite a few I've had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with throughout the year and many more I look forward to building better relationships with!

Bone - The Dragonslayer

We were certainly privileged to have quite a few prominent creators, lending their experience and voice to the attending crowd.  Hometown heroes, Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL) and Paul Pope (Batman 100, Battling Boy) were intermixed with indie incons, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets).  The creative magic they each invoked was more than worthy the $5 spot (for each showcase) it cost to hear them wax.  I definitely walked out feeling inspired and empowered!

Back at the actual museum, the creative vibe was truly ripe with ALL of the historic pieces on display!  Spanning the form of comics, strips and cartoons -- there was so much to take in!!  It's definitely on my agenda to return AND SOON!

From Love and Rockets

But for all that swirling comic love, floating through the building, there was something OBVIOUSLY MISSING!  Where were the LOCAL creators??  I say that with a flare of cheekiness -- there were CERTAINLY local creators in the building: mainstays like Bob Corby (Backpo, S.P.A.C.E.), Max Ink (Blink), Ken Eppstein (Nix Comics), Micheal Neno (The Signifiers), James Moore (Two-Headed Radio), Bryan Moss (Strange Things) and Lora Innes (The Dreamer) were on hand -- but where the other, more mainstream friendly creators??

Battling Boy

I've addressed the divide that seems to be prevalent in the local comics community here in Columbus.  It's a hard line that I've characterized -IErs and -DYers.  With the -IErs being more underground/alternative comics type, I think they're more inclined to support and be influenced by the comic strip form whereas more of the mainstream-influenced -DYers kinda shirk their worth.
If that is AT ALL the case, I'm hereby petitioning that all SEGREGATIONALIST divides cease and desist ASAP!  Just as I pointed out before, comics as a medium is not strong enough to afford such divisiveness.  And in general, we've got to do better!

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