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    State of Comics: Ohio

    by Jordan Cooper


    Ohio has more to offer than just the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Drew Carey and a bunch of buckeyes. It’s also rich with comic book history in people, places and more. Find out what Oho has to offer and where the best comic shops are. Buckeyes beware.

    Top 3 Resident Creators
    1) Harvey Pekar
    Born in 1939 in Cleveland, Pekar has become a mainstay with his autobiographical comics work, including the October 2005 released “The Quitter” graphic novel (DC/Vertigo) and his famous “American Splendor” series, which will receive a new miniseries from DC/Vertigo later this year. He still lives in Cleveland.

    2) David Mack
    Creator of “Kabuki,” which was first published in 1994 by Caliber Press, then Image Comics, and now Marvel Comics, Mack lives in Cincinnati. Most recently, Mack created the character designs and covers for the White Tiger miniseries that Marvel is to release this year.

    3) Jeff Smith
    Jeff Smith is best known for his creator-owned series “Bone,” which was originally published by Smith’s Cartoon Books imprint and is in the process of moving to Scholastic Books. Smith lives in Columbus.

    Top 3 Creators Born in Ohio

    1) Jerry Siegel
    One half of the creative team that brought the world Superman, Siegel was born in Cleveland where he later met Joe Shuster at Glenville High School. One of his first published works, a science fiction magazine, was created in Cleveland and led to their creation of Superman.

    2) Brian Michael Bendis
    Brian Michael Bendis was born in Cleveland. He attended the Hebrew Institute of Cleveland, and later the Cleveland Institute of Art. Bendis is responsible in part for Marvel Comics’ Ultimate, MAX and Icon imprints and for the new face of Marvel’s signature superhero team, the Avengers.

    3) Brian K. Vaughan
    Now a resident of San Diego, Brian K. Vaughan was born in Cleveland where he attended St. Ignatius Boys High School before heading off to New York University. Vaughan is renowned for being able to create new casts of characters for his comics, creator-owned or otherwise, as seen in “Y: The Last Man” (DC/Vertigo), “Ex Machina” (DC/Wildstorm) and “Runaways” (Marvel).

    Top 3 Conventions
    1) Mid-Ohio-Con
    Ohio’s biggest and most noteworthy comicon, the 2006 convention will take place at Battelle Hall in the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Nov. 25 and 26.

    2) Ohayocon
    Ohayocon 2006 was in Columbus from Jan. 6 to 8.

    3) Gem City Comic Con
    The Gem City Comic Con began on April 2 at the Student Union of Wright State University in Dayton.

    Top 3 Comic Shops
    1) Amazing Comics and Cards
    57 Wallings Road
    Cleveland, OH 44133

    2) Freaks & Geeks Comics
    2725 Hudson Drive
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

    3) Comic Town
    1249 Morse Road
    Columbus, OH 43229

    Top 3 Unknown Comic Shops
    1) Universe of Superheroes
    17 W. Washington St.
    Athens, OH 45701

    2) In the Ball Park
    1738 N. Memorial Drive
    Lancaster, OH 43130

    3) Comic Shop Plus
    235 S. 21st St.
    Newark, OH 43055

    Top Comic Organization
    Cartoon Research Library
    The Cartoon Research Library is an institute affiliated with Ohio State University that seeks to assemble a comprehensive collection of printed cartoon art, including editorial cartoons, comic strips and, of course, comic books.

    Top 3 Fun Facts
    1) Will Eisner attended Ohio State. (Columbus)
    2) Superman was created in Ohio. (Cleveland)
    3) In May of 2004, the Game Manufacturer’s Association moved from Denver to Columbus.

    Posted by Tim Leong on April 1st, 2006 filed in Story Archive |

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