Friday, April 26

7:30PM-11:00PM SPACE Pre-party at the Laughing Ogre Comic Shoppe
Laughing Ogre, 4258 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43214 - Meet and talk to many of the SPACE exhibitors before the show. Watch while the annual Jam Panel is created.

All Weekend:

Y.A.C.A. The Young Adult Creator's Alliance aka YACA is an effort to get young people creating comics and telling their stories. YACA exhibiting debut will be at SPACE this year where our young creators will sell and show their books and artwork learning the aspects of commerce, promo, and entrepreneurship as well as public speaking.  Presented by J.M. Hunter.

Saturday, April 27

12:00 Noon 2018 SPACE Prize Presentations: Hosted by Bob Corby.

1:00 Guardians of Young Cartoonists: Hosted by Brian John Mitchell with Matt Williams, Ian Shires, Brent Bowman, Leighton Connor and J.M.Hunter. Open & honest conversation about helping & encouraging children to create comics including parents of recent winners in the SPACE Prize youth category.

2:00PM CosPain Live Draw and Q&A: Join local cartoonist Ben Wright-Heuman as he works on a page of his webcomic CosPain and talks about his process.  Participate in the discussion about comics, cosplay, and convention culture while watching a strip come to life on the screen in front of you.

3:00 PM Joe Zabel in conversation with Bruce Chrislip:
Bruce and Joe have known each other since October 1973.  The following year they started a comic book club that met on the Youngstown State University campus. A year after that, they put on their first comic book convention - OhioCon ‘75.  They’ll be talking about the comics people they knew from that era – Paul Gulacy, Dan Adkins, Mike Gustovich, Rick Magyar, P. Craig Russell, Val Mayerik, William Messner-Loebs, Daryll Collins and Harvey Pekar.  Joe promises some good anecdotes from his days of working on American Splendor.

4:00 PM Ail & Prevail: Health choices and Legacy options for Cartoonists. Hosted by Carol Tyler.
An open discussion about health and legacy concerns for comics people.

6:00 PM Exhibitor Room Closes

8:00 PM SPACE After Party at Kafe Keroauc
2250 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201. Hosted by Ken Eppstein and Jaromir Stoll. Hear cartoonists perform their comics live!. Readers include Nate Powell, Sarah Allen Reed, Sammi Davis, Jessica Robinson, Gregory Baldridge, J.m. Hunter, Bruce Worden, Pam Bliss, Tim Fuller and Sophie Harpo.

Sunday, April 28

12:00 Noon Distress Frequency!
:Horror, sci-fi and adventure from Columbus, Ohio. Thrill to a live episode of this locally-produced audio drama podcast. Hosted by Tony Goins.

1:00 PM Comics and Pinball:  Michigan State University professor and award-winning 
comics creator, Ryan Claytor, outlines "Coin-Op Carnival," a new 64-page print publication. "Coin-Op Carnival" is the only source for full-color, completely illustrated content documenting the history and stories surrounding electro-mechanical coin-operated amusement devices (pinball and pre-video arcade games manufactured prior to 1978). Each issue includes an interview with a game designer, in-depth game reviews, E.M. tech explained, product spotlights, comics, and more. Every page of the publication features new full-color illustrations and comics from Ryan Claytor, with articles written by both Claytor and Nick Baldridge, host of "For Amusement Only, the E.M. and Bingo Pinball Podcast", creator of the custom-built "Multi-Bingo" pinball machine, and seasoned tech.

2:00 PM Comics Anthology Panel Hosted by Bob Corby.
Hear from editors and publishers of Anthology Comics the most maligned of comics formats. Panelist include Lauren McCubbin (CCAD’s Spitball), Mike Laughhead (CCAD’s Spitball & Spare Parts), Michael Marcus (Unforgotten, IFX), Matt Feazell (5 O’Clock Shadow), Sequoia Bostick (Vagabond), Amelia DeGirolamo (Vagabond) and Bob Corby (Oh,Comics!).

3:00 PM Group Flash Fiction Workshop: Everyone who attends this workshop will work together to create a single complete story in under 50 minutes guided by author Matthew Barron. 

5:00 PM Exhibitor Room Closes


The SPACE Prize,




...and a Surprise or Two!