Pickerington Times-Sun

Library to showcase area comic authors, illustrators


Pickerington Public Library is recruiting area independent comic book authors and illustrators for its first "Big Comic Show" this spring.

The library last month opened registration for independent comic authors and illustrators who wish to promote their works and network with other artists during its 2014 Big Comic Show.

According to library staff, about 15 comic creators have signed up to participate at the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 in the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way.

Assistant Library Director Kenton Daniels said the library hopes to attract roughly 24 to 30 comic creators for the show, which he said will highlight a literary genre that stood the test of time.

"Comics and graphic novels have a huge presence in popular culture these days, but they've been around forever," Daniels said.

"When ancient peoples drew pictures on cave walls, they were telling stories."

The Big Comic Show will be free and open to the public.

Likewise, there is no fee for comic authors and illustrators who participate.

Sign-up information is available at pickeringtonlibrary.org/content/big-comic-show-2014.

"Many of these creators have multiple works in publication, so they may have a table full of titles to share," Daniels said. "Some may only have one or two.

"A fair number of creators these days have web comics as well, so they'll also be promoting those. Books will be available for sale."

The comic show follows a similar event the library hosted last September for Ohio authors.

In addition to the authors and illustrators who participate, the show will feature a table hosted by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, which is said to house the world's largest collection of comic strip tear sheets and clippings at its facilities in Ohio State University's Sullivant Hall.

Daniels said the library also is working with area comic stores in hopes of providing door prizes to guests.

"We will also be having a couple of free two- to three-hour workshops for teens interested in starting their own comics, and there will be some superheroes walking around the building, as well," he said.