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Thoughts about Free Comic Book Day 2013

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, another Free Comic Book Day has come and gone!  This is always a special time for me because Ohio Chronicles first came out on FCBD (back in 2011!) and so it sort of offically is the beginning and end of the year for us here.  There are many things that I LOVED and got FRUSTRATED  by this year--


:D LOVED adding NEW STORES to our list! I truly enjoyed meeting with the owners of each and every one of the stores.  First of all--each store is just a little different (This is a GOOD thing!) than the other stores. Some specialized in older comics, others were into the gaming sections of the industry, some treated the event like a busy "Black Friday" kind of day, others treated it as a party event with music, kids events, and costumes. ALL of things are what makes Columbus (and Ohio in general) so great--diversity!

:mad: FRUSTRATED with the delivery of my comics. Part of this is MY fault, part of the blame belongs to UPS and the way they pack and deliver items once they get to town.  I didn't appreciate that my comics were in town for 28 hours AFTER the destination scan before they got to me. In the future I will plan better and have my comics printed and ready to go by the beginning of April.  Live and learn!


:D LOVED spending the day at Comic Town! I am not that much into the comic book scene--I don't hang out at comic book shops and talk about the latest issue of 52, or argue over which Iron Man suit is the best (traditional as drawn by Gene Colan, BTW!). So when I DO spend time at a comic book shop, I get a bit nervous.  The staff at Comic Town are the BEST!  They made me feel welcome and everyone I met was really fun.  For those of you who don't know--I get bored,so I often draw pictures for FREE.  The patrons at Comic Town really challenged me--and I LOVED it.  To those who got a drawing of TRANSFORMERS (Bumblebee), FLASH, NIGHTWING, SUPERGIRL, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, SUPERMAN,CLARK KENT, or a STORMTROOPER--I hope I did you proud!  I drew more HULKs, BATMANs, and SPIDERMANs than I care to think about, but it was all great! I also appreciated those people who asked me for my autograph even though I' m not really famous--THANKS!


:mad: FRUSTRATED that I wasn't able to visit more stores.  In the past I woud go see all those people in the different shops and that's half the fun of FCBD, too.  Seeing what is going on throughout the city as kids, adults, and shopowners celebrate comics is a great thing to see and is thoroughly invigorating.  I have GOT to find a way to divide my day--or clone myself--so I can enjoy more stores.  I was lucky enough to hear from friends and strangers about some of the great Facepainting that went on at Laughing Ogre, the band that played LIVE music at Packrat Comics and even some Star Wars things going on at Starbase Columbus! Every year it seems to get better and better around Ohio!  I'm sure that the same is true outside of the Columbus area!


:D LOVED our Free Comic Book Day issue!  I'm sure you saw the images of the cover, so this probably gives you an idea of the topic.  Frontier Dan and Bored (the raccoon) finally get an issue to themselves.  I like doing these stories the best, I think.  The relationship between Frontier Dan and Bored seems like one of those love/hate things.  Most of the people that comment about the issue really like these two characters and think that they are as funny as I do.  As usual, there is some corny humor, running gags and a few inside jokes that make the issue worth rereading if you didn't catch them all.  The printing, by BestValue Copy, is always amazing.  Even though the interior is in grayscale it is gorgeous! I think half the reason people love Ohio Chronicles is their fantastic printing!


:D LOVED the people I met.  It seemseveryone has a personal story to tell and I was glad thtat I could bring a little more happiness into the world with what I do. I want to thank again all those people who talked to me, shared stories, suggested ideas, showed interest in Ohio history and just made the day go so well.


All in all,it was great and I look forward to next year with even GREATER Expectations!

2012-2013 Comic Schedule announced

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Ohio Chronicles announced their tentative schedule for the following year.  As creator Lee Smith noted, these are tentative and may be updated at a later date.

July: Robert F. Outcault and the Yellow Kid.

September:  The Northwest Ordinance

November: The War of 1812 (Battle of Lake Erie)

January: William Howard Taft (President and Supreme Court Justice)

March: Harriet Beecher Stowe (Writer and leader of Aboliton)

May: To Be Determined

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on November 24, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I love this blurb about Thanksgiving from History.com:

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Enjoy the holiday and ENJOY OHIO!

Shop Local Saturday!

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

With the holidays coming up, we want to be sure to thank all the local businesses that support us and suggest that you shop locally!  Our thanks to:

Athens Book Center

Celebrate Local

Heroes & Games

Hocking Valley Railroad Store

Laughing Ogre Comics

Moore Comics

Wholly Craft

World Greatest Comics

Visit us at Celebrate Local in Columbus Ohio!

Posted on November 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Ohio Chronicles will be sold at Celebrate Local, a store at Easton Market in Columbus, Ohio.  We are celebrating this with a "Meet and Greet!"  We will be at the store between 6:00 and 7:00 tonight!  If you can make it there, come visit us!

Wizard Mid-Ohio Comicon!

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

For those of you in central Ohio this weekend, please drop by and see us at Mid-Ohio Comic Con!  We'll be on the main floor in booth 1116!  We hope to see all of our fans this weekend!  Our artist--Lee Smith--will be there signing issues and maybe even working on one of our future issues!  Drop by and get a peek at our upcoming topics!

Possible topics for Future issues?

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In looking for exciting Ohio History topics, we are struck by the number of topics that could be presented.  We know that the next three issues of Ohio Chronicles will be--Ohio & Erie Canal (Dec.), Addison White (Feb.), and Nancy P. Hollister (Ohio's first female Governor!) (Apr).  However, when looking at next year's schedule, although we have some ideas, we'd certainly be interested in any topics about Ohio that might be worth doing an issue about.

Add a comment if you can think of a topic that might be made more interesting if done as a comic book.  Maybe think of a famous Ohioan that hasn't gotten his or her credit.  Perhaps there is an area of interest (politics, military, abolition, inventions) that you think we should cover.

If you have a comment about one of our future issues, you can add your comments here as well.