December 11, 2013

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Updated: You Should Go to Bmore Into Comics on Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Going to comic-cons and small comics and zine festivals is a lot of fun, as any comics fan knows. I go when I'm able to, and it's not financially prohibitive (after all, every dollar I spent on a motel is a dollar I can't spend directly with a creator).

They are often run by comics people for comics people, whether it's old pros or new creators, fans since the Silver Age or a kid just cutting her teeth on a book like Princeless.

But the thing is, you have to know these things exist. And for someone who's just casually into comics, that can be a real barrier.

Baltimore-area creator Monica Gallagher (of the excellent Gods and Undergrads, among many other projects) set out to tear down that wall with a series of mini-shows, called Bmore into Comics. The first was held a few months ago, and now the second is coming up this Saturday, January 4th. It will be at The Wind-Up Space from 12pm to 5pm, and features Gallagher, of course, along with other creators able to make the trip into the city.

I attended the last session, and while it was small, the fact that ordinary folks were looking at comics in a relaxed atmosphere where creators didn't have to hide their flasks (C'mon, I know some of you do it!). With this second show being in a more heavily trafficked area, it should really shine.

You can find a complete list of creators involved by going to the website (it's in a few places as of this writing), but highlights include the following folks:

Rafer Roberts is a good friend of mine and a great writer/artist who is only getting better with time. He writes psychological horror in the epic story Plastic Farm but can get silly at the drop of a hat with the B-movie inspired work he collaborates on with Sean Frost. His commissions are pretty sweet, too.

Monica Gallagher, the show's organizer, works on a variety of things, but Gods and Undergrads is my favorite, featuring a young woman who learns she has connections to the Greek Gods--whether she likes it or not. A former roller derby player, she also runs a webcomic about a derby girl, does prints, and other work, too. She's a great talent that's not to be missed.

Andrew Cohen plays with panels and puns in his various solo projects, when not getting historical, either on his own or with collaborator Matt Dembicki. He's likely to have Howzit Funnies (blues-inspired poems set to Cohen's unique visuals) and Dr. W (where the 4th wall is used and abused to amazing effect) on hand, both of which are highly recommended.

I plan to stop by the show, probably closer to the end when I can hang out with the gang if they're up for doing so, so you may run into me. Regardless, if you're in and around Baltimore on Saturday, stop by the show, have a beer, and buy a few comics!