So far, 18 people, ranging from fellow creators to vendors to fans, have responded with Max Ink being the number one and most "liked" answer. (Deservedly so! Go Max!) There have been a few I couldn’t pick just one type replies. I hope that those folks circle back and pick some artist to say something nice about… It’s not like you’re locked in to that opinion forever or like saying something nice about one artist diminishes others by default. C’mon… Make someone’s day with a compliment.
In that spirit, here is a quick list of the Columbus artists, defined as those that write or draw and currently live within Franklin County, that compel me to change the way I work in comics:
Michael is my hands-down favorite artist in town. I am constantly astonished by his breadth of talent. To me it’s a crime that he doesn’t have notoriety that matches that breadth, but I recognize that that’s a matter of productivity and promotion… Michael just hasn’t done enough comics that have been put under the right noses at the right time. I’m going to keep making comics and involving Michael in an effort to remedy that.
With 25 years of publishing and 15 years of running SPACE, Bob is quite simply the King of Columbus Comics and has been for a long time. He brings engineer-smarts and the best kind of paternal kindness to everything he does for the Columbus comics community. I’m not sure there could be a better role model in town for young comic creators.
And for gosh sakes, Put SPACE on your calendar for next year already, Columbus! You have one of the premier indie comics events in the country run in your backyard... Take advantage of it!
There isn’t comic creator in town with more hustle than Victor. If some hackneyed sports commentator was describing Victor, they’d call him a “high motor guy.” One way or another, he gets everywhere he wants to be… And he wants to be everywhere. That's a philosophy we both share, and Victor certainly reminds me to follow through on a regular basis.
I’ve heard Canada describe herself (more or less) as an accidental cartoonist. She began creating comics as a result of chaperoning her Daughter Kira to meetings of the Sunday Comix collaborative. Since then, she has become a productive comics community organizer as well as creator. I’m hard pressed to think of a person who gives back more to her peers. It certainly makes me want to contribute more.
In a very literal sense, Bob compels me to do stuff. I say stupid shit like “I should do a western” and he says “YES! You should do that!” I’m not saying he’s a yes-man or a sycophant… I’m saying he’s that little devil on my left shoulder telling me to do stuff. He has also apparently kidnapped or killed the angel on the other shoulder who should be telling me not to do stuff. Bob is my inner voice of unreason and I just adore the guy for it.