What are you doing Saturday afternoon? Might you be up for hanging out with cartoonists in a bar named for one of the Minor Arcana of the Tarot which used to be a bank?
As I'm not quite the drinker these days that I was in my long lost youth, prior to last year's inaugural Indie Comics Fair, the last time I had been inside the building located at 2619 N. High Street in Columbus, Ohio that has for the past couple of years housed the bar known as the Ace of Cups it was occupied by a branch of the Huntington Bank, with whom I kept a savings account at the time. There's still a Huntington ATM outside, one of the few left in the city that actually dispenses ten dollar bills.
The Indie Comics Fair returns to the Ace of Cups this Saturday, March 9, from noon until 5 p.m. for its second annual outing, and a host of the titans of Columbus' independent comics scene will be on hand for the festivities. The event is co-sponsored by Nix Comics and SPACE (the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) so you know that Nix publisher Ken Eppstein and SPACE promoter Bob Corby will be in attendance. A partial list (which is all I've been able to find on the web) of the other creators expected to be there includes such luminaries as Michael Neno, Matt Wyatt, Chris Monday, Chad Lambert, and the members of the cartoonists "collective", as they call themselves (sounds vaguely socialist to me, though) PANEL.
Admission to the show is free. However, if you've got a wad of cash that you worry is slowly going to burn a hole in your pocket, fear not, for there shall be plenty on which to blow your paycheck. There'll be beer (the show takes place in a bar, after all), barbecue (famed food truck Ray-Ray's [no relation] Hog Pit drops anchor in the Ace's parking lot on the weekends), and, of course, comics.
As I mentioned, the Ace of Cups is just down the street from me. In fact, standing on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building, I can actually see it from where I live. So, I will definitely be dropping in at some point during the afternoon to check out the comics, visit with some of my cartoonist friends and maybe even down a pint of ale as the Brits say. I hope to see you there.