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Interview: Comic Artists Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman

Andy Ross Andy Ross Interview: Comic Artists Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman

This past December, local graphic artists Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman released Persia Blues Volume 2: Love and War. The story interweaves ancient Persian mythology with the story of young Minoo Shirazi coming to The Ohio State University for graduate school. I recently spoke with Naraghi and Bowman about their craft and process. Andy Ross: […]

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Japanese Arcade and Gift Shop Opens in The Short North

Walker Evans Walker Evans Japanese Arcade and Gift Shop Opens in The Short North

Anthony Locke and Shane Mack first met at an anime convention and became fast friends. After attending many more conventions together throughout each calendar year, the duo decided to showcase their fandom in a more dedicated fashion. “Why cant we just have a small convention every day with Japanese import arcade machines, toys and Pocky?” […]


The Comic Con “Circus” is in Town this Weekend

 Doug Dangler

“The circus has come to town, my friend,” declares comic book illustrator Neal Adams about Ohio Comic Con, occurring this weekend, September 20-22, at the Columbus Convention center. Along with Neal Adams, guests include celebrities such as Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner; actress Summer Glau; and the 91-year-old comics legend Stan Lee. While […]

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Film Review: The Wolverine

 Nicholas Herum

2000’s X-Men wasn’t the first Marvel property to be turned into a successful film but it did pave the way for comic book properties to become one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood. Its sequel, X2 was an even larger success, both critically and financially, than the original. After that however things started to go […]

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An Octopus Story, a tale told through beautiful illustrations

Anne Evans Anne Evans An Octopus Story, a tale told through beautiful illustrations

What comes to mind for you when you think about an octopus? For Valerie Starr, octopodes symbolize an adventurous spirit. “I have been fascinated with octopodes for quite some time,” says Starr. “They really are amazing creatures. Recent studies have revealed complex personalities (and a sometimes playful nature) in cephalopods, and scientists are shedding new […]


Nix Comics: Ken Eppstein’s Worst Idea Ever?

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger

The first issue of central Ohio’s own Nix Comics Quarterly hit local shops and record store this past January. Customarily the launch of any new publication is accompanied by grand pronouncements of impending world domination and assertions that the media landscape will never be the same. Nix Comics‘ self-deprecating founder, funder, editor, and entrepreneur Ken […]


Monkeys Retreat in The Short North is Closing

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Monkeys Retreat, located at 1202 North High Street, announced this morning that they will be closing their doors on May 31st. This “Space Age Variety Store” is one of the longest-running retail shops in the Short North neighborhood. “The state of the economy and the book and magazine industry has forced us to look at […]


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