Last Updated: 12/2/99
Fourth, and possibly final year (I graduate soon, I hope, and will likely get
a job in another part of the country). Click HERE for a
report of some of the fun stuff that happened at the con. [Much later note:
I never did go back to Mid-Ohio Con, sadly, nor have I even been in Columbus
since 2000. Apologies for the quality of the pictures on this page, by the
way...it was mostly disposable camera shots scanned on ridiculously low
resolutions because back then 100K was a big image.]
Only a few pictures right now, it may be months before I finish the roll I
started at Mid-Ohio and get it developed.
- Harlan Ellison: The guest of honor introduces his
"panel." Actually, these were just people who were waiting outside that
Ellison brought into the room and sat down on stage, since he didn't need the
chairs. The second one from the left asked the Colleen Doran question which
turned into almost an hour of digressions.
- Rachel Hartman: Creator of the minicomic Amy
Unbounded, she was seated next to Matt Wagner (who has given up on the
receding hairline and just shaved himself bald).
- G.T. Labs: Jim Ottaviani, writer of Two-Fisted
Science and Dignifying Science (both of which were just at the correct angle
to be completely washed out by my camera's flash, of course) is on the left,
and Two-Fisted Science contributing artist Steve Lieber is on the right,
- Cosplay - I got some pics of various costumed people (Hawkman, Aquaman,
Space Ghost, a not good pic of Supergirl), but unless there's a clamor for
it, I'm not going to bother scanning them in.
Third year! No party at Elayne's hotel room this year, she was kinda busy
with wedding preparations (to Robin Riggs) to attend. I went to the Ogre
party, but didn't take any pictures there. No Con Report either, but a few
more pictures, plus a new Comicbook Squares!
Comicbook Squares 98!
- Akiko/Galaxion shirt - The first of two "fusion"
shirts I made for the Con. It features Akiko and Poog all decked out and
ready to join TerSA in the Galaxion comic. This is an enlargement of a photo
taken with a focus-free camera, so it's kinda blurry. Mark Crilley signed
it, but the Tallans weren't present at the con.
- Reality Check/Sheba shirt - My other "fusion"
shirt, this has Catreece from the Reality Check comic wrapped up in Sheba's
(comic of the same name) mummy wrappings, and not too happy about it. This
was a little blurrier since I stood too close to the shirt when taking the
picture. Neither creative team was at the con, sigh.
- Trilogy II Jam Piece - Somewhere before I took my
first picture at the con, my camera slipped into panoramic mode, cropping the
top and bottom of the field. ARGH. Fortunately, most of this (and other)
picture made it through. This is a jam piece by the Trilogy II tour members,
auctioned for charity.
- Jay Hosler - Creator of Cow-Boy and Clan Apis.
There would have been a sketch of the Laughing Ogre at the bottom of the pic
if my camera hadn't cropped it (aside from the one he's working on on his
sketchpad in this pic).
- Michael T. Desing - Creator of Army Ants, holding
the action figure I made of one of his characters.
- Matt Feazell - Creator of Cynicalman and other
iconic characters, hiding from publicity (and that was an easy task in the
Small Press room, stuffed off in a corner).
Since this was the second time around, and the novelty has worn off, I didn't
take as many pictures and didn't do a Con report.
I did a few Reviews of small press books
(Two-Fisted Science minicomic, various Matt Feazell stuff, Sheagle ashcan) I
got at Mid-Ohio. These reviews will stay here, rather than go in my regular
In an effort to keep the size of this page down, I've changed the majority of
the images to links rather than inlines.
- Top Secret Sauce? - Not actually from Mid-Ohio, but
on the same roll of film. It seems that Arby's has started taking the
Franchise Wars seriously, yes?
- Soulmate Productions - Elayne Wechsler-Chaput
and Robin Riggs holding up the original art pages from their piece in No
Justice, No Piece, "The Sailor's Wife."
- Monkey Business - Joel Steudler, creator of The
Rabid Monkey, sits by a display of his comics in the back corner of the
Small Press Area (the Adam's Mark didn't have enough big rooms to put all the
Small Press people in one room...or all the guests in one room, or all the
dealers in the dealer room...I hope Mid-Ohio returns to the Convention
- Deer In The Headlights - Artist Steve Lieber
reacts poorly to flash photography, but writer Jim Ottaviani of G.T. Labs
fares better. The copies of Two-Fisted Science kinda washed out in
- The Kiss Of Death - Picture taken at the Tony
Isabella Roast. Tony kisses Roger Stern, while Mark Evanier tries to ignore
the sordid goings-on. The picture I took of that sign on the podium falling
off for the Nth time didn't turn out.
November 29 - December 1, 1996|
Here's a small gallery of pictures from Mid-Ohio Con and the party before it
in Elayne's hotel room. I've moved them all to links, since the inlined
version of this page was taking a bit too long to load.
Click here for my mini-report on the Con,
and reviews of some comics I got there.
- Didactic Duo - Me (Dave Van Domelen) with
Elayne Wechsler-Chaput, the host of the party and fellow net.reviewer.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, I have major hat-hair...shoulda looked in the
mirror at some point, yes?
- Biting My Tounge On This Title -
Sidne Gail Ward, infamous Parademon, mother of Saturn Girl
and long-time Legion fan, cradling her Sam Adams. I wonder what they did
with the remaining bottles after I (and my bottleopener) left?
- Oh, The Humanity! -
Leah Adezio, creator of "Ari of
Lemuria," is seen here shocking onlookers as she plays with the chesthair of
the ever-virile Tony Isabella (writer of many things, including a column in
CBG and lots of comics, for which he got roasted in 1997).
- The Reviewers Three! - I suppose I
get stuck as Volstagg. From left to right, it's Dave "The Knave" White,
Elayne and myself. The face partially visible between Elayne and Dave White
belongs to Steven Chaput, eater of natto.
Most of my Floor-Of-The-Con pics are part of Comic Book Squares, see below.
Still, I got a pic in the Small Press Expo before heading to Comic Book
Squares, and scanned the shirt I wore Saturday.
Protoplasm Press's Max
Ink at his table, with Prometheus the amoeba of Amoeba Adventures fame
next to him. In color, Pro is blue, I'm told. And I wish I'd been told this
before drawing this shirt with Prometheus in an Akiko
wig. Yeah, it's kinda warped, YOU try putting a shirt on a scanner plate
without some warping. The back of the shirt has
Poog of Toog dressed as a Vorlon from Babylon 5. Both Max and Mark Crilley
loved the shirt and autographed it for me with a fabric marker I brought.
Comic Book Squares!
Note: Some of the better pictures of the pros were on the part of the roll
which didn't turn out, oh well.
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