By Jackie Mantey

The Comiconaissance (that’s right, McConaughey, we stole your thing) happening in Columbus the past few years has been awesome, but let us not forget that SPACE, the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo, has been showcasing independent cartoonist talent for 15 years.

 Nearly 200 illustrators and comics and art organizations will take over the Ramada on Sinclair this weekend for the annual event. Visitors can shop for new reads by authors and artists from all over the states.

Per usual, the programming attracts comics artists and fans alike, like a self-publishing how-to or a sneak peek at Nate Powell’s second graphic novel in his trilogy about U.S. congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. (For a complete list of programming for the weekend, including information on a Friday pre-party at Laughing Ogre Comics, visit

Day passes for SPACE cost $5 at the door; if you want to go both days, you can get a pass for $8.