Before you know it, Columbus will be a bona fide comics capital. So we figured we'd help you get started on knowing the local scene a little better. This week's cover story features six comics creators - writers and artists - making uniquely diverse works of art.

Brace yourselves, Columbus. Comics are coming.

In May alone, we've got Free Comic Book Day, several author/artist appearances, and plenty of cool stuff, as always, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

The summer brings us the rescheduled indie comics expo SPACE in July and the just announced Tricon Columbus comics convention (expanding from a sister show in Huntington, West Virginia) in August. Then in October is a preview of the grandest one of all, the also newly announced Comics Crossroads Columbus, a four-day festival scheduled to take place in 2016. The CXC Launch Event will be held Oct. 2-3 and will be split between the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.Some of the biggest names in comics are attached to this one.

Before you know it, Columbus will be a bona fide comics capital. So we figured we'd help you get started on knowing the local scene a little better. This week's cover story features six comics creators - writers and artists - making uniquely diverse works of art. Contained herein are an all-ages fantasy adventure epic, an Eisner-nominated series, two web comics with distinctly Columbus ties, a comic rejected by Marvel for being too urban (uh, wha?), and another that expertly mashed genres well before the monoculture officially took hold.