Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

The 3rd Annual Cleveland Comics Issue 

click to enlarge feature1-4.jpg

The first week of January around these parts means it's time for Scene's annual comics issue, which is one of our favorite annual traditions.

The genesis of the idea came three years ago. Cleveland is the birthplace of Superman, after all, which is just the first and most recognizable entry into the city's role in shaping the comics culture of America. The parade of notable names continues from there — Harvey Pekar, Brian Michael Bendis of Marvel fame, Marc Andreyko of DC Comics, longtime altweekly contributor and Northeast Ohio legend Derf, to name just a few.

How do you help nurture that tradition? The least we could do, we thought, was showcase talent that was living and working in town, give them a paycheck, and let thousands of people enjoy their creations. We recruited John G., who you probably know from the Lake Erie Monster comic he creates with Jake Kelley, his Melt ads, and as the founder of Ghengis Con, which has already become one of the largest regional comic conventions in the Midwest in its short history. With his help, we tab a handful of artists each year to create original work for Scene. In years past, it's been a blank slate, resulting in a mix of personal and political, humorous and serious stories.

This year, we asked each artist for his/her take on a loose theme, a question really. Are there two Clevelands? More than two Clevelands? Problems exist right alongside development, economic fortune and cultural attention the Forest City hasn't seen in years. One might call them systemic. Any city has them, but Cleveland seems to display them in stark contrast recently.

Our roster did not disappoint with their responses to that question.

Please do enjoy the work of Erika Lavin, Kevin Czapiewski, Sarah Sobole, Ashley Ribblett, and John G. with an assist from Lawrence Daniel Caswell. Our sincere thanks to them.

To fully view each comic, simply click on each strip once to select and once more to enlarge.

By John G. and Lawrence Daniel Caswell [image 1 of 2]

click image feature1-5.jpg

By John G. and Lawrence Daniel Caswell [image 2 of 2]

click image comic5.jpg

By Kevin Czap

click image feature1-1.jpg

By Erika Lavin

click image feature1-2.jpg

By Sarah Sobole

click image feature1-3.jpg

By Ashley Ribblett

click image comic6.jpg

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 18, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation