S.P.A.C.E (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) is the latest (and not the last) comics oriented show to cancel it’s 2020 dates due to the current viral pandemic. Bob Corby announced via Facebook on April 26th, 2020, that he’s decided to cancel the long-running events 2020 installment.
I cannot bring myself to endanger anybody. I don’t think Covid 19 is over this summer. We will be back next year. We are looking at a date in April 2021. – Bob Corby
S.P.A.C.E was to have taken place July 11-12, 2020 at the Northland Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio. The show has been called a ‘rite of passage’ for anyone producing Indie Comics.
Varian Grant founder of Indie Volt said, “I was told early on in my career that I had to do SPACE in Columbus, if I was going to do indie comics. Since my first time attending as a creator, if I can’t make it due to scheduling or what-have-you I make sure I get down there to at least see the other creators and hang out for a day or so.”
Randy Zimmerman, promoter of Flint Comics Con (also canceled for its 2020 showing) and the Zimm Geek channel on youtube commented. “Bob puts on a great show every year dedicated to small press, independent books, this virus is hitting us all very hard and I honestly feel for him and space and wish them both the very best.”
Bob Corby says the show will be back in 2021 and he’s looking for dates in April.
As for 2020 SPACE related events. Corby says they plan on having an on-line show that will feature live panels, workshops, comic readings, and a comics market on July 11 & 12.
We’ll update all you Indie Volters as soon as we know more. Were you planning to attend this year’s show? Will you be taking part in the planned on-line show in July, sound off in the comments below and let us know.