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Oklahoma comic creators heading for Kansas City

by Matthew Price Published: March 14, 2014
"Welcome to Ralton" writer-artist Don Rosencrans. Photo by Annette Price, for The Oklahoman
"Welcome to Ralton" writer-artist Don Rosencrans. Photo by Annette Price, for The Oklahoman

Several writers and artists with Oklahoma connections are set to appear this weekend at Planet Comicon in Kansas City, Mo., one of the largest comic-book shows in the region.

They’ll be joined by most of the cast members of the popular 1990s sci-fi show “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and comic-book creators including Scott Snyder, current writer of “Batman.”

The show has become a key stop for multiple Oklahoma comic book creators.

Literati Press of Oklahoma City will debut two new projects at the convention, which is a regular stop for the publisher.

“We are thrilled to be debuting ‘Ivan Alexander’ by Dorshak Bloch as well as the fourth issue of ‘Welcome to Ralton,’” said Charles Martin of Literati Press. “We hurried both projects off to the printers in order have new product for one of our favorite shows of the year.”

Writer-artist Don Rosencrans of “Welcome to Ralton” will be in attendance, signing the fourth issue of his series.

“This issue will wrap up part one of a two-part overlapping story arc,” he said.

Oklahoma artist Jerry Bennett (“Nadir’s Zenith”) will be on hand, offering copies of comics and prints, including his exclusive print for the Stan Lee Foundation.

Bennett has attended the show before and said he finds it invaluable for networking.

“I had an excellent interview with Nick Lowe, senior editor at Marvel, who gave me … sample scripts to draw and give feedback on, mentoring me along,” Bennett said. “Planet Comicon is also a huge selling show for me.”

Oklahoma writer-artist S.A. McClung will bring the first three issues of his comic “Displacements Oasis,” for his first time exhibiting at this show.

Artist Mike Kennedy, formerly of Oklahoma City, will have a trade paperback collection of the comic book “Celtic Knights” on hand at the show.

“I’ll be there promoting both ‘Celtic Knights’ books and Web comics as well as showing samples of other stuff,” Kennedy said.

Oklahoma publisher Equinox Comics will have two tables at Planet Comicon.

“We will have our comics and other merchandise for sale as well as sketches,” said Aaron Ballinger of Equinox Comics.

Oklahoma artist Scott Sackett, podcaster D.L. Nelson and writer Tim Berry are also scheduled for the show.

- By Matthew Price
A version of this story ran in Friday’s The Oklahoman

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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