Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tim Corrigan (1950-2015)

Tim Corrigan has died and words fail us. He was a cartoonist, sign-painter, writer, editor, teacher, songwriter, and musician. More importantly he was a husband, a father, and a friend.

Born on December 2, 1950, Tim began drawing comics as a child as so many of us did and still do. "As a little kid I didn't have the drawing skills to handle human characters with all those complicated arms and legs," Tim remembered, "so one of my first efforts was a super-powered worm--Elasticworm!" Will Eisner said that a cartoonist is a problem-solver. Tim Corrigan demonstrated that an early age with his limbless cartoon hero.

Tim began collecting comics in earnest when he was a teenager. Soon he discovered fandom and began contributing to comic book fanzines. In the early 1970s he became involved in independent comics, a community in which he eventually became a leader. That community grew more interconnected in the 1980s with Tim's publication of a magazine called Small Press Comics Explosion or SPCE. "The purpose of SPCE," Tim wrote, "was to provide a central point where people making and marketing their own comics could get together, meet each other, and buy, sell or trade their publications." In time, SPCE had five hundred subscribers, no small feat for a small press title. (The term small press was his invention.) Tim also published comics under his own New Voice Media imprint. His titles included Tim Corrigan's Superhero Comics, Kiwanni, Final Man, Mightyguy, and Tim Corrigan's Comics & Stories. For his efforts, Tim Corrigan received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo--S.P.A.C.E.--in 2006.

In 2008, Tim started a new chapter in his career by writing and inking a Sunday comic strip called Allegheny Man. Larry Blake, penciler on the strip during its four-year run, explained: "It was supposed to be impossible to self-syndicate a comic strip, to do an adventure strip, and on top of that a superhero strip, but we broke all the rules!"

Tim retired from comics in 2012 and took up music as a family affair. The Corrigans--Tim with his wife Carol--made records and videos. You can see some of their performances and hear some of their songs on YouTube. The Corrigans' sons--Nate and Matt--are artists and musicians as well.

Tim Corrigan died on August 22, 2015. He was sixty-four years old. In 2008 he wrote, "[I]t seems I have had a wonderful life." We're glad of that and glad that we knew him. We wish he could have stayed longer.

Copyright 2015 Five Star Comics

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Convention Schedule for Five Star Comics

Five Star Comics and Five Star Creators will be at several conventions and festivals this year. Here is our schedule:

Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.)
Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014
Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio

Ratha Con
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Athens Community Center, Athens, Ohio
Pickerington Public Library Big Comic Show
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, Ohio

Tri-State Comic Convention-TriCon
Saturday, May 31, 2104
Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia
River City Comic Con
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Lafayette, Hotel, Marietta, Ohio

Mothman Festival
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

East Elementary PTO Holiday Shoppe
Friday, December 12, 2014
East Elementary School, Athens, Ohio

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There may be more, so keep watching this space!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Five Star Comics at Tri-Con!

The Five Star Gang will be at the Tri-State Comic Convention, otherwise known as Tri-Con, this weekend, Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. Look for us at Table #15, next to the Dalek and TARDIS. Larry Blake will have original art and his own books for sale, Gary Gibeaut will have Mothman posters and postcards, and Terence Hanley will have his monsters and aliens coloring books for sale. In addition, you can buy the first two issues of Five Star Comics. We hope to see you there.

Text copyright 2013 Five Star Comics
Mothman poster art copyright 2013 Gary Gibeaut
Monsters from the Mountains Coloring Book cover art copyright 2013 Terence E. Hanley

Five Star Comics #3 Goes To Print

After many months in preparation, Five Star Comics #3 is finally going to print. This will be our biggest issue yet: five stories, seven creators, and 56 pages in all. Here's the lineup:
  • Dead Harrah: Zombie Detective by Gary Gibeaut
  • Kevin Cool by Larry Blake
  • Marvel Maid by Terence Hanley
  • The Amalga-Mates by Terence Hanley, Larry Blake, and Tim Corrigan
  • The Black Bat by Terence Hanley, with illustrations by Larry Blake and Matt Marshall
Gary Gibeaut's zombie detective, Dead Harrah, is the star of the cover story and lead feature, "The Case of the Dark Angel." Gary's cover:

Five Star Comics #3 will be available soon, we hope by the time of the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.), which takes place on April 13 and 14, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Keep your eyes peeled for it.

The Five Star Comics main title design is by Seth Boring. Photoshop effects on Gary's Dead Harrah story are by Jason Roush.

Text copyright 2013 Five Star Comics
Art copyright 2013 Gary Gibeaut
The Five Star Comics logo is a trademark of Five Star Comics.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

2013 Convention Schedule for Five Star Comics

Five Star Comics will be at several conventions and festivals this year. Here is our schedule as the convention season begins:

Tri-State Comic Con-Tricon
Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia
Saturday, April 6, 2013
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo-S.P.A.C.E.
Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ratha Con
Athens Community Center, Athens, Ohio
Saturday, May 11, 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

River City Comic Con
Lafayette Hotel, Marietta, Ohio
Sunday, July 28, 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mothman Festival
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Saturday and Sunday in September
Dates and times to be announced

We hope to see you soon.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Comics Buyer's Guide Reviews Five Star Comics #2

Whitney Grace reviewed Five Star Comics #1 and #2 in Comics Buyer's Guide back in November. In last month's issue (the second to last issue of the magazine), Ray Sidman gave a little more space to Five Star Comics #2. He likes the expanded book (which went from 37 pages of stories and art in #1 to 46 pages in #2). "This issue includes five stories that range from decent to entertaining," Mr. Sidman writes, "with the best of them being 'Origin of The Black Bat' (due to its art and classic character) and 'The Case of the Nut Case' (with fun writing and a solid sense of humor)." That makes a thumbs up for two stories that have been a little neglected in reviews and letters of comment. Mr. Sidman concludes his review with these words:
The writing and art [on issue #2] aren't uniformly as satisfying as they could be, but the overall effect is an entertaining, pleasant reading experience. This small-press title is a good one, and promises more entertainment to come in #3.
We'll keep working towards a uniformly satisfying reading experience. And speaking of Five Star Comics #3, we're nearing completion on the book. Look for previews in the coming days!

Original text copyright 2013 Five Star Comics

Monday, December 3, 2012

Comics Buyer's Guide Reviews Five Star #1 & #2

Whitney Grace, a reviewer for Comics Buyer's Guide, has written about her impressions of Five Star Comics #1 and #2 in the magazine's November issue. Ms. Grace voices an opinion that seems common among comic book readers of today. "Original stories inspired by or updating the Golden Age adventures are welcome," she writes,  "especially their freedom from modern super-hero soap operas." In creating Five Star Comics, we wanted to avoid the cynicism, irony, extreme violence, nihilism, moral relativism, and moral depravity of modern day comics. If super soaps are part of that picture, we're glad we have avoided that, too. In any case, Ms. Grace concludes her review with this: "Five Star Comics has something going for it that many other independent comics lack." She doesn't say what that might be, but we hope it's good.

Original text copyright 2013 Five Star Comics