Julia Wertz to debut new mini at SPX

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ollowing the hilarity of Fart Party and the hilarity tinged with self-examination of Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait, cartoonist Julia Wertz proved herself one of the sharpest observers out there. However she’s been in hiatus from making new comics for the last two years, while getting a new reputation as an urban explorer. (If you want creepy, follow Wertz on Instagram.)

SPX 2013 Panel Report: The Awesomeness of Influence

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[Photo courtesy of SPX] By Adam McGovern One of the final panels of SPX 2013 was about fruitful points of departure. “Paying Tribute: Traditions of Style,” hosted by Joe McCulloch and featuring comics re-creators Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Seth and R. Sikoryak, navigated the spacetime crossovers and dimensional leaps of writer-artists who assemble […]

SPX 2013: 600 cartoonists walk into a bar…

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[Comic via Tumblr by Gabriel Calderon] That is not a joke. It is definitely not a joke. With the SPX floor increased by a third to encompass the whole exhibition space it meant there were 280 tables, and with 2-4 people per table it meant that there were some 600 registered cartoonists at the show. […]

New, bigger SPX debuts with 600 exhibitors

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The 2013 edition of SPX has already kicked off with a radically enlarged show floor—the number of tables has been raised to 280, meaning there are an estimated 600+ exhibitors at the show. That is a lot of staples. Just how this bigger show floor translates into sales will be the big story of the […]

I’m giving a talk at the Library of Congress on Friday…

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….so come on down! Seriously…no pressure. WHY am I giving a talk? Because I donated a bunch of my mini-comics from the 90s on to the Library of Congress, and as part of the SPX festivities, I get to give a little talk. I’ve been pondering my subject—notable books in the evolution of the graphic […]

Sparkplug announces Reich #10 and convention schedule

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A few newsy notes from Sparkplug Books just entered our inbox. First off, issue #10 of Elijah Brubaker’s Reich is on its way—it’s a stylized biography of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.

2013 Ignatz Award Nominees led by DeForge, Carré and Alden

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The indie-focused Ignatz Award nominees have just been announced. Chosen by a panel consisting of Lisa Hanawalt, Jason Shiga, Dustin Harbin, Damien Jay and Sakura Maku the list comprises an eclectic and incredible array of comics from the year past. Winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly on […]

SPX announces Kupperman and Modan as guests

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While many of us are beginning to be terrified of the imminent San Diego Comic-Con, the Small Press Expo is ramping up for September’s comics sleep-away camp. And the guest list is shaping up with Michael Kupperman and Rutu Modan just announced. SPX will be held September 14 and 15 in Bethesda, MD. Previously announced […]

SPX 2012: the last photo bomb

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BY JEN VAUGHN – These photos are photos that SHOULD be out on the internet somewhere instead of sitting on my phone. Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, and Charles Burns are all fantastic and so very polite, but take a peak at the cartoonists and talent (younger and not as polite) who […]