SPX 2014 exhibitors list goes to a lottery system

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Catching up on some of the news that broke Christmas week (!?!) and this is pretty huge. After a total server meltdown and general headaches over exhibitor registration for the 2013 show. the Small Press Expo is going to basically a lottery. “Legacy” exhibitors—those who have been at the show for five years or more—and invited guests (of course) will be given tables, and the remainder will be put up for a lotteryplain and simple. The show will not go curated, as nearly every other CAF has, because…well because of tradition. Here’s the new procedure::

Portland’s Stumptown Comics Festival on hold as some operations move to Rose CIty Comic-Con

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The Stumptown Comics Festival , Portland’s long running indie comics show, is ending in its present form, but the Awards and its indie-focused programming will become part of the Rose City Comic-Con, which is held in September. According to Stumptown board of directors Chair Shawna Gore, the two shows are NOT merging; it is, however […]

Demographics: Comics Readers Almost 45% Women Now and How Publishers Stack Up

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At the beginning of each month I take a survey of all of the self-identifying comic fans on Facebook, looking at the changes from month to month. Two months (and some change) ago Facebook updated the interface I achieve this by, giving me more options in how to choose and, I suspect, expanding the algorithm […]

Facebook Demographics: Different Publishers, Different Fans

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For all of these posts I’ve tried to instill the idea that there isn’t a simple comic fan. While it might mostly be men, comic fandom is a diverse crowd whose specific interests varies by gender, race, age and more. No two character fandoms are the same. No two publisher fandoms are the same. Marketing […]

Review: Cosmic Canine Capers in Astrodog!

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Of the many comics I picked up at the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival, there was one comic in particular that caught my eye as I turned around one of those giant rooms. A small little book, nestled amongst publishers large and booming, that shone out with a cover that immediately made me smile: […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn announces events and guests

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Comic Arts Brooklyn (Or CAB as it soon to be known) released a schedule of events including art shows and panels and what not and it all sounds horribibly wonderful if you like good comics. CAB replaces the departed Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest on the indie circuit schedule, and takes place November 9 in […]

Can’t Lose: Indie Cartoonists cover Friday Night Lights

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I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting a show about small town football culture to be a subject of nostalgia for indie cartoonists, but, hey, this is the social context I was moaning for the other day. Plus Friday Night Lights WAS one of the great TV shows of the Aughts. Thus Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories) has […]

One More: Sam Alden’s cover for It Never Happened Again

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As we mentioned earlier in the week, Uncivilized Books won the Sam Alden Derby and will be putting out the first collection of the up-and-coming cartooner’s work. And now he’s tweeted the title and the cover: Here's the cover for "It Never Happened Again", my first collection from with Uncivilized Books! eeee pic.twitter.com/9DlnvTe3vm — Sam […]

Comic Arts Brooklyn shaping up with guests, poster

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The new Comic Arts Brooklyn indie comics CAF, or CAB as everyone is calling it, kicks off on November 9th at the Mt. Carmel Church for exhibits and The Knitting Factory for talks. Information on the show is unrolling at their tumblr, and the guest list has been released: Paul Auster Heather Benjamin Michael DeForge […]

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 […]

Walking Dead gets a spin-off TV series for 2015 with Kirkman co-producing

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AMC is jumping on the “spin-off” bandwagon. With Breaking Bad ending, a Bob Odenkirk-headlined spinoff called “Better Call Saul” is in the works, although whether anyone will want to revisit the Breaking Bad world after last night’s devastating, bleak, and horrifying “Ozymandias” is anyone’s guess. How dark was “Ozymandias”? It makes The Walking Dead look […]

Z2 Comics relaunches with Pope and Haspiel

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This week’s edition of PW Comics World contains news of a newish publishing company: Z2 Comics, formerly Zip Comics, which put out the Eisner-nominated Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant last year. It’s headed up by Josh Frankel and the first two projects will be a new edition of Paul Pope’s long out of […]

Should we even try to give indie comics a wider cultural context?

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This is the golden era of indie comic, artistically and even financially, at least in term of the number of publishers, CAFs and cartoonists who wake up every day excited to be cartooning. It’s a movement that is aesthetically and formally as exciting as anything else going on out there.

All of which makes the Jason Karns Kerfuffle all the more unusual.

Last chance for MIX 2013 discount rate

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MIX 2013 is yet another outstanding comics symposium, this one in Columbus, OH. It will be held Sept. 27–28, at the Columbus College of Art & Design campus. The keynote speaker is Jeff Smith; other guests include Tony Isabella, Tom Spurgeon, Carol Tyler, and Jonathan Gayles, PhD. You can see the complete schedule below, but […]

This weekend: THE PROJECTS

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Oh yeah but speaking on indie comics and arts festival., this weekend THE PROJECTS kicks off in Portland, but it isn’t so much a bazaar of indie comics as a maker festival: THE PROJECTS is a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, happening at the IPRC and other locations in Portland, OR, on August […]

Koyama Press announces Spring 2014 titles: Kim, DeForge, Jacobs and Lim

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Wow is it Spring already? In the publishing world it is. Koyama Press has just announced its titles for Spring 2014 aka TCAF time! and as usual they look irresistible. The lineup includes new releases by Michael DeForge and Jesse Jacobs. Information below: