SPX memories…like a magical unicorn

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You can read my official SPC report at PW, with news and notes, but I’m guessing that everyone who was at SPX is probably, like me, realizing that the magic is over and we have a whole year to go, or maybe a few weeks if you count APE, but in the meantime, I can keep the magic going a few moments more by rounding up some of the magical, mystical memories of SPX. I said there were a few people who didn’t have a good time, and you can find one of two on Tumblr who sat outside hotel rooms sadly waiting for the person with the key to come back. But if you could open your heart, SPX would make you love it. As the above picture shows, SPX is the only con where you can find Julia Wertz and Renee French just sitting and smiling with each other. It’s also the only place where someone would leave their computer just sitting out on a table (as one prominent comics personage di don Friday)and feel pretty secure that it would be just fine. There is a reason why people puts up so many pics and blog so much about this show—it’s a full on love affair.

Watch Simon Hanselmann marry comics — the full video

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At SPX, following the Ignatz awards, a very special wedding took place, as cartoonist Simon Hanselmann, author of Megahex, wed comics in a ceremony presided over by SPX Executive Director Michael Thomas. Michel DeForge, currently on tour with Hanselmann, stood in for comics, althuogh several acual comics were present. Hanselmann, who is a cross dresser, […]

SPX 2014 Debuts: a few choice picks

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In the olden days I would slave away all night putting up pictures of debuts, but now all CAFs do it on their website, and here’s the amazing SPX 2014 Debut Books page! BRING MONEY. But if you want some recommendations, Rob CLough has an essential list of seventeen creators to check out. I can’t improve on Rob’s […]

SPX ’14 party poop: this is the year of the Prom and the Wedding

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This weekend the Small Press Expo takes place in North Bethesda, MD. The show is known for its collegial, summer camp vibe, but this year, it is going ALL OUT. There will never again be talk about the pig roast or the softball game or the karaoke or anything else, because this year there is […]

SPX announces programming

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And it’s a doozy as always — PR provided some highlights but I can tell you I won’t miss that alt-weekly panel….90s NOSTALGIA PEOPLE. SPX will be held Sept. 13-14 in North Bethesda, MD. BE THERE. White Oak Room   TIME DESCRIPTION Noon – 1:00 Alt-Weekly Comics Roundtable Until recently the media landscape has been […]

2014 Ignatz Nominees announced: Yang, Shiga, Deitch among nominees

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The 2014 Ignatz Awards have announced their nominations. As usual with this indie-comics focused award the nominees are an eclectic bunch, maybe even more eclectic than usual, going from the National Book Award-nominees Boxers and Saints in the Outstaind Graphic Novel category, to a mix of mostly little known outside indie circles nominees in Newcomer, […]

SPX announces international guests: Hanselmann, Frémok, Franz

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SPX just got more awesome with the announcement of the slate of international guests from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Iran, Colombia and more. Previously announced guests include BRandon Graham, Emily Carroll, and more more more. This is gonna be so great. Save money now!

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::