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September 15, 2014


Go, Look: Early-Career Ronald Searle

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Missed It/By Request Extra: comiXology's Submit Bundle

I don't really know how much longer the Amazon.com comics reading platform comiXology will be offering a Submit-related bundle of SPX-style comics, but it looks more than worth checking out.

I enjoy offers like this one because I'm fascinated by people using conventions for things not on the convention floor, and I like this one in particular because it's comics-focused rather than scene-focused or brand-focused.
 
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Been A While Since We Saw Some Golden Age Madness

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Collective Memory: SPX 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Small Press Expo, held September 13-14 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel And Convention Center in the general vicinity of Bethesda, Maryland.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Audio

Blog Entries
* SPX Tumblr

Facebook
* SPX Facebook Page

Miscellaneous
* Michael DeForge wearing a Katie Skelly-designed t-shirt

News Stories and Columns
* Washington Post 01
* Washington Post 02
* Washington Post 03

Photos

Twitter
* SPX account

Video

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Sal Buscema Covers

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* there is a gofundme here to help provide Lisa Jonte with a key piece of equipment to help her get back to making art for a living. I hope you'll consider it. I like the specific nature of that request.

image* there's nothing better than spending a few minutes reading about Herb Trimpe on a Monday, unless that's paying for the whole Lambiek.net on-line biography effort as detailed in the request at the top of such entries right now.

* Dan Vado's gofundme campaign is an ongoing concern in which we're interested.

* I just saw Drew Weing a few hours ago; you can always jump into his Patreon campaign. Ditto SM Vidaurri.

* finally, it would be amazing to make another milestone with this Seth Kushner fundraiser. I met a lot of people this weekend that gave to that one despite no real relationship to the comics-maker/photographer, which was very nice to hear.
 
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If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Harvard, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2014

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September 16
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)

September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Projects III)
* If I Were In Santa Fe, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there's going to be a little bit of an SPX hangover for the next few days as several components of the comics industry and small press culture drag themselves back to work. Apologies in advance.

image* Raighne Hogan talks to Box Brown and Jared Smith.

* I always enjoy these logo studies from Todd Klein.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of different comic books. Rob Clough looks at the work of Sam Alden. Don MacPherson on Annihilator #1.

* Johanna Draper Carlson looks at the FU Press announcement.

* did I run this D+Q ELCAF report? I hope I did, but in case I didn't, there it is.

* finally, a preview of Vapor. That's a nice-looking book.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Salgood Sam!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Lance Tooks!

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Happy 45th Birthday, John Ira Thomas!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Scott Dunbier!

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September 14, 2014


SPX 2014 Is A Wrap

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Go, Look: BJ DuVall

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Your 2014 Ignatz Award Winners

imageThe Ignatz Awards, the awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Small Press Expo, announced their winners last night in a ceremony that featured James Sturm as show host.

The Expo trends leans towards honoring small-press and mini-comics artists by having the voted upon on the convention floor and by using a rotating anonymous jury members drawn from those communities during the nominations round.

Congratulations to the winners and all nominated. Those who took home an award are in bold:

OUTSTANDING ARTIST
* Sam Bosma, Fantasy Basketball
* Kim Deitch, The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley
* Sophie Goldstein, Darwin Carmichael is Going To Hell; Edna II; House of Women
* Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1
* Jesse Reklaw, Couch Tag

OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION
* Amazing Facts and Beyond, Kevin Huizenga and Dan Zettwoch
* The End, Anders Nilsen
* Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2, Leslie Stein
* Sock Monkey Treasury, Tony Millionaire
* QU33R, Various (Edited By Robert Kirby)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVEL
* The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, Kim Deitch
* The Boxer, Reinhard Kleist
* Boxers and Saints, Gene Luen Yang
* This One Summer, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
* War of Streets and Houses, Sophie Yanow

OUTSTANDING STORY
* Brownout Biscuit from Octoups Pie: Dead Forever, Meredith Gran
* Destination X, John Martz
* The Grassy Knoll, Nick Drnaso
* Jobs from Life Zone, Simon Hanselmann
* Mom from Viewotron #2, Sam Sharpe

PROMISING NEW TALENT
* Luke Howard, Trevor
* Cathy G. Johnson, Jeremiah; Boy Genius; Until It Runs Clear
* Nick Offerman, Orange; Onions
* Keiler Roberts, Powdered Milk
* Daryl Seitchik, Missy

OUTSTANDING SERIES
* The Black Feather Falls, Ellen Lindner
* Demon, Jason Shiga
* Powdered Milk, Keiler Roberts
* Sky in Stereo, Sacha Mardou
* Towerkind, Kat Verhoeven

OUTSTANDING COMIC
* Blammo #8, Noah Van Sciver
* Cosplayers, Dash Shaw
* It Will All Hurt #2, Farel Dalrymple
* Misliving Amended, Adam Buttrick
* Wicked Chicken Queen, Sam Alden

OUTSTANDING MINICOMIC
* The Grassy Knoll, Nick Drnaso
* House of Women, Sophie Goldstein
* Never Forgets, Yumi Sakugawa
* Test Tube #1, Carlos Gonzalez
* Up to the Top, Ian Sampson

OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC
* Band for Life, Anya Davidson
* Big Dogs at Nite, Dane Martin
* Demon, Jason Shiga
* On Hiatus, Pete Toms
* Vattu, Evan Dahm

This year's jury was Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor.

Chip Mosher from sponsor comiXology spoke at the conclusion of the awards on behalf of the Submit program.

SPX's Warren Bernard announced a 21st Century theme for next year's show; Paul Karasik extolled the virtues of his own admirable buying habit at such shows of seeking out low-traffic tables and checking out their offerings. Bernard also announced a forthcoming show at Society Of Illustrators reflective of this year's alt-weekly theme. The recent treatment of women working in comics was decried by winner Cathy G. Johnson.

In the aftermath of the show, about a dozen cartoonists and a pair of attendees who were not cartoonists to whom I spoke seemed generally pleased with the winner and the overall positive, inclusive vibe on display. The above strike me as deserving winners as well. One PR person to whom I spoke after the show characterized a book's win as a vote in favor of what the book accomplished with an audience they very much wanted to win over with that book, which I think is a fine way to look at such an honor.
 
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If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Lausanne, I'd Go To This

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mary Fleener!

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