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Women Sweep the Ignatz

spx-logo-240Sophia Foster-Dimino, Sophie Goldstein, and women as a whole were winners at this weekend’s Ignatz Awards which took place at the Small Press Expo on Saturday night.

Foster-Dimino won a ton for her series Sex Fantasy, which you can find online here.

Digital platform comiXology sponsored this year’s awards.

Congrats to the winners and check out below for the full list of who won, they’ve been highlighted in bold.

The 2015 Ignatz Award Nominees and Winners (winners are in bold)


Outstanding Artist

  • Emily Carroll – Through The Woods
  • Ed Luce – Wuvable Oaf
  • Roman Muradov – (In a Sense) Lost and Found
  • Jillian Tamaki – SuperMutant Magic Academy
  • Noah Van Sciver – Saint Cole

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

  • Drawn and Quarterly, 25 Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin, Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns, Tracy Hurren, and Julia Pohl-Miranda
  • An Entity Observes All Things by Box Brown
  • How To Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  • Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Rilly
  • SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Beauty by Kerascoët and Hubert
  • The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
  • Rav by Mickey Zacchilli
  • Saint Cole by Noah Van Sciver
  • Wendy by Walter Scott

Outstanding Story

  • Doctors by Dash Shaw
  • “Me As a Baby” from Lose #6 by Michael DeForge
  • “Nature Lessons” from The Late Child and Other Animals by Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger
  • “Sex Coven” from Frontier #7 by Jillian Tamaki
  • Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai

Promising New Talent

  • M. Dean – K.M. & R.P. & MCMLXXI (1971)
  • Sophia Foster-Dimino – Sphincter; Sex Fantasy
  • Dakota McFadzean – Don’t Get Eaten by Anything
  • Jane Mai – Soft
  • Gina Wynbrandt – Big Pussy

Outstanding Series

  • Dumb by Georgia Webber
  • Frontier edited by Ryan Sands
  • March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  • Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
  • Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Dimino

Outstanding Comic

  • Borb by Jason Little
  • The Nature of Nature by Disa Wallander
  • The Oven by Sophie Goldstein
  • Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Rilly
  • Weeping Flower, Grows in Darkness by Kris Mukai

Outstanding Minicomic

  • Devil’s Slice of Life by Patrick Crotty
  • Epoxy 5 by John Pham
  • King Cat #75 by John Porcellino
  • Sex Fantasy #4 by Sophia Foster-Dimino
  • Whalen: A Reckoning by Audry

Outstanding Online Comic

Graphic Policy Radio, LIVE this Monday!

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio. With no guest this week, we have a much overdue potluck where we’ll discuss some of the latest comic news and reviews. The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

  • Batman #44 is an interesting change for the character. We’ll discuss the issue taking on some relevant societal issues
  • More news of creators being bad broke out. We discuss the persistent harassment in the comic industry, the protection of these individuals, and what can be done.
  • This past weekend was Small Press Expo. We talk about one of the best independent and small press comic conventions out there.

We’ll discuss the above and more! We want to hear from you. Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

You can listen in LIVE this Monday.

The Highlights for Small Press Expo 2015

spx-logo-240I love the Small Press Expo. Each year SPX is one of my favorite conventions, as it allows me to check out comics I don’t normally see in shops, or usually even hear about (trying to get better about that). Each year there’s awesome comics and graphic novels that I get, and they’re some of the best I read each year. If you’ve never been, this is a show you should try to get to.

SPX takes place this weekend in Rockville, Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC), so if you’re in the area, you should absolutely check it out.


For those that are going, here’s the panels and the comics debuting that I’m looking forward to the most.

Saturday

Black Art Matters

2:00-3:00PM White Oak Room

Black Art Matters. Join SPX for an hour of listening to black creators Darryl Ayo(Press (A) To Talk), Ron Wimberly (Lighten Up), C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), and Whit Taylor (The Fabric of Appropriation) discuss their experiences as comics creators and what it means to make art that speaks about the black experience in American comics. Moderated by Keith Knight.

SPX Spotlight on Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

5:00-6:00PM White Oak Room

The incredibly impressive Immonens are comics creators who have done it all! Kathryn Immonen has written for Marvel Comics (Runaways, Journey into Mystery) and Stuart Immonen has drawn for Marvel and DC (Ultimate Spider-man, All New X-men, Superman), in addition to collaborating on the gorgeously written and illustrated independent graphic novels “Moving Pictures” and their 2015 release “Russian Olive to Red King.” Join them as they discuss the intricacies of their latest story, one that visits the wild haunts of the Northern wilderness and the lonely worlds inhabited by broken hearts. Moderated by Jim Dougan.

Drawing the News: Comics Journalism

5:30-6:30PM White Flint Auditorium

Chris Kindred is a cartoonist, illustrator, and contributor to The Response. Peter Kuper is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated and the author of numerous graphic novels including, most recently, Ruins. Ted Rall is an author, columnist and syndicated editorial cartoonist; his most recent book is Snowden. Matt Bors, founder of The Nib and The Response, will lead this group in a conversation about the intersection between cartooning and politics today

Sunday

SPX Spotlight on Scott McCloud

1:00-2:00PM White Oak Room

Scott McCloud has influenced countless artists, readers and scholars with his analytical treatise in comics form, “Understanding Comics.” Most recently he has published “The Sculptor,” a nearly 500-page graphic novel about art, love and mortality. Professor Craig Fischer will talk to Scott about his body of work, including a live close reading and analysis of a selected sequence from The Sculptor.

It’s a Small, Small, Small Press World

2:30:3:30PM White Flint Auditorium

There’s nothing more satisfying than selling the small press comics you’ve poured your heart, sweat, and tears into throughout the years. Join Lara Antal (So What? Press), Box Brown (Retrofit), Francois Vigneault (Study Group Comics), and Kevin Czap (Czap Books) for a riveting discussion on what it takes to publish a run of your comics and then others’ art as well. Moderated by Isaac Cates.

Dear Internet: Today I Made a Comic. Now What?

3:30-4:30PM White Flint Auditorium

So you made a comic on the internet. Now how do you make sure it gets seen, read, and supported? We’ve assembled a crack team of internet-saavy creators and organizers to show you their ways so that you can make your own way. Join Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist), Aatmaja Pandya (Travelogue), Matt Bors (The Nib), and John D. Roberts from Comixology Submit, the digital self-publishing platform, for a journey through comics on the Internet in the 21st century. Moderated by Jen Vaughn.


There’s some nice panels, but really I go to SPX to check out the comics. There’s lots of debuts this year, as always, and here’s a list of some of the comics I’m looking forward to checking out the most.

Anchored

Matthew is a newcomer in the waters of Northeast Harbor, Maine, and is willing to risk her life to prove that she has what it takes to be among the best lobster trappers. While at sea, she thinks she sees a selkie, but no one believes her; as far as those residing in the harbor are concerned, selkies had died out decades ago. After a storm causes her boat to capsize, her life is in the hands of the selkies- if they still exist.

Ray Nadine is a comic writer and illustrator hailing from St. Louis. She likes tequila and ghosts, and also creates the webcomic Dollhouse.

Book Author(s) Ray Nadine
Publisher Theft & Revenge Press
Book List Price (include $) $7

As yo are, once was i

The youngest, always out of the loop, never allowed to have fun. A short story of a young boy who tries to relate to his sibling but cant. So he find his connection in another family member.

Book Author(s) Paul Boccaico & Cameron Nicholson
Publisher Cameron Nicholson
Book List Price (include $) $5

Big Planet Comics

An anthology of local Washington DC area comic artists (plus a few other favorites of Big Planet Comics!)

Book Author(s) Saman Bemel-Benrud, Box Brown, Mark Burrier, Jensine Eckwall, Robin Ha, Angelica Hatke, Andy K, Nick Liappis, Jared Morgan, Ben Sears, SUPERWAXX
Publisher Big Planet Comics
Book List Price (include $) $5.00

Cartoons for Victory

The home front during World War II was one of blackouts, Victory Gardens, war bonds and scrap drives. It was also a time of social upheaval with women on the assembly line and in the armed forces and African-Americans serving and working in a Jim Crow war effort. See how Superman, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and others helped fight World War II via comic books and strips, single-panel and editorial cartoons, and even ads. Cartoons for Victory showcases wartime work by cartoonists such as Charles Addams (The Addams Family), Harold Gray (Little Orphan Annie), Harvey Kurtzman (Mad magazine), Will Eisner, as well as many other known cartoonists. Over 90% of the cartoons and comics in this book have not been seen since their first publication. Editor Bernard gathered them over years of unstinting research through private collections and the obscure holdings of public sources. This is the most comprehensive collection ever assembled of World War II–era cartoons, reflecting the indefatigable spirit of the Home Front in America.

Book Author(s) Written and edited by Warren Bernard
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Book List Price (include $) $34.99

DC Punk Issue 2: Nation of Ulysses Part 1 88-90

Revolutionaries, fashion plates, juvenile delinquents, political party, manic punk rock band, Nation of Ulysses has been called all these. This is the first of multiple issues that will chronicle the four years of the bands existence. Taking place between 1988 and 1990 this issue sees the band transition from the musically raw conceptual Ulysses to the slightly more polished Nation of Ulysses.

DC Punk is a series of comics about the DC punk scene. It is currently focussing on the 90\’s era.

Book Author(s) Evan Keeling
Publisher DC Punk
Book List Price (include $) $5.00

Dirty Diamonds #6: Beauty

Dirty Diamonds is an all-girl comic anthology. From feelings about bodies and hair, to surgery scars and extra nipples, to gut bacteria and gargoyles, this sixth issue of Dirty Diamonds features over 50 comics by women around the world celebrating, examining, challenging, and embracing the concept of BEAUTY.

This book was recently successfully funded through Kickstarter, where you can learn more about the contributors to the book.

Also debuting at SPX 2015 is the Dirty Diamonds Omnibus – featuring the original first four issues of Dirty Diamonds. The complete Dirty Diamonds collection can be rounded out with Dirty Diamonds #5: Comics (2014).

Each issue of Dirty Diamonds has been proudly archived in the permanent comics collection of the Library of Congress.

208 pages – perfect bound – full color cover / b & w interior – 8.5″ x 11″

Cover art by Carolyn Nowak.
Book Author(s) Kelly Phillips & Claire Folkman (Editors)
Publisher Dirty Diamonds
Book List Price (include $) $20

Dressing

Michael DeForge makes comics like no one else. This collection of the cartoonist’s mini-comics, zines, anthology work, and more, is a follow up to the award-winning Very Casual, and shows the artist at the height of his occasionally fever-induced powers.

Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.

Book Author(s) Michael DeForge
Publisher Koyama Press
Book List Price (include $) $20

Felony Comics #3

All new crime comics featuring new stories by Ben Passmore and Brigid Deacon and continuations of “The Red Swan” by Pete Toms and Harris Smith and “Poor Little Dum Dum” by Thomas Slattery and Harris Smith.  Plus pin-ups by Michel Fiffe (Copra) and Amy Searles.  Cover by Josh Burggraf.  Action packed from first feverish page to the death drenched end.

Book Author(s) Josh Burggraf, Brigid Deacon, Ben Passmore, Amy Searles, Thomas Slattery, Harris Smith, Pete Toms
Publisher Negative Pleasure Publications
Book List Price (include $) $6

I’m Fine

I’m Fine is a short comic about a magical government official coping with debilitating illness.

Book Author(s) Chris Kindred
Publisher Self
Book List Price (include $) $7

Killing and Dying

Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage) reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics, but as one of the great voices of modern American literature. His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates here: the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty-first century.

“Amber Sweet” shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper-connected world; “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture” details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form in short comic strips; “Translated, from the Japanese,” is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, “Killing and Dying”, centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life.

Adrian Tomine is a master of the small gesture, equally deft at signaling emotion via a subtle change of expression or writ large across landscapes illustrated in full color. Killing and Dying is a fraught, realist masterpiece.

Book Author(s) Adrian Tomine
Publisher Drawn & Quarterly
Book List Price (include $) $22.95

Left Empty #1

“Left Empty #1″ is the first issue in a story written by Alan King and drawn by Jamie Vayda. For those familiar with their work in the LOUD COMIX series, this is a 180° turn in terms of tone.

“For nearly ten years, I was married to the best friend I’ve ever had. Then, one morning she woke up feeling ill. Within a matter of days she was gone. Left Empty is the story of the years that followed. It’s a story that’s not always easy to tell, but one that needs telling. I hope you’ll join Jamie and me as we do just that – tell the story.”   – Alan King

Book Author(s) Jamie Vayda & Alan King
Publisher Birdcage Bottom Books
Book List Price (include $) $5

New Construction

A collection of two new stories from cartoonist and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden. In “Household,” a brother and sister deal with divergent memories of their father and grow closer than ever. In “Backyard,” Vegans and anarchists share a house, small dramas and bizarre transformations (featuring a new, never before published ending). Designed as a companion volume for the critically acclaimed It Never Happened Again, New Construction cements Alden’s reputation as one of the best cartoonists of his generation.

Book Author(s) Sam Alden
Publisher Uncivilized Books
Book List Price (include $) $17.95

Plans We Made

Hot tarmac, Beach Boys on the radio, endless summer days full of plans… Simon Moreton remembers teenage years spent in the suburbs of South East England in the late 1990s. Moreton’s quiet, minimal pencil drawings beautifully evoke a nostalgic longing for a time long gone. Simon Moreton is a master of the minimal cartooning wave originated by John Porcellino.

Book Author(s) Simon Moreton
Publisher Uncivilized Books
Book List Price (include $) $19.95

Portrait of a Hitman

A collection of portraits of 28 fictional hitmen (and women) from movies, tv, and comics. All vicious, all delightful!

Book Author(s) Monica Gallagher
Publisher Monica Gallagher
Book List Price (include $) $5

Requiem Sonata: 1-2

Requiem Sonata is about 2 musicians: Zhi, a famous classical pianist who is found dead, leaving behind numerous mysteries, and Cerise, an aspiring hip-hop songstress who finds more value in her craft than in human interaction. 52 black and white pages.

Book Author(s) Jorge Santiago Jr.
Publisher Jorge Santiago Jr.
Book List Price (include $) $10

Roots

After a messy break-up, and retaking my maiden name, O’Connor, I decided what better way to embrace that than to go to where the O’Connors came from: Ireland. So I ventured off to another country in search of myself, my roots, and wound up finding something unexpected.

Book Author(s) Tara O’Connor
Publisher Self-published
Book List Price (include $) $12.00

Seconds Helping: A Drawing Assistant’s Memoir Comic

Now that you’ve read Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, learn a little about how it was drawn. In Seconds Helping, Jason Fischer tells the story of his job as drawing assistant on Seconds, focusing especially on the funny and challenging last weeks living and working with Bryan before the deadline!

Book Author(s) ason Fischer
Publisher Studio JFISH
Book List Price (include $) $5

Schmuck

One man’s awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, illustrated by 22 artists, whose individual short stories together tell a complete narrative. Artists include Josh Neufeld, Nick Bertozzi, Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, Noah Van Sciver, Stephan DeStefano, and Christa Cassano. Cover Art By Joseph Remnant. Book Design By Eisner Award Winner Eric Skillman.

Seth Kushner was an environmental portrait photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, L’Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and others. He was a founding partner in Hang Dai Editions with Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, and Gregory Benton.

Book Author(s) Seth Kushner
Publisher Hang Dai Editions
Book List Price (include $) $19.95

Shorts + Losses Vol. 3

Shorts + Losses is a collection of short stories from Carlos Gabriel Ruiz. There are crime stories, horror stories, science fiction, fantasy, western, war and romance stories, but each story, for the most part, isn’t a straight up send up of the genre, rather they play around with the conventions found in each genre.  Take that, throw in a dash of existentialism and welcome to Shorts + Losses.

Features the stories:
“Fire Flight” – illustrated by Adam Davenport and written by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz
“How to Bottle Success” – written and illustrated by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz
“Run” – written and illustrated by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz

Book Author(s) Carlos Gabriel Ruiz
Publisher Brain Cloud Comics
Book List Price (include $) $3.99

Soyuz Blue, Volume 1

After sunspot activity threatens the orbit of the International Space Station, Corporate Cosmonaut Elizabeth Floyd is assigned to the Russian mission to save the outpost. But terrorists, a crippling solar storm, and scientific fraud all serve to turn her rescue flight into a journey of intrigue and mystery. This vividly illustrated tale puts you into the cockpit of the venerable Soyuz spacecraft as it lifts off on an odyssey of discovery and adventure.

Book Author(s) Steven John Fuchs
Publisher Steven John Fuchs Fine Art
Book List Price (include $) $8.95

Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes is a comic journal exploring queerness, mental health and mixed race identity. Compiled over the span of 30 days, the author speaks about their day to day struggles and accomplishments, from existential crisis to discovering more about their family history to trying to make sense of their gender. A deep insight into their life and politics.

Book Author(s) Hiro Mcl
Publisher self published
Book List Price (include $) $5

Tokyo Heart Story

Get a sneak-peak advance on the upcoming webcomic, Tokyo Heart Story. Julia and her BFF Lizzie are traveling to Tokyo to visit, Yuuta, an exchange student they had befriended their senior year of high school. Julia plans to take this opportunity to  confess her secret crush to Yuuta, despite the warnings from her best friend. What will happen when Julia’s feelings are brought to light? A story about love, friendship, and the trials we face when growing up.

Book Author(s) Aja Moore
Publisher Self Published
Book List Price (include $) $3

Trashed

Every week we pile our garbage on the curb and it disappears—like magic! The reality is anything but, of course. Trashed, Derf Backderf’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-winning international bestseller My Friend Dahmer, is an ode to the crap job of all crap jobs—garbage collector. Anyone who has ever been trapped in a soul-sucking gig will relate to this tale. Trashed follows the raucous escapades of three 20-something friends as they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, while battling annoying small-town bureaucrats, bizarre townfolk, sweltering summer heat, and frigid winter storms. Trashed is fiction, but is inspired by Derf’s own experiences as a garbage­man. Interspersed are nonfiction pages that detail what our garbage is and where it goes. The answers will stun you. Hop on the garbage truck named Betty and ride along with Derf on a journey into the vast, secret world of garbage. Trashed is a hilarious, stomach-churning tale that will leave you laughing and wincing in disbelief.

Book Author(s) Derf Backderf
Publisher Abrams ComicArts
Book List Price (include $) HC: $24.95 PB: $18.95

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq

For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Iraq. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

Book Author(s) Mael & Olivier Morel
Publisher NBM Publishing
Book List Price (include $) $24.99

YOU

Two reincarnations later, a young girl is reunited with her killer. Does he remember as much from their previous lives as she does? Could he still be… dangerous?

(24 pages of comic + print-edition-only bonus content. Find me walking around and at panels; look for the ponytail and grey hoodie.)

Book Author(s) Ian Jobe
Publisher Antlion Studios (self-published)
Book List Price (include $) $0+

SPX comiXology SALE

SPX Comixology SaleComiXology is celebrating the 2015 Small Press Expo by sponsoring the Ignatz Awards and by offering a special 50% off SPX Sale. The Small Press Expo takes place this coming weekend in Bethesda, MD on September 19th – 20th.

Not only is the digital platform sponsoring the prestigious Ignatz Awards but they also have a special SPX-themed comiXology Submit sale with 100 titles at 50% off. The Small Press Expo is a yearly event that showcases new and emerging talent in the fields of comics and graphic novels that takes place

The Submit SPX sale offers fans a chance to experience the output of the wide range of creators, cartoonists, small press publishers and Ignatz nominees exhibiting and attending SPX 2015 who have offered their works through the comiXology Submit self-publishing program.

In addition, fans will also be able to find a special section on the Amazon Kindle Store showcasing the work of SPX creators, cartoonists, publishers and Ignatz nominees.

The Small Press Expo brings together some of the best and brightest creators and cartoonists in independent comics.

Small Press Expo Announces SPX 2015 Programming

spx-logo-240Small Press Expo has announced the Programming Schedule for SPX 2015. SPX is continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule features two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20.

This year Bill Kartalopoulos has stepped down from the Programming Coordinator role at SPX. Over the course of nine years working in a volunteer capacity, Kartalopoulos has not only established SPX as a destination for robust and thoughtful programming, he has single-handedly elevated the standard for programming events across the entire field of comics festivals and related events. Additionally, this year Kartalopoulos co-curated, with Warren Bernard, the impressive and groundbreaking Alt-Weekly Comics exhibit at the Society of Illustrators that was sponsored by Small Press Expo.

This year’s programming was developed by a committee led by Esther Kim of Fantom Comics that includes Michael Cavna and Jen Vaughn, with Kartalopoulos continuing in a consulting capacity with a focus on international guests.

The complete SPX 2015 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants for the 22 panels and interviews may be found online.

Programming will run on Saturday September 19 from Noon  until 7PM, and Sunday September 20 from 12:30PM until 6PM.

SPX 2015 programming includes Q&A sessions with Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Bill Griffith, Dylan Horrocks, Stuart and Kathryn Immonen, Jessica Abel, Scott McCloud, Luke Pearson, Philippa Rice and Phoebe Gloeckner.

Highlights of this years panel discussions will include:

  • Black Art Matters brings together Darryl Ayo (Press (A) To Talk), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), Whit Taylor (The Fabric of Appropriation) and Rod Wimberly (Lighten Up) in a discussion of comics and the black experience in America, moderated by Keith Knight (The Knight Life, K Chronicles).
  • In Animate Your Life!, Michael Cavna of the Washington Post leads Lilli Carre (Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation), Sam Spina (Regular Show), Josh Frankel (Welcome to Showside), and Monica Ray (Nickelodeon’s Harvey Beaks) in a discussion of the various paths people take into the world of animation.
  • International guests Joan Cornella (Spain), Bendik Kaltenborn (Norway) and Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), led by moderator Bill Kartalopoulos, talk about European Comics And The Absurd.
  • A hands-on comics workshop, led by Jon Chad (Center for Cartoon Studies) and Beth Hetland (School of the Art Institute of Chicago).

Small Press Expo Announces Guests Brandon Graham and Phoebe Gloeckner

spx-logo-240SPX has announced Brandon Graham and Phoebe Gloeckner as guests at SPX 2015. This is in addition to the previously announced guests to SPX’s 21st Birthday Party, Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Kathryn Immonen, Derf, Jessica Abel (Sat. Only) and Ted Rall, as well as international guests, Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Bendik Kaltenborn, Anna Ehrlemark and Joan Cornellà.

Previously announced special guest Raina Telgemeier will be unable to attend this years show.

From his beginnings as a graffiti artist in his hometown of Seattle to his recent run as writer on the Image comics series Prophet as well as creator of his own comics Multiple Warheads, King City, Elevator and Universe So Big, Brandon Graham has been a vocal and passionate proponent of independent comics. Mr. Graham will sign his books as a fundraiser for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Stop by the CBLDF table to buy his works, including his latest from Image Comics, 8House: Arclight #2, as well as issues #2 and #3 of the science fiction anthology series he co-edits with Emma Rios, Island.

Diary of a Teenage Girl, Phoebe Gloeckner’s semi-autobiographical graphic novel published in 2002, was released earlier this year as a critically acclaimed movie starring Kristen Wiig. Garnering a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Ms. Gloeckner co-wrote the screenplay to Diary that was a selection at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Influenced by the women’s comics anthology Twisted Sisters, Ms.Gloeckner work was published in such titles as Wimmen’s Comix, Young Lust and the Robert Crumb edited magazine, Weirdo. A compendium of all of her comics work to date, A Child’s Life and Other Stories, was published in 1998, generating significant controversy, with public schools and library systems banning the book due to its frank portrayal of sex and drug use. Ms. Gloeckner is a trained medical illustrator and is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Ms. Gloeckner will also be signing her books at the CBLDF table.

SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 600 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests. The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

Small Press Expo Sponsors Keith Knight, Miss Lasko-Gross and Diane Noomin at the National Book Festival

National Book FestivalSmall Press Expo (SPX) is proud to announce it is again a sponsor of the Library of Congress National Book Festival. As a part of this sponsorship, SPX is bringing Keith Knight, Miss Lasko-Gross and Diane Noomin to the National Book Festival.

Keith Knight is a musician and cartoonist. His works include The K Chronicles, (Th)ink and The Knight Life series. He has received the Comic-Con Inkpot Award for career achievement, multiple Glyph Awards for best comic strip and the Harvey Kurtzman Award for best syndicated comic strip. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including The Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine and the Funny Times. The first collection of his Knight Life strip is The Knight Life: Chivalry Ain’t Dead (Grand Central).

Miss Lasko-Gross is a comics artist and author known for her semiautobiographical graphic novels Escape from Special and A Mess of Everything. Her first graphic novel was nominated for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novel award, and A Mess of Everything was named by Booklist among the top 10 graphic novels of 2009. Lasko-Gross has contributed to and worked on a variety of comics and collections. Her latest graphic novel, Henni (Z2 Comics), features a girl with cat-like ears and a tail who questions the religious rules of her community.

Diane Noomin is a comics artist best known as the creator of Didi Glitz. She is one of the original contributors to Wimmen’s Comix and is the editor of the anthology series Twisted Sisters. Her work has appeared in many books, magazines and underground comic publications, including Weirdo, Young Lust, Short Order, Arcade, El Perfecto, True Glitz, Aftershock, Real Girl, Lemme Outta Here, Mind Riot, Titters, Dangerous Drawings, The Comics Journal/Special Editions, The New Comics Anthology, The Nose and The Nation. Noomin has received an Inkpot Award and been nominated for Harvey and Eisner awards. Her book Glitz-2-Go (Fantagraphics) is the first collection of more than 40 years of Didi Glitz comics.

The primary goal of this sponsorship is to bring creators from the indie comics community to the National Book Festival to provide greater exposure for them and their works to the diverse audience that attends this prestigious festival.

The National Book Festival takes place Saturday, September 5, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Keith Knight will be in the Graphic Novel Pavilion, signing his books from 6:00PM-7:00PM, and from 7:15PM – 8:05PM will be on a panel with his fellow cartoonists Lalo Alcaraz and Scott Stantis.

Miss Lasko-Gross and Diane Noomin will be in the Graphic Novel Pavilion signing books from 6:00PM-7:00PM, and will be on a panel with Trina Robbins from 8:10PM-8:55PM.

Kate Beaton, Derf, Bill Griffith and Jennifer Hayden Lead Authors Debuting Books at Small Press Expo 2015

spx-logo-240This year marks the 21st Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 19 and 20, 2015 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. SPX will see over 150 different graphic novels and comics will be making their publishing debut at this years show to start off the Fall book buying season. A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Here are some highlights of the new releases that debut at SPX 2015:

Step Aside, Pops from Drawn & Quarterly, is Kate Beaton’s followup to her New York Times bestseller, Hark! A Vagrant! that is comprised of her web comics witty take on history, literature and famous people from the past.

Derf Backderf plumbs the depths of his experience as a Cleveland garbage collector for his latest graphic novel Trashed, from Abrams.

Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist from Fantagraphics says it all about Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith’s first ever graphic novel.

Jennifer Hayden’s battle with breast cancer is detailed with wit and honesty in her first graphic novel from Top Shelf, The Story of My Tits.

Ignatz Award winner and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden brings us two long form stories in his latest release from Uncivilized Books, New Construction.

Meags Fitzgerald’s autobiographical Long Red Hair from Conundrum Press is the follow-up  to her award winning book, Photobooth: A Biography.

Beef with Tomato from Hang Dai and Alternative Comics is Dean Haspiel channeling Charles Bukowski in his first autobiographical graphic novel.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

SPX 2015 Announces International Guests Bendik Kaltemborn, Anna Ehrlemark and Joan Cornellà

spx-logo-240SPX is pleased to announce international creators Bendik Kaltenborn, Anna Ehrlemark and Joan Cornellà  as guests at SPX 2015. This is in addition to the previously announced international guests, Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke, as well as Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Kathryn Immonen, Derf, Jessica Abel (Sat. Only) and Ted Rall.

All three of these renowned international creators will be making their very first appearance at SPX.

SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Bendik Kaltenborn is an illustrator for the New Yorker and New York Times; a cofounder of the Dongery zine collective; and a cartoonist. Kaltenborn has exhibited in Norway, Italy, Serbia, Taiwan, Sweden, Japan, and the United Kingdom. His SPX 2015 debut book is also his first English-language graphic novel: Adult Contemporary is a collection of odd imaginings, surrealist comics, and physical comedy gags. Kaltenborn’s comics reveal a vibrantly colorful planet populated by lumpy, big-nosed people totally absorbed in their own off-kilter personal dramas. He has published two collections of comics in Norway, which have been translated to French, Spanish, German, and Swedish. Kaltenborn lives in Oslo, Norway.

Formerly a painter, sculptor and art teacher, Anna Ehrlemark found her calling in sequential arts, a form that seemed to naturally evolve out of the narrative component in her sculpture installation work. Her comics have appeared in a number of local and international publications: Black (Italy), Stripburger (Slovenia), Zone 5300 (Netherlands),  ArtReview (UK), Asiatroma/Le Dernier Cri (France), Broken Pencil, Exile, Taddle Creek (Canada), Mineshaft (USA) and The Best American Comics (USA). Her debut collection of comics titled Heartless came out in September 2012 with the Nova Scotia-based publisher Conundrum Press, and was translated and published in France in 2013 by Ici-même Editions. Winners, published by Floating World Comics, is her first graphic novel in the United States and will see its debut at SPX 2015. Ehrlemark lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Joan Cornellà is a Spanish cartoonist and illustrator, famous for his surreal, unsettling comic strips. Full of awkward moments and visual gags, Cornellà’s comics employ an uncomfortably playful tone that has garnered him over one million facebook fans. He has the gruesome, ironic comic strip down to a fine art, creating complex and hilarious narratives expressed in no more than six panels. His illustrations have been appeared in numerous Spanish publications as well as The New York Times, and in 2009 he published the award-winning graphic album, Abulio. SPX 2015 see’s the debut of Mox Nox, a collection of his comics from Fantagraphics Books.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

SPX 2015 Announces International Guests Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke

spx-logo-240SPX is pleased to announce international creators, Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke as guests at SPX 2015. This is in addition to the previously announced guests Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Kathryn Immonen, Derf, Jessica Abel (Sat. Only) and Ted Rall

SPX 2015 is honored to have the very first United States appearance of critically acclaimed, Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters. This year saw the release of the final volume of his well reviewed planet hopping space epic, Aama Vol. 4: You Will Be Glorious, My Daughter, published by SelfMadeHero. Peeters has been nominated five times in the Best Book category at Angoulême and has done a number of posters and other illustration work in Europe. Peeters lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dylan Horrocks is returning to Small Press Expo for the first time in over a decade. Horrocks began his diverse career with the publication of Pickle, which ran from 1993-97 published by Black Eye Press. Pickle included the serialization of Hicksville, a groundbreaking story that was collected into a graphic novel that won plaudits from reviewers around the globe. Horrocks has had international success in alternative and mainstream comics with books like Atlas from Drawn & Quarterly, and as writer for DC Comics and Vertigo. In 2014, Fantagraphics published Sam Zabel and his Magic Pen to wide critical and fan acclaim. Horrocks is an Eisner Award winner and in 2006 he was appointed University of Auckland/Creative New Zealand Literary Fellow. Horrocks currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and sons.

Brecht Vandenbroucke is a Belgian cartoonist and illustrator. His debut graphic novel, White Cube, took the Angouleme International Comics Festival by storm in 2013. Vandenbroucke’s distinctive painted panels and brightly colored spreads intermingle pop culture influences and commentary on the fine art world, offering an absurdist view of the institutions of that world. White Cube has been published in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, and in English by Drawn & Quarterly. Since graduating from art school a few years ago, he has worked for numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, and has participated in group shows all over the world. Vandenbroucke lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

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