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Small Press Expo 2014: Ignatz Nominees Announced

ignatz awardThe Small Press Expo has announced the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.
The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 P.M.
ComiXology will again be sponsoring the event.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 13 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 14, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday and $20 for both days.

Check out the full list of nominees below the jump!

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SPX 2014: Guests include Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman and Mimi Pond

Small Press ExpoThis year is the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, they have announced Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman and Mimi Pond, all of whom are appearing at SPX for the first time.

These guests are in addition to the previously announced Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm.

Brandon Graham started out as a graffiti artist in his native Seattle and now is the writer behind the Image comics series Prophet, as well as the creator of his own comic mini-series Multiple Warheads. His other titles are King City, Elevator and Universe So Big. SPX is honored to host this rare East Coast appearance by Mr. Graham, whose work can be seen on his Tumblr blog.

Emily Carroll was the recipient of this years Pigskin Peter Award, which is given to the best Canadian experimental or avant-garde artist. Her magical web-comic Out of Skin was awarded the 2014 Cartoonist Studio Prize given by The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her first book, Through the Woods, is being released next month by Margaret K. McElderry Books. Ms. Carroll’s web comics can be seen at http://www.emcarroll.com.

Both Mr. Graham and Ms. Carroll will be signing their latest works at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund tables at SPX 2014.

Drew Friedman’s caricatures and comics have graced the pages of such esteemed publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Village Voice and Mad. His Old Jewish Comedians series of books was the subject of an extensive show earlier this year at the prestigious Society of Illustrators. He will be on hand at SPX to sign copies of his next book due out in August from Fantagraphics, Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has drawn comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and has also written for television, including the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”. She is the author of the cult-classic book The Valley Girl’s Guide to Life. Her first graphic novel, Over Easy, was published this past April by Drawn & Qaurterly to critical acclaim and spent one month on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller chart. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

Box Brown, Eleanor Davis, Michael DeForge and Roman Muradov, all head to SPX!

Small Press ExpoThis year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, they have announced Box Brown, Eleanor Davis, Michael DeForge, and Roman Muradov as special guests to join in the birthday celebration.

Brown, Davis, DeForge, and Muradov are joining the previously announced alt-weekly guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry, James Sturm, Charles Burns, Jen Sorensen, Tom Tomorrow, and Ben Katchor, as well as SPX first-timers Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman and Mimi Pond.

Box Brown will be at SPX to sign his critically acclaimed book, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, published by First Second  Books. Box has won a Xeric grant and his mini-comics have garnered two Ignatz Awards. He is also the founder of Retrofit Comics, where he publishes his own mini-comics as well as works from over 30 other creators.

Eleanor Davis’ new compendium of short stories from Fantagraphics titled How To Be Happy will debut at SPX 2014. In 2013, Eleanor won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Sequential/Series Work, and her book Stinky won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award awarded by the American Library Association. She designed this years bookplate for the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, as well as this past Spring’s Google Doodle.

Michael DeForge and Koyama Press will debut at SPX Lose #6, the latest in his award winning series of comics. Michael is the winner of multiple Doug Wright and Ignatz Awards and is one of the designers for the popular animated TV series, Adventure Time.

Roman  Muradov is both a comics creator and illustrator, with his artistic works appearing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal, amongst other esteemed publications. SPX will see the London and New York based publisher Nobrow debut Roman’s latest book, (In A Sense) Lost and Found, and Retrofit Comics will debut his latest mini comic, Picnic Ruined.

Small Press Expo Announces Guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm

Small Press ExpoThis year is the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, they are pleased to announce Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Strum as the first of a number of guests for a celebration of the rich and vibrant comics world of the alt-weekly newspaper.

Nearly seventy years ago, a teenage Jules Feiffer entered the comics world as an assistant to the famous Will Eisner. He soon made a name for himself via his ground-breaking comic strip Feiffer, which ran weekly in the Village Voice for over forty years. Mr. Feiffer and his eponymous strip is considered the Godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic.

Active as a cartoonist, playwright, novelist, children’s book author, screenwriter and professor, Mr. Feiffer’s incredible career has included an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters & the Comic Book Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society. He will be at SPX 2014 to sign his latest graphic novel, Kill My Mother, which will be released this summer from the Liveright Division of W.W. Norton.

In 1979, Lynda Barry’s seminal Ernie Pook’s Comeek began appearing in the alt-weekly The Chicago Reader. For nearly two decades, her comics — which appeared in over seventy newspapers nationwide —  inspired several generations of independent cartoonists who saw themselves in her characters, and recognized their struggles in her stories.

Since retiring the strip in 2008, Ms. Barry has been active as a teacher running workshops for hundreds of students a year and doing her best to show people that everybody can be creative. She is now an assistant professor at the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Advance copies of her book, due out in October of this year from Drawn & Quarterly, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor about teaching art to all skill levels, will be available at SPX 2014.

Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies James Sturm has an amazing resume. In addition to the ground-breaking school he started, Sturm co-founded The Onion as well as The Stranger, Seattle’s legendary alt-weekly newspaper, where he served as the comics editor. Mr. Sturm worked with Art Spiegleman on ‘Raw’ in the 90’s, and was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Mr. Sturm also found time to put out graphic novels such as Market Day from Drawn & Quarterly, and The Golem’s Mighty Swing on his own imprint, Bear Bones Press. A true champion of comics, Mr. Sturm has won both an Eisner Award, and a Xeric grant. In addition, his writings and works have been published in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! What are folks looking forward to as far as releases?

Around the Tubes

CBC Books – Superhero therapy: How comic books can help you psychologically – Interesting read.

Publisher’s Weekly – SPX Opens 2014 Ignatz Awards Submissions – Good luck folks!

The Mary Sue – On Average, The Top Women-Led Films of 2013 Grossed Higher Than Male-Led Films – Awesome to see. Hopefully Hollywood gets the message.

Boing Boing – Studio gives Kickstarter Veronica Mars movie backers substandard, DRM-crippled “rewards” – Such a bad experience and black eye for Kickstarter.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Liverpool Sound and Vision – Batman: The Long Halloween

ScienceFiction.com – Captain Marvel #1

Creative Review – Vincent

SPX is Doing What in 2014?

The Small Press Expo is one of the best comic conventions each year, highlighting fantastic indie and small press comics. The problem is, there’s so many, how do you decide who gets the limited space?

The convention has announced a new process to handle registration for exhibitors after difficulties experienced during the 2013 show sign-up. Last year, the convention changed table sign-up to a “first come, first serve” digital process that overwhelmed their system causing numerous headaches. This lead them to rethink the entire process for 2014.

For 2014, the convention has announced a split registration system. Half the tables will be awarded by an open lottery and half by invitation. And most importantly, total transparency as to how people get their tables and how the wait list works. The convention is putting together a simple initial registration and a lengthy window of registration so those interested in exhibiting won’t be dealing with website crashes. This will be a truly random and fair process to reserve your tables.

While the convention doesn’t want to broadly “curate” the show, they do work on a theme for each year, consisting of a group of guests that meet that theme. But, that’s nothing new.

Also important is the creators and publishers who have supported the show over the years, on top of the new up and comers who bring amazing energy to the show. Prior to the lottery, SPX will reach out to those legacy supporters of SPX offering them a window of opportunity to commit to their table(s).  If the table space is declined, it will then roll over to the Lottery pool and be available to all Lottery participants.

Here’s how it all breaks down:

  1. By early January SPX will notify all of the SPX Legacy members so everyone knows whether they need to register for the Lottery or not.
  2. In mid-January SPX will send out via both their exhibitor e-mail list and social media the start and end dates for Lottery registration. A web site will be provided to enter your information as well as further details on the registration process. SPX will also announce the final size of the number of tables in the Lottery pool.
  3. There will be a 3 week window to register for the Lottery, so they can avoid the crazy, mad rush to sign up online that plagued them last year. Weekly reminders will go out via their e-mail list and social media to be sure that this is kept on everyone’s radar.

The show has been fantastic every year, and having an overflowing amount of individuals interested in participating is a good problem to have. Here’s to an awesome 2014 SPX!

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Review: Ablatio Penis

ablatio1Ablatio Penis follows the rise of all-American politician André St. Louis. The Republican St. Louis is a workingman’s hero—out to save the economy and create jobs while still remaining charming, suave and good with the ladies. This graphic novella chronicles the capriciousness of the election cycle and explores the persona of the American politician.

It’s pretty obvious I like my politics as much as I like my comics, maybe more so. So take the two and mix them together and you’ve got a comic that I’ll absolutely give a shot. So I was excited to come across creator Will Dinski‘s table at this year’s Small Press Expo.

The comic is a fascinating read, mixing together today’s shallow political reality following a Republican candidate and eventually his Democrat opponent. St. Louis is an interesting politician and I guess the one issue I have with the comic is that it doesn’t hold much in reality of how it all works, and I’m not sure I’d believe St. Louis or his opponent would make the decisions they did.

However, that’s not really the point of the comic, instead of really focusing on the blue and the red that envelops the comic, it instead is an allegory for today’s state of comics, especially issues of gender and personality. Policy isn’t a focus here, instead the focus is on the greater the life characters and the shallowness it’s all become. Take it from me, this comic gets that down perfectly. Much like real life, policy isn’t what’s it’s important, it’s public perception.

Politics has become a business of larger than life characters whose myths exceed reality. That to me is a lot of what this comic is about. How matters that don’t matter can deflate our views and end our support. We might agree with someone 100%, but if we find out that one flaw, our enthusiasm wanes.

As you might guess from the title, gender politics comes into play, a lot, but to go into detail about that would ruin the comics’ twist.

Winski takes his art seriously, the comic has a Union bug on it, indicated a union press printed it. I don’t see that often in comics, and whether that’s normal for his comics, I don’t know. But, it seems very appropriate for this political comic.

Comics like this are exactly the reason I go to comic conventions. Do yourself a favor and track it down and pick up a copy.

Story: Will Dinski Art: Will Dinski
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

SPX 2013: Ignatz Award Winners

The Small Press Expo was held this past weekend September 14 and 15th in Bethesda, Maryland and with it the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Winners are highlighted in bold.

Outstanding Artist

Lilli Carre for Heads or Tails
Michael DeForge for Lose #4
Miriam Katin for Letting It Go
Ulli Lust for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
Patrick McEown for Hair Shirt

Outstanding Anthology or Collection

Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry
Heads or Tails by Lille Carré
Peter Bagge’s Other Stuff by Peter Bagge
Stark #1 by Tusen Hjartan
Very Casual by Michael DeForge

Outstanding Graphic Novel

The Property by Rutu Modan
Susceptible by Genevieve Castree
Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael
You’ll Never Know Vol. 3: A Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler

Outstanding Story

“Arid” (Secret Prison #7) by Tom Hart
Birdseye Bristoe by Dan Zettwoch
“The Carnival” (Heads or Tails) by Lilli Carre
Gold Star by John Martz
“Neighbors” (Stark #1) by Joanna Hellgren

Promising New Talent

Sam Alden for Hawaii 1997 & Haunter
Nathan Bulmer for Eat More Bikes
Philippa Rice for Looking Out
Diana Thung for August Moon
Angie Wang for “The Teacup Tree” (Secret Prison #7)

Outstanding Series

The Hive by Charles Burns
Lose by Michael DeForge
Madtown High by Whit Taylor
Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly
Prison Pit by Johnny Ryan

Outstanding Comic

Hyperspeed to Nowhere 2: Return to Entropy by Lale Westvind
The Life Problem by Austin English
Looking Out by Philippa Rice
Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly
St. Owl’s Bay by Simon Hanselmann

Outstanding Minicomic

The End of the Fucking World: Part 16 by Charles Forsman
Il Cammino Delle Capre by Kris Mukai and Zachary Zezima
Hawaii 1997 by Sam Alden
Layaway by Joseph Lambert
Powdered Milk Vol. 10: The Man Who Could Not Read by Keiler Roberts

Outstanding Online Comic

Bird Boy by Annie Szabla – http://bird-boy.com/
Haunter by Sam Alden – http://studygroupcomics.com/main/haunter-part-1-by-sam-alden/
Gabby’s Playhouse – Ken Dahl/Gabby Schulz – http://www.gabbysplayhouse.com/
July Diary by Gabrielle Bell – http://gabriellebell.com/2012/07/01/july-diary-day-one/
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki - http://mutantmagic.com/

SPX 2013: D+Q, Bagge, Hanawalt, Modan, Nilsen, Ralph, Seth, Tomine, Zettwoch!

imagesThis weekend, Drawn & Quarterly head to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center for the 2013 edition of the Small Press Expo! The show runs from 11am to 7pm on Saturday September 14th and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday September 15. Tickets to SPX cost $10 for one day, and $15 for the whole weekend.

Below is a list of signings and panels for the whopping eight cartoonists who will be at SPX – Peter Bagge, Lisa Hanawalt, Rutu Modan, Anders Nilsen, Brian Ralph, Seth, Adrian Tomine, and Dan Zettwoch. Come on down to Ye Olde D+Q Booth W1-4 – that’s where all these signings will take place!

And be sure to check out the full list of panels and participants on the SPX site!

Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs and participating Consulates worked with D+Q in making Rutu Modan’s tour possible.


11:30 – 1 pm Anders Nilsen signing
12 – 2 pm Adrian Tomine signing
1 – 3 pm Lisa Hanawalt signing
2 – 3 pm Life After Hate in the White Oak Room, featuring Peter Bagge
2 – 3 pm Brian Ralph signing
3 – 4 pm Seth signing
3 – 4:30 pm Peter Bagge signing
3:30 – 4:30 pm Rutu Modan Q+A in the White Flint Auditorium
4 – 5 pm Brian Ralph signing
4:30 – 6 pm Rutu Modan signing
5 – 6 pm Seth Q+A panel in the White Oak Room
5 – 6 pm Dan Zettwoch signing
5:30 – 6:30 pm Carousel in the White Flint Auditorium, featuring Lisa Hanawalt and Anders Nilsen
6 – 7 pm Illustration as Profession and Practice in the White Oak Room, featuring Adrian Tomine
6 – 7 pm Seth signing
9:30 pm Ignatz Award ceremony! Make sure to have cast your ballots!


12 – 1 pm Rutu Modan signing
12:30 – 2 pm Seth signing
1 – 2 pm What Makes Drawings Funny? in the White Oak Room, featuring Peter Bagge and Lisa Hanawalt
1 – 2 pm Adrian Tomine signing
2 – 3 pm Peter Bagge and Lisa Hanawalt signing
3 – 4 pm For Kids/Not For Kids in the White Oak Room, featuring Rutu Modan and Brian Ralph
3 – 4 pm Adrian Tomine signing
3 – 4:30 pm Anders Nilsen signing
4 – 5 pm Paying Tribute: Traditions of Style in the White Oak Room, featuring Seth
4 – 5 pm Brian Ralph and Rutu Modan signing



SPX Special Guest Seth’s Palookaville 21 – get yours signed!


SPX Special Guest Peter Bagge’s Woman Rebel – get yours signed!


Chester Brown’s Louis Riel: Tenth Anniversary Edition


Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix


Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman’s Pippi Fixes Everything


Brian Ralph’s Reggie-12 – get yours signed!


SPX Special Guest Anders Nilsen’s Rage of Poseidon – get yours signed!


Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie Yearbook Two

Small Press Expo Sponsors Lynda Barry and Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez at the National Book Festival

The Small Press Expo has announced that it is a sponsor of the National Book Festival, held by the Library of Congress. As part of this sponsorship, Small Press Expo is bringing to the National Book Festival for the first time Lynda Barry and Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez. They will all appear on Sunday, September 22 at the Graphic Novels & Science Fiction Pavillion on The Mall in Washington D.C.

John Y. Cole, director of the Center for the Book, which is the festival’s author coordinator said in a statement:

The Library of Congress is delighted to welcome Small Press Expo as both a supporter of authors Lynda Barry, Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez at the 2013 National Book Festival and as a reading promotion partner of the Library’s Center for the Book.  Thanks to help from Small Press Expo, this year’s Graphic Novels & Science Fiction pavilion at the National Book Festival is a knock-out.

Here is the schedule  at the National Book Festival for these creators, all sessions will be held on Sunday, September 22 in the Graphic Novel and Science Fiction Pavilion:

Lynda Barry will present from Noon – 12:45PM and sign books from 1:00-2:00PM

Gilbert Hernandez will present from 12:55-1:40PM and sign books from 3:00-4:00PM

Jaime Hernandez will present from 1:50-2:35PM and sign books from 3:00-4:00PM

The primary goal of this sponsorship is to bring creators from the indie comics community to the National Book Festival to better expose them and their works to the diverse audience that attends this prestigious event. Started in 2001, nearly 200,000 people attended the festival in 2011.

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