D+Q at SPX: Bell, Davis, Huizenga, Sikoryak and Sturm. Advance copies of Acme Novelty Library 20

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D+Q at SPX in Bethesda: Bell, Davis, Huizenga, Sikoryak and Sturm

Advance copies of Acme Novelty Library 20

D+Q Creative Director Tom Devlin (above image courtesy Ron Rege, Jr) will be manning ye old booth this weekend at SPX at the Marriott North in Bethesda, MD. The show is open from 11-7 on Saturday and from 12-6 on Sunday. Friday night Tom will be at Politics & Prose in Washington DC with James Sturm presenting MARKET DAY while in Baltimore at Atomic Books, you’ll find R. Sikoryak and Vanessa Davis with friends presenting respectively Masterpiece Comics and Make Me A Woman.

At the show new books with authors signing include Vanessa Davis’s Make Me A Woman, and Kevin Huizenaga’s Wild Kingdom along with Gabrielle Bell, James Sturm, and R. Sikoryak.

Is that not good enough for you, do you need something more? Well, get to the booth quickly then, so you can get your hot little hands on the 20th volume of the Acme Novelty Library.

SATURDAY SPX HOURS 11-7

12:00-1:00 PM R.SIKORYAK SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

1:00-2:00 PM KEVIN HUIZENGA & GABRIELLE BELL SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Spotlight: James Sturm
1:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
James Sturm is the author of several comics and graphic novels
including The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Unstable Molecules, James Sturm’s
America, and Market Day. He is also the founder of the Center for
Cartoon Studies, a unique two-year degree granting institution
dedicated to cartooning. In this spotlight presentation, Sturm will
discuss his work and answer questions from moderator Chris Mautner.

2:00-3:00 PM VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

A Conversation About Daniel Clowes
2:00 | Brookside Conference Room
Daniel Clowes has long been one of America’s premier cartoonists, and
his work has caught the public eye again with the 2010 publication of
his graphic novel Wilson. Ken Parille and Isaac Cates, co-editors of
the recent anthology Daniel Clowes: Conversations (University Press of
Mississippi) will discuss Clowes’s art and career with moderator Bill
Kartalopoulos. (DAN CLOWES WILL NOT BE HERE.)

Carousel at SPX
2:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
The long running slide show series, Carousel, returns with some of
today’s finest comics artists, graphic novelists, and pencil pushers
reading and presenting their work. Hosted by R. Sikoryak, this special
SPX edition of Carousel will feature Kate Beaton, Dean Haspiel, Lizz
Hickey, and more!

3:00-5:00 PM JAMES STURM SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Remembering Harvey Pekar
4:00 | Brookside Conference Room
When comics writer Harvey Pekar died in July 2010, he left behind an
influential legacy of independent autobiographical comics that
highlighted the forgotten moments and ignored people of everyday life.
In this special panel event, a group of Pekar’s former collaborators
will discuss their experiences of working with the creator of American
Splendor. Heidi MacDonald will moderate this conversation with Vanessa
Davis, Dean Haspiel, Jeff Newelt, Rick Parker, Ed Piskor, and Sean
Pryor.

4:00 -5:00 PM KEVIN HUZIENGA SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

5:00-6:00 PM VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Return of the Monster: The Fort Thunder Legacy
5:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
From 1995 to 2001, the Fort Thunder artists’ and performance space in
Providence, Rhode Island was a fertile creative center. Work produced
by artists living at the Fort – both at the time and in the years
since it was shut down – has been enormously influential in the worlds
of fine art, music, and comics. A new issue of the de facto Fort
Thunder anthology Monster debuts at this year’s SPX. To mark the
occasion, Bill Kartalopoulos will moderate a discussion with artists
and former Fort Thunder residents Brian Ralph and Paul Lyons and
publisher/editors Tom Devlin and Dan Nadel.

SUNDAY SPX HOURS 12-6

12:00-1:00 PM R. SIKORYAK SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

1:00-2:00 PM GABRIELLE BELL SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

2:00-3:00 PM VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Developing Iconographies
2:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
Distinct from drawing as an art discipline with its own self-ratifying
purpose, artists in comics create pictures as part of a visual
language. Moderator Ken Parille will investigate the ways in which
comics artists develop visual iconographies in individual works and
throughout bodies of work. Cartoonists Eamon Espey, Kevin Huizenga,
and Tom Kaczynski will participate in this discussion, illustrated
with slides of the artists’ work.

Autobiography in Pieces
3:00 | Brookside Conference Room
How do you tell the story of a life that’s still in progress? Is
“story” even the right way to think about it? How do you winnow down
the manifold details and data of your life? Cartoonists Sarah Becan,
Gabrielle Bell, Vanessa Davis, and Jesse Reklaw will discuss
alternatives to the memoir with moderator Isaac Cates.

R. Sikoryak: Adaptation and Parody
3:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
Comics chameleon R. Sikoryak inventively adapts canonical Western
literature using the visual styles and characters of historical
American comic books and comic strips. These works have been collected
in his 2009 book Masterpiece Comics (Drawn and Quarterly). Sikoryak
will reveal his intensive working process and will discuss the history
of parody and adaptation in comics in a discussion with Bill
Kartalopoulos, curator of the recent exhibit “R. Sikoryak: How
Classics and Cartoons Collide.”

4:00-5:00 PM KEVIN HUIZENGA AND VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE