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Small Press Expo 2019 Announces Comics Debuting at the Show

Small Press Expo has announced that over 100 books and comics will debut at the 2019 festival. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 22 programming panels, and 14 hands-on workshops to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Check out some of books debuting this year:

Rusty Brown

Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of a couple people in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. Published by Pantheon.

Rusty Brown

CosmoKnights

For Hannah Templer’s ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.

In CosmoKnights, Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down. Published by Top Shelf.

CosmoKnights

The Hard Tomorrow

Told with tenderness and care in an undefined near future, Eleanor Davis’s The Hard Tomorrow blazes unrestrained, as moments of human connection are doused in fear and threats. Her astute projections probe at current anxieties in a cautionary tale that begs the question: What will happen after tomorrow? Published by Drawn & Quarterly.

The Hard Tomorrow

Twice Shy

Joel Orff’sTwice Shy tells the story of two strangers who have shut themselves down emotionally as a way to cope with their lives. Bob is an artist with a creative block who loses himself in an aimless existence; while Casey suffers from deep-seated anxiety and feelings of abandonment. As they tentatively try to build a life together, the harsh realities of the outside world begin to intrude on their happiness, but the experience changes them both in fundamental ways. Published By Alternative Comics.

Twice Shy

Sports Is Hell

For Ben Passmore, some wars are for religion and some are for political belief, but this one is for football. After her city wins the Super Bowl for the first time, Tea is separated from her friend during a riot and joins a small clique fighting its way through armed groups of football fanatics to meet a star receiver that just might end the civil war or become the city’s new oppressive leader. Published by Koyama Press.

Sports Is Hell

The Breakaways

Cathy G. Johnson’sThe Breakaways is a middle-grade graphic novel about a rebellious girls’ soccer team. It is a portrait of friendship in its many forms, and a raw and beautifully honest look into the lives of a diverse and defiantly independent group of kids learning to make room for themselves in the world. Published by First Second.

The Breakaways

So Buttons #10

How does Jonathan Baylis celebrate his 10th-anniversary issue of So Buttons? With friends of course! This all-new issue features cover art by Thomas Boatwright in tribute to Jim Aparo’s cover for Detective Comics #469 (my first Batman comic). It includes new, funny toddler stories by Summer Pierre, heartwarming tributes to my passed dog Mocha by Haley Boros and New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake. Plus art & stories by T.J. Hirsch, Princess Pamela, Nicole Miles, Jeremy Nguyen and Paul Westover. Published by Jonathan Baylis.

So Buttons #10

Henni In the Lowlands

Miss-Lasko Gross’Henni In The Lowlands continues the heroines adventures as an anti-authoritarian protagonist in this special edition only available at SPX 2019. Self-published.

Henni In the Lowlands

Review: Baddawi

The lives of refugees have been in the spotlight, over the last few months, some of it was because of politics, but also due to nationalism. As widespread fear mongering and hate towards these people who believed like the rest of the world, the words beneath Lady Liberty’s feet. The core element, that most people don’t realize, is that these are fleeing violence and most recently, war. The fear of losing your life, is the only constant these men, women, and children, know and that is not living.

When the Western World insinuates their impertinence on inhabitants of the Third World, our society can no longer call ourselves human, as we become less than. This why the fact that most people can’t tell the difference between refugees and immigrants is both disturbing and ridiculous. Living in a refugee camp, is one that rarely gets explored, if you don’t count Brian De Palma’s Scarface. This subject is meticulously explored and documented in Leila Abdelrazaq’s striking opus to her father, Baddawi.

In the first few pages, the reader is quickly introduced to what lead to her father being sent to a refugee camp, as the politics of Palestine play out in the name of ethnic cleansing. Ahmed, her father gets to Baddawi refugee camp, where children like him try to liv a life of some semblance of living and learning. As he struggles to find his place in this world, he also finds that life is not fair and people are just as cruel. By the end of the book, he is stronger, smarter and more resolute than ever, as he as a visa to go the United States but not on to come back to Lebanon.

Overall, a coming of age story in a place where war is commonplace and the tearing apart of families is as mutual as heartbreak. The story by Abdelrazaq is distressing, heartfelt and leaves the reader appreciative of their upbringing. The art by Abdelrazaq is beautifully incandescent and leaves traces on your heart. Altogether, a heavy yet important take on the lives of refugees that one finds complex and illuminating.

Story: Leila Abdelrazaq Art: Leila Abdelrazaq
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy