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Canadian Retailers and Creators Come Together for “Be Our Heroes, Canada!”

Be Our Hereos Canada

As brick and mortar retailers around the world find creative ways to preserve their businesses during unprecedented circumstances, forward-thinking comic book retailers across Canada will come together with notable comic book artists and writers to benefit their business and preserve the audience they have worked so hard together to serve.

Be Our Heroes, Canada” is a collaboration between Canadian comic shops and creators to leverage each store’s individual audiences to both build and strengthen the national comic book community and generate income for all.

The Dragon owner Jennifer Haines said in the announcement:

What started as a conversation between four retailers on how we could cross-promote our shops turned into this idea of a national fundraiser to help preserve Canada’s unique comics landscape. Now more than ever, we need to come together to support one another, and provide our respective communities with a way to stay connected, all while protecting retailers that might otherwise fall through the cracks of government funding.

The event has been organized by Guelph, Ontario’s The Dragon family of stores, along with Ontario retailers Gotham Central, Heroes World, and Cyber City Comix, and will take place over two days through Facebook Live, with scheduled slots for creators and stores.

Funds raised through this two-day national celebration of the comic arts will be collected and distributed by the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund, a Canadian-based non-profit organization protecting free speech in the industry, supporting retailers, schools, and libraries, creators and publishers alike.

“Be Our Heroes, Canada” is currently accepting offers of participation among the Canadian creative community, and will announce the full list of participating stores and creators in the coming days. Current participants include: Adam Gorham,  Andy Belanger, Brendan Fletcher, Casey Parsons, Chip Zdarsky, Dylan Burnett, Ed Brisson, J. Torres, Jason Fabok, Jason Loo, Jay Stephens, Karl Kerschl, Ken Lashley, Michael Cho, Ray Fawkes, Richard Pace, Scott Chantler, Seth, Shawn Daly, Svetlana Chmakova, and Yanick Paquette.

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

D+Q Fall events with Bagge, Barry, Brown, Castree, Hanawalt, Hernandez, Katin, Modan, Nilsen, Ralph, Seth, Shapton, Spiegelman, Tomine, ROOKIE!

D+Q authors and cartoonists are taking over North America this Fall at an event near you! Check out below to find where these creators will be over the coming months.



Join Peter Bagge for the launch of his dazzling, accessible biography, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story! He will be presenting a slideshow and signing on his US tour:

BALTIMORE Atomic Books Friday September 13th
BETHESDA Small Press Expo September 14th and September 15th
SEATTLE Town Hall Thursday September 26th
MINNEAPOLIS Magers & Quinn Wednesday October 16th
IOWA CITY Prairie Lights Friday October 18th
CHICAGO Quimby’s Saturday October 19th
BOSTON Brookline Booksmith Monday October 21st
PHILADELPHIA Locust Moon Tuesday October 22nd
NYC MANHATTAN Book Culture Wednesday October 23rd
NYC BROOKLYN Word Thursday October 24th
TORONTO IFOA Saturday October 26th
MIAMI Miami Book Fair November 17th-24th



Seeing Lynda Barry in person is a once in a life time experience, do not miss her at the National Book Fest. Get her to sign her latest book, Freddie Stories!

WASHINGTON National Book Festival
Sunday, September 22nd



A special, expanded edition of Chester Brown’s celebrated biography of the Canadian rebel Louis Riel!

“While rereading this graphic novel, I thought, ‘Why is this book not given to every schoolchild in Canada? … [H]as Canadian history ever been portrayed with more lyrical space, beauty, complexity, and drama…?” –The Globe and Mail

WINNIPEG McNally Robinson
for Louis Riel’s 169th birthday! Tuesday October 22nd
TORONTO Art Gallery of Ontario
McCready Leacture: an illustrated talk of Brown’s past and current work. Introductions by Andrew Hunter and Seth.
Chester’s original artwork from Louis Riel will be on display in the gallery. Wednesday November 13th



A trans-Canadian exploration of identity from a multitalented artist and musician!

“With mesmerizing honesty Castrée resurrects the obscenely disorienting turning points of a childhood, the ones that haunt a person for a lifetime. After reading the last page I closed the book and wept a little bit about its simple, perfect ending.”
–Miranda July, author of It Chooses You and No One Belongs Here More Than You

VICTORIA Open Words, University of Victoria
September 17th and September 18th



OAK PARK Unity Temple Book Launch Tuesday October 1st
TORONTO Magic Pony Saturday, October 26th
LOS ANGELES Skylight Thursday, November 7th
PORTLAND Reading Frenzy Friday, November 8th
SEATTLE Vera Project Saturday, November 9th
CHICAGO MCA Sunday, December 8th



“For years I’ve encountered Lisa Hanawalt’s comics and illustrations piecemeal — in various magazines and periodicals. They’re always a pleasant jolt. Now, they’ve been assembled into one thick, blazing bludgeon. I envy you getting walloped by them all for the first time. This is a Hanawalt assault. Succumb.”–Patton Oswalt

BETHESDA Small Press Expo September 14th and 15th
NYC Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday September 22nd



“Mr. Hernandez captures the wonder of childhood”
—_New York Times_

As resonant with the children of today as the children of the sixties, Marble Season is the all-new semi-autobiographical novel by acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez. The evocative story masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood.

WASHINGTON National Book Fair Sunday, September 22nd



Katin is a master storyteller in Letting It Go, an insightful and serious but also wry account of the myriad ways trauma infects daily existence, both for survivors and for their families.

“Katin eschews the use of panel borders for her gorgeously expressive color-pencil drawings, giving the narrative an irresistible flow. This… nuanced and inward-looking tale is an even greater testament to Katin’s remarkable storytelling abilities.”—_Booklist Starred Review_

NEW YORK Brooklyn Book Fest Sunday September 22nd
MIAMI Miami Book Fair November 17th-November 24th



Savvy and insightful, elegant and subtle, The Property is a triumph of storytelling that explores the absurdity of people’s behaviour and the complex consequences of their sacrifices.

“Modan is masterful at creating complex motivations, exploring the confusion her characters create in each other and, more fundamentally, in themselves.”—_LA Times_

On tour from Tel Aviv!
BETHESDA Small Press Expo September 14th and 15th
WASHINGTON Politics & Prose
Monday September 16th (by Toon Books)
NY Society of Illustrators Tuesday September 17th
NY Bookcourt Thursday September 19th (by Toon Books)
NY New York Art Book Fair Saturday September 21st



Rage of Poseidon is devastating, insightful, and beautifully hewn; it’s a wry triumph in an all-new style from a masterful artist.

BETHESDA Small Press Expo
Saturday September 14th and Sunday September 15th
CHICAGO Brainframe Friday September 20th
NYC BROOKLYN Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday September 22nd
SAN FRANCISCO Alternative Press Expo
Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th



Reggie-12 is a hilarious pop-culture send-up of the infalliable boy hero in Brian Ralph’s trademark stye, told with episodic wit and structure of the contemporary American sitcom. Laughs explode from the page! Brian will be celebrating the launch of Reggie-12 with a rollicking slideshow:

SEATTLE Fantagraphics Bookstore
Saturday, September 7th
PORTLAND Floating World Sunday, September 8th
SAN FRANCISCO Mission: Comics and Art
Tuesday, September 10th
LOS ANGELES Secret Headquarters
Wednesday, September 11th
BETHESDA SPX September 14th & 15th



Continuing the new semi-annual hardcover format for Palookaville in volume 21, Seth presents a lushly designed three-part collection: a sketchbook memoir from his childhood in small-town Ontario; pages from the comic strip diary he has kept for almost a decade; an the the continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial.

NEW YORK Adam Baumgold Gallery
Original art from It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken
Tuesday September 10th
*please note that Seth will not be attending the opening.

BETHESDA Small Press Expo
September 14th and September 15th

Saturday October 26th



Originally collected on the New York Times Opinion Page, Leanne Shapton’s Sunday Night Movies is a dreamy, beautiful collection of remembered classics.

In New York this September!

Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday, September 22nd
Paris Review Thursday, September 26th



A comprehensive career overview of the legendary Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist! Spiegelman has been a leader of, and an inspiration for, alternative comics artists throughout the past three decades, and readers are now able to trace the evolution of this multifaceted artist throughout his storied career. Includes rare material and reproductions of out-of-print comics!

In New York this September!
Greenlight slideshow and signing
Wednesday, September 18th
Brooklyn Book Festival in conversation with Jules Feiffer
Sunday, September 22nd
Housing Works in conversation with Dan Nadel
Tuesday, September 24th



Acclaimed cartoonist Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings, Shortcomings) returns with a dazzling new issue of his two-decade-long comic book series! Tomine channels contemporary zeitgeist and vernacular to produce flawlessly designed, compellingly readable stories.

BETHESDA Small Press Expo
September 14th and September 15th
BROOKLYN Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, September 22nd

SPX 2013: Programming Announced

The Small Press Expo over the weekend announced the SPX 2013 Programming Schedule.  SPX is proud to continue its established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th.

SPX 2013 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Seth, Jeff Smith, Gary Panter, Rutu Modan, The New Yorker’s Liza Donnelly and Argentinian cartoonist Liniers, many of whom will also join in several other panel discussions.

Highlights of this year’s panel discussions will include:

  • Living civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, along with co-author Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell will discuss the first volume of Rep. Lewis trilogy, March!, about the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.
  • Conversations between Dash Shaw and Frank Santoro, Raina Telgemeier and Gene Yang, as well as Sam Henderson and Michael Kupperman.
  • What Makes Drawings Funny? with Peter Bagge, Lisa Hanawalt and Jay Lynch, moderated by Dustin Harbin.
  • In Kids/Not For Kids, Jeff Smith, Roger Langridge, Rutu Modan and Liniers will discuss how creators deal with producing works for the very different adult and children’s audiences.
  • A discussion about funding comics projects.
  • Our annual hands-on comics workshop will led this year by Alec Longstreth from the Center for Cartoon Studies and Josh Bayer from the Sequential Artists Workshop.

Head to the SPX website for the complete SPX 2013 Programming Schedule with full descriptions.

This year is the eighth year that SPX programming has been organized by Programming Coordinator Bill Kartalopoulos. Bill is a comics educator, critic and curator who has taught classes about comics at Parsons The New School for Design. Bill will be the editor for the 2014 installment of the critically acclaimed series, Best American Comics. He is the publisher and editor of Rebus Books, as well as being a Contributing Editor for Print Magazine.

Programming on Saturday will run from 11:30AM  until 7PM and Sunday programming will run from 12:30PM until 6PM.

Small Press Expo

SPX 2013: Works by Ed Piskor, Seth and Jeff Smith Lead Debuting Books

Small Press Expo has announced that a record 183 titles (as of this posting) will make their first public appearance at SPX 2013, which will be held September 14 and 15. Showing the range and depth of the over 600 creators that will be at the show, this years debuts include:

  • Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 by Ed Piskor from Fantagraphics
  • Palookaville 21 by Seth from Drawn & Quarterly
  • Delusional by Farel Dalrymple from Adhouse Books
  • RASL (Complete Hardback Color Edition) by Jeff Smith from Cartoon Books
  • World Map Room by Yuichi Yokoyama from Picturebox
  • Softcore #1,#2,#3  self published by Box Brown
  • The Fez #2 self published by Roger Langridge
  • Little Tommy Lost: Book No. 1 by Cole Closser from Koyama Press
  • The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers from Toon Books

Here’s a full list of the debuts along with descriptions and links to the books’ web sites.

The Small Press Expo is a fantastic convention just outside of Washington, DC that spotlights independent creators and publishers, they hold the Ignatz Award festival which recognizes outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

Profits from the SPX 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, which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

SPX also supports the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which preserves the history of both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. It the first program of its type by a major institution in the United States to preserve the works of the indie comics community.

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Small Press Expo Announces Seth, Gary Panter, Lisa Hanawalt, Gene Yang and Frank Santoro as Guests at SPX 2013

Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Seth, Gary Panter, Lisa Hanawalt, Gene Yang and Frank Santoro as special guests at SPX 2013, to be held Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Both Seth and Gary Panter will be making their first SPX appearances at this year’s show.

Creator and advocate of a Canadian design aesthetic, Seth is best known to the comics world as the artist/writer of the long running Palookaville comic, as well as his graphic novels Wimbledon Green and George Sprott (1895-1975), which was originally serialized in the New York Times. He is also known for his book design work for such series as The Complete Peanuts, Nancy and Melvin Monster, in addition to The Portable Dorothy Parker.

Painter, poster artist, cartoonist, commercial artist, and set designer, polymath Gary Panter has covered the gamut. Best known to the comics world for his long running, post-apocalyptic Jimbo series as well as his graphic novel Dal Tokyo, he also won an Emmy Award for his work on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and the Chrysler Award for his influence in graphic design.

Lisa Hanawalt has vaulted from her Ignatz Award winning mini-comics Stay Away From Other People and I Want You, to illustrating for such periodicals as the New York Times Op-Ed page, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Bloomberg Business Week, as well as McSweeney’s and The Believer. Her latest book is My Dirty Dumb Eyes, a compendium of her work being published this May by Drawn & Quarterly.

Gene Yang, creator behind the award winning American Born Chinese, is returning to the graphic novel field with a two volume set, Boxers & Saints, to be released this fall by First Second Books. Set in China in 1900, it tells the story of the the Boxer rebellion and how the teemagers of the day used their “super heroes” from Chinese opera as inspirations to fight against foreign invaders.

Frank Santoro is back with his latest work, Pompei, published by Picturebox. His Storeyville was one of the most influential comics of the 1990’s, leading to its reprinting in book form in 2007. He now runs the Santoro Correspondence Course For Comic Book Makers, which carries on the tradition of correspondence courses for cartoonists that stretches back over century, now in an online form utilizing the latest in collaborative technology.

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