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Small Press Expo Announces 2017 Ignatz Awards Nominees

The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2017 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. This year’s Ignatz image is by 2016 Promising New Talent winner, Tillie Walden.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Neil Brideau, Glynnis Fawkes, Sara Lautman, Trungles and David Willis, 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 16, 2017 at 9:30 P.M.

Beginning this year, there will be ten Ignatz Award categories as the Outstanding Anthology or Collection will be separated into two different awards:

  • Outstanding Anthology recognizes a book or other collection of selected writings by various writers usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject. e.g. a book of comics by various cartoonists selected from several books by many cartoonists.
  • Outstanding Collection recognizes a book of selected writings from various sources by an author of the same theme or various themes. e.g. a book of selected short comics from various books by the same cartoonist.

comiXology is once again sponsoring the Ignatz Awards.

Outstanding Artist

  • Pablo Auldadell – Paradise Lost (Pegasus Books)
  • Emil FerrisMy Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagrahpics)
  • Manuele FiorThe Interview (Fantagraphics)
  • Karen KatzThe Academic Hour (Secret Acres)
  • Barbara YelinIrmina (Self Made Hero)

Outstanding Anthology

  • ALPHABET: The LGBTQAIU Creators from Prism Comics – edited by Jon Macy and Tara Madison Avery (Stacked Deck Press)
  • Comic Book Slumber Party’s Deep Space Canine – edited by Hanhah K. Chapman (Avery Hill)
  • ELEMENTS: Fire – An Anthology by Creators of Color – edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)
  • POWER & MAGIC: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology – edited by Joamette Gil (P&M Press)
  • Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists – edited by Javier Olivares & Santiago Garcia (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Collection

  • Boundless – Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Complete Neat Stuff – Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics)
  • Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2 – Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
  • Johnny Wander: Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us – Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota (Oni Press)
  • Time Clock – Leslie Stein (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Graphic Novel

  • Band for Life – Anya Davidson (Fantagraphics)
  • Eartha – Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)
  • March: Book 3 – John Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters – Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • Tetris – Box Brown (First Second)

Outstanding Story

  • Diana’s Electric Tongue – Carolyn Nowak (self published)
  • March: Book 3 – John Lewis, Nate Powell, Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf)
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters – Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
  • “Small Enough” from Diary Comics – Dustin Harbin (Koyama Press)
  • “Too Hot to Be Cool” from Elements– Maddie Gonzales – (Beyond Press)

Promising New Talent

  • Kelly Bastow – Year Long Summer (self published)
  • Margot FerrickYours (2D Cloud)
  • Aud Koch – “Run” from the Oath Anthology (Mary’s Monster)
  • Isabella RotmanLong Black Veil (self-published)
  • Bianca Xunise – Say Her Name (self-published)

Outstanding Series

  • Chester 5000 – Jess Fink (self-published)
  • Crickets – Sammy Harkham (self-published)
  • Frontier – edited by Ryan Sands (Youth in Decline)
  • Maleficium – Sabin Couldron (self-published)
  • The Old Woman – Rebecca Mock (self-published)

Outstanding Comic

  • Canopy – Karine Bernadou (Retrofit/Big Planet)
  • Libby’s Dad – Eleanor Davis (Retrofit/Big Planet)
  • Public Relations #10 – Matthew Sturges, Dave Justus, Steve Rolston, Annie Wu (1First Comics)
  • Sunburning – Keiler Roberts (Koyama Press)
  • Your Black Friend – Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket)

Outstanding Minicomic

  • The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs – Celine Loup
  • Our Tale of Woe – Keren Katz & Geffen Refaeli
  • Reverse Flaneur – M. Sabine Rear
  • Same Place Same Time – Ann Xu
  • Tender Hearted – Hazel Newlevant

Outstanding Online Comic

Small Press Expo Celebrates 10 Years of Koyama Press

Koyama Press has been making comics and art books for a decade, and Small Press Expo is helping to celebrate their anniversary year with them with an incredible slate of comics, programming and a number of other celebration surprises. Koyama Press guests will include Connor Willumsen, Noel Freibert, Eleanor Davis, Sophia Foster-Dimino and more.

Founded in 2007, Koyama Press is a Toronto-based small press. Our mandate is to promote and support a wide range of emerging and established artists. Projects include comics, graphic novels, art books, and zines. We are known for our alternative edge and diverse range of titles that include a myriad of genres from autobiography to photography, from horror to humour, and more.Small Press Expo is proud to present the following programs highlighting the 10 years of Koyama Press:

Small Press Expo is proud to present the following programs highlighting the 10 years of Koyama Press:Kick Ass Annie-

 

Kick Ass Annie-versary: Koyama Press Turns 10
Annie Koyama has championed the work of emerging cartoonists for 10 years. As a leading publisher of underground comix, her roster features the work of many of today’s top names in the indie comics scene, including Michael DeForge, Aidan Koch, Alex Schubert, Daryl Seitchik, and many more. Join KP alumni, new and old, in a very special panel spotlighting one our favorite curators of small press cartoonists and their work. Moderated by Rob Clough of High-Low.

Koyama & DeForge: Lose, Everybody Wins
For nearly a decade, Annie Koyama (Koyama Press) and Michael DeForge (Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero) have been wowing readers with their strange and darkly humorous, ongoing anthology series, Lose. Join us for a special conversation with a celebrated, master cartoonist and an award winning publisher as we take an insightful look at one of small press publishing’s greatest partnerships. Moderated by Ryan Sands of Youth in Decline.Full lineup as well as times and locations to be announced in the coming weeks.

Full lineup as well as times and locations to be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Additionally, Koyama Press will be debuting its Fall 2017 releases at Small Press Expo, including Sophia Foster-Dimino‘s Sex Fantasy, GGs I’m Not Here, and Patrick Kyle‘s Everywhere Disappeared.

Sophia Foster-Dimino’s Sex Fantasy began as a loose, ephemeral zine that was produced in limited editions. These small comics in both size and length are esoteric and immensely personal. Covering a span of four years, the comics collected here build a relationship that is deeper than their elegantly drawn surfaces.In GG’s I’m Not Here, a young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.

In GG’s I’m Not Here, a young, second-generation woman wanders through her city and memories encountering the world through a camera’s lens; her independence pulled by the gravity of familial responsibility. She drifts until she encounters what could possibly be her potential self.A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories in Everywhere Disappeared defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories in Everywhere Disappeared defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

Small Press Expo Announces International Special Guests Albert Monteys, Tommi Musturi, Anais Depommier and Alex Alice

Small Press Expo has announced its International Special Guests for SPX 2017. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 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.

SPX 2017 is honored to have the following creators from Europe as Special Guests to this year’s show:

Albert Monteys is a Spanish graphic novelist and illustrator, known for his works in El Jueves, a weekly satirical magazine that he directed from 2006 until January 2011.Albert created the series Carlitos Fax for the children’s magazine Mister K. After his departure from El Jueves, in 2014, he founded a satirical monthly publication Orgullo y Satisfaccion (Pride and Satisfaction) with other cartoonists. That same year Monteys began to publish a science fiction comic ¡Universo! (Universe!) in Panel Syndicate, winning a 2017 Eisner Award nomination for Best Digital Comic. Albert’s appearance at SPX is supported by a grant from Spain Arts & Culture.

Tommi Musturi is a Finnish cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, and artist. In addition to his current ongoing series Walking with Samuel and The Books of Hope, Musturi contributes to the studio Kutikuti based out of Helsinki, which creates, publishes, and teaches comic art. Musturi co-founded Huuda Huuda in 2006 to translate international comics into Finnish, publish local comic artists, and get the word out about the vibrant Finnish scene by anthologizing the work in English. Tommi latest graphic novel is Simply Samuel from Fantagraphics. Tommi’s appearance at SPX is supported by a grant from the Finnish Literature Exchange.

Anaïs Depommier was born in the late 1980s in a small village in the Southeast of France. Growing up a close friend of Mathilde Ramadier, they can’t do enough sleepovers from one’s house to the other. Inseparable at school, they spend their weekends building huts in the bush, watching the gendarmes go by, playing “Mouse Stampede” on a Macintosh Classic, and reading many comics. When it becomes time to prepare for the entrance exam to art school, they meet later in the evenings at the painter Jean-Michel Pétrissans’ workshop in Valence. Anais first graphic novel, in collaboration with Mathilde Ramadier, is Sartre from NBM. Her appearance at SPX is supported by a grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. She will be appearing at SPX on Saturday September 16.

Alex Alice is a French graphic novelist whose works have been translated into more than fifteen languages. His comics in English include the esoteric thriller The Third Testament and the operatic fantasy Siegfried. In his latest, Castle in the Stars from First Second, he draws on Jules Verne and nineteenth-century romanticism to create a watercolor world of adventure and wonder. His appearance at SPX is supported by a grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Alex will be appearing at SPX on Saturday September 16.

Small Press Expo Announces Nate Powell, Gene Yang, Jim Rugg, Gabrielle Bell, Kickily, Sloane Leong and more as Special Guests for SPX 2017

Small Press Expo has announced its first slate of Special Guests for SPX 2017. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 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.

SPX 2017 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year’s show:

NATE POWELL is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, and Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero.

He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

GENE LUEN YANG is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. His graphic novel set Boxers and Saints won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He has also written for the hit comics Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman. His latest project is the comics and coding series with Mike Holmes, Secret Coders. geneyang.com. Sunday only

JIM RUGG is an Eisner and Ignatz Award winning cartoonist based in Pittsburgh. His books include Street Angel, the PLAIN Janes, the Guild, Afrodisiac, and Notebook Drawings.

Street Angel, the deadliest girl alive, is back in a series of original hardcover graphic novels from Image Comics and the creative team of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca. In Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special, our skateboarding heroine, Jesse Sanchez, faces a ninja bully and battles teen angst over a big school dance. In July, Jesse joins a violent team of troublemakers in the Street Angel Gang.

GABRIELLE BELL’s work has been selected for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been featured in McSweeney’s, the Believer, Bookforum, and Vice among numerous other publications. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. Bell’s previous graphic novel, The Voyeurs, was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the Atlantic. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Find her online at gabriellebell.com. Saturday only
Photo by Jordan Guile

After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, SAM BOSMA taught in the Illustration department from 2011 to 2013 before moving to Brooklyn, NY. At SPX 2016, his first volume of Fantasy Sports won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic! He currently does background drawings for Steven Universe on Cartoon Network when not creating comics and graphic novels. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

KICKLIY is the creator of the critically acclaimed Musnet series of books. The Musnet books follow the all-ages adventures of a certain poor Mus Musculous (a common field mouse, for those of you that don’t speak Latin) on his quest to become the greatest mouse painter that ever was.

Musnet was nominated for the 2017 Prix Angouleme for Kids Comics. Kickliy is also an accomplished oil painter. He lives somewhere between Minneapolis and Giverny.

SLOANE LEONG is a cartoonist currently living in Portland, Oregon who has worked for Image Comics, Dark Horse, Cartoon Network and more. Her Ignatz-nominated short comic, A Map to the Sun, will be expanded into a graphic novel and will be published by First Second in 2019. Sloane Leong’s newest comic, A Hollowing, is a lean grim story about a young girl and her horse, the breaking down of performed domesticity and the realization of the horrors of the body.

GILBERT HERNANDEZ is co-creator of the long-running, award-winning, and critically acclaimed series Love and Rockets, which in 2017 celebrates its 35th Anniversary. His books include Marbles, Bumperhead, Luba, Palomar, Speak of the Devil,Love from the Shadows and Girl Crazy. This year, Hernandez designed clothing based on his Love and Rockets characters for men and women available at Pinup Girl.

KEITH KNIGHT, winner of the Glyph, Harvey, and Inkpot Awards, is a spectacular cartoonist whose Knight Life comic strip is read nationwide in such newspapers as the Washington Post. Keef’s funny yet hard-hitting cartoons in his series (T)hink and The K Chronicles led him to be named one of the 2015 NAACP History Makers. Knight is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed tween book, Jake the Fake Keeps It Real. He also has a new collection of Knight Life strips called the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Behind.

Born in Palo Alto and raised in Nashville, award-winning, New-York-Times-bestselling illustrator JANET LEE is best known for her decoupage art technique. Self-taught, Lee has been drawing comics since she was old enough to hold a pencil. After working for more than a decade at the business end of publishing, Lee received her big break with the publication of Return of the Dapper Men. Since then, she has illustrated close to a dozen different books and anthologies. This year, Return of the Dapper Men returns in a new deluxe edition from Top Shelf Productions. Lee still lives and works in Nashville, in a house filled with one husband, one son, two dogs, and four very bad cats.

JIM MCCANN is an award-winning writer of comic books, television, and theatre. He wrote several critically acclaimed Marvel Hawkeye series before branching out into creating his own comics and graphic novels, as well as other projects. His first graphic novel, Return of the Dapper Men, won the Eisner Award for Best Original Graphic Album. He has since gone on to create hit series such as the space-heist Lost Vegas and the ongoing top-rated series Mind the Gap, both published through Image Comics. This year, Return of the Dapper Men returns in a new deluxe edition from Top Shelf Productions.

 

Review: Cicada

cica_coverfront_webDebuting this weekend at Small Press Expo 2016, Cicada is a short horror comic about a freelance writer and a sacrificial insect. With story and art by Joni Miller, the comic is fun with twists and turns that keep the reader engaged.

A fifty-page mini-comic, the story is an entertaining mix of humor and horror as our nameless heroine moves to a new area and learns that she’ll need to learn to live with the local wildlife if she’s going to keep her sanity… or do something about it.

Cicadas, the strange looking bugs that seem to descend on our land and annoy us through normally enjoyable summers with their song that seem to envelop us. That’s the impetus which gets our story underway.

Miller’s art is fantastic with a great flow to the storytelling. She keeps the pages simple with up to four panels per page, a key thing considering the comic itself being more on the pocket size of things. Too many panels just wouldn’t work. But Miller impressive changes up the page layouts a lot making each page feel unique. There’s an energy that jumps off of the page as things progress as well especially as the “action” kicks up.

Miller keeps it fresh and though there are some elements that feel a bit familiar, it all comes together in a way that’s fresh. If you’re a fan of horror comics, this is one you should seek out.

Story: Joni Miller Art: Joni Miller
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Small Press Expo Debut Highlights

spx-logo-240Small Press Expo 2016 is one of the convention highlights of the year for me. The annual festiaval is an amazing convention focused on indie comics and small press and a convention where you find comics you won’t find anywhere else. I always walk out of the convention with my wallet hurting from all of the purchases.

The convention takes place September 17 and 18 at the Marriott North Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center.

Below is just a sampling of the over 200 comics debuting at the show.

After Land Vol. 1 by Chris Taylor

Publisher: Floating World Comics Price: $19.99

The debut graphic novel from illustrator, designer, and musician Chris Taylor. A science-fiction soap opera featuring the exploits of a no-nonsense detective named NONO who is a composite of two females named JO and DO. JO has the mysterious ability to ingest the milk from the Madeleine Flower and enter an ethereal realm known as PURE INTUITION where she can spy on the unconscious minds of humanity. JO shares this information with DO and together, as NONO, they sell it to the highest bidder in the cloud.

 

american-blood-coverAmerican Blood by Benjamin Marra

Publisher: Fantagraphics Price: $19.99

American Blood is an unholy collection of cartoonist Benjamin Marra’s provocative short stories from the past several years, including “Gangsta Rap Posse,” “The Naked Heroes,” “Lincoln Washington,” “Ripper,” and “The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd” (in which the controversial political columnist must fight off fanatic White House officials and Hezbollah commandos in time to file her most important column yet, and make a date with George Clooney). Born from the crucible of 1980s trash culture and exploitation entertainment and focused like a laser through the prism of Marra’s brain comes this nasty brew of revenge, power, and passion. It is a reflection of the things that America celebrates and for which it is scorned, and often blurs the lines between the two. This is the definitive assembling of Marra’s most underground work.

 

Band for Life by Anya Davidson

Publisher: Fantagraphics Price: $29.99

and for Life is the story, told in comic strip form, of a noise rock band and their community of friends and acquaintances based in an alternate reality version of Chicago. Though beset with disaster at every turn and frequently reduced to squabbling, they stick together because the band is the fulcrum of their otherwise confounding lives, and together they help each other find their way. Fusing elements of the classic British sitcom The Young Ones, as well as classic kids comic strips like Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and John Stanley’s Melvin Monster, Band for Life is a work of dark humor, but also infused with genuine affection for its cast; in many ways it is a love letter to creative people compelled to create, with no hope of financial reward.

 

cica_coverfront_webCicada by Joni Miller

Publisher: Self-published Price: $10

A short horror comic about a freelance writer and a sacrificial insect.

 

Cook Korean!: A Comic Book With Recipes by Robin Ha

Publisher: Ten Speed Press Price: $19.99

Picture It: You Can Master Korean Cooking

Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha’s colorful and humorous one- to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than sixty traditional (and some not-so-traditional) dishes to life.

In these playful but exact recipes, you’ll learn how to create everything from easy kimchi (mak kimchi) and soy garlic beef over rice (bulgogi dupbap) to seaweed rice rolls (gimbap) and beyond. Friendly and inviting, Cook Korean! is perfect for beginners and seasoned cooks alike who want to try their hand at this wildly popular cuisine.

 

copra_round_four_cover_bergen_streetCopra Round Four by Michel Fiffe

Publisher: Bergen Street press Price: $19.95

COPRA Round Four marks the return of the world’s favorite revenge team. The psychedelic suspense builds at a fantastic speed while featuring enough bone crunching brutality to satisfy the most ardent hyper-violent enthusiasts out there. Check off Copra’s international kill list at the peak of their mondo bizarro bloodlust.

 

DC Punk Issue 3: Nation of Ulysses part 2 by Evan Keeling

Publisher: DC Punk Price $5.00

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 1990 and 1991, Nation of Ulysses embark on their first tour, record their first album and meet people they will form long term alliances with.

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

 

extinctioncoversmallExtinction by Sanjay Kulkacek

Publisher: Self-published Price: $12

Extinction is a collection of nine tiny stories by Sanjay Kulkaček about the inevitable loss of every organism on the planet.

It is hopefully bittersweetfunny, and good.

It is definitely 72 pagesblack and white, 5.25 inches by 8.125 inches, and soft-cover.

If you would like to read it beforehand, it is available on Gumroad at https://gum.co/xtinction where you can name your own price for the digital book.

 

Go Fuck Myself! by Mike Freiheit

Publisher: Self-published Price: $6.00

Join Mike Freiheit and a cast of colorful creatures as he travels through time trying to decode a very important question: where did all of this go wrong? 40 pages of short stories all tied together to create a weird narrative.

 

How To: Dating and Relationships pt. 1 by Ed Siemienkowicz

Publisher: Self-published Price: $5.00

Men and women have been pairing up for as long as humans have existed, but why is it still so complicated and awkward?

Cartoonist Ed Siemienkowicz shares his advice on dating from the ground up: the first move, what to say, consent, and DIRTY PICTURES.

 

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Publisher: Ink and Drink Comics Price: $12.99

After dutifully capturing the essence of every genre from every angle our mad minds could think of, your comic-making compadres at Ink and Drink Comics greet the morning after, buzz-brained and bleary-eyed with Hungover: Stories from the Bottom of the Barrel, a collection of stories that weren’t quite ready to go home when the editors previously yelled “Last call!” But these comics are no mere leftovers… no, these lost dogs have bite! From the twisted truth behind the lost Roanoke colony to rowdy ‘rasslers (human as well as dinosaur!), from vengeful queens to warm Christmas scenes, this book has something for everyone. If you know Ink and Drink, you know the quality herein. If you don’t know us, then the richly varied stories in this “odds and sods”  anthology make for the perfect taste test.

 

I Thought You Hated Me by Mari Naomi

Publisher: Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics Price: $9.00

When MariNaomi first meets Mirabai in grade school, Mirabai seems to be more of a bully than a friend. But over the course of time, their relationship shifts from tense to friendly, to drifting apart, to reconnecting and finding something much deeper.

I Thought You Hated Me is a comics memoir about female friendship, a story that doesn’t involve stale tropes like acrimonious competition or fighting over boys. It explores the complexity and depth of this particular friendship through snapshot-vignettes of relevant moments over thirty years, painting a portrait of something unique but relatable, common but extraordinary.

 

jb_coverJacob Bladders and the State of the Art by Roman Muradov

Publisher: Self-published Publisher: Uncivilized Books Price: $16.99

Jacob Bladders, illustrator, braggart, and victim of assault by thugs sent by the mysterious Charlie. Part satire of commercial art, part noirish detective, part puzzle to be solved… or left in pieces. Roman Muradov’s forgotten 1948 classic is an ink-smeared Blakean vision of 1940s New York where twitter exists as a network of pneumatic tubes, but artwork is still delivered by hand.

 

Launch by Josh Dykstra

Publisher: Self-published Price: $5.00

A new mini comic from writer/illustrator Josh Dykstra. Lizabeth is a girl stranded on an unknown snowy planet. She is determined to survive its harsh environment. Only with the help of her dog Fraggle and her mysterious yet powerful bazooka does she have any chance for survival.

mana-spx-coverMana by Priya Huq

Publisher: Self-published Price: $6.00

Samudra is on a lonely journey to find the “ocean,” a concept she’s only dreamt about.  On her way she encounters ghosts, all of whom seem to show Samudra special interest…

This is a preview comic of an upcoming installment of Mana, which updates for free online at mindheartmemory.tumblr.com.

 

Mooncop by Tom Gauld

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly Price: $19.95

The lunar colony is slowly winding down, like a small town circumvented by a new super highway. As our hero, the Mooncop, makes his daily rounds, his beat grows ever smaller, the population dwindles. A young girl runs away, a dog breaks off his leash, an automaton wanders off from the Museum of the Moon. Each day that the Mooncop goes to work, life gets a little quieter and a little lonelier.

As in Goliath, Tom Gauld’s retelling of the Bible story, the focus in Gauld’s science fiction is personal–no big explosions or grand reveals, just the incremental dissolution of an abandoned project and a person’s slow awakening to his own uselessness. Depicted in the distinctive, matter-of-fact style of Gauld’s beloved Guardianstrips, Mooncop is equal parts funny and melancholy. Gauld captures essential truths about humanity, making this a story of the past, present, and future, all in one.

 

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Munch by Steffen Kvemeland

Publisher: SelfMadeHero Price: $24.95

An extraordinary and inventive graphic biography, Steffen Kverneland’s Munch explores the relationships and obsessions that drove the artist behind ‘The Scream’. Using text drawn from the writings of Edvard Munch and his contemporaries, this extensively researched and beautifully drawn graphic novel debunks the familiar myth of the half-mad expressionist painter – anguished, starving and ill-treated – to reveal the artist’s neglected sense of humour and optimism. Born out of a life-long fascination with all things Munch, Kverneland’s award-winning seven-year project is the funniest and most entertaining portrait yet of a complex man and a pioneering artist.

Steffen Kverneland is an award-winning comics artist. He is the author of biographies of Henrik Ibsen and Olaf Gulbransson, among many other books. He lives in Norway.

 

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My Car’s a Spaceship, And My Spaceship’s a Boy! by Kris Mukai

Publisher: Self-published Price: $10

32 page comic about a young street racer whose car is a spaceship and a boy.

 

Our Best Shot: Disclosures of Unlawful Compassion in the United States by Anonymous

Publisher: Silver Sprocket Price: $4.00

The first hand account of a secret Supervised Injection Facility (or “SIF”) operating illegally in the United States against the disastrous “War On Drugs.”

Despite the existence of needle exchange programs of questionable legality scattered throughout the country, drug policy in the United States remains a horrifically immoral mess, costing thousands of lives and millions of dollars every year.

Our politically motivated drug policies are divorced from shared goals of helping addicts get off drugs, improving public health and safety, rehabilitation, and crime reduction.

Supervised Injection Facilities are proven to save lives, save money, prevent crime, and serve as a gateway to treatment everywhere else in the developed world, yet they remain illegal in the United States.
This comic book is the true story of one such secret facility.

 

cover_v2Refugees by Pablo Leon

Publisher: Self-published Price: $15.00

Refugees tells the true stories of people migrating from Latin America into the United States, and why anyone would take such a risky journey. Immigration affects everyone, and things aren’t as simple as “just go home.” There’s always a story behind them.

 

Rolling Blacouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly Price: $24.95

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden follows up her acclaimed debut, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, with Rolling Blackouts, which details her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Glidden accompanies her two friends–reporters and founders of the journalistic non-profit The Seattle Globalist–as they research stories on the Iraq War\’s effect on the Middle East and, specifically, the war\’s refugees. Joining them is a former Marine and childhood friend of one of the journalists whose deployment to Iraq in 2007 adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves.

The crew works their way through the region with the goal of asking civilians, refugees, and officials: \”who are you?\” Everyone has a story to tell: the Iranian blogger, the United Nations Refugee administrator, a taxi driver, the Iraqi refugee deported from the US, the Iraqis seeking refuge in Syria, and even the American Marine. The journalists struggle equally with how to tell these stories and with how to market them into articles people will want to read.

Glidden records all that she encounters with a sympathetic and searching eye–What is journalism? What is its purpose? What is honesty? Painted in her trademark soft muted watercolors and written with a self-effacing humor, Rolling Blackouts cements Glidden\’s place as one of comics\’s most original nonfiction voices.

 

sp4rx-coverSP4RX by Wren McDonald

Publisher: Nobrow Price: $18.95

SP4RX, a young hacker who lives off grid, hacks into corporations and sells stolen data to wealthy buyers on the black market – just your average thief. Mega corporation Structus Industries introduces a welfare programme called the “Elpis Program”, which allows the working class to apply for Cybernetic implants to make workers more efficient. On the surface, it seems like a programme to empower the poor and allow them to rise to the ranks of the elite. But SP4RX soon discovers all is not as it seems… SP4RX and Structus are set on a collision course with the fate of humanity at stake in Wren McDonald’s latest sci-fi tale of survival and corruption!

 

That Time I Met Bill Clinton… And He Stole My Favorite Pen! by Rachel Scheer

Publisher: Rachel Comics Price: $4.00

Using her own autobiographical experiences with the event, Rachel examines the short-lived phenomenon that was “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” in the early 1990s. (The event has since been re-branded as “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”.)

When Rachel learned she would actually be visiting the White House herself, her highest hope was to see Socks, the Clinton family cat. Little did she know there was a bigger surprise waiting for her — one that would prove to be bittersweet when it cost her a treasured possession…

 

image-1The Coyote by Alison Wear and David Caldwell

Publisher: Self-published Price: $6.00

On a farm in the Southern Appalachians, the coyotes have been picking off cattle. But when neighbors organize a hunt, old wounds and rivalries resurface while they wait for their prey. A short story from artist David Caldwell and writer Allison Wear. 32 pages black & white

 

The Trial of Roger Casement by Fionnuala Doran

Publisher: SelfMadeHero Price: $19.95

In 1911, Roger Casement was knighted by King George V for his groundbreaking humanitarian work in Africa and South America. Five years later, he was hanged for treason. The Trial of Roger Casement charts the events that led a man renowned for his compassion to the noose.

Based on real events, Fionnuala Doran’s absorbing graphic novel explores Casement’s startling downfall, from his efforts to secure German backing for an independent Ireland to his disastrous return home and subsequent arrest. Condemned as a revolutionary, his sexuality laid bare by the circulation of his private journals, Casement’s fate was all but sealed. And yet, on his final day in the courtroom, he delivered a brave, impassioned speech that would resonate long after his death.

Fionnuala Doran is an Irish artist, living and working between Scotland and England. She graduated with an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art in 2015 and is senior lecturer of Teesside University’s newly launched BA in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art. Winner of the 2014 Comics Unmasked competition at the British Library, she has worked between fine art and comics, acting as a director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast’s foremost artist-led gallery, and as co-editor of Modern Times, Britain’s first magazine of graphic journalism since the 19th century.

toward-a-hot-jew-coverToward a Hot Jew by Miriam Libicki

Publisher: Fantagraphics Price: $25.00

In her first collection of graphic essays, Miriam Libicki investigates what it means globally and culturally to be Jewish, dating from her time in the Israeli military to her tenure as an art professor. Toward a Hot Jew is a new high watermark in autobiographical comics and shows Miriam Libicki as a powerful witness to history in the tradition of Martjane Satrapi and Joe Sacco.

Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore

Publisher: Silver Sprocket Price: $5.00

Your Black Friend is an open letter from your black friend to you about race, racism, friendship and alienation.

This is a new edition of Ben Pasmore’s previously self-released comic.

Richmond Public Library Receives the 2016 SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

this-book-is-for-you-spxThe Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced that the Richmond Public Library was the 2016 recipient of the Small Press Expo Library Gift Program.

This program, the first of its kind in the United States, is an outright gift of graphic novels to the library as selected by the library’s collections specialists, who selected 65 titles comprising 298 individual books.

There was a formal presentation of the books to Scott Firestine, Director of the Richmond Public Library by Small Press Expo Graphic Novel Gift Program Director Catherine Fraas on Saturday, September 10. The presentation was accompanied by special comics related events at the main library branch in downtown Richmond.

The books were selected by the library’s collection staff from the offerings of publishers Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn & Quarterly, Adhouse Books, Cartoon Books, and Koyama Press, all of whom support this program.

The artist Lucy Bellwood designed a special bookplate that has been placed in all of the books donated by SPX.

SPX’s Graphic Novel Gift Program is an expansion of the philanthropic and charitable endeavors that are part of its corporate charter, and is in addition to SPX’s annual support to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The targets of this program are public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area as selected by the Small Press Expo.

The goals of this program are:

  • to facilitate the availability of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries,
  • to promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries, and
  • to provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 17 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, September 18, 12-6pm at the North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in North Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.

Fantagraphics’ September Events

spxFantagraphics has released where they, and their creators, will be for the month of September. Check out below for the full listing of where you can find them!

Conventions

SPXSeptember 17 & 18 Small Press Expo (SPX) returns to Bethesda, MD for the premier cartooning and art convention. They’re helping us celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a bunch of special guests and panels like: Sacco, Clowes, Woodring, Tyler, Hernandez Bros, Robbins. And we’re debuting a bunch of new books by favs like Davidson, Marra, Friedman, Gfrorer. Don’t miss it!

Book Signings & Events

Tuesday, Sept 13th

Toronto, ON – Catch the World premier of Dash Shaw’s directorial debut, then head over to The Beguiling for a signing party!
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Friday, Sept 16th

Los Angeles, CA – Get yourself to Meltdown for a Real Deal Comix release party with Lawrence Rawdog Hubbard.
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Washington, DC – Fantagraphics founder, Gary Groth, gives a talk about the beginnings of the company at the Library of Congress.
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Washington, DC – Join Ed Luce at the East Side Book Shop for a spectacular Wuvable Oaf signing event.
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real-dealSaturday, Sept 17th

Bethesda, MD – The first day of SPX!
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Sunday, Sept 18th

Bethesda, MD – The second day of SPX!
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Friday, Sept 23rd

Brooklyn, NY – Ted Stearn shows off his masterful new graphic novel, The Moolah Tree at the wonderful Desert Island.
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Santa Fe, NM – The mind-bending Robert Williams art show, Slang Aesthetics, opens at the Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Art with a weekend of events.
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Tuesday, Sept 27th

New York, NY – French Comics Association presents French Comics Framed festival and exhibition featuring work by David B.
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Small Press Expo Announces Programming Schedule for SPX 2016

spx-logo-240Small Press Expo has announced the Programming Schedule for SPX 2016. 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 twenty-two sessions with two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18.

Here are some highlights:

  • Joe Sacco makes a rare festival appearance to talk about Comics Journalism with Sarah Glidden, moderated by The Nib’s Matt Bors.
  • Lisa Hanawalt graces SPX for a spotlight interview with NPR’s Glen Weldon.
  • Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell discuss their work with Congressman John Lewis on the acclaimed and award winning March trilogy.

There will also be seven panels dedicated to celebrating the 40th Birthday of Fantagraphics, including:

  • Publisher Gary Groth joins Joe Sacco, Drew Friedman, Trina Robbins and Gilbert Hernandez to talk about Fantagraphics 40 years of publishing.
  • The two great indie comics legends, Charles Burns and Daniel Clowes, talk shop with Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds
  • The panel Music & Comics has Jaime Hernandez and Ed Piskor discussing how Punk Rock and Hip Hop music influenced their respective creative styles, moderated by the Toonseum’s John Kelly.

The complete schedule with times and descriptions can be found online.

Small Press Expo Announces Special Guests Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Co-Creators of the March Trilogy

spx-logo-240The Small Press Expo has announced it has added Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell as guests to this year’s show. SPX takes place September 17-18 and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitors, and 22 programming slots.

Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell collaborated with Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis on one of the most powerful graphic novel series in the history of the medium. The award winning March series documents Congress Lewis’ experiences in the early Civil Rights movement, culminating with the March on Selma in 1965.

The final book in the series, March: Book 3, was released this past June to numerous accolades from across the literary and political spectrum. In July, March: Book 2 won the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, and in August, the March trilogy was in the top three spots on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List.

Special guests Andrew and Nate will be at the Top Shelf table signing copies of their collaboration, as well as being on a panel discussion about the series as part of SPX 2016 slate of programming.  They are in addition to previously announced special guests Daniel Clowes, Lisa Hanawalt, Jeffrey Brown, Trina Robbins, Charles Burns, Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Sarah Glidden Carol Tyler, Jim Woodring, Drew Friedman, Sophie Goldstein, Ed Piskor, and a rare festival appearance by Joe Sacco.

International special guests for SPX 2016 are Tom Gauld, Roger Langridge, Aimée de Jongh, Pascal Girard, Cyril Pedrosa, Steffen Kverneland, Santiago García, Ana Galvañ, David Rubín, Javier Olivares and José Domingo.

Andrew Aydin serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C., with whom he co-wrote the March series. While studying at Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew wrote his master’s thesis on the history and impact of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. As March has grown into a bona fide phenomenon, Andrew continues to publish and lecture about the history of comics in the civil rights movement — including giving talks at the headquarters of both Google and Apple.

Nate Powell, the artist behind the March series, graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000. After a decade of working with adults with developmental disabilities, Nate devoted himself full-time to writing and drawing comics. In addition to the March series, his work includes You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. Nate’s work has received copious honors, including the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination, and four “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” from the American Library Association.

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