We’re on your calendar, right?
Tick tock, y’all.
HEY, YOU WITH THE FACE!
IT’S EMILY CARROLL’S SUPER-DEF POSTER FOR SPX 2014!
Leveled off from that San Diego Comic-Con rush?
Good, because starting RIGHT NOW we’re kicking off a fight to the finish for the 2014 Small Press Expo. You’ve got about six weeks to get your mind right for the biggest and best independent comics festival in the country.
All of the details for SPX 2014 are listed above on our event poster created by the INCOMPARABLE EMILY CARROLL. We’re so lucky to have Emily joining us as a special guest this year and to have her contribute her talents to our damn-fool idealistic crusade.
Not familiar with Emily? Her latest work - and first printed volume, Through the Woods was just reviewed on NPR. Give a listen!
Maybe it goes without saying, we hope you’ll pay us a visit in September.
Aside from being a part of the most congenial, rollicking, drinking-from-the-firehose indie comics event you can imagine, every one of you who attends directly supports the SPX mission - promoting, protecting and preserving independent comics (more about that later…).
See you soon - and, if you don’t mind - help us spread the word!
I think this would be an apt time (since the official press release goes out tomorrow) to make sure you are aware that Emily Carroll is joining us as a featured guest for SPX 2014. This will be her first time at the show and I could not be more thrilled.
Through the Woods, her first print collection will debut mid-summer. I am pretty sure it will melt your brain.
I have a 14 page story in this anthology and we’re pushing for some funding! It’d mean the world to us if you could throw a few bucks our way! Maurice Vellekoop is in it! Michael Deforge! Emily Carroll! Tim Sievert! Prizes include (amongst other things) a set of prints (one is a drawing of mine) AND A DATE WITH AN ARTIST!
All I’m saying is that I’m one of the artists.
The image above is a little tease from one of the rewards, a print set from four of the artists.
By Emily Carroll is all you need to know.
Make the clicking.
Today sees the release of the Vertigo anthology The Unexpected, and includes an 8-page story I wrote for Emily Carroll to draw. This story has some history behind it.
Years back, ABC News did this special called Earth 2100. I was asked to write these “graphic novel” segments, that would be animated in a limited manner and intercut into the documentary. I gave it a whirl but clashed unpleasantly with the requirements of the job and bowed out (I think some other Brooklyn cartoonists got the gig). What I was left with was an awful lot of material that I created and still owned. And so I filed it away. Some of it is being incorporated into The Massive, but the story itself I retooled for this 8-pager, called Americana.
My original story detailed the journey of a young woman through a century of climate change and all that entails. That’s a huge story, and for a long time I thought maybe there was a series to be written about this. Or at least a graphic novel. But I thought why not take it to an extreme, going the other way? Compress a story that spans a hundred years of world-changing events into 8 pages, and purposely using as little information and text as possible, just enough to communicate the story.
I love how it came out. I love Emily Carroll’s art, and in truth I wrote this story for her, specifically, to draw. On the surface it’s not your typical story from me, but I dunno, maybe it is at its core? Anyway, here’s a page from the story. Check it out. See it larger here.