We were really glad to facilitate a conversation between Rolling Stone’s Sean T. Collins and “Indie Comics Mount Rushmore” two weeks ago at SPX. We briefly turned over our SPX “war room” for a conversation between Mr. Boiled Leather and our assembled line up of cartooning luminaries. Here is the result!
Appropriately, the focus on this piece is not on SPX itself but on Gilbert, Jaime, Chris and Dan but I do think it is a measure of the show’s growth and success that we could help bring this interview off.
A big thank you to Sean for making it happen and to the fellas for taking the time out of their busy day at the show to sit for the interview together.
SPX, welcome to Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone, welcome to Camp Comics!
Source: Rolling Stone
Hooray! The SPX Programming Panels are hitting the airwaves!
First up, Jaime Hernandez: The Love Bunglers
Jaime Hernandez and his brothers launched the alternative comics era with their epoch-defining series Love and Rockets. From 1981 to the present, Hernandez has produced a singular body of work tracing the life of Maggie Chascarillo and her vast network of friends, family, neighbors, rivals and lovers. In recent years, Jaime has, again, broken new ground with brilliant comics novellas that remain accessible to new readers while building upon years of narrative to invest his stories with a profound emotionality. He will discuss his work with artist Frank Santoro.
(Note: the audio is a little low on this one. Might want to turn up the volume a bit)
People, this is the MOTHERLOAD… The SPX 2012 Limited Edition Print Set
One of the extra special things you can pick up at SPX 2012 is our limited edition print set that contains all of the incredible art used to promote the show. In for 2012 the Limited Edition Set includes:
- Jaime Hernandez’s badge art
- Chris Ware’s poster
- Becky Driestadt’s poster
- Marguerite Dabaie, Carolyn Belefski and Julia Wertz banner art
- Dustin Harbin, Michael DeForge and John Martz banner art
- Michael DeForge’s program cover
- Andy K’s postcard art
- Theo Ellsworth’s flyer
Did I mention that all the prints will be signed by the artists?
There are 25 of these sets to be had and when they’re gone. They’re gone.
Some of these prints will also be for sale individually in similarly limited quantities.
All proceeds go to benefit the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program. This annual program provides and outright of gift of graphic novels and comics as selected by the staff of the chosen library system.
We’re incredibly grateful to all of the artists involved for taking the time to help promote SPX 2012 and our philanthropic efforts. And also to Jon Barli of Rosebud Archives who assisted with reproducing some of the trickier pieces!
Join us for SPX 2012 in Bethesda, MD this weekend!
Full show details at spxpo.com
Just in case you thought we were slacking, SPX has yet another event scheduled for Friday evening. This time at Politics & Prose Bookstore in DC. Here’s the news:
Sep 14 at 7:00PM — P&P is excited once again to join the Small Press Expo, North America’s premier independent cartooning and comic arts festival, to present some of the best graphic artists working today.The Hernandez Brothers will discuss the fifth volume of their long-running series; this installment recounts the visit of Frogmouth’s half-sister and the making of a film starring Luba’s granddaughter.
SPX 2012 DAY 1 PRIMER
Here’s a quick rundown for first-time attendees!
GETTING TO SPX
First off, you’re coming via plane, train or automobile to the Bethesda North Marriott on Marinelli Road, right off of Rockville Pike. White Flint Metro is an easy walk and you can also find free parking at the metro station over the weekend. Hotel parking is plentiful but will set you back cash better spent on comics! Here’s a handy map:
GETTING IN THE DOOR
The show opens at 11AM on Saturday and there are typically long lines at the beginning of the day. We’ll have extra cash registers and several iPads taking credit cards over and above what we had last year so hopefully things will roll smoothly and we can get everyone into the hall with a minimum of fuss!
Admission is $10 for one day, $15 for the weekend.
Programming starts at 11:30 and there are two tracks running simultaneously staggered on the half hour. This means that you won’t be able to catch everything, but we’re aiming to have most sessions available on video following the event.
MEETING THE ARTISTS
We know you’ll have artists in mind that you want to see and maybe get something signed. Most folks are very accessible at their tables. For special guests, a schedule for all signings will be posted outside the hall and (hopefully) online in advance of the event.
FREEBIES & TRADES
There is always a plentiful freebie table out in front of the hall. Feel free to bring and take and share what you find there. Likewise many artists in attendance may be open to trade with you.
People are definitely looking to make money at SPX - books are expensive to produce but there will always be room for sharing your work and having that returned in kind. We’re quite conscious and proud of this thin line between our exhibitors and attendees Definitely a key part of SPX culture!
You have a solemn duty at SPX to submit a ballot for our Ignatz Awards which celebrate excellence in independent comics. Ballots will be available at the front desk and at the SPX table inside the show hall. Those that vote get a cool little something, new for this year!
By mid-day on Saturday the show floor will be crazy crowded! But you’ll also have an armload of books and an appetite. One of the big questions everyone has is, where can I get something to eat. Well, thanks to our buddy R.M. Rhodes (tables H1-H2) , we’ve got that covered. He pulled together another handy map covering SPX-area vittles:
RECHARGING YOUR WALLET
Over the past several years we’ve seen more and more issues with keeping the cash flowing at the hotel cash machine and other nearby ATMS (there is a bank out the back of the hotel and a 7-11 off to the right in the front).
This year we’ve taken matters into our own hands and SPX is supplying an additional ATM right on the show floor. We’re also taking credit cards for SPX-related merch and admission so that should reserve more of your cash for comics!
DID YOU MENTION SPX MERCH?
Why yes I did! We’ll have a cool selection of stuff at the SPX table including copies of the SPX 2012 Chris Ware poster that you may have seen all over the web, several copies of the Womanthology package set and our own limited edition print sets (details forthcoming on that later in the week). Definitely swing by the table and check this stuff out!
On Saturday, SPX runs until 7PM at which point we’ll promptly break down the hall and close the doors. Generally folks disperse for dinner in the vicinity of the hotel and then reconvene for the Ignatz Awards, hosted this year by Jerzy Drozd.
We’ve moved the Ignatz to a larger room but it will still probably be a packed house with overflow into the hallway. Luckily food and drink will be in full effect, so the pre-party should blend seamlessly into the afterparty with some clapping in between.
All are welcome to attend both events! We’ve got Super Art Fight providing post-Ignatz entertainment in the amphitheater. Should be a pretty great time all around!
Next up, Sunday!
Here’s the final badge from Jaime Hernandez for SPX 2012!
If your attending the show this is what you’ll be wearing around your neck!
Huge thanks to Jaime for contributing his time and talent to SPX!
Now wait till you see the Limited Edition print we’ll be selling that has all these put together!
It’s a knockout.
As always, all proceeds go to charity!