Here are Michael DeForge and Luke Pearson at SPX conspiring to make even more mind blowing comics for us to drool over.
This was the first year at the show for both Nobrow, who brought Luke, and Koyama Press, who brought Michael. We can’t thank both Annie Koyama and Sam Arthur enough for coming to the show with these guys.
I am in awe they were both at the show, no less I was able to catch them in the same place at the same time.
Sorta like finding a large gold nugget and a diamond while digging in the backyard….
So glad to find Celine at SPX! I was able to buy that beautiful print I’d seen online before the show! If you haven’t yet checked out her work - do - stunning!
SPX! By far the best yet. I am so thankful that I got to register early and had a super sweet table right down the center of the convention floor.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported indie comics! And thank you to the people who came to my table and bought my work :) I was surprised by how many people had seen my work online before the convention. I sold out all of Over You Nanook, and I would have made a profit if it weren’t for everything going wrong at the last second with my printer (but thank god for Alpha Graphics in Baltimore, who are cheaper than Kinko’s and actually know what the hell they’re doing! Thanks Soltian for telling me about them!). All said and done, despite significant costs in overhead I made everything back <3
It was definitely a Michael Deforge-heavy weekend. He’s a huge inspiration to me, and I’m so glad to see his work on the beautifully printed exhibition flyers. I bought all three of his Lose books, and he very generously volunteered to trade 1-3 of Kid Mafia and Leather Space Man for the copy of Over You Nanook that I gave him. I was too shy to talk much to him, although Erik wanted me to ask him what kinds of drugs did the Adventure Time art crew take.
I also got to see Francois Mouly talk about her career. Again, huge inspiration to me, and she gave me lots to think about in her talk.
I nearly had a heart attack when I went to buy Glyn Dillon’s beautiful “The Nao of Brown” and he told me he recognized my work from online! I’ve never seen an artist pull out their watercolors to sign a book, but there it is and I lovelovelove it. Seriously buy this book people it is amazing.
Nathan Fox, illustrator and chair of the MFA Visual Narrative at SVA, stopped by my table and we talked about MICA a bit. He left me his beautifully letter-pressed post card (lower right).
I also stopped by the Top Shelf table and met Leigh Walton, who liked my comic and told me to send him more of my stuff <3
I finally got to meet Jess Fink in person, after co-curating a tumblr about hot guys with her for a few years now! There’s my copy of Chester 5000, she hugged me, it was great. She wore really pretty leggings on Sunday.
Sadly, Negron was all sold out of Negron, but I got to paw my way through his binders full of originals and gush too much about how much I loved his work. Tone it down, Celine, tone it down. I bought his book online after the convention, and so should you.
All in all, I managed to spend ONLY $50 total, but look at that amazing haul. I didn’t get to buy even a fraction of everything I wanted, but I had to be strict with myself. So many people took my postcard and gave me free copies of their zines, it was so magical.
Finally, I bought a pair of pink popsicle earrings from my table mate Emily Huff. Check out her stuff! Thank you to Dechanique for letting me in on the table deal, and thank you to Erik for driving me both days and feeding me, and for helping me with technical problems with my printer :)
Thank you again to everyone who bought a print or a comic! And if you want a print/comic but couldn’t be at SPX, I will have an online shop up soon :D
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
DeForge, Harkham, Haspiel announced as SPX 2012 honored guests
Folks, we’re pleased to announce Michael DeForge, Sammy Harkham and Dean Haspiel as honored guests of SPX 2012.
They are in addition to the previously announced guests: Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Francoise Mouly, Jamie & Gilbert Hernandez and Adrian Tomine.
While none of these three gentleman need any introduction to you, the faithful, here’s what we shared with the press release-reading public:
Critically acclaimed Michael DeForge will be appearing at SPX for the very first time. We are honored to have the creator of the one-man anthology series Lose, from Koyama Press, at this years show.. DeForge won the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards, Canada’s most prestigious award in the comics field and provided the art for the cover to the SPX 2012 program.
Emmy award winning artist, Dean Haspiel, created the Eisner Award nominated, BILLY DOGMA, and illustrated for HBO’s “Bored To Death.” Dino has drawn many superhero and semi-autobiographical comix, including collaborations with Jonathan Lethem, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, and Inverna Lockpez. Dino also curates + creates multimedia projects for TripCity.net, a Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon.
Sammy Harkham is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology series Kramer’s Ergot, 8th volume of which was released late last year. He is also the creator behind the comic Crickets and his new book, Everything Else, a compendium of his works, will be released this Fall from Picturebox.
Maybe I am biased, but SPX 2012 is shaping up to be pretty amazing.
Can I get a witness?
We are thrilled - THRILLED - to share Michael DeForge’s wonderful program cover for SPX 2012. We’re extremely excited to have Michael making his first trip to SPX this year, along with the rest of the Koyama gang, including Dustin Harbin, Julia Wertz and many others.
The original artwork will be placed in the Small Press Expo’s permanent collection at the Library of Congress where it will preserved for ever as a part of the history of independent comics and cartooning. Our thanks to Michael for donating the work to SPX.
This is the first year we’ll host Michael and Koyama Press so come on out to SPX September 15-16, 2012 and show them that we know how to be hospitable. They’ll be bringing a whole passel of new books for your enjoyment!
Here is Theo Ellsworth’s amazing, incredible, fantastic and otherwise totally rad design for the SPX 2012 flyer. It will get into stores and coffee shops and wherever else we can put them in the next few weeks. Plus, he is giving us the hand drawn original for our archives at the Library of Congress. OMG!!!!!
Theo will also be doing a signed and numbered print of the flyer that will be included in a special limited edition set of all of the SPX art created for this years show (posters, program guide cover, etc. etc.). More info on that as we get closer to SPX.
Oh, and stay tuned, this channel for the SPX 2012 posters, coming soon……..