You better get in shape. SPromX is coming…
The Small Press Expo: More Than Just a Comic Arts Festival
In fact, we’re a 501c3 nonprofit chartered to promote, preserve and protect the work of independent creators in the comics medium.
Every person who attends our 20th annual festival on September 13-14, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland directly supports these efforts. Your attendance at SPX:
- Puts graphic novels from independent publishers on public library shelves through our Graphic Novel Gift program.
- Protects against censorship through our financial support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and
- Enables SPX to preserve the best work in independent comics via our permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
So join our Thunderclap to help spread the word about SPX 2014. Your participation in this campaign is our best advertising!
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So help us make it happen, y’all. And come see us in September!
One of the most fun things I get to do each year at SPX is host the Sunday morning Tumblr Meet-Up. We start at 11AM, one hour before show time downstairs outside the White Flint Auditorium.
We’ll have a secret stash of coffee and pastries, a thriving black market in traded cookies, comics and zines, free prints and stickers, along with some special swag straight from the Tumblr meetups staff.
So come on out on Sunday the 14th and drop by today to RSVP.
Can we talk for a minute about this amazing slate of international talent descending upon SPX in just a few weeks?
Because I seriously need you to know:
Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann has gained an enormous following online at girlmountain.tumblr.com with his ongoing series of comics starring stoner buddy triumverate Megg, Mogg and Owl. His comics are distinguished by their darkly funny humor, impeccable comic timing, appealing cartooning, sensitive color and unexpected pathos. He is also the author of Life Zone (Space Face Books) and his work has appeared online at vice.com and at comicsworkbook.tumblr.com. At SPX, Hanselmann will debut Megahex, his eagerly awaited new collection from Fantagraphics.
Yvan Alagbé is a foundational figure in contemporary French-language comics. As an artist and publisher, his work has both exemplified and supported a more poetic strain of expression that brings comics into direct contact with the world of contemporary art. IAlagbé’s own work, rendered in beautiful ink and wash, expresses in both harsh lines and soft tones his clear-eyed, penetrating narratives of mysterious desire and explosive cultural conflict, evident in his celebrated Nègres jaunes et autres créatures imaginaires and in his most recent book, École de la misère.
Mana Neyesteni is an Iranian cartoonist and illustrator for economic, intellectual, political, cultural, and professional magazines. He is particularly known for his work for the newspaper Zan and Persian language Radio Zamaneh. A 2006 political cartoon by Neyesteni prompted riots among the oppressed Azeri minority in Iran; the paper in which the cartoon appeared was promptly closed and Neyestani was imprisoned. Upon his temporary release three months later he left the country and currently resides in France. He is the recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International award for courage in editorial cartooning, 2010. His graphic novel An Iranian Metamorphosis was originally published in French, and will debut in an English-language edition from Uncivilized Books at SPX.
At this year’s SPX, German cartoonist Aisha Franz will debut the English-language of her graphic novel Earthling from Drawn and Quarterly, which has previously been published in German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Franz lives in Berlin where she is a member of the Treasure Fleet comics collective. In addition to an active illustration career she has contributed comics to Pitchfork Review, Kus!, Kuti Kuti, and many more publications. Her second graphic novel, Brigitte und der Perlen-hort, has so far been published in German and French editions.
Daniel Jiminéz Quiroz
Publisher, editor, critic and event organizer Daniel Jiménez Quiroz is the editor of Revista Larva, the leading Colombian comics anthology, which publishes work by artists from throughout South America. Larva has spun off the comics publishing house Editorial Robot, which has published work by artists including Peter Kuper and Powerpaola. Quiroz also co-organizes the Entreviñetas comics festival which is now in its fifth year and has featured guests including Gabrielle Bell, Ruppert & Mulot, and Anders Nilsen. At SPX, Quiroz will exhibit as Revista Larva with work from Columbian and South American artists. Quiroz’s visit to SPX is supported by the Ministerio de Cultura of Colombia.
Belgian cartoonist Dominique Goblet has produced a challenging and beautiful body of work that productively troubles the distinctions between fiction and autobiography, and blurs the line between narrative comics and poetic image-making. Her works include Souvenir d’une journée parfaite (Frémok) and the autobiographical graphic novel Faire semblant c’est mentir (L’Association), about a disturbing childhood incident.At SPX she will debut the groundbreaking full-color graphic novel Plus si Entente, a book produced collaboratively with German cartoonist Kai Pfeiffer. Working internationally, the pair swapped pages and responded to ideas, images, compositions and colors proposed by the other to test the possibilities of narrative within the comics form.
I mean… DAMN, y’all.
And these very special international guests - all appearing at SPX for the first time and many debuting new material - are just the tip of the iceberg of international talent we’re so fortunate to have joining us.
Here’s a more complete look:
Now, while SPX may SEEM like a magical comics wonderland…
It’s a really real place and you can go to there. But only if you get yourself to the Washington, DC area on the weekend of September 13, 2014.
Full event info at spxpo.com.
OK, LET’S TALK IGNATZ AWARDS!
Tumblr has been burning up the last couple of days with news that the 2014 Ignatz Award nominations have been announced. For folks that aren’t familiar (and we’re hoping to see many new faces at this year’s show) the Ignatz are SPX’s very own prize for excellence in independent comics.
Each year the winner of the Promising New Talent Ignatz award is invited to draw a version of the famous brick-throwing mouse for the year’s event. Above you can see this year’s rendition by the (Ignatz nominated again for 2014) Sam Alden ( gingerlandcomics ).
The actual award looks a bit like this:
The Ignatz is pretty unique in that A) it is a literal brick and B) only attendees of the SPX festival get the opportunity to vote for the recipients. I will give you a moment to study the most excellent 2014 nominations.
IN EDEN WE TRUST
The Ignatz Awards are coordinated by SPX’s Eden Miller. Under her capable hands the awards have grown staggeringly - 560 print submissions for 2014 and 120 electronic ones. The ballot is created by a panel of five cartoonists and is voted on by the attendees of the SPX festival.
This year the Ignatz jury was composed of: Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor.
HOW DO I FIND IGNATZ NOMINATED ARTISTS?
Ignaz nominated artists are noted on our MASSIVE 2014 exhibitor list so you can plan your route. Also, all the nominated artists will have swank Sam Alden Ignatz balloons at their table to make it easier for you to zero in on some of the absolute best stuff on offer at SPX.
We’ve also added another feature for Ignatz nominees and winners - special decals for their books. They’re just like the ones at the top of this post except more real and more shiny. So keep an eye out for these on the SPX show floor!
HOW DO I CAST MY VOTE?
As you enter the show you will be provided a ballot. YOU ARE SWORN AND HONOR BOUND TO COMPLETE THIS SACRED TASK. You can drop completed ballots in one of the boxes designated for this task (I might even be holding it), like so:
SO HOW DO I KNOW WHO WON?
Join us for the Ignatz Awards at 9:30 PM on Saturday night. The event will be held in the White Oak Room downstairs at the hotel, beneath the SPX exhibition hall.
Stick around for the Ignatz after-party where we’ll seal our life-bond with a double dip in the chocolate fountain of legend!
Also, in a first, in conjunction with the after party, there will be PROM, SPromX, to be precise. Further details to be provided but suffice to say there is nothing too sparkly, velvety or dashing that you could possible wear to the Ignatz ceremony this year.
PLEASE JOIN US!
The Ignatz Awards are a very special part of SPX - our way of acknowledging the work most esteemed by cartoonists and enthusiasts of their craft. Please join us at SPX 2014 on Saturday September 13th to cast your vote (full event details at spxpo.com).
Shannon Wheeler and Too Much Coffee Man at SPX 2014
The world most caffeinated super hero, Too Much Coffee Man, returns to SPX with his faithful sidekick, Shannon Wheeler.
Off to get some donuts to share with them…….
Keith Knight Returns to SPX!!!!
Long time SPXer Keef will be at SPX flogging the hell out of his latest Knight Life collection, Knight Takes Queen, so he can afford the luxuries his family has become accustomed to.
Can’t wait for his I Was A Michael Jackson Impersonator to hit the bookstores…
DERF is coming to SPX!!!
Shades of Jeffrey Dahmer! SPX will be graced by the mighty and always funny Derf, who will be debuting his latest collection True Stories Volume One, from his long running, though indeed now unfortunately defunct, strip he drew for the alt-weekly world.
Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees
The Small Press Expo the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 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. Only those present at the Small Press Expo may cast a vote to decide the winners.
The nominees for this year’s ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, 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 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM, to be followed by libations, chocolate fountains, our first SPX Prom and a few as yet unannounced surprises.
Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent - and also a 2014 nominee - Sam Alden created this year’s rendition of Ignatz the mouse featured at the top of this post.