Q:Hey, I was curious about the LOC archiving every SPX tumblr post. Is there a news release or other place to get details? It's really every post and not just submissions or reblogs of original works? Thank you.
As I understand it, - and the most recent conversation I had with folks at LOC was just prior to SPX 2013 - the LOC is archiving the SPX website (spxpo.com) and our Tumblr as one component of our collection.
They are doing the same for each year’s Ignatz nominees for best web comic (originally it was just the winner but I my understanding is that they’ve gone ahead and included all the noms - I’ll have to confirm that).
Here’s the original language from the LOC announcement back in 2011:
According to the agreement, the Library will receive the Ignatz Award nominees in the various print categories, as well as other selected comics and cartoon art. The Library also will receive SPX posters, banner ads and festival ephemera. In addition, selected websites—including the winner of the Ignatz Best Web Comic, sites that document the activities of SPX and those of recognized online comic creators—will be reviewed for the Library of Congress Web Archiving Collection, to allow collection of work that is only presented digitally.
Since it was a brand new relationship the web language was pretty open-ended. But I can tell you straight from the mouth of the folks managing our collection at LOC that the Tumblr is being archived in full and you can see us listed here).
Several of their librarians also attend to solicit donations for the SPX collection, which is growing quickly, thanks to everyone who has offered their work for preservation!
Hope that’s helpful info!
Kali Ciesemier in the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress
Kali Ciesemier is one amazing artist. Her posters, illustration and children’s work are incredible.
Which how we felt when she graciously gave us two of her posters to reside in the SPX Collection until the Sun goes supernova or we all die from climate change.
My bet is on the latter.
Here is Martha Kennedy, one of the curators in the Prints & Photograph Division of the Library of Congress with Kali’s work.
All hail Kali!!!
Jared Cullum in the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress
Boy, were we blown away by Jared’s totally dope story about his experience at SPX 2013. It is a great story with fantastic art, for sure go out and read it all here.
We got a hold of him about getting the originals for our Library of Congress collection, which were done in old fashioned, 19th Century, analog, pen and brush to paper, replete with ink and paint. (have no idea if he drew it by candle light or not….)
And OMG!! He agreed and sent them to us!!
We cannot thank him enough. Here are the originals being held by the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division Curator for Applied Graphics, Sara Duke. Her smile is the way we feel about getting these preserved forever.
Farel Dalrymple in the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress
Farel Dalrymple, artist extraordinaire, did an amazing poster/ad using real water colors for SPX 2014 and we were lucky enough to get the original for the collection. Here is curator Sara Duke with the piece when it was handed over to the Library of Congress to allow all future generations to bask in its glory!!
And here is what the final poster/ad looked like!!!
Ken Wong in the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress
Ken Wong’s origami comics are some of the most innovative mini comic formats around. He was kind enough to send both fully folded and unused examples of his great stuff for the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress.
The LoC was so impressed and happy to get this stuff, that they had their conservation people build special box to house his works, it’s pretty amazing!!
On the left is Georgia Higley, head of the Newspaper Section (that has all of the comic books and mini-comics, WOW!!), and Megan Halsband, curator in the same section holding Ken’s work.
Time to change it up! For the first time in SPX history, the tables are turned on Joe and Rusty as Emmy Grace interviews them! No question goes unanswered as we learn deep, dark secrets about our intrepid interviewers!
For more from Joe and Rusty, watch the other interviews!