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Just in case you’re inclined to read the whole press release…
Small Press Expo Announces 20th Anniversary Guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm in a Tribute to the Comics of the Alt-Weekly Newspaper


Bethesda, Maryland; June 12, 2014 – This year is the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For our 20th birthday, we are pleased to announce Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Strum as the first of a number of guests for a celebration of the rich and vibrant comics world of the alt-weekly newspaper.
Nearly seventy years ago, a teenage Jules Feiffer entered the comics world as an assistant to the famous Will Eisner. He soon made a name for himself via his ground-breaking comic strip Feiffer, which ran weekly in the Village Voice for over forty years. Mr. Feiffer and his eponymous strip is considered the Godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic.
Active as a cartoonist, playwright, novelist, children’s book author, screenwriter and professor, Mr. Feiffer’s incredible career has included an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters & the Comic Book Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society. He will be at SPX 2014 to sign his latest graphic novel, Kill My Mother, which will be released this summer from the Liveright Division of W.W. Norton.
In 1979, Lynda Barry’s seminal Ernie Pook’s Comeek began appearing in the alt-weekly The Chicago Reader. For nearly two decades, her comics — which appeared in over seventy newspapers nationwide —  inspired several generations of independent cartoonists who saw themselves in her characters, and recognized their struggles in her stories.
Since retiring the strip in 2008, Ms. Barry has been active as a teacher running workshops for hundreds of students a year and doing her best to show people that everybody can be creative. She is now an assistant professor at the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Advance copies of her book, due out in October of this year from Drawn & Quarterly, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor about teaching art to all skill levels, will be available at SPX 2014.
Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies James Sturm has an amazing resume. In addition to the ground-breaking school he started, Sturm co-founded The Onion as well as The Stranger, Seattle’s legendary alt-weekly newspaper, where he served as the comics editor. Mr. Sturm worked with Art Spiegleman on ‘Raw’ in the 90’s, and was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Mr. Sturm also found time to put out graphic novels such as Market Day from Drawn & Quarterly, and The Golem’s Mighty Swing on his own imprint, Bear Bones Press. A true champion of comics, Mr. Sturm has won both an Eisner Award, and a Xeric grant. In addition, his writings and works have been published in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
About SPX
Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 600 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. SPX also has a two tracks of of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests that run through both days of the event.
The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show. All works nominated for Ignatz Awards are donated to the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which is the first institutional collection in the United States dedicated to the indie comics field.
As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at http://www.cbldf.org.

spx:

Just in case you’re inclined to read the whole press release…

Small Press Expo Announces 20th Anniversary Guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm in a Tribute to the Comics of the Alt-Weekly Newspaper

Bethesda, Maryland; June 12, 2014 – This year is the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For our 20th birthday, we are pleased to announce Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Strum as the first of a number of guests for a celebration of the rich and vibrant comics world of the alt-weekly newspaper.

Nearly seventy years ago, a teenage Jules Feiffer entered the comics world as an assistant to the famous Will Eisner. He soon made a name for himself via his ground-breaking comic strip Feiffer, which ran weekly in the Village Voice for over forty years. Mr. Feiffer and his eponymous strip is considered the Godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic.

Active as a cartoonist, playwright, novelist, children’s book author, screenwriter and professor, Mr. Feiffer’s incredible career has included an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters & the Comic Book Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society. He will be at SPX 2014 to sign his latest graphic novel, Kill My Mother, which will be released this summer from the Liveright Division of W.W. Norton.

In 1979, Lynda Barry’s seminal Ernie Pook’s Comeek began appearing in the alt-weekly The Chicago Reader. For nearly two decades, her comics — which appeared in over seventy newspapers nationwide —  inspired several generations of independent cartoonists who saw themselves in her characters, and recognized their struggles in her stories.

Since retiring the strip in 2008, Ms. Barry has been active as a teacher running workshops for hundreds of students a year and doing her best to show people that everybody can be creative. She is now an assistant professor at the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Advance copies of her book, due out in October of this year from Drawn & Quarterly, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor about teaching art to all skill levels, will be available at SPX 2014.

Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies James Sturm has an amazing resume. In addition to the ground-breaking school he started, Sturm co-founded The Onion as well as The Stranger, Seattle’s legendary alt-weekly newspaper, where he served as the comics editor. Mr. Sturm worked with Art Spiegleman on ‘Raw’ in the 90’s, and was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Mr. Sturm also found time to put out graphic novels such as Market Day from Drawn & Quarterly, and The Golem’s Mighty Swing on his own imprint, Bear Bones Press. A true champion of comics, Mr. Sturm has won both an Eisner Award, and a Xeric grant. In addition, his writings and works have been published in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

About SPX

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 600 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. SPX also has a two tracks of of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests that run through both days of the event.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show. All works nominated for Ignatz Awards are donated to the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which is the first institutional collection in the United States dedicated to the indie comics field.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at http://www.cbldf.org.

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SHAQZINE DEBUTS AT TCAF 2014!

"What’s a Shaqzine?

You don’t have to know sports to know anything about Shaq—just like how you don’t have to know astronomy to feel the life-giving warmth of the sun! Shaq’s reputation off the court makes him a true Renaissance man, and cultural icon. Dare we say, Most Likely to be Voted Ambassador of Earth? We dare. Anyway, you get the idea: Shaq is pretty great.

This is Shaqzine: the century’s most important anthology about the man, the myth, and the legend that is Shaquille O’Neal.”

***Preorder your copy of SHAQZINE here***

I’ve got a stake in this (heck, I’ve got a comic in this!), so I invite you to consider preordering. I saw a preview copy last weekend, and there’s a lot of fine, humorous, celebratory work in there, including some great pieces by fellow Houston cartoonists. (Did you know H-Town is a hotbed of cartooning? I’m telling ya.)

Now I’m even more upset I didn’t get to go to TCAF this year. 

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Missed MoCCA

So I missed out on day 2 of MoCCA due to being admitted to the hospital (I’m okay) and I’m SO MAD about all the comics I missed.

Submit to us your best MoCCA pics or stories and we’ll post them here!

March (Book One): The Revolution Will Be Illustrated

by David Anderson

History classes in public school never have the luxury of going in-depth into a subject. I don’t think any class I ever went to in high school ever made it past the Civil War or World War II. Everything has to be ankle-deep synopses so that you can get as big and broad an overview as possible, that you might not be totally lost in college. Who knows what you might be expected to do with that knowledge if you didn’t go to college, of course. But as far as the Civil Rights movement went, nobody gets a good picture of how important, how interesting, and how violent it was until they do history classes and self-education outside of 12th grade. I can’t speak for anyone outside the US, of course. I know the Civil Rights movement had an impact on the rest of the world, but as far as my expertise on that subject goes, I at least know the shape of the issue’s shadow.

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Kickstarter Office Hours at MoCCA
Hey, will you be at the MoCCA Arts Festival in NY this weekend (April 5-6)? Want to chat about your Kickstarter comics project idea? Or chat about any other questions you have about Kickstarter or comics or life in general, or just have an awkward guy who works at Kickstarter (that’d be me) hold your hand and tell you everything’s gonna be okay?
"Office Hours" may be too strong a term for this, but I would love to have such a conversation with you, if you so desire. Just give me a shout here on Tumblr, or on Twitter, or via this form. Or just look for a bald guy wearing the green button you see above and tap me on the shoulder. I’ll be walking around the festival late afternoon Saturday and all day Sunday, and would be happy to meet up and talk. Oh, and I’ll bring some mini-comics in case you want to swap, too. Sound good? Good!
See you there?

jamietanner:

Kickstarter Office Hours at MoCCA

Hey, will you be at the MoCCA Arts Festival in NY this weekend (April 5-6)? Want to chat about your Kickstarter comics project idea? Or chat about any other questions you have about Kickstarter or comics or life in general, or just have an awkward guy who works at Kickstarter (that’d be me) hold your hand and tell you everything’s gonna be okay?

"Office Hours" may be too strong a term for this, but I would love to have such a conversation with you, if you so desire. Just give me a shout here on Tumblr, or on Twitter, or via this form. Or just look for a bald guy wearing the green button you see above and tap me on the shoulder. I’ll be walking around the festival late afternoon Saturday and all day Sunday, and would be happy to meet up and talk. Oh, and I’ll bring some mini-comics in case you want to swap, too. Sound good? Good!

See you there?

(via kickstarter)

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2014 Ignatz Awards Submissions Are Open!
Tis the time to submit your comics for consideration in Small Press Expo’s festival prize, the Ignatz Award. Submissions are open to all independent comics creators and publishers. 
Note: You do not need to be an SPX 2014 exhibitor to submit, nor do you need to attend Small Press Expo to win.


Fame, fortune, glory and drink tickets galore await you!


Ignatz nominees are selected by a super-secret jury of creators (a new group each year) and voted on by attendees and exhibitors of Small Press Expo 2014.  

As a part of the SPX Permanent Collection at the Library of Congress, all Ignatz nominees will automatically be sent to the LOC for permanent preservation.
Previous Ignatz winners include Kate Beaton, Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt, Jaime Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga, Jillian Tamaki and Craig Thompson to name just a few!The Ignatz Categories

All work will be eligible in all applicable categories, which include:
Outstanding Artist
Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Outstanding Graphic Novel
Outstanding Story
Promising New Talent
Outstanding Series
Outstanding Comic
Outstanding Minicomic
Outstanding Online Comic
Dat Rat

Speaking of “Promising New Talent,” starting in 2012 we began asking the winner of this particular award to create their own version of George Herriman’s brick-throwing rat (thank you Daryl Ayo and Lale Westvind!).

Last years’ well-deserved winner, Sam Alden produced the wonderful illustration above for our use in 2014.

The Ignatz Submission ProcessIn order to be considered for an Ignatz nomination, six copies of a work published between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 should be sent to:SPX Ignatz Awardsc/o Big Planet Comics4849 Cordell Ave.Bethesda, MD 20814
USA** Please note this is a different address from last year. ** Links to comics eligible for the Outstanding Online Comic category should be emailed to spxignatz@gmail.com.  

All submissions must be received by June 7, 2014.

Full guidelines are available at http://www.spxpo.com/ignatz-guidelines.
All questions should be sent to the Ignatz Award coordinator, Eden Miller, at spxignatz@gmail.com.





IT IS TIME. Get ON it comics folks!

spx:

2014 Ignatz Awards Submissions Are Open!

Tis the time to submit your comics for consideration in Small Press Expo’s festival prize, the Ignatz Award. Submissions are open to all independent comics creators and publishers. 

Note: You do not need to be an SPX 2014 exhibitor to submit, nor do you need to attend Small Press Expo to win.
Fame, fortune, glory and drink tickets galore await you!
Ignatz nominees are selected by a super-secret jury of creators (a new group each year) and voted on by attendees and exhibitors of Small Press Expo 2014.  
As a part of the SPX Permanent Collection at the Library of Congress, all Ignatz nominees will automatically be sent to the LOC for permanent preservation.

Previous Ignatz winners include Kate Beaton, Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt, Jaime Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga, Jillian Tamaki and Craig Thompson to name just a few!

The Ignatz Categories
All work will be eligible in all applicable categories, which include:
  • Outstanding Artist
  • Outstanding Anthology or Collection
  • Outstanding Graphic Novel
  • Outstanding Story
  • Promising New Talent
  • Outstanding Series
  • Outstanding Comic
  • Outstanding Minicomic
  • Outstanding Online Comic
Dat Rat
Speaking of “Promising New Talent,” starting in 2012 we began asking the winner of this particular award to create their own version of George Herriman’s brick-throwing rat (thank you Daryl Ayo and Lale Westvind!).
Last years’ well-deserved winner, Sam Alden produced the wonderful illustration above for our use in 2014.
The Ignatz Submission Process

In order to be considered for an Ignatz nomination, six copies of a work published between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 should be sent to:

SPX Ignatz Awards
c/o Big Planet Comics
4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
USA

** Please note this is a different address from last year. ** 

Links to comics eligible for the Outstanding Online Comic category should be emailed to spxignatz@gmail.com.  
All submissions must be received by June 7, 2014.
Full guidelines are available at http://www.spxpo.com/ignatz-guidelines.

All questions should be sent to the Ignatz Award coordinator, Eden Miller, at spxignatz@gmail.com.

IT IS TIME. Get ON it comics folks!

SPX and Sex Positivism: Where Did I Put My Fifth Wave

by David Anderson 

What’s the one thing feminists and Christian extremists have in common? They both hate porn.

Bad jokes aside, that pretty much summed up my own view on the issue of pornography for the longest time, at least until I started actually learning more about feminism. Then I found out that feminism didn’t necessarily hate porn, it just tended to hate porn that defined women along certain parameters. People tend to like sex, but yeah, for the longest time American sex culture told men to do what feels good and told women to do what doesn’t hurt. Now that those premises are thawing away we’re starting to see a more even distribution between men and women, straights and gays indulging in sexual media. I mean, it’s still going to be a while before we can say we have no issues with it, but I think we can be pretty comfortable thinking that sex media will be less male-centric and more egalitarian as time goes on.

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Satan’s Soldier #1 - 3

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by Patrick Smith (patrickhasabeard)

Satan’s Soldier might be the craziest thing I’ve ever read.

And given that I’m familiar with Tom Scioli’s previous work that is saying something.

Satan’s Soldier is basically Scioli’s deconstruction/exploitation of Superman, or at least Superman if he had no morals whatsoever.

And its great.

So great that I can’t seem to form paragraphs to explain how great it is.

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