Monday, September 18, 2017

SPX: The Bruce Guthrie photos

Sept 22: Kazu Kibuishi at Baltimore Comic Con

Kazu is a really sweet guy and a great talent. This should be really worth stopping in for.

Amulet Creator Kazu Kibuishi Comes to BCC as part of Kids Love Comics

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 18, 2017 - Returning to the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place this weekend, September 22-24, 2017Online ticket sales are available through Thursday, September 21.

Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novel series and the cover artist for the anniversary edition of Harry Potter, comes to Baltimore Comic-Con as part of Kids Love Comics.

New York Times bestseller Kazu Kibuishi's magical graphic novels have taken the book world by storm, and now that magic is coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24! Mr. Kibuishi will be on hand all weekend (Booth #3013 in the Kids Love Comics Area) to meet his fans, sign his books, and share his process in creating graphic novels. Copies of Mr. Kibuishi's books will be available for purchase if anyone forgets to bring a copy to have signed!

Ask any class of kids across America about the graphic novel series Amulet, and you will probably hear an excited description of adventure, kid heroes, and amazing creatures, all said with a big smile. Featuring magic, elves, robots, demons, and anthropomorphic animals, Amulet has become a bright light for reluctant readers and excited book lovers alike.

Kibuishi will be giving FREE talks on his process of creating comics on Saturday at the Baltimore Comic-Con, as part of the perennial convention's Kids Love Comics educational and entertainment initiative.

"Baltimore Comic-Con is not only a wonderful comic convention," said John Gallagher, Kids Love Comic Executive Director, "it's an incredible, family-friendly event. Kazu's inclusion at the show is a natural progression of BCC's dedication to inspiring young people to read and enjoy the magic of comics."

Mr. Kibuishi's programming (just a part of the weekend-long kids programming and classes) at the show is as follows:


Kids Love Comics Area

1:00-2:00 - Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!


Room 345-346

2:45-3:45 - Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes

Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!



Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 - Writing for Young Readers

How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu Kibuishi, Barry Lyga, Andy Runton, Hope Larson, Louise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.

Limited copies of Kazu Kibuishi's books will be on hand for purchase, courtesy of Captain Bluehen Comics, Newark, DE and Kids Love Comics (


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Sept 21: "Rendez-Vous avec Pénélope Bagieu" - Renowned French graphic novelist in DC

Date and Time


Alliance Française de Washington DC

2142 Wyoming Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20008


French author Pénélope Bagieu will discusses her work at the Alliance Française de Washington!

About the author:

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982, to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. She blogs, drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. Her books with First Second include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin'.

About the moderator:

Michael Cavna is an American columnist and cartoonist for The Washington Post. His favorite interviews have included Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, Sylvain Chomet, Tim Burton, Bill Watterson and Garry Trudeau.

This event will be in English

The book will be available for purchase the evening of the event.

AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees
General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees

An SPX interview with TJ Kirsch

by Mike Rhode

T.J. Kirsch was tabling at SPX for his new book,  Pride Of The Decent Man, which is getting some very nice reviews. I had actually made an appointment to interview French NBM cartoonist Anais Depommier  (which will appear later this week after I transcribe it), but Mr. Kirsch kindly agreed to do an interview by mail.

What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

I'm a writer and illustrator of comics, webcomics, and graphic novels - or any combination of those three. I've illustrated comics for Oni Press, Archie, Image, NBM and others.

How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

For all of my recent books I've drawn and colored digitally using a Wacom tablet.

When (within a decade is fine) and where were you born?

I was born in 1981 in Albany, NY.

What is your training and/or education in cartooning?

I completed a year of art school at Savannah College Of Art And Design, and then finished my training at The Kubert School, graduating in 2005. 

Who are your influences?

My big ones are Dan Clowes, Chester Brown, and Gilbert Hernandez.

If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?

I wish I would've had more confidence to start writing my own projects earlier. But along the way I've worked with many very talented writers and learned so much from each of them.

What work are you best-known for?

I co-created and illustrated a webcomic-turned-graphic novel called She Died In Terrebonne, written by Kevin Church. It's been highly acclaimed by critics and often cited as one of the best Noir comics ever published.

What work are you most proud of?

The comics I'm most proud of are all the minicomics that were eventually collected in Teej Comix, and the new book, Pride Of The Decent Man. I made them all in a similar process, using loose outlines and giving myself some room to change things on the page as I went along. Some things work better as comics if you stay flexible with the final product rather than sticking with a set script.

How did your new book end up with NBM?

Terry Nantier, the founder and publisher of NBM Graphic Novels, saw something he liked in my initial proposal submission, and made me an offer quite early in the process. I thought it was a good fit for their catalog, and seeing it finished and in book form, I feel that even more. There's a sensibility to all their books of trying to elevate the art form of comics, while also bringing in a general crossover audience. I like graphic novels I can hand to any random book or art lover on the street, and have them get something out of it - and maybe seek out other comics after that. I think many of the NBM graphic novels have that quality.

What would you like to do  or work on in the future?

I'd like to do more original graphic novels as well as shorter comics. Right now I'm in the very early stages of a nonfiction graphic novel project.

What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?

As an artist, my recent solution to getting out of a rut is to redraw very old work of mine. It's great for self confidence, in that you see your improvement since the earlier version of the piece. 

As far as writer's block - I haven't been in this situation much yet, having worked with writers more than not - but I try to take breaks and let ideas come to me when I'm relaxed and daydreaming.

What do you think will be the future of your field?

Hopefully it will be more innovative comics being made, and respect for the work by the general public, but who knows? 

How was your SPX experience?

SPX was great, as always. It's a very inspiring atmosphere. I've been coming since 2008 and it's been my favorite show ever since - no contest. I've met several of my cartooning heroes, and made some great friends I see every time I come back. 

When you've been at SPX previously, have you been selling self-published books?

 My first time exhibiting I was with Oni Press, debuting a comic called Uncle Slam Fights Back. Most other times I shared space with Jonathan Baylis, who writes an autobiographical comic series called So Buttons. It's in the same vein as Harvey Pekar's work - only a bit more upbeat. I've been contributing art to that series since the first issue ten years ago. But yes, sometimes I'll be showcasing self published minis, or other work I'd done for Oni Press and others. 

Is the experience different when at a table of a mid-level publisher?

It's always easier, and far less stressful, when you can just show up and start signing books, rather than worrying about shipping your own or coordinating everything that goes along with exhibiting.

If you've been coming since 2008, any thoughts about how it's grown and changed?

I can say it's grown every year I've gone. More lines out the door for star cartoonists, more congestion in the aisle, but also the exhibitors all make amazing work and that never changes.

What's your favorite thing about DC?

My favorite things about DC are the closeness to SPX ( of course ), the fast, efficient and clean Metro system, and the fact that I have family there.

Least favorite?

It gets wayyyyy too hot in the summer! Maybe I just need to visit closer to the colder months.

What monument or museum do you like?

I like them all, but the Lincoln Memorial is one I always need to see. The Holocaust Museum is something everyone needs to see.

How about a favorite local restaurant?

There's a small place in Bethesda called the Lilit Cafe that has the most amazing gluten free crabcakes. I didn't have enough time this year to go since I was only around for a day, but that always a necessary stop. There's also Ella's Wood-Fired Pizza across from the National Portrait Gallery that has great gluten free pizza. I've got Celiac disease so these stand out for me.

Do you have a website or blog?

You can find out more about me and my work at - and you'll find links to all my various social media, info about my books and more.

Memories Through Lunch and Art: Dad decorates daughter’s lunch bags

Memories Through Lunch and Art: Dad decorates daughter's lunch bags

Maureen Umeh

Fox5's Good Day DC Sep 18, 2017

Arlington cartoonist Mike Jenkins has made lasting memories with his daughter -- one lunch bag at a time.

SPX's Ignatz Award winners

Emil Ferris's graphic novel 'Monsters' tops diverse slate of 2017 Ignatz Award winners

By Michael Cavna

Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 18 2017

Sept 29: Animezing!: Kimba the White Lion

Join us for a FREE classic anime film at the JICC!
Join us for a FREE classic anime film at the JICC!
Kimba the White Lion
Journey Through Anime: Celebrating 100 Years
2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of Japanese animation. In celebration, the JICC is presenting a retrospective of animated films!
Don't miss this rare film based on the popular series by legendary artist and "God of Comics," Osamu Tezuka!
Caesar, a white lion, is king of the jungle. His dream is to bring peace among the animals of his kingdom. Unfortunately, his reign is cut short and his consort, Snowene, is captured and sent to be sold off overseas. While on board, she gives birth to a single white cub, Kimba.
Kimba manages to escape from the ship and returns to the jungle in order to fulfill his father's dream. Although his arrival brings joy to the jungle's inhabitants, not all share Kimba's vision of a peaceful and harmonious existence. Now, young Kimba must prove himself worthy of being King of the Jungle!
In Japanese with English subtitles | Not rated | 1966 | 75 min | Adventure | Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto
Registration is required.
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Friday, September 29th, 2017
from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Lost Art Books sale at SPX and a new Richard Thompson book too

Joe Procopio, aka my new publisher, has a sale of his backstock coming up at the Small Press Expo, all of which are worth having (I do).

Here's a map of where he'll be at SPX.

Local cartoonist Gordon Harriss' new book

September 14, 2017 

"Mistaken Identity" available now!

Copies of Gordon's 90 page, full-color graphic novel for kids - with 10 brand new pages of art - are available here.

Danielle Corsetto at SPX

Danielle has a Kickstarter coming for the complete Girls with Slingshots. In the meantime, "OH!! And I'll also be at SPX this weekend, geez!! Obviously these books have been overwhelming everything else in my life. Come find me at the back wall, W29, between Jess Fink and TopatoCo!"

Charles Brownstein speaking about censorship

At the Library of Congress right now.

Today: The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Comics & The Power of Intellectual Freedom.

Sixth Annual SPX Lecture at the Library of Congress: The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Comics & The Power of Intellectual Freedom.

For Immediate Release Contact: Warren Bernard
Bethesda, Maryland; September 11, 2017
Media Release ­—  This year's annual Small Press Expo Lecture is The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Comics & The Power of Intellectual Freedom.

Where: Library of Congress Madison Building
             West Dining Room, 6th floor
Metro Stop: Capitol South
When: Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 noon-1:00 PM

A trend that began in the 1940s continues today—challenges to comic books! Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the non-profit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will share the history of comic book censorship from the medium's origins to the present day.

Participants will learn about the history of comic book censorship, and how that history still informs challenges to graphic novels happening right now. Learn what CBLDF does to protect this valuable medium, discover some of the most frequently challenged comics and graphic novels, and what you can do to make a difference.

Emerge from this session with a new or renewed passion for comics, graphic novels, and manga and as a strong advocate for protecting this form of free speech!

A selection of comic books from the Serial and Government Publications Division will be on display.

This is the sixth annual SPX festival program sponsored by the Serial & Government Publications Division.

Another Otakon voice actor interview

Sept 30: Jamie Noguchi at Fantom Comics

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    Saturday, September 30 at 2 PM - 4 PM

  • Fantom Comics
    2010 P Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

This Student Brings Lunch to School in Works of Art

This Student Brings Lunch to School in Works of Art

Kristen Dahlgren

NBC Nightly News Sep 14 2017

Every day, Maggie Jenkins' turkey sandwiches come wrapped in a hand made, one of a kind work of art courtesy of her dad Mike, a political cartoonist turned caricature artist.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

NBM signings at SPX

Small Press Expo (SPX)/Booth G1-2
Bethesda, Maryland /
September 16-17
Appearing Saturday Only:
Special Guest: Anais Depommier (Sartre)
Guests: T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man), Kata Kane (
Ana & The Cosmic Race, Papercutz)

Panel:  Filling In The Pieces: Comics Biography
White Flint Auditorium 9/16 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
When doing a comics biography, how do cartoonists approach the material they have at hand? For Box Brown, who did a biography of Andre the Giant, he struggled to find material that might reveal the wrestler's inner life. Anais Depommier had to sift through a mountain of material for her biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, a task made all the more difficult considering how much the philosopher wrote about himself. Luke Howard had to deal with a historically and racially sensitive topic in ragtime creator Ernest Hogan. Moderator Chris Mautner will lead the discussion. Anais Depommier appears courtesy of a grant by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Signing Schedule

Saturday (Booth G-1-2)

11:30- 12:30: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)

1:00-2:30: T.J. Kirsch (Saturday Only)

2:30-4: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)
4-5:30: T.J. Kirsch (Saturday Only)

5:00-6:00: Kata Kane

6:00-6:30: Anais Depommier  (Saturday Only)

Sunday (Booth G-1-2)

1-2: Kata Kane

1-2: Kata Kane

SPX's expanded programming schedule

Local creators are Liz Reed, Ann Telnaes and Matt Wuerker.

September 16, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

1001 Knights Roundtable: An Artist Discussion About Work And People Positivity

Artists from the 1001 Knights anthology join curators Annie Stoll & Kevin Jay Stanton to discuss their work and process in relation to the journey of the 1001 Knights books.  This is a safe, creative, and positive space where artists Shannon Wright, Zack Clemente, Alice Meichi Li, Barbara Perez Marquez & Deandra Tan as well More Info »
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics Workbook Hangout with Juan Fernandez

Join the Comics Workbook team for an hour of comics-crafting. Learn about color and line, explore the rhythm of the grid, and take your comics-making game to a new level. Simple exercises will push you in mind-bending directions. Juan Fernandez organizes the Pittsburgh Comics Salon, teaches and writes for Comics Workbook and facilitate the CreatorsMakersTeachers network in More Info »
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm White Oak Room

Gilbert Hernandez & Jim Rugg in Conversation

With Love & Rockets, legendary cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez helped create one of the most lauded comic series of all time. Pittsburgh cartoonist Jim Rugg has built a loyal fanbase with Street Angel, a beloved indie comic about a sword-wielding skateboarder and her heroic adventures. Join these two celebrated cartoonists as they discuss craft and practice, More Info »
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Architecture Of A Page

Architecture of a Page is a panel that's all about LAYOUTS! Moderator J. A. Micheline chats with four cartoonists–Tillie Walden, Sloane Leong, Iasmin Omar Ata, and Chris Kindred–to discuss their thought processes when it comes to page layouts, how structure can contribute to emotional content, and their major influences/go-to inspirations when constructing a page.  
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Clay Sculpture Characters with Liz Reed

Make miniature clay sundae characters with Sweet Competition author/sculptor Liz Reed, who with her husband Jimmy are the creators behind Cuddles and Rage. Learn different techniques on how to apply realistic texture to your sundae and how to create facial expressions that will bring your delicious creation to life. For kids of all ages.
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm White Oak Room

Kick-Ass Annie-versary: Koyama Press Turns Ten

Annie Koyama has championed the work of emerging cartoonists for 10 years. As a leading publisher of underground comix, her roster features the work of many of today's top names in the indie comics scene, including Michael DeForge, Aidan Koch, Alex Schubert, Daryl Seitchik, and many more. Join KP artists Patrick Kyle, Eleanor Davis, Dustin More Info »
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Barometer Of The Free Press

Tom Spurgeon moderates political cartoonists Ann Telnaes, Matt Wuerker, Keith Knight and Ben Passmore as they expand on Telnaes' keynote speech in Ottawa. They will explore the role and responsibility of being a political cartoonist in a time when the freedom of the press is under attack.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm White Oak Room

Fukushima Devil Fish: Susumu Katsumata's Anti-Nuclear Manga

Critiques of nuclear energy in Japanese manga did not begin with the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns in 2011. One of the regulars of the legendary alternative manga monthly Garo in the magazine's heyday of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Susumu Katsumata (1943-2007) has the curious distinction of having risen within the world of political cartooning More Info »
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Genderfluidity, Technology and Futurism

Moderator L.Nichols will explore the recent movement in comics toward exploring genderfluidity within a science-fiction context, with an emphasis on technology and utopian ideals. Panelists Jeremy Sorese (Curveball), Carta Monir (Secure Connect), Kevin Czap (Fütchi Perf) and Rio Aubry Taylor (Jetty) will each discuss how their own work fits into this bold new vision of More Info »
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm White Oak Room

Emil Ferris: My Favorite Thing is Monsters

SPX is proud to feature cartoonist Emil Ferris in a rare east coast appearance. Her book, My Favorite Thing is Monsters from Fantagraphics, has garnered a lot of positive attention in the comics community and beyond. Legendary comics creator Art Spiegelman even dubbed her "one of the most important cartoonists of our time." Washington Post More Info »
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics with Gilbert Hernandez – moderated by Frank Santoro

Sit at the feet of a master – glean some comics-making tips from one of the founding fathers of the alternative comics scene. Whether Gilbert talks about Love & Rockets, or the early days of punk rock, you won't want to miss this amazing opportunity. All ages.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Shock Humor, Farce and Satire

In a world that seems increasingly difficult to satirize, come see how cartoonists Tommi Musturi (Simply Samuel), Aaron Lange (Trim), Sabin Cauldron (Maleficium), and Katie Fricas (The New Yorker) use different comedic tools to address the absurd, the awful and the just plain ridiculous. Moderator Heidi MacDonald will assist in keeping track of each artist's More Info »
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm White Oak Room

World Building From Reality

Compelling environments, idiosyncratic details, atmospheric flourishes… The ability to build worlds is often discussed with genre/fantasy stories, but what role does it play for adult comics grounded in reality?  Ethan Rilly (Pope Hats), Noah Van Sciver (Fante Bukowski), Gabrielle Bell (Everything is Flammable), and Chris Kim (Herman by Trade) discuss their personal approaches to building More Info »
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics with Connor Willumsen

 One of the rising stars of the comics scene, Connor Willumsen, will lead exercises in comics-making. As someone who walks the line between alternative and mainstream comics, with work published by Koyama, and Breakdown Press, as well as Marvel and DC, Connor brings loads of talent to the table and he's eager to share. All More Info »
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Filling In The Pieces: Comics Biography

When doing a comics biography, how do cartoonists approach the material they have at hand? For Box Brown, who did a biography of Andre the Giant, he struggled to find material that might reveal the wrestler's inner life. Anais Depommier had to sift through a mountain of material for her biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, a More Info »
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm White Oak Room

Science Fiction and Marginalization

Science fiction is a realm of exploration and for marginalized voices, a place to imagine and redefine futures where basic power structures are deconstructed and societies are decolonized. Moderator Sloane Leong will lead a discussion with cartoonists Alexis Zirrit (Space Riders), Albert Monteys (Universe!), Alex Alice (Le Troisieme Testament) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) who More Info »
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Trump Presidential Library

Celebrants and detractors alike are chewing on the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. Shannon Wheeler and Robert Sikoryak will help you swallow. In their books Sh*t My President Says from Top Shel and The Unquotable Trump from Drawn & Quarterly (respectively), these two cartoonists illustrate Trump's words for comedic effect and insight. There will be More Info »
September 17, 2017

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm White Flint Auditorium

Balancing World-Building and Character In Kids' Comics

Laura Terry (Graveyard Shakes), Ben Sears (Volcano Trash), Janet Lee (Return Of the Dapper Men) & Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles) all create elaborate worlds for their  colorful characters to dwell in. They will join moderator Isaac Cates to discuss how to balance the immersive quality of world-building with the development of character and story, particularly as More Info »
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm White Oak Room

Spinning With Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden, in her short cartooning career, has created some stunning, critically acclaimed stories. On a Sunbeam, her unconventional science fiction webcomic, was recently nominated for an Eisner for Best Digital Comic. Tillie's newest project, Spinning from First Second, focuses on her decade spent in competitive figure skating. This emotional graphic memoir, along with her More Info »
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics with Alexis Ziritt

No one can draw Space Rider like Alexis Ziritt – come see how he does it and pick his brain about using color and line in his unique way. Alexis Ziritt is originally from Venezuela but has lived in Florida for the past decade. He's been published in Complex Magazine, Heavy Metal, BOOM! Studios and Dark Horse More Info »
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm White Flint Auditorium

The Serious Business of Humorous Memoir

Panelists Keith Knight (K Chronicles), November Garcia (Foggy Notions), Glynnis Fawkes (Reign Of Crumbs), and Jennifer Hayden (The Story Of My Tits) will explain to moderator Marc Sobel how their focus on the funnier side of their lives doesn't stop them from discussing serious issues as well. Indeed for some of these cartoonists, humor is More Info »
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm White Oak Room

Eleanor Davis & Jillian Tamaki In Conversation

Jillian Tamaki (Boundless) and Eleanor Davis (You And A Bike And The Road) are two of our generation's greatest cartoonists. Both create beautiful imagery while telling incredibly poignant stories which are thoughtful and evocative. Join moderator Jim Rugg (Street Angel) for an in-depth talk about their storytelling approach, inspiration, and process.      
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics Workbook Hangout w/Sally Ingraham and Audra Stang

Take a crash course in comics making – for kids big and small. We will bring the grids, the markers, the know-how – you bring your personal spark. Discover the comics-maker within you and let them out! Sally Ingraham is a cartoonist, educator, and journalist in Pittsburgh, and Audra Stang is a cartoonist currently located in More Info »
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm White Flint Auditorium

Troubled Teenagers and Modern Times

Panelists Mardou(Sky In Stereo), Charles Forsman (The End Of The Fucking World, This is Not Okay), Sean Knickerbocker (Killbuck), Melissa Mendes (Lou, The Weight) and Nate Powell (Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole), led by moderator Craig Fischer, will discuss how they are able to realistically and empathetically create vivid teenage characters who are struggling with More Info »
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm White Oak Room

Reading Without Walls

Gene Luen Yang has distinguished himself as a prominent voice in youth-friendly literature through his books American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints. He continues to inspire young readers by championing diversity as the recently appointed National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Join us for a very special conversation with Gene as we spotlight Reading More Info »
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics Workbook Free Draw

You never know who you might bump into at this Comics Workbook hangout session. Everyone needs a place to chill out as the show starts to wind down – we might be working on comics when your favorite pros show up to hang out towards the end of the day! Come one and all.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm White Flint Auditorium

Good Minnesotans and Mirror Mirrors: Ten Years of 2dcloud

Join moderator Jared Gardner, publisher Raighne Hogan and an array of 2dcloud artists as they celebrate and recount the history of this cutting-edge indy publisher and look toward its future. Panelists Xia Gordon (Kindling), Margot Ferrick (Yours), Fifi Martinez (Deep Affection), and Laura Lannes (Mirror Mirror II) will all be debuting new comics at SPX. More Info »
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm White Oak Room

Koyama & DeForge: Lose, Everyone Wins

For nearly a decade, Annie Koyama (Koyama Press) and Michael DeForge (Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero) have been wowing readers with their strange and darkly humorous, ongoing anthology series, Lose. Join us for a special conversation with a celebrated, master cartoonist and an award-winning publisher as we take an insightful look at one of small press More Info »
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics with Sacha Mardou

Sacha Mardou will talk about scripting and planning processes for longform graphic novels, and will give a reading from her new graphic novel, Strange Kind of Love. Dig into process and research techniques. All ages.
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm White Flint Auditorium

Mental Illness, Motherhood and Memoir

A new trend in memoir comics is an exploration of motherhood and the ways in which mental illness and societal forces have a profound effect on the experience. Keiler Roberts (Sunburning), Luke Howard (Our Mother), Tyler Cohen (Primahood: Magenta) and Summer Pierre (Paper Pencil Life) will provide their perspectives on the topic, both from the More Info »