Friday, June 29, 2018

PR: Small Press Expo Announces Rebecca Sugar Leading Our Third Group of Special Guests



For Immediate Release

Contact: Eden Miller

 
Small Press Expo Announces Rebecca Sugar Leading Our Third Group of Special Guests:

Rebecca Sugar, Kat Fajardo, Ben Passmore, Jason Lutes, Benji Nate, Carolyn Nowak, Carol Tyler, and Nate Powell for SPX 2018!
 
Bethesda, Maryland - June 28, 2018
 
Media Release - Small Press Expo proudly announces more Special Guests for SPX 2018. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics. Additional Special Guests will be announced shortly.
 
SPX 2018 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year's show:
Rebecca Sugar
Rebecca Sugar is the creator of Cartoon Network's Emmy-nominated series Steven Universe, an animated coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the "little brother" to a team of magical guardians of humanity—the Crystal Gems.

After graduating from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with a BFA in Animation, Sugar joined Adventure Time in 2009. During her time on the iconic series as a storyboard artist and writer, Sugar garnered both Emmy nominations and an Annie Award win, as well a deep fan base following the many songs she wrote for the show.

Sugar was recently included in Variety's Hollywood's New Leaders 2016: The Creatives list, where she was recognized alongside other notable artists such as Damien Chazelle, Jerrod Carmichael and Donald Glover. A children's book adaptation of the Emmy-nominated Steven Universe episode "The Answer" also written by Sugar was released on Sept. 6., 2016 where it became a New York Times bestseller.
Kat Fajardo
Kat Fajardo is an award-winning comic artist and illustrator born & raised in NYC. She is best known for her playful and colorful auto-biographical work about self acceptance and Latinx culture. She's recently illustrated the cover for Celia C. PĂ©rez's The First Rule of Punk (Penguin Random House) and was featured in several anthologies. Hoping to boost Latinx narrative in comics, she's also edited La Raza Anthology and created the grant-winning series Bandida! You can check out her artwork on this year's SPX program cover or at her website.
Ben Passmore
Ben Passmore lives in Philly. His comics are about crime, monsters, anarchism, sexual dysfunction, police brutality, art theory, and his feels. Creator of DAYGLOAYHOLE, Goodbye, and Your Black Friend, and contributer at the Nib.

In DAYGLOAYHOLE 2 Ben is a cockroach that even is guts can't love. Social and political commentary mixed with punk nonsense and gore drawn in vibrant florescent colors.
Jason Lutes
Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and grew up reading American superhero and Western comics. In the late 1970s he discovered Heavy Metal magazine and the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, both of which proved major influences on his creative development. Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, and in 1993 he began drawing a weekly comics page called Jar of Fools for Seattle's The Stranger. Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium, created over the past two decades by Jason Lutes. Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens, zeroing in on the street level to demonstrate the slow rise of fascism and extremism.
Benji Nate
Benji Nate is a Puerto Rico born cartoonist and high school drop out living in the States. Her works include Catboy, Lorna, Ghoulfriend, and other things. 

Her most recent venture is co-editing North America's greatest, best selling, and most popular comics periodical, Good Boy! Magazine which is debuting at this year's SPX
Carolyn Nowak
Carolyn Nowak graduated from the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design in 2011. She lives in Ann Arbor.

In addition to her acclaimed mini-comics, Nowak has drawn twelve issues of Lumberjanes and is preparing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer middle-grade book, New School Nightmare.

At SPX 2018, Nowak and Top Shelf Productions compile the Ignatz-winning "Radishes" and "Diana's Electric Tongue," along with several other stories old and new, in her full-color debut collection, Girl Town.
Carol Tyler
Carol Tyler emerged as a distinctive voice from the underground comics scene of the 1980s, with work featured in Weirdo, Wimmen's Comix, and Twisted Sisters. Her long form works include the autobiographical Late Bloomer (2005) and Soldier's Heart (2012), and her books have been nominated for various awards, including multiple Ignatz Awards, an Eisner Award, and the LA Times Book Prize. Tyler received the 2016 Cartoonist Studio Prize from the Slate Book Review. Her most recent book, Fab4 Mania, chronicles her teenaged obsession with The Beatles in a facsimile of her 1965 journal.
Nate Powell
Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000.

His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Year of the Beasts, and Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award.

His work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, two Harvey Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, the Walter Dean Myers Award, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Powell's newest book is the demon-haunted Arkansas fairytale Come Again (Top Shelf Productions, 2018).

Photo by Ben Rains
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 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 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. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

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. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.smallpressexpo.com.
Small Press Expo
P.O. Box 5704
Bethesda, Maryland
20824
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City Paper reviews AU's Steadman exhibit

The American University Museum Looks Back At the Weird, Wild World of Ralph Steadman[in print as Spotified]

Washington City Paper June 29, 2018 , p. 24
online at https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/museums-galleries/article/21011563/ralph-steadman-a-retrospective-at-the-american-university-museum-reviewed

Tonight! Lucy Bellwood in DC

100 DEMON DIALOGUES, Lucy Bellwood

https://www.eastcitybookshop.com/event/100-demon-dialogues-lucy-bellwood-0

Event date: 
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address:

Store Hours

Mon - Sat  10a - 8p

Sun  11a - 6p

 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Washington, DC  20003

tel  202.290.1636

 

Join East City Bookshop and Lucy Bellwood, author of 100 Demon Dialogues, for a book talk and signing. 

Let us know you're coming on Facebook or at rsvp@eastcitybookshop.com


100 Demon Dialogues, a collection of comics, traces Bellwood's changing relationship with her Inner Critic over the course of 100 consecutive days. After connecting with thousands of readers online, she's taking the book on the road to hear your stories of living with imposter syndrome. If you've ever felt like you're a fake or a failure, this collection is guaranteed to make you feel less alone.


Lucy Bellwood is a professional Adventure Cartoonist based in Portland, OR. As an outspoken advocate for transparency in creative careers, Lucy has presented on subjects like following an independent path, the finances of freelancing, and working with imposter syndrome at events and institutions around the globe. Her latest collection takes a hilarious, humanizing look at what it's really like to persevere when our Inner Critics are trying to take the wheel. She is a member of Helioscope, the largest collective of freelance comics professionals in North America, where she spearheads the studio's Mentorship Program.

Rob Rogers' cartoons to be displayed near White House says Comic Riffs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's spiked anti-Trump cartoons will get a D.C. museum exhibit


Washington Post Comic Riffs blog June 29 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/06/29/pittsburgh-post-gazettes-spiked-anti-trump-cartoons-will-get-a-d-c-museum-exhibit/

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Flugennock's Latest'n'Greatest: "Wine Stasi"

Mike Flugennock, DC's anarchist cartoonist's latest:

From the People who Brought You the "Wine Moms" comes:
"Wine Stasi"
http://sinkers.org/stage/?p=2550

By now, you've all heard the tale of Permit Patty, the San Francisco woman who called the cops on an 8 year-old girl for selling bottled water in front of her home; calling the cops on black kids doing normal kid stuff seems to be a big trend among the pasty these days. It's also interesting to note that Patty is also a Hillary Girl; it figures that she's a Demanding To Talk To The Manager kinda gal.

Talk about the banality of tyranny; the American Stasi has turned out to be a bunch of middle-aged white women with mobile phones.

11x17 inch medium-res color .jpg image, 1.3mb


Cosplay in Arlington

Arts Focus: Arlington's CostumeLab Helps Superheroes Keep It Together


The Comics Journal interviews local cartoonist Shawn Martinbrough

"You Liked That? Really?": A Conversation with Shawn Martinbrough

BY Alex Dueben

New caricatures unveiled at Hay-Adams' Off the Record bar

Historic DC hotel unveils new Mueller-inspired cocktail
By Judy Kurtz -




Tuesday, June 26, 2018

PR: SPX 2018 Announces More Special Guests


For Immediate Release

Contact: Eden Miller

 
Small Press Expo Announces Our Second Group of Special Guests:

Jules Feiffer, Aminder Dhaliwal, Ngozi Ukazu, Molly Ostertag, Matthew Thurber, David Small and Dash Shaw for SPX 2018!
 
Bethesda, Maryland - June 26, 2018
 
Media Release - Small Press Expo proudly announces more Special Guests for SPX 2018. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics. Additional Special Guests will be announced shortly.
 
SPX 2018 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year's show:
Jules Feiffer
In a rare appearance, Small Press Expo is proud to host Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winning cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, children's book author and illustrator. The author of over 35 books, Feiffer comes to SPX with his newest release, The Ghost Script, the finale of the critically lauded Kill Your Mother trilogy, a tale of the Red Scare and Hollywood witch hunts.

Photo copyright Zelie Rellim
Aminder Dhaliwal
Aminder Dhaliwal is a native of Brampton, Ontario, who received a Bachelors of Animation from Sheridan College. She now lives in Los Angeles, where she is the Director at Disney TV Animation. Previously, she worked as a Storyboard Director at Cartoon Network and Storyboard Director on the Nickelodeon show Sanjay and Craig. She has serialized Woman World biweekly on instagram since March 2017 and has garnered 150,000 followers. Woman World was nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Online Comic.
Ngozi Ukazu
Ngozi Ukazu graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in computing and the arts and went on to receive a master's in sequential art and comics. During her senior year at Yale, she first became interested in ice hockey while researching and writing a screenplay about the sport. She used her newfound knowledge of hockey to launch Check, Please! in 2013, and it later went on to be the most funded webcomics Kickstarter of all time. checkpleasecomic.com.
Molly Ostertag
Molly Ostertag is the author and artist of The Witch Boy and its upcoming sequel, The Hidden Witch, as well as the artist behind the long running webcomic Strong Female Protagonist and the graphic novels Shattered Warrior and The Witch Boy. She lives in Los Angeles with her girlfriend and various cats, where she also works in animation as a writer and designer. Her comics use fantasy to explore themes of social justice, identity, and empathy.
Matthew Thurber
Matthew Thurber is an artist and musician living in Brooklyn. He is the author of the graphic novels Art Comic (2018), 1-800-MICE (2011), and Infomaniacs (2013). Thurber was the recipient of a NYFA fellowship in fiction in 2010 for 1-800-MICE. He has performed its Anti-Matter Cabaret since 2003 at venues such as Issue Project Room, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Fumetto Festival in Switzerland. His full-length play Mining the Moon was produced at the Brick Theater in July 2014. His artwork has been shown in galleries such as Southfirst and Knowmoregames in New York and Weird Things in Toronto.
David Small
David Small, author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Stitches, is the recipient of the Caldecott Medal, the Christopher Medal, and the E. B. White Award. He and his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart, live in Michigan. SPX proudly welcomes him with his new book, Home After Dark, a dark tale of adolescence set in the 1950's California.

Photo copyright Gordon Trice
Dash Shaw
Dash Shaw is the creator of many graphic novels, such as Doctors, Bottomless Belly Button and New School, all from Fantagraphics. He wrote and directed the animated feature "My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea" which premiered in the 2016 New York Film Festival main slate and at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 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. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

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. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.smallpressexpo.com.
Small Press Expo
P.O. Box 5704
Bethesda, Maryland
20824
STAY CONNECTED