Sunday, September 11, 2011

Intervention con interview at Comics are Great podcast

Comics Are Great! 26 – Gathering Your Community
 by Jerzy Drozd 
September 8, 2011

Mark Burrier interviewed

Mark Burrier - Cartoonist Survey #239
David Paccia
David-Wasting-Paper blog
September 6, 2011

You'll see this subject line again soon, because David beat me into (print?) press with an interview with the Frederick, MD artist.  I've got one that should be up on the City Paper site soon - Burrier and Mike Imboden got bumped by the slew of SPX interviews. 

Comic Riffs interviews Yoe on Herriman

SPX 2011: Author CRAIG YOE hatches celebration of Herriman with dazzling new 'Krazy Kat'
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 11 2011

SPX day one impressions

But first - an ad. I'll be speaking to Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes at 2:30. Stop in and hear us and interrupt with questions.

Wow, SPX was the busiest I've ever seen. Wear light clothing, because it got hot in the exhibit floor.

Prints I liked and bought - Jason Little's Bee poster, Roger Langridge's Snarked print, Brooke Allen's print at the NBM table, Sara Varon's book launch poster, Joe Gill's 2 Little Nemo parody prints, and CCCS' annual ICAF poster.

Books by friends bought - Keith Knight, Roger Langridge and Jennifer Hayden's new books. Anything that DC Conspiracy has out that's new since the last time I've seen them.

One that got away - Charles Vess art page of Jeff Smith's Rose at the CBLDF auction. Couldn't figure out how to explain that one at home.

Roger Langridge

Alexis Fajardo

Roz Chast

Chester Brown

Jennifer Hayden

Sara Varon

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Truitt on Star Wars animation

Admiral Ackbar stars in animated 'Star Wars'
By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY September 10 2011

Comic Riffs' SPX interviews and 9-11 comic strips

9/11 ART: From honor to anger, 10 cartoonists reveal feelings behind Sunday's funnies to mark anniversary
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 9 2011

9/11 ART: Spain's Ana Juan shares the inspiration behind her evocative New Yorker anniversary cover
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 10 2011

SPX 2011: Through his interviews, G.B. TRAN constructs an especially compelling 'Vietnamerica'
Winyan Soo Hoo
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 10 2011

SPX 2011: Brooklyn's JULIA WERTZ on the cartooning life — after giving up the drinking life
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 10 2011

SPX 2O11: New Yorker's great ROZ CHAST tells us what she hates
By Michael Cavna
Washington Post Comic Riffs blog September 10 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Editorial cartoonist Jim Hunt interview online

Q&A: Jim Hunt, Annapolis Cartoonist with National Reach
You've seen his work—now get to know the man behind it.
    By Donna L. Cole
Historic Annapolis Patch September 9 2011

Roger Langridge interview online for SPX

Meet an SPX Cartoonist: A Chat With Roger Langridge
by Mike Rhode on Sep. 9, 2011

A Chat With Colleen Frakes for SPX

Meet an SPX Cartoonist: A Chat With Colleen Frakes
Posted by Mike Rhode on Sep. 9, 2011

9-11 animation featured on Post blog

Sept. 11 cartoons give the tragedy back to the victims
By Melissa Bell
Washington Post's Blog Post blog (September 9 2011)\

Team Cul de Sac zine available at SPX

Craig Fischer will have copies of the TCDS fanzine for sale at SPX. You can certainly find him when he's moderating a panel for sure, or if you know Mike, buttonhole me and I'll lead you over to him.

Geppi's Entertainment Museum's 5th anniversary this month

GEM Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Scoop September 9 2011

Oct 19: Comic Strips & Culture exhibit opens at McDaniel College

Comic Strips & Culture 1895-1950
Dates: October 19, 2011 -- November 19, 2011
Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall (near Alumni Hall Theatre)
2 College Hill, Westminster, MD

The unique exhibition, designed by graduate students at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., features such classics as Krazy Kat, Blondie, Pogo and Peanuts and was inspired by Associate Professor of Communication Robert Lemieux's quest to educate the public about the cultural and historical relevance of the Sunday funnies. See original, hand-drawn panels and early newsprint pieces on loan from The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University.

Complementing the exhibition will be a speaker series featuring contemporary cartoonists

Admission to campus programs is free and open to the public. Call 410.857.2290 for gallery hours.

Noah van Sciver SPX interview online

Meet an SPX Cartoonist: A Chat With Noah Van Sciver

by Mike Rhode on Sep. 9, 2011

Lauren Weinstein's SPX feelings

Matt Dembicki passed along this amusing link to Lauren Weinstein's feelings about SPX.

PR: The CBLDF At SPX 2011!

SPX 2011 Is Here!

The 2011 Small Press Expo  kicks off on Saturday and the CBLDF will be there with an extremely limited advance premiere edition of Craig Thompson's Habibi, the launch of Sara Varon's Bake Sale, a special benefit appearance by Roz Chast, and an incredible auction featuring original art by Charles Vess, Tony Millionaire, Roger Langridge, Dean Haspiel, Jessica Abel and many more.  Read on for all the details!

Craig Thompson Launches Habibi At SPX
With 100 Copy Limited Preview Edition
Auction for Lunch with Craig & #1/100 Habibi Ends Tonight!

CBLDF is delighted to launch Craig Thompson's highly anticipated new graphic novel, Habibi, during SPX 2011. You can get one of 100 signed and numbered advance copies of this gorgeous book during the show! CBLDF is also auctioning an exclusive lunch with Thompson.  Bid on the lunch & book now - bidding ends tonight! 

SPX 11: Jeff Alexander Memorial Auction Preview

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the organizers of SPX are proud to honor the memory of Jeff Alexander by launching an annual benefit auction in his name at this year's convention. Jeff Alexander was a friend to the small press community, both as a cartoonist and an organizer of SPX and the Ignatz Awards. He passed away earlier this year.

The first annual Jeff Alexander Memorial Benefit Auction includes pieces from Jeff's collection that he donated to the CBLDF, including original art by Charles Vess & Jeff Smith, Tony Millionaire, and Roger Langridge. The auction also includes contributions from the SPX community, including Keith Knight, Raina Telgemeier, Jeffrey Brown and many more.

Below is a full listing of items that will be available in the auction, which will happen this Saturday at 4:30 at SPX.  Internet bids will be received by emailing by Saturday afternoon at 1 PM ET.

Charles Vess - Bone Prequel: Rose page signed by Charles Vess and Jeff Smith
Tony Millionaire - Billy Hazelnuts page
Hannibal King - Eyes Only
Pete Sickman Garner - Hey Mister page
Roger Langridge - The Pest in the Vest . Homage to Dr Suess
Billy Tucci - Shi: Heaven and Earth, issue 4, page 25
Jeffrey Brown - CBLDF Year In Review page
Molly Crabapple Mermaid
Chynna Clugston Flores pin-up
Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspiel - Portrait of Ames screen print 5/5
Peter Bagge - Pizza Scholar pencil drawing
Camilla D'Errico - Caverns pin-up
Bill Morrison - Simpsons & Terry Moore pin-up
Jeffrey Brown - Emerald City Comic-Con ad original art
Ray Fawkes Painting
Roger Langridge - Gump Beach
Jim Mahfood & David Mack painting
Matt Madden - Shirin & Morgan playing pinball (Odds Off study) India ink and watercolor on sketchbook paper (11" x 8 1/2")
Jessica Abel - Clay, Nate Krusher, Junko, and Azteka reading comics, from Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, Chapter 1, India ink on bristol board (~8" x 8")
Roger Langridge - Knuckles The Malevolent Nun #1 Original art
Lisa Hanawalt - Genital Kicks -- fully painted sneakers

Events at SPX to benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Roz Chast original cartoons

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, known for her single-panel cartoons, illustration work and children's books, will draw and sell original cartoons at the SPX signing table. Proceeds will be divided equally between SPX's new Graphic Novel Gift Program and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Pen and ink drawings will be $25 and watercolor drawings $50; Ms. Chast will be drawing on Saturday, 1:30-3:30PM and 5:00-6:30PM, and on Sunday from Noon-1:30PM. Additionally, books will be available for purchase at the signing table from our good friends at Politics & Prose.

Sara Varon Bake Sale Premiere!

Sara Varon will be signing at the CBLDF's table signing her new book Bake Sale on Saturday from 3 PM to 5 PM!

Sara Varon returns with an ageless tale as dreamy and evocative as her break-out hit graphic novel Robot Dreams. At once deeply metaphorical and hilariously literal, Bake Sale is a story for anyone who's ever looked for an easy answer to life's intractable difficulties. It's also a cookbook: Varon includes seven delicious recipes, from classic cupcakes to sugared flower petals to marzipan.

SPX 2011 happens Saturday Sep 10 and Sunday Sep 11 at the Bethesda North Marriott Convention Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852.  For more info visit


PR: Jim Woodring at Politics & Prose tonight, SPX parking, and SPX print sets

From Warrren Bernard:
I made a tremandous faux pas and left off the list of SPX related events the book signing by Jim Woodring tomorrow at 7PM at Politics & Prose. Jim will be talking about totally different stuff than his SPX panel appearances, plus Politics & Prose has the best graphic novel section of any store in the DC area. They are great fans of both the graphic novel form and SPX, so please go support them and maybe see some stuff that you will not see at SPX in their graphic novel section. More info on the store, which is located at the corner of Nebraska and Connecticut Ave in DC,  and the signing can be found at

For those of you that have not seen it, below is a picture of the amazing tote bag that Jim Woodring designed for us. $10 a pop!! Whutadeal!!

And once again, we have created a limited edition print set with prints of the posters, flyers, etc. etc. by Woodring, Craig Thompson, Kate Beaton,Sara Varon, Diane Noomin, Lille Carre and others, over 10 signed and numbered prints for $50. There are only 25 sets available, no, wait, now that I think of it 23 sets available as I will take one and one is going to the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress.

Both the tote bag and limited edition set will be for sale at the Registration Counter in front of the main doors.

For those of you coming to SPX and planning to park, be aware that if you stay over 4 hours in the Marriott parking lot, it will be $15. There is a free parking lot down the street from the White Flint Metro, at the corner of Marinelli and Citadel on the north east corner check out the Google map here. It is .3 miles, about a 7 minute walk to get from the free (that is no money!!) parking garage to the Marriott. And that is like $15 that is better off spent on cool mini-comix at SPX.

Sept 9: Roger Langridge at Vienna Big Planet. Georgetown Big Planet moving!

from their new e-newsletter...

Roger Langridge
is signing tomorrow, Friday, September 9, from 5 to 7 pm, at our Vienna store! Roger Langridge did the amazing Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Fred the Clown, The Muppets, and his new Snarked! series. We are giving a free copy of Snarked! #0 to everyone at the signing. Stop by and meet a cartooning master! 426 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, VA 22180, 703-242-9412


Big Planet Comics is moving! Our Georgetown store is moving across town a bit to the bustling U Street corridor! Our new address will be 1520 U St. NW, in between 15th and 16th Streets, and only 2 and a half blocks from the U Street metro stop on the Green and Yellow Lines. The new location will open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28th, and we are now having an Inventory Reduction Moving Sale of 25% off hardcovers and trade paperbacks in our Georgetown store through September 24. (Yes, we don't want to carry EVERYthing to the new location.)