SPX announces dates, guest

SPX returns to the Bethesda North Marriott, and announces Jeff Smith as the first guest.

The Small Press Expo (SPX), a non-profit organization, is proud to announce the 13th annual expo to be held October 12 and 13 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

SPX is proud to announce as its first major guest, Jeff Smith. Jeff is the author/writer of the groundbreaking and multiple award winning series “Bone”. This February will see the release of his adaptation of the Golden Age Captain Marvel story “The Monster Society of Evil”, to be published by DC Comics.

In the following weeks, additional guests and other SPX news will be issued in forthcoming press releases.

For more information, visit the SPX 2006 web site at http://www.spxpo.com

The SPX is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comic books, alternative political cartoonists and discovery of new creative talent that attracts thousands every year. SPX brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, political cartoon books and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. A series of panel discussions will also be held of interest to readers,
academicians and creators of graphic novels and political cartoons.

The Expo will be open to the public from 2 pm – 8 pm Friday, October 12 and 10am – 7 pm Saturday, October 13. Admission is $8 for a single day and $15 for both days. The Expo culminates with the presentation of the 11th Annual Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz is the first Festival Prize in the US comic book industry, with winners chosen by balloting during the SPX. As in previous years, all profits from the SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
(CBLDF), dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website at http://www.cbldf.org/.

Manga Simpsons?

The Simpsonzu By Spacecoyote
Maybe, according to Spacecoyote’s post on deviantART:

Long story short: Bongo Comics, Matt Groening’s comic book company, is hiring me to do the pencils for a short manga-style Simpsons comic. Also, I’ve been contacted by 20th Century Fox. They want me to do work for them somehow. I might get a job for the upcoming new Futurama series!

Why all this sudden success? Why are my childhood dreams coming true? This is madness, I tells ya! MADNESS!

TO TERRA preview

To-Terra-1-CvrCool link of the day #2 that we should have linked to ages ago: A 16 page preview of TO TERRA at Chris Butcher’s blog.

This SF adventure classic is due from Vertical this spring. Apparently there has been some controversy about just what genre this book falls into:

Reading MangaBlog yesterday, I stumbled across a link to an interesting LiveJournal entry about Vertical’s forthcoming To Terra. Kethylia took issue with Vertical’s marketing strategy for this canonic series; she felt that describing To Terra as “shojo Star Trek” did a disservice to manga-ka Keiko Takemiya, as she explained in the subsequent discussion at MangaBlog:

Takemiya Keiko was and is one of those rare shoujo manga artists who crossed over into shounen manga. It’s still remarkable today when artists like CLAMP do it, and it was waaaay more remarkable back then.

Fair enough–To Terra was originally conceived as a shonen series, and it would be useful to note that fact, either in a forward to the first volume or in publicity materials. But in all the ensuing “You, sir, are an idiot” exchanges between folks in the “who cares?” camp and the “it’s history, dammit!” camp, bloggers seem to have lost sight of the more interesting issue. Labels are not permanent, immutable things–they’re the product of both marketing and scholarship, and, as such, are fluid. I offer two examples from my bailiwick.

Although Japan’s genre-by-gender system is useful for making sure everyone gets their own comics, clearly it can be a little but of a straitjacket, too. Well, we don’t really care, so long as the stories are good.


Cool link of the day #1: A trailer for the new Eddie Campbell book from First Second.

Fear, My Dear at ACT-I-VATE plus party

Dean Haspiel is previewing his new ACT-I-VATE strip, FEAR, MY DEAR. The official launch is February 1, which happens to coincide with
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The Act-i-vate 1 Year Anniversary party! More here.

Leah Adezio funeral details

For the official obit and funeral details go here:

Services will be held on Friday January 19, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. from the Irwin Funeral Home, 175 N. Main St., Spring Grove, PA 17362 – 717.225.1677.

Visitation hours are from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home preceding the service.

Donations may be made for the children at 17 Senator Stout Road, Frenchtown, NJ 08825.

Please note the family has requested that no garb be worn to the viewing/funeral. Please keep this the solemn event that it is. The funeral will be a traditional Jewish funeral, short, sweet and to the point.

Also, Elayne has a lovely remembrance here, with some charming pictures and more links.