Hoo boy, SPX is looming in a few weeks, and Baltimore Comic-Con and the New York Anime Fest are just around the corner. We seriously need to get up to speed on all of the happenings and hoopla, so let’s get started with a pre-SPX party featuring young cartoonists being “socially awkward” at Atomic Books:
ATOMIC BOOKS TURNS 16!
We’re celebrating with the SPX-PLOSION PRE-PARTY
Featuring Jesse Reklaw, Brian Ralph, Lauren Weinstein, Julia Wertz, Laura Park, Theo Ellsworth, Austin English, Ken Dahl, Ben Claassen III
Live music by: Closed Caption Comics, Sam Gas Can and special guests!!
Friday, October 3rd
7-10PM. Free. Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore, MD.
3620 Falls Rd.
The night before the Small Press Expo (the premiere independent cartooning and comics arts festival) opens in Bethesda (www.spxpo.com), we will be celebrating Atomic Books’ 16th Anniversary with a night of music and cartoonists & comickers in Baltimore.
Part Atomic anniversary celebration, part book release party for Jesse Reklaw’s The Night Of Your Life (published by Dark Horse), part book release party for Brian Ralph’s Daybreak Volume 3 (published by Bodega) and part Small Press Expo pre-party, our 16th ANNIVERSARY SPX-PLOSION PRE-PARTY will feature performances by many of the best & brightest young indy comic creators, debuts of new comics and mini-comics, fantastic bands, and even more of your favorite shy cartoonists huddling in the corners drinking themselves loopy while silently hoping and fearing someone will say something to them about their work.
It’s gonna be huge!! Seriously.
There will be comics slideshow/”readings” by:
JESSE REKLAW – http://www.slowwave.com/
BRIAN RALPH – http://www.bralph.com/
LAUREN WEINSTEIN – http://www.vineyland.com/
JULIA WERTZ – http://www.fartparty.org/
LAURA PARK – http://www.flickr.com/photos/featherbed/
THEO ELLSWORTH – http://www.artcapacity.com/
AUSTIN ENGLIGH – http://windycornermag-austin.blogspot.com/
KEN DAHL – http://www.flickr.com/photos/kendahl/
BEN CLAASSEN – http://www.bendependent.com/
With live music by:
CLOSED CAPTION COMICS – http://closedcaptioncomics.blogspot.com/
SAM GAS CAN – http://www.myspace.com/sammytwoshots
and special guests!!
Plus, dozens of other awesome young cartoonists hanging out, having drinks, and being socially awkward!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.