[Ed. note: This was supposed to go up this morning but didn’t due to a software glitch. Hopefully some peeps will still see it before they head out to SPX and see all the awesome wares on display.]
Whatcha gonna get at SPX? Most of the fun of the show is discovering limited edition treasures. This year’s show looks to spotlight a lot of up and coming talent, as they say. We snagged most of this from The TCJ thread on who’s going, but have condensed it into a rich, nourishing stock. A lot of the names are not familiar, but take a peek and see what catches your fancy for further exploration. We also direct you to Seqartwhich has a useful rundown of some of the artists to seek out at SPX.
YOU AIN’T NO DANCER Vol 2 looks to be one of the hot anthologies at the show with contributions from Neil Babra, Jeffrey Brown, Lilli Carré, K. Thor Jensen, Hope Larson, Liz Prince, Jeffrey Rowland and more. Check out the website with previews. It’s available at the New Reliable Press table.
THE MOTHER’S MOUTH by Dash Shaw comes highly recommended, and has our pick to be another one of the buzz books.
Irrepressible K. Thos Jensen writes:
Sometimes I will be at the New Reliable table signing copies of YOU AIN’T NO DANCER #2! If Family Style has a table I might be there signing copies of ELFWORLD! I will probably stop by the House of Twelve table so you can get me to sign a copy of HEAVY METAL! Of course, the Alternative Comics table will have freebie giveaways to promote RED EYE, BLACK EYE, out from them in January! If BAM! is out I’m in that too. I will also have a cardboard box with copies of new and old work including KSOFM (new) DOGSJOURNAL (new) A SHORT AND HAPPY LIFE: ZEN AND THE ART OF YOUR MOTHER (ten year anniversary edition), EVIL VIDEO 4 (new), BATMAN: TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET, FEAR, UNHOLY 3, TEA, QUEER GASPERS and probably other surprises.
Matt Loux debuts SIDESCROLLERS, and Abby Denson has Tough Love, Dolltopia, Night Club, pins, posters, and other goodies.
PictureBox is a must stop and will doubtless have one of the show’s buzz books with the the massive new Brian Chippendale book, NINJA. They also bring Cold Heat #2, The Drips by Taylor McKimens, and Wunderground, the catalog of Providence posters. According to Dan Nadel,
Brian Chippendale, Matthew Thurber, and Frank Santoro will be at the table. It’s Chippendale’s only comics-related appearance, so get him while you can.
Ninja is an 11 x 17, 144 page hardcover. It’s a mindblower from the Fort Thunder cofounder and Lightning Bolt drummer.
Fearsome and all-knowing, Craig Yoe brings his masterpieces Modern Arf and Arf Museum and a sure-to-bethrilling working print-out of the almost completed Arf Forum. We can’t wait!
Ho12er Kevin Colden, in addition to pimping HEAVY METAL, brings a new edition of RED written by Elizabeth Genco, which sold out at MoCCA.
Hyphenate Lauren Weinstein brings Girl Stories, a new mini-comic entitled Becky and Friend, perhaps a silk screened poster with stuff from Calamity, T-shirts, and a new comic in the Comics! Comics! magazine.
Aaron Gonzalez makes his SPX debut with a preview of his first book Broken Chain. He also offers free candy for you sweet tooths.
The four of us (Brunetti, Hankiewicz, King, Onsmith) put together an SPX EXCLUSIVE mini-comic doodle book, Bethesda is Latin for Stamina; It’s FREE. We’re also selling a limited litho print of the cover image that John H. is making.
Here’s the rundown:
1. John Hankiewicz will have his new book from Sparkplug Comics, Asthma, plus a new mini-comic with a litho cover, original etchings and lithos, and his most recent mini-comics.
2. Onsmith will have a big new silkscreen print of his art from An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, plus his most recent mini-comics, and more??
3. David King will have five new mini-comics: Reliable Comics; Vice-President, Shipping and Distribution; Danny Dutch in Sorry; Daredevil Pilot Jeff; and Homicide Detective. And his old stuff, too.
4. Ivan Brunetti will have An Anthology of Graphic Fiction and Todd Hignite’s In The Studio, which he’ll be signing, along with his limited edition doodle boxes. He may also have a new silkscreen if the dude gets it done in time.
Eric Kinsley brings his ART BOOK and gives this dire warning,
“Me and Paul Friedrich plus secret guest stars will be at the HellCar table again this year, with more Mickey Death, more Onion Head Monster, more bad jokes, practical jokes, strange smells and jet-lag. Come on by and mock me for moving to England. Wheee!”
Of course, what would a comics show be without The Wang, my mother’s favorite indie comic!
It also wouldn’t be SPX without Batton Lash and Jackie Estrada, making their 12th appearance behind the Exhibit A table. New issues: Supernatural Law #1 with a Silver Bullet and Supernatural Law #1 at the Box Office.
We never heard of Ansis Purins but he brings word of THE GNOME GATHERING via a mini comic available at the Global Hobo table and lists both Gary Panter and Tezuka among his influences, so we’ll be checking it out.
Neil Jam brings the eponymous Neil Jam #13
THE BLACK SHEEP comes from the pen of Frederick Noland
Oh no, BOY TROUBLE! Craig Bostick brings the reprint of the 1994 original:
Boy Trouble: Gay Boy Comics with a New Attitude emphasized personal stories and viewpoints outside the mainstream, with subject matter that ranged from sex, love, and longing to porn, drugs, and punk rock. The Book of Boy Trouble compiles the greatest hits from the zine’s first ten years, including favorites like Michael Fahy’s “Valentine’s Day Love Poem,” Andy Hartzell’s “Dinner at Achmed’s,” and Anonymous Boy’s “The Non-adventures of Wayne,” plus 24 pages of spanking new work from both regular contributors and up-and-coming talents.
Craig A. Taillefer brings the complete WAHOO MORRIS.