Meanwhile, out in Minneapolis — prime comics country with 11 comics shops, the MCAD art school and more — a new indie comics fest is taking place with three days of activities. The Minneapolis Indie Xpo (MIX) kicks off tonight with a Precious Little Film Fest showing SCOTT PILGRIM and animation from the locals. This kicks off at 6:30 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre/Stone Arch Cinema SE 115 Main St, Minneapolis.

Friday includes even more fun stuff to do:

6-8pm : graphic novel signings
– Will Dinski signing his debut graphic novel Fingerprints published by Top Shelf Productions
– Aaron Renier signing his YA graphic novel The Unsinkable Walker Bean published by First Second
– Zak Sally signing the third issue of Sammy the Mouse published by Fantagraphics
@ Big Brain Comics 1027 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis
8pm-12am : kick-off party
– The Great Confinement
– Dreamland Faces
– Robots from the Future
@ 501 Club 501 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis

And Saturday there’s a day of exhibitors and panels at the Soap Factory with a big after-party as well. And admission to all of this is FREE.

A first-year show, MIX lists its mission as:

MIX aspires to create new comics fans by reaching out to the local community and inviting them to learn to love comics again, or for the first time.  MIX is devoted to the idea that creators deserve affordable exhibition space and increasing opportunities to make sales, fans and friends.  By offering free admission and keeping table costs low, we hope to achieve these goals.

which sounds like a great way to show off the local scene.

Here’s a trailer with attendees and guests:


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