Quite a few local events surrounding the SPX hoopla today. What a bounty of great comicking!

Library of Congress – Noon
Dean Haspiel presents “Indpendent Comix Art and Mini-Comix: Dean Haspiel and the Small Press Expo.”
Location: West Dining Room, Sixth floor, James Madison Building
Friday, Sept. 14th / Noon – 1pm
Contact: (202) 707-2963


ATOMIC BOOKS: 5:00pm until 7:00pm
Iconic cartoonist, Eightball-creator, Ghost World screenwriter, Daniel Clowes, and author and publisher, Alvin Buenaventura, will be signing copies of Alvin’s book Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Dan Clowes.


¶ Atomic Books: 7:00 on
with host BRIAN RALPH
Friday, September 14
7PM. Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.


Literary Death March – 6 pm
Amidst an 8-city, 11-day tour, Literary Death Match is teaming with the Damn! Cartoons festival for our return to DC (and more specifically George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium), only this time with a twist: the four performers gunning for the LDM crown are all cartoonists. Nice!

The night will feature performances by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists Mark Fiore (who the Wall Street Journal has called “the undisputed guru of the form”) and Mike Peters (the mind behind Mother Goose & Grimm), along withSlowpoke Comics creator Jen Sorensen and The K Chronicles mastermind Keith Knight!

The all-star judging panel includes two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gene Weingarten (the brain behind the weekly column Below the Beltway), Emmy award-winning artist Dean Haspiel (the mastermind behind the Bored to Death intro), and one more to be announced shortly!

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. 
Where: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW, DC (map)
When: Doors 6 p.m., Showtime 6:30 (sharp); afterdrinks after. 
Cost: $10 (preorder now!)

Politics & Prose – 7 pm

Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez will be at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW; Fri., 7 p.m., free; 202-364-1919.


  1. Wow… SPX is leading the Angoulême-ization of comics! Imagine a city-wide festival of exhibitions, book-signings, lectures… (What if the French or Belgian embassies sponsored a cultural exchange? Or the various cultural societies? Or the universities?)

    Two recommendations:
    While at the Library of Congress, stop by the Swann Collection and peruse the ORIGINAL ART to Amazing Fantasy #15. (Or any of the other amazing cartoon and illustration art in that collection.)

    Oh, and wander through the Jefferson Building, built by artisans who had worked on the White City at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Jefferson is most likely the most beautiful building in DC.

    Back in 1995, during the comic strip centennial promoted by the US Postal Service, the Library of Congress hosted a one-day symposium, which included Mike Peters (teamed-up with Jeff McNelly!)

    This man is a treasure-trove of stories! Dressing up as Superman, tales of his talk-show mother… and his chalk-talks are great!

    Next Week:
    2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival
    September 22-23, 2012 on the National Mall

    Lots of graphic novel creators!

    Hmmm… I wonder what the DC chapter of the NCS is up to?

  2. Seriously, that Love & Rockets art is F**king amazing. You can just feel the energy and vibe in the gesture work. And done so with such clean line work. Wonderful style.

    I’ve only been to SPX once (I believe the first or second year that it started). Great atmosphere and I’m sure it is far better with each year. I’d love to go back.

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