It’s one of the busiest weekends of the year on the East Coast with THREE THREE THREE important shows.


• SPX – the Small Press Expo  –  will be held for it’s traditional weekend in Bethesda with the Ignatzes, and a slate of fantastic debut books.  Guests include Roz Chast, Rebecca Sugar, Ron Wimberly, Aminder Dhaliwal,Jules Feiffer, Emma Rios and Carol Tyler. Insanely good.


• As is tradition, the Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off at the same time. There’s as usual a huge slate of comics guests including Rina Ayuyang, Bessora, Box Brown, Eddie Campbell, Alex De Campi, Liana Finck, Tim Fielder, Tim Hamilton, Dean Haspiel, Maria Hoey, Sheena Howard, Paul Karasik, Michael Kupperman, Hope Larson, Paul Levitz, Jason Lutes, Mark Newgarden, Audrey Niffenegger, Kwanza Osajyefo, Ed Piskor, Nate Powell, R. Sikoryak, Katie Skelly, David Small, Peter Tomasi, Ngozi Ukazu, Jen Wang, Julia Wertz, and Kriota Willberg.

More info here. 


• Finally the new kid on the block, Keystone Comic Con, a new ReeedPOP event held in Philadelphia with a full featured comic con line up including guests Frank Miller, John Barrowman, Anna Paquin, Steve Orlando, Alitha Martinez and more.

I’ll be at both Keystone and SPX, weather willing. In fact let’s talk about that weather – what you may be asking yourself is whether the roil from Hurricane Florence, currently bearing down on the Carolinas will have an impact?

It sounds like mostly a very very rainy weekend for Philadelphia and New York. SPX has been impacted by hurricanes before, and the Twitter has been keeping everyone updated constantly. For now it just looks wet:

HOWEVER, there will be a transportation glitch with SPX: the White Flint metro stop a few hundred feet from the hotel will be CLOSED for maintenance.


Red Line Red Line
Buses replace trains between Medical Center and Twinbrook

Red Line trains will operate regular weekend intervals between Shady Grove & Twinbrook and Medical Center & Glenmont.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Twinbrook, White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center.Please allow an additional 10 minutes travel time per station stop.

Stations closed: White Flint and Grosvenor-Strathmore.

There more detailed info in the replies to this tweet, but basically is you are coming from Union Station, you get off the shuttle at Medical Center and take the shuttle two stops to White Flint. Or Lyft  it. It’s a short 10 minute ride.

The main thing; bring a raincoat and an umbrella and a waterproof bag to bring your comcis hoem with you whichever show you go to! It’s gonna be wet out there!


While we’re fortunate that the effects of Florence should be minimal for this very full weekend of comics, we send our good thougtsh to everyone in the hurricane’s path.

We’ll have more info on all of these shows later today.