Here's a quick update for this upcoming weekend, which if you don't know by now is the 16th annual
SMALL PRESS EXPO in Bethesda, Maryland (which is a block away from the White Flint stop on the Washington DC Metro's red line).
I've been working pretty hard to get everything ready for the show. I'll have old stand-by's like the Trugglemat, Spitting Pennies, What is This?, and both Alpha City Comics. I will also have these exciting new titles:
oh boy, Comics! #1, which debuted at MIX three weeks ago, is a 106-page collection of previously printed comics that have appeared as free comics, online comics and anthology pieces that have not been readily available.
write now!, debuting at SPX is my newest contribution to the paper-surprise-in-the-mail service, Uncle Envelope. It's a love letter/tutorial on self publishing for kids, and comes with a zine written by the main character of the comic.
Also debuting at SPX will be a comic I'll only have available at shows, Secret Formula. It's an adventure comic printed as a scroll and packaged in a glass tube. The secret formula is revealed at the end of the strip, and is one you can use.
I'm excited to be sharing a table with Kenan Rubenstein, a good friend and a great comics artist. Sharing our room will also be Sam Sharpe. He'll have a new gag comic and t-shirts?! We'll also labeling our hotel room the "nerd room," a space folks can visit on Saturday night. While other rooms will have raucous parties and have management called on them, our goal is to be a space for those not interested in getting drunk (though it wont be a dry room, neccessarily) or being loud, but those who'd like to read comics, draw, trade comics, a pretty much nerd out on comics. It's kinda like the quiet car on the commuter train.
Speaking of commuter trains, Kenan and I will be taking a mass transit adventure, traveling by commuter train to Baltimore on Friday evening for Atomic Book's SPX-Plosion! It should be tons of fun. Especially because one of my best friends from college, Mischlepity (aka Schlep, aka Doghed) now lives in Baltimore will be hanging out with us!
If you're in the general area of North Bethesda, get thee to SPX this weekend!