SPX, the Small Press Expo, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, it's centering its entire 2014 convention on a much-read -- but not-often-discussed -- type of independent comic: strips from alt-weekly newspapers.
Late last week, organizers announced the first three major guests: Lynda Barry, the cartoonist behind Ernie Pook’s Comeek from The Chicago Reader; Jules Feiffer, the so-called godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic, and James Sturm, who co-founded The Onion and Seattle's The Stranger in addition to being an accomplished cartoonist and graphic novelist.
Taking place in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend is the Small Press Expo, or SPX, arguably the biggest indie comics event of the year. And each year one of the highlights of the show is the presentation of the Ignatz Awards. Named in honor of legendary cartoonist George Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoons, the awards recognize outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning by small press creators in the previous year. This year's winners were announced yesterday, and leading the way was cartoonist Michael DeForge, who won three awards for his serialized work Lose and his anthology Very Casual, both published by Koyama Press.
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Last night's Ignatz awards show at SPX was a pleasure to attend, with Heidi MacDonald again handling the emcee gig with customary wit and charm. Living up to the promise to keep the awards show moving along bris
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