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SPX 2014 To Celebrate The Alt-Weekly Comic With James Sturm, Jules Feiffer And Lynda Barry

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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.

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Box Brown On Chronicling Andre The Giant’s ‘Life And Legend’ In New Graphic Novel [Interview]

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Box Brown's Andre the Giant: Life and Legend is already one of my favorite graphic novels of the year. In an exhaustively researched, incredibly compelling biography, Brown goes through the major events of Andre's life, both in the ring and outside of it, and he pulls off the pretty amazing trick of making him seem like a flawed and relatable human being while simultaneously painting him as the larger-than-life giant that he was.

Today, with the book finally being released next week, I've spoken to Brown about the research that he did, his experience watching Andre's match against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III over and over, and why he's not Facebook friends with pro wrestler Blackjack Mulligan anymore.

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Buy This Book: Box Brown’s ‘Andre The Giant: Life And Legend’

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If you'd asked me three months ago what my most anticipated graphic novel of 2014 was, I could've given you the answer without even having to think about it: Box Brown's Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, a comic book biography of one of the most famous professional wrestlers of all time. Admittedly, I'm right smack in the center of the target audience for that book, but there's so much about the man that's fascinating, and Brown's work as a Xeric Grant and Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist is top notch -- it's something I feel like I would've been interested in even if I was going into it cold, with no knowledge whatsoever of the world of professional wrestling.

The book isn't out until May, but the book's publisher, First Second, sent over a review copy and I couldn't wait to read it. It's the sort of book that I knocked out in one sitting, and it lived up to every hope I had for it. It's not just one of my favorite graphic novels of the year, but it's also one of my favorite comic biographies of all time.

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Link Ink: Drew Goddard Confirmed For Netflix’s ‘Daredevil,’ Yudetamago Draw Captain America And Thor, And Box Brown’s ‘Zelda’ Comic

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Make your Monday with lots and lots of links.

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Kickstarted: SP7 and The Manga-Influenced Generation

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I like Kickstarter a lot. It's an efficient way to directly connect with artists while also making sure that a project that interests you gets funded. There are still a few hitches that need to be worked out, but my experience with Kickstarter has been largely positive. I've

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‘Where They Draw’ Takes You Inside Cartoonists’ Workspaces

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I've never thought the eyes were the window to the soul so much as the desk is. After all, the way a person treats their workspace says a lot about them. Do they work in a cheerful, brightly lit space filled with plants and knick-knacks? Or have they carved out chaotic office spaces amid collapsing towers of paper? The Tumblr blog Where They Draw offers glimpses insi

Rejected by The New Yorker: Box Brown’s Spurned Single-Panel Cartoons

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What does it take to get your cartoon published in the New Yorker? Box Brown, creator of the webcomics Bellen! and Everything Dies, has been trying to crack the code. Last summer, after Hark! A Vagrant cartoonist Kate Beaton became the first

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The 12 Days of Comic Book Christmas, Day 5: Box Brown

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Because we're feeling the pull of the yuletide (whatever the heck that is), we decided to start a countdown to Christmas in the tradition of that old holiday standard, The 12 Days of Christmas. Except

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‘Law and Order’ Lives On in the Art of Cartoonists

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"Law and Order" tied "Gunsmoke" for the longest-running drama in television history before NBC canceled it earlier this year, but the series' legacy has now been immortalized in artwork, thanks to the unique stylings of creators like Kate Beaton of "Hark! A Vagrant" and visionar

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