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.
If the back cover copy hadn't told me, I probably never would have realized that Renee French's new Picturebox graphic novel, "H Day," was about her struggle with migraine headaches, although the adorable shelving classification "migraine / graphic novel" might have tipped me off. Not that it mat
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