NYC – Graphic Novel Night


Graphic artists Sam Alde (New Construction) and Michael DeForge (Dressing) represent their respective presses — Uncivilized Books and Koyama Press — with a night of slideshows and conversation at the Word Bookstore on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM.

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Word Bookstore
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222-2002
(718) 383-0096

SPX 2015 Announces International Guests

spx2015Press Release:

SPX is pleased to announce international creators, Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks, and Brecht Vandenbroucke as guests at SPX 2015. This is in addition to the previously announced guests Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Kathryn Immonen, Derf, Jessica Abel (Sat. Only) and Ted Rall.

Additional international guests appearing at SPX 2015 will be announced next week.

SPX 2015 is honored to have the very first United States appearance of critically acclaimed, Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters. This year saw the release of the final volume of his well reviewed planet hopping space epic, Aama Vol. 4: You Will Be Glorious, My Daughter, published by SelfMadeHero. Peeters has been nominated five times in the Best Book category at Angoulême and has done a number of posters and other illustration work in Europe. Peeters lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dylan Horrocks is returning to Small Press Expo for the first time in over a decade. Horrocks began his diverse career with the publication of Pickle, which ran from 1993-97 published by Black Eye Press. Pickle included the serialization of Hicksville, a groundbreaking story that was collected into a graphic novel that won plaudits from reviewers around the globe. Horrocks has had international success in alternative and mainstream comics with books like Atlas from Drawn & Quarterly, and as writer for DC Comics and Vertigo. In 2014, Fantagraphics published Sam Zabel and his Magic Pen to wide critical and fan acclaim. Horrocks is an Eisner Award winner and in 2006 he was appointed University of Auckland/Creative New Zealand Literary Fellow. Horrocks currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and sons.

Brecht Vandenbroucke is a Belgian cartoonist and illustrator. His debut graphic novel,White Cube, took the Angouleme International Comics Festival by storm in 2013. Vandenbroucke’s distinctive painted panels and brightly colored spreads intermingle pop culture influences and commentary on the fine art world, offering an absurdist view of the institutions of that world. White Cube has been published in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, and in English by Drawn & Quarterly. Since graduating from art school a few years ago, he has worked for numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, and has participated in group shows all over the world. Vandenbroucke lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit

SF – Mission: Comics Signing


Mission: Comics welcomes Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann, Patrick Kyle and a special addition of local favorite Ed Luce on Tuesday, October 7th at 5:00 pm!

+ MICHAEL DEFORGE currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and as a designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.

+ PATRICK KYLE lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He is the co-founder and editor of Wowee Zonk, a contemporary comic book anthology featuring up-and-coming international artists. He has been previously nominated for Doug Wright and Ignatz awards for his self-published comic book series Black Mass and Distance Mover.

+ SIMON HANSELMANN was born in Tasmania in 1981 and lives in Australia and on

+ Ed Luce (pronounced “loose,” like the opposite of tight) has made a huge splash in the comics scene with his self-published comic book series. Since 2008 he’s been traveling to conventions and comics festivals all over the U.S. Wuvable Oaf has garnered a huge following of fans both in the comics world and in the queer art world. Luce lives in San Francisco with his partner and collaborator, Mark, and their kitty, Luna. He can regularly be found either under a pile of drawing paper or at a local comics festival. His WUVABLE OAF will be published by Fantagraphics in March 2015

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Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1545

2014 MoCCA Arts Festival Schedule Announced

staples-moccaPress Release:

The Society of Illustrators is proud to announce a robust and distinguished programming schedule for the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival, taking place April 5-6 at the 69th Regiment Armory and featuring more than 50 artists, designers, critics and scholars. Highlights of the program will include individual Q+A sessions with honored guests Robert Williams and Fiona Staples, honored guests Howard Cruse and Alison Bechdel in conversation, Art Spiegelman and Joost Swarte in conversation, a presentation by Drew Friedman, and a discussion about comics and design with Chip Kidd and Françoise Mouly.

In a special site-appropriate presentation, scholar Tad Suiter will trace the participation of cartoonists in the 1913 Armory Show that established Modernism in America at the very site of the MoCCA Arts Festival just over a century ago.

Performative reading of comics for children and a panel on comics and education will address the growing significance of children’s comics. International participants in this year’s programming include Marion Fayolle (France), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Frederic Coché (Belgium), Nimrod Reshef (Israel), Ville Ranta (Finland) and more. North American artists including Sam Alden, Mike Dawson, Michael DeForge, Edie Fake, Drew Friedman, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Sophie Yanow, and many more will all discuss their work.

Admission to all programming events is included with MoCCA Arts Festival admission. To manage anticipated demand, first priority seating for the Bechdel/Cruse and Spiegelman/Swarte events will be given to registrants who have reserved free tickets for these events via the Society of Illustrators’ website, with any remaining seating to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for these two events can be reserved at the Society of Illustrators website.

This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos. The full programming schedule can be accessed online here.

The 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of April 5 – 6, 2014 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan, running from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. Tickets for the Festival will be available to purchase at the door for a flat fee of $5 per day.

About the Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901, is the oldest nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the art and appreciation of illustration in America. Prominent Society members have been Maxfield Parrish, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, among others. The Museum of American Illustration was established by the Society in 1981 and is located in the Society’s vintage 1875 carriage house building in mid-town Manhattan.  In 2012 the Society acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. It’s mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form. The MoCCA Arts Festival, begun in 2002 and continued by the Society, features a selection of independent comic and cartoon artists and includes programming, gallery space, and an Exhibition Hall.  The Society is open to the public Tuesday, 10 am-8 pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm; and Saturday, 12-4pm.  To learn more about visiting the Museum, Admission and the Society go to 

NYC – Ant Colony Signing


Cartoonist Michael DeForge signs at Bergen Street Comics on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Press Release:

Please join us at Bergen Street Comics on Saturday, February 15th at 8pm for the launch of Michael DeForge’s darkly existential graphic novel Ant Colony! In just a few short years, DeForge’s singular, idiosyncratic style has made him an important new voice in alternative comics. Here, he will present a slideshow with a signing to follow.

Ant Colony follows the denizens of a black ant colony under attack from the nearby red ants: from its opening pages, DeForge immerses the reader in a world of false prophets, unjust wars, and corrupt police officers. On the surface, Ant Colony tells the story of this war, the destruction of a civilization, and the ants’ all-too-familiar desire to rebuild. Underneath, though, Ant Colony plumbs the deepest human concerns – loneliness, faith, love, apathy, and more. DeForge’s striking visual sensibility – stark lines, dramatic color choices, and brilliant use of page and panel space – stands out in this volume.

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Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

PA – An Evening With Michael Deforge


Cartoonist Michael Deforge signs Ant Colony at Locust Moon Comics on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm!

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Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

MD – Ant Colony/Friend-Love Signing


Cartoonist Michael DeForge and Yumi Sakugawa appear at Atomic Books on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm!

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Atomic Books 
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211


IL – Ant Colony Signing


Michael DeForge signs his new book at Quimby’s on Saturday, February 8th, at 7:00 pm!

Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

MO – Ant Colony Signing


Cartoonist Michael DeForge signs at Star Clipper Comics on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm!

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Star Clipper Comics
6392 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone: (314) 725-9110

ON – Very Casual/New Comics Signing

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Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle appear at The Central on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm.

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Press Release:

All are invited to the official Toronto launch of new work by hometown heroes Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle! The boys will be forced on stage to discuss these new works and their impressive young careers with TCAF’s Christopher Butcher. Books New And Old available at the event!

VERY CASUAL: New from Mr. Michael DeForge after a very successful preview at TCAF. VERY CASUAL is an important new collection of DeForge’s short works, including the Doug Wright Award-winning SPOTTING DEER–it is basically impossible to get everything DeForge does, so get this handy and attractively designed compilation! $15

LOSE #5: The latest installment of Deforge’s one-man anthology, featuring 3 awesome self-contained short and more, you basically absolutely need this, come get it. $8

NEW COMICS #1: 3 all new stories by Patrick Kyle (Black Mass, Distance Mover). Awesome stuff. $8

These works as well as a selection of previous releases by these fine gentlemen will be available for sale at this event.

Presented by Koyama Press, The Beguiling, and TCAF

The Central
603 Markham Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2L7

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