MD – SPXplosion 2014

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Atomic Books hosts their annual Small Press Expo kick-off party on Friday September 12th from 5:00 – 10:00 pm, the night before SPX.

Meet CHARLES BURNS! Signing from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.

Then, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, readings from new books and signings with:
JOSH BAYER & TOM NEELY
EMILY FLAKE
SIMON HANSELMANN
ED PISKOR
NOAH VAN SCIVER

RSVP on Facebook!

Atomic Books 
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-4444

MD – SPX Kick-Off Party

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Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome 4 amazing artists to kickoff their brand new comics: MariNaomi, Yumi Sakugawa, James Kochalka, and Box Brown on Friday, September 12th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm!

Come for readings from their new works debuting at the Small Press Expo

MariNaomi’s new graphic novel: Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories

Yumi Sakugawa’s new graphic novel: Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe

James Kochalka’s new graphic novel: FUNGUS: The Unbearable Rot of Being

Box Brown’s new anthology volume: Number 2

They will also be signing and perhaps creating some art for the audience? Snacks and drinks will be served.

RSVP on Facebook!

Big Planet Comics
7315 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498

MD – SPX-plosion 2013

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Atomic Books hosts their annual Small Press Expo kick-off party on Friday, September 13 from 6-10PM!

Meet Peter Bagge! (Signing at 6PM)

With comics readings by:
Michael Kupperman
Sam Henderson
T. Edward Bak
Brian Ralph
Frank Santoro
Anya Davidson
David Plunkert

The grand opening of their 3D printing photo booth.

RSVP on Facebook!

Atomic Books 
3620 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211

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Scene on the Web: SPX 2012

September 21, 2012 by  
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A quick roundup of some reports from the Small Press Expo. Will add more if we run across them.


Scene on the Web: SPX 2012

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NBM Going To SPX 2012 with Stan Mack and Brooke A. Allen

September 13, 2012 by  
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NBM Is Going To SPX and Bringing Stan Mack, Brooke A. Allen and ABELARD!

Next weekend, you can find some of the most prestigious names in comics at the 2012 Small Press Expo (aka SPX).

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

It’s one of NBM’s favorite shows and this year we’re proud to bring with us both two talented cartoonists and the debut of our newest title (six weeks before street date!)

Stan Mack will bring his new book, Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution and will be signing throughout the weekend.

Taxes the Tea Party

A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us’”says The New York Times. Uncannily relevant to today’’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo. A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more. Updated from the original “Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution” published by Avon books in 1994 .

Stan will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend and can also be found on Sunday at the 4:00 PM panel, Images of America: Real and Imagined
 at the White Flint Auditorium alongside Nick Abadzis Dean Haspiel and Ben Towle. Isaac Cates will lead these four artists in a conversation about images of place in comics.

Also joining the festivities is Brooke A. Allen, creator of A Home For Mister Easter, which remains one of comics’ strongest debuts in the last few years.

Tesana has never really fit into anything before but her daydreams. But when making an attempt to connect to her peers by joining in a pep rally planning committee she suddenly discovers a little white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. Realizing that she may have found the real life Easter bunny, Tesana embarks on an epic quest in an effort to get him back to his natural habitat and into safe hands. However as she progresses on her fanciful journey she gains more and more undesired attention until the quest becomes an increasingly madcap race to stay ahead of greedy pursuers and find a safe place for her new friend…wherever that place may be. It’s Tesana against the world!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to pick up a copy at the show.

And finally, we will be premiering Abelard, from artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière!

The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles and Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Epily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way… As opposed to dreamer Abelard, Gaston has his feet firmly planted on the ground. With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.

Throughout SPX, NBM can be found at tables A8-A9. For further details, visit the SPX website, www.spxpo.com

Fantagraphics Schedule at SPX 2012

September 12, 2012 by  
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Join Fantagraphics this weekend for the 2012 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland! On September 15th & 16th, we’ll be filling the Marriott Betheseda Conference Center with some dazzling debuts, panels, and signings! Come meet your favorite artists and get your books signed:

Saturday, September 15th
11:30-1:00 PM     Lilli Carré // Noah Van Sciver
1:00 – 2:00 PM    Daniel Clowes // Phillip Nel
2:00 – 3:00 PM    Mark Newgarden
2:00 – 3:30 PM    Steven Weissman // Chris Wright 
3:30 – 4:30 PM    Kevin Huizenga // Rich Tommaso
4:30 – 6:30 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez

Sunday, September 16th
12:00-1:00 PM    Lilli Carré // Steven Weissman
1:00 – 2:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez
2:00 – 3:00 PM    Phillip Nel // Rich Tommaso
3:00 – 4:00 PM    Chris Wright 
3:30 – 4:30 PM    Noah Van Sciver
4:00 – 5:00 PM    Kevin Huizenga
5:00 – 6:00 PM    Gilbert Hernandez // Jaime Hernandez

Fantagraphics will be located at tables W40-W44, as seen in the map excerpt below! For a larger version of the complete floor map, please click here.

DC – Love & Rockets Signing

Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez sign at Politics & Prose on Friday September 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm!

Press Release:

P&P is excited once again to join the Small Press Expo, North America’s premier independent cartooning and comic arts festival, to present some of the best graphic artists working today. The Hernandez Brothers will discuss the fifth volume of their long-running series; this installment recounts the visit of Frogmouth’s half-sister and the making of a film starring Luba’s granddaughter. For more information about SPX, please visit their website.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

NBM Announces SPX 2011 Debuts and Creator Appearances

September 6, 2011 by  
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NBM Publishing Announces SPX Debuts and Creator Appearances

In anticipation of next weekend’s Small Press Expo held on September 10th & 11th in Bethesda, Maryland (near Washington DC),  NBM Publishing has announced the company’s plans for their annual appearance and special releases.

Stargazing Dog

NBM can be found at table G7-8.

We will be premiering hot off the press our very first manga, the moving and inspiring Japanese best-seller Stargazing Dog. It’s sold over a half million copies in Japan and been made into a movie there just released this summer. See the preview of pages.

Daddy is down and out. Life has conspired against him, everything coming undone.

Fed up, he sets out with his car to just get away from it all to nowhere in particular.

All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one companion he can count on utterly and completely is his dog who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end.

Inner Sanctum by Ernie Colon

The other special we’ll have for the show is a preview of Ernie Colon’s Inner Sanctum with signed copies including a free signed sketch by Colon for the 1st 20 to buy!

A revered veteran of comics brings to comics life one of the most fondly re membered mystery and horror radio shows in history.

In striking black & white as only Colon is well known for, we are swept into 4 chilling mysteries including: The Horla, Death of a Doll, The Undead and Alive in the Grave.

 

Also, appearing at our booth:

Brooke A. Allen with A Home for Mr. Easter

Ted Rall

The irrepressible Rick Parker signing the Papercutz spoofs of Harry Potter, Twilight and Percy Jackson

Jesse Lonergan


We’ll have a good choice of recent books available there as well. Find us at G7-8, come say hello! Publisher Terry Nantier will be there and happy to chat with you.

About NBM Publishing

NBM is a leading critically acclaimed graphic novel publisher showcasing the diversity of comics from North America and Europe.

Founded in 1976 by publisher Terry Nantier, NBM has grown to become the second largest indie comics press after Fantagraphics with close to $3MM in yearly retail sales on over 200,000 graphic novels sold a year plus tens of thousands of comic books and magazines.

Big Questions Tour

Friday September 9th at 7 pm
Atomic Books
3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD
(410) 662-4444

September 10th (11-7) and 11th (12-6)
Small Press Expo (SPX) @ Bethesda North Marriott Convention Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Bethesda, MD

Tuesday September 13th
The Copacetic Comics Company
3138 Dobson St, 3rd floor. Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 251-5451

Wednesday September 14th 
Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth St, Philadelphia, PA
(215) 592-1207

Thursday September 15th 
192 Books
192 Tenth Ave, New York, NY
(212) 255-4022

Friday September 16th at 7 pm 
Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY
(718) 388-5087

Sunday September 18th
Brooklyn Book Festival at the Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY

Monday September 19th
Ada Books
717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
(401) 432-6222

Wednesday September 21st 
The Center for Cartoon Studies
94 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT
(802) 295-3319

Thursday September 22nd at 7 pm 
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly
211 Bernard O., Montreal, QC
(514) 279-2224

Saturday September 24th
The Beguiling
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
(416) 533-9168

Sunday September 25th 
Word on the Street Book Festival
Toronto, ON

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