24 1 / 2014

spx:

Yo, peeps, for the next three weeks the SPX 2014 Table Lottery is very, very much open for your registration pleasure. Come get some!
spx:

The SPX 2014 Table Lottery Cometh!
Here’s the news, y’all.
We will soon be ready to begin registration for the long awaited SPX 2014 Exhibitor Table Lottery. This will be an new experience for all of us, but we’ll do our best to make it run quickly and smoothly.   This email contains a general run down of the lottery procedure.  It will be followed later in the week by the link for lottery registration.  After you review the info below, please do reach out with any questions or concerns by sending an e-mail to exhibitors@spxpo.com.  We will address them, pronto!!  Table Lottery Registration Basics SPX’s old first-come, first-serve mail order process for table registration didn’t translate well to the digital world. Between this basic issue and the increasing demand for tables we’ve moved to a new system for 2014 that’s a mix between invitations and a lottery pool.  Invitations to the legacy exhibitors went out over the past week.  If you did not receive one and would like to exhibit your work at SPX 2014 you may enter The Table Lottery to pursue table space (you can request anything from a half table to two full tables via the lottery). The link for lottery registration will be posted on January 24, and we’ll notify you when it goes live. You Will Have Plenty of Time Registration for The Table Lottery will run from January 24, 2014 through February 14, 2014. This will allow everyone plenty of time to register. And just as importantly, this should help to keep our poor web site from crashing to the ground. The Lottery Process is Easy There are just a few steps to the process:
Beginning January 24, go to the Lottery Registration Form and submit your info.
An e-mail will be sent back confirming your registration application.
Within 48 hours we will send you another e-mail with a 6 digit random number provided by Random.org
We will sort the lottery entrant list by random number in either ascending or order descending based on a coin flip.
We’ll apportion tables in the order dictated until we run out.
Remaining lottery registrants will be preserved in their lottery order as the 2014 Wait List.
Lottery winners will be announced on February 21, 2014.
Information about the process for paying for the tables will be made available in mid-February, with payment processing to begin the end of the month.
Winners will be given until March 15, 2014 to pay for their tables. Payment not received in that time frame will result in those tables in being forfeited and used for the Wait List.

There are Lots of Tables Available Our goal is to keep the show pretty evenly split between invited exhibitors and exhibitors registering from the lottery. Depending on the number of legacy invitations that are accepted, one half to one third of the tables at SPX will be filled this way, leaving over 120 tables available for the lottery. The Table Lottery Process Will Result In an Official Wait List Once The Table Lottery winners are determined, the remaining names will be shifted to the official 2014 Exhibitors Wait List. The Wait List will show where you are on the list and as tables become available, we will work the list off, top to bottom.  Please Play Fair Other festivals that have a lottery system for table registration have seen people attempt to game the system, with multiple entries per person to try to gain an advantage. As we see such actions as against the Spirit of SPX, we will be enforcing these simple lottery rules:One lottery entry per person.
You can register for up to 2 tables, in half table increments. Each half table gets a free badge, extra badges will be $10.
 Please use the name on your lottery entry that will go into the Program Guide and on the SPX Exhibitors web page. Lottery entries using alias names will be disqualified.
Tables can only be transferred or assigned to a tablemate whose badge is registered for the winning table(s) at the time the payment is made. 
Payments for tables won in the lottery must be made by March 15. Tables not paid for by March 15 will be released to the Wait List.
By participating in The Table Lottery you are agreeing that the SPX Steering Committee will serve as the sole arbiter for any penalties resulting from misconduct during your participation in the SPX Table Lottery.
In response to incidents of cheating SPX reserves the right to exclude the offending entrants from future table lottery participation and SPX show promotional materials. 

Please follow the rules, play fair and uphold the community spirit of SPX that makes this show fun to put on and participate in. Please Register For Your Group
If you are sharing tables with other people, please have only 1 registration for your group. You will be able to list all of your table mates for the SPX web site, program guide and badges when you go to pay for the table.Further Details There is an FAQ at http://www.spxpo.com/lottery where you’ll find more info on The Table Lottery process. Stay tuned for the announcement of the availability of The Table Lottery Registration Form, coming to an e-mail inbox or social media stream near you. Thanks,Sam, Mike, and Warren





May the odds be ever in your favor!

spx:

Yo, peeps, for the next three weeks the SPX 2014 Table Lottery is very, very much open for your registration pleasure. Come get some!

spx:

The SPX 2014 Table Lottery Cometh!

Here’s the news, y’all.

We will soon be ready to begin registration for the long awaited SPX 2014 Exhibitor Table Lottery. This will be an new experience for all of us, but we’ll do our best to make it run quickly and smoothly.  
 
This email contains a general run down of the lottery procedure.  It will be followed later in the week by the link for lottery registration.  After you review the info below, please do reach out with any questions or concerns by sending an e-mail to exhibitors@spxpo.com. 
 
We will address them, pronto!! 
 
Table Lottery Registration Basics
 
SPX’s old first-come, first-serve mail order process for table registration didn’t translate well to the digital world. Between this basic issue and the increasing demand for tables we’ve moved to a new system for 2014 that’s a mix between invitations and a lottery pool. 
 
Invitations to the legacy exhibitors went out over the past week.  If you did not receive one and would like to exhibit your work at SPX 2014 you may enter The Table Lottery to pursue table space (you can request anything from a half table to two full tables via the lottery).
 
The link for lottery registration will be posted on January 24, and we’ll notify you when it goes live.
 
You Will Have Plenty of Time
 
Registration for The Table Lottery will run from January 24, 2014 through February 14, 2014. This will allow everyone plenty of time to register. And just as importantly, this should help to keep our poor web site from crashing to the ground.
 
The Lottery Process is Easy
 
There are just a few steps to the process:

  • Beginning January 24, go to the Lottery Registration Form and submit your info.
  • An e-mail will be sent back confirming your registration application.
  • Within 48 hours we will send you another e-mail with a 6 digit random number provided by Random.org
  • We will sort the lottery entrant list by random number in either ascending or order descending based on a coin flip.
  • We’ll apportion tables in the order dictated until we run out.
  • Remaining lottery registrants will be preserved in their lottery order as the 2014 Wait List.
  • Lottery winners will be announced on February 21, 2014.
  • Information about the process for paying for the tables will be made available in mid-February, with payment processing to begin the end of the month.
  • Winners will be given until March 15, 2014 to pay for their tables. Payment not received in that time frame will result in those tables in being forfeited and used for the Wait List.
There are Lots of Tables Available
 
Our goal is to keep the show pretty evenly split between invited exhibitors and exhibitors registering from the lottery. Depending on the number of legacy invitations that are accepted, one half to one third of the tables at SPX will be filled this way, leaving over 120 tables available for the lottery.
 
The Table Lottery Process Will Result In an Official Wait List
 
Once The Table Lottery winners are determined, the remaining names will be shifted to the official 2014 Exhibitors Wait List. The Wait List will show where you are on the list and as tables become available, we will work the list off, top to bottom. 
 
Please Play Fair
 
Other festivals that have a lottery system for table registration have seen people attempt to game the system, with multiple entries per person to try to gain an advantage. As we see such actions as against the Spirit of SPX, we will be enforcing these simple lottery rules:
  1. One lottery entry per person.
  2. You can register for up to 2 tables, in half table increments. Each half table gets a free badge, extra badges will be $10.
  3.  Please use the name on your lottery entry that will go into the Program Guide and on the SPX Exhibitors web page. Lottery entries using alias names will be disqualified.
  4. Tables can only be transferred or assigned to a tablemate whose badge is registered for the winning table(s) at the time the payment is made. 
  5. Payments for tables won in the lottery must be made by March 15. Tables not paid for by March 15 will be released to the Wait List.
  6. By participating in The Table Lottery you are agreeing that the SPX Steering Committee will serve as the sole arbiter for any penalties resulting from misconduct during your participation in the SPX Table Lottery.
In response to incidents of cheating SPX reserves the right to exclude the offending entrants from future table lottery participation and SPX show promotional materials.
Please follow the rules, play fair and uphold the community spirit of SPX that makes this show fun to put on and participate in.
 
Please Register For Your Group

If you are sharing tables with other people, please have only 1 registration for your group. You will be able to list all of your table mates for the SPX web site, program guide and badges when you go to pay for the table.

Further Details
 
There is an FAQ at http://www.spxpo.com/lottery where you’ll find more info on The Table Lottery process.
 
Stay tuned for the announcement of the availability of The Table Lottery Registration Form, coming to an e-mail inbox or social media stream near you.
 
Thanks,
Sam, Mike, and Warren

May the odds be ever in your favor!

(via comicsgirl)

16 9 / 2013

It’s okay, Ally, SPX was fucking awesome!  Annie should have gone.  The comic is up ready to make you jealous for missing the best comics show of the year!

It’s okay, Ally, SPX was fucking awesome!  Annie should have gone.  The comic is up ready to make you jealous for missing the best comics show of the year!

13 9 / 2013

Yes. It’s true. I’ma be there!  Look for me at W40B!

I’ll see you there!  OH, and the comic is up!

Yes. It’s true. I’ma be there!  Look for me at W40B!

I’ll see you there!  OH, and the comic is up!

11 9 / 2013

It’s super last minute, but I’ll be tabling at SPX this weekend!!!!  Dern worked his convention magic and managed to snag me a spot.  Thank you!!!
This should be a little interesting.  I’m listed at table W40B but so is someone else.  So there could be a last minute art fight for the spot.  Or maybe the other person listed cancelled and they just forgot to update the list.
Either way, I’ll be there selling things or not selling things.  SPX is so much fun, that even if I can’t sell things at the show, I’m going anyway.

It’s super last minute, but I’ll be tabling at SPX this weekend!!!!  Dern worked his convention magic and managed to snag me a spot.  Thank you!!!

This should be a little interesting.  I’m listed at table W40B but so is someone else.  So there could be a last minute art fight for the spot.  Or maybe the other person listed cancelled and they just forgot to update the list.

Either way, I’ll be there selling things or not selling things.  SPX is so much fun, that even if I can’t sell things at the show, I’m going anyway.

18 9 / 2012

Thanks for doing such a great job guys! Seriously, it was my favorite show of the year!!!!!
spx:

A huge thanks to the attendees, guests and exhibitors who made the pilgrimage to this years SPX, making it The Best EVER!!   And thanks even more for the kind words we are reading on all of the Internets. 
On behalf of me, Mike, Eden, Kevin, Bill, Nate, Greg and the Army of Volunteers, it was great having all of you and see ya next year!!
For those of you wondering how we felt after closing this years SPX, well, I think this says it all….
Till September 2013,
Warren 

Thanks for doing such a great job guys! Seriously, it was my favorite show of the year!!!!!

spx:

A huge thanks to the attendees, guests and exhibitors who made the pilgrimage to this years SPX, making it The Best EVER!!   And thanks even more for the kind words we are reading on all of the Internets. 

On behalf of me, Mike, Eden, Kevin, Bill, Nate, Greg and the Army of Volunteers, it was great having all of you and see ya next year!!

For those of you wondering how we felt after closing this years SPX, well, I think this says it all….

Till September 2013,

Warren 

31 1 / 2012

The MCP went all SPX!
mdt:

So I do this thing.  And it is amazing.
joemoc:

I have participated in the Small Press Expo almost since it began. I am so excited for what it’s become and, more importantly, what it will be. I am so fortunate to get to be a part of it.
comicsgirl:

WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?????I am amazed and humbled and delighted I get to be a part of this thing. My fellow board members & others connected with SPX are now members of my extended family. I love that people are paying attention to what we’re doing.
spx:

Wow…  SPX just passed 10,000 followers here on Tumblr. We couldn’t be more humbled or more grateful. Thank you all so much for giving a little bit of your attention to SPX and thanks as well to Tumblr for their kind support in promoting SPX to their users. If you don’t mind, I want to take a moment to re-introduce ourselves to you fine people.
OUR MISSION
SPX is a non-profit dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving independent voices in the comics medium. As an all volunteer organization - every penny we make goes to our charitable programs or internal investments. SPX receives no funding outside of what is raised by our annual events, which we would really, sincerely love for you to attend.
THE EXPO
Most of you are probably somewhat familiar with the annual SPX comics festival that takes place in Bethesda, MD. The Small Press Expo started out in 1994 as a regional indie comics show and has steadily grown in size and scope to become arguably the preeminent such event in North America, with top-flight guests and an excellent slate programming.
It looks a little something like this:

Last year over 3,000 artists and enthusiasts attended The Expo, along with special guests that included: Craig Thompson, Jim Woodring, Diam Noomin, Roz Chast and more. Our guests for 2012 include some dudes you may have heard of: Chris Ware and Dan Clowes with many more soon to be announced. Full info for the 2012 show is right here.
Please do think about making the trip.  We can hang.  It would rule.
THE IGNATZ AWARDS
Since 1997 SPX has been the home of the Ignatz Awards, celebrating excellence in independent comics. The Ignatz is unique in comics as afestival prize, with winners selected by attendees of the Expo. The only way to vote is to attend the show itself. The awards and after-party are open to all. NOTE: There will be a chocolate fountain.
While the annual SPX comics festival including the Ignatz Awards, is understandably how most people probably think of us, that doesn’t mean that the SPX team isn’t working hard for independent comics the other 363 days of the year…
Here’s what we do:
THE CBLDF DONATION
The proceeds from SPX’s annual festival are used to support a variety of charitable initiatives. Our longest standing relationship is with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. As their name implies, The CBLDF acts as a bulwark against censorship for comics creators of all stripes and provides an important voice in support of creative freedom. We’re extremely proud to have the CBLDF as the primary beneficiary of the SPX Festival.
THE LIBRARY GIFT PROGRAM
While our annual comics festival is the primary way we draw exposure to the best and brightest talents in independent comics, last year we added a new wrinkle. With the overwhelming support of several independent comics publishers, the Small Press Expo began an endowment program for local library systems.
Each year SPX will select several libraries for participation and these libraries will be provided a budget to select graphic novels at a reduced cost from participating publishers.  SPX handles everything, making it simple to get independent comics on the shelves of cash-strapped local libraries where that work can be accessible to all.

We piloted the program in our home district, Montgomery County, Maryland, delivering more than 200 graphic novels into local libraries. For 2012, we’re aiming to line up participants in Maryland, Virginia and DC. SPX loves libraries! And we love to provide new avenues for young people to discover the fine work of independent comics artists.
THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS COLLECTION
Ok, this is the one that gives me chills. 
2011 was a huge year for SPX.  Not only did we launch the library gift program.  We also saw the realization of something a long time in coming. Executive Director Warren Bernard spent over a year in negotiations with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC to facilitate a permanent repository for the work independent artists featured at SPX.

The SPX Collection at the Library of Congress was established to preserve the history both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. The donated works will enter the Library’s permanent collection of comic books and comic art. Truly unprecedented!
At the 2012 Ignatz Awards, Warren spoke about the LOC collection rather movingly.  I’d encourage you to give his remarks a look if you’ve missed them.
So that’s SPX in a nutshell. 
We’re here for comics.
I hope you’ll stick around and, come September, pay us a visit in DC!

The MCP went all SPX!

mdt:

So I do this thing.  And it is amazing.

joemoc:

I have participated in the Small Press Expo almost since it began. I am so excited for what it’s become and, more importantly, what it will be. I am so fortunate to get to be a part of it.

comicsgirl:

WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?????

I am amazed and humbled and delighted I get to be a part of this thing. My fellow board members & others connected with SPX are now members of my extended family. I love that people are paying attention to what we’re doing.

spx:

Wow… SPX just passed 10,000 followers here on Tumblr. We couldn’t be more humbled or more grateful. Thank you all so much for giving a little bit of your attention to SPX and thanks as well to Tumblr for their kind support in promoting SPX to their users. If you don’t mind, I want to take a moment to re-introduce ourselves to you fine people.

OUR MISSION

SPX is a non-profit dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving independent voices in the comics medium. As an all volunteer organization - every penny we make goes to our charitable programs or internal investments. SPX receives no funding outside of what is raised by our annual events, which we would really, sincerely love for you to attend.

THE EXPO

Most of you are probably somewhat familiar with the annual SPX comics festival that takes place in Bethesda, MD. The Small Press Expo started out in 1994 as a regional indie comics show and has steadily grown in size and scope to become arguably the preeminent such event in North America, with top-flight guests and an excellent slate programming.

It looks a little something like this:

Last year over 3,000 artists and enthusiasts attended The Expo, along with special guests that included: Craig Thompson, Jim Woodring, Diam Noomin, Roz Chast and more. Our guests for 2012 include some dudes you may have heard of: Chris Ware and Dan Clowes with many more soon to be announced. Full info for the 2012 show is right here.

Please do think about making the trip. We can hang. It would rule.

THE IGNATZ AWARDS

Since 1997 SPX has been the home of the Ignatz Awards, celebrating excellence in independent comics. The Ignatz is unique in comics as afestival prize, with winners selected by attendees of the Expo. The only way to vote is to attend the show itself. The awards and after-party are open to all. NOTE: There will be a chocolate fountain.

While the annual SPX comics festival including the Ignatz Awards, is understandably how most people probably think of us, that doesn’t mean that the SPX team isn’t working hard for independent comics the other 363 days of the year…

Here’s what we do:

THE CBLDF DONATION

The proceeds from SPX’s annual festival are used to support a variety of charitable initiatives. Our longest standing relationship is with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. As their name implies, The CBLDF acts as a bulwark against censorship for comics creators of all stripes and provides an important voice in support of creative freedom. We’re extremely proud to have the CBLDF as the primary beneficiary of the SPX Festival.

THE LIBRARY GIFT PROGRAM

While our annual comics festival is the primary way we draw exposure to the best and brightest talents in independent comics, last year we added a new wrinkle. With the overwhelming support of several independent comics publishers, the Small Press Expo began an endowment program for local library systems.

Each year SPX will select several libraries for participation and these libraries will be provided a budget to select graphic novels at a reduced cost from participating publishers. SPX handles everything, making it simple to get independent comics on the shelves of cash-strapped local libraries where that work can be accessible to all.

We piloted the program in our home district, Montgomery County, Maryland, delivering more than 200 graphic novels into local libraries. For 2012, we’re aiming to line up participants in Maryland, Virginia and DC. SPX loves libraries! And we love to provide new avenues for young people to discover the fine work of independent comics artists.

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS COLLECTION

Ok, this is the one that gives me chills.

2011 was a huge year for SPX. Not only did we launch the library gift program. We also saw the realization of something a long time in coming. Executive Director Warren Bernard spent over a year in negotiations with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC to facilitate a permanent repository for the work independent artists featured at SPX.

The SPX Collection at the Library of Congress was established to preserve the history both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. The donated works will enter the Library’s permanent collection of comic books and comic art. Truly unprecedented!

At the 2012 Ignatz Awards, Warren spoke about the LOC collection rather movingly. I’d encourage you to give his remarks a look if you’ve missed them.

So that’s SPX in a nutshell.

We’re here for comics.

I hope you’ll stick around and, come September, pay us a visit in DC!


(via mdt)

15 12 / 2011

Do it now!  BELIEVE!

spx:

Click the link below (or the little box at the end of this post) and fill out the online form. You’ll be notified the minute tables go on sale!

Click here for the exhibitor form!

We’ve got the biggest SPX ever happening in 2012 and we’re looking to knock your goddamn socks off.

We’ve added…

14 9 / 2011

A short little review of Small Press Expo and a look at some of the stuff I got.

Link time:

http://stagnantpoolparty.com

http://madam-manuela.com

http://watermelonbees.com

http://smallchangecomic.net

And here’s a link to my Beginning Cel Shading stream:

http://www.justin.tv/yellwoperil/b/295032832

13 9 / 2011

HELLS YES!!!

spx:

Suoer Art Fight killed it at the Ignatz Awards after party. These guys LOVE SPX and we’re so glad to have them involved.  Thank you to Jamie for helping to get it all together.

Same time next year, guys?

sherlockstark:

some highlights of super art fight at SPX tonight

11 9 / 2011

One of the sketches I did at SPX this weekend!!!
fuckyeahkamenpony:

Kamen Rider DOUBLE done by Jamie Noguchi a true Kamen Rider fan.

One of the sketches I did at SPX this weekend!!!

fuckyeahkamenpony:

Kamen Rider DOUBLE done by Jamie Noguchi a true Kamen Rider fan.

(Source: kamenjojo)