SPX 2010 Coming Fast! Plus Intervention

It’s nearly the end of summer, but there are still good comic conventions to attend! I’ll next be visiting the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday, September 11. (Although the show runs two days, it’s relatively local for me, so I’m only making the trip for that one day. Unfortunately, other obligations call that same weekend.)

Isn’t this a darling promotional poster by Raina Telgemeier (Smile)? Look at all those diverse people enjoying comics and the chocolate fountain that’s a feature of the Saturday night festivities!

I’m honored to be part of two of the scheduled panels. First, I’m on the Critics’ Panel: How We Judge at 3:00. The subtitle is geared to give a little more focus to the usual journalism coverage. We’ll be talking about how to “regard different kinds of work in different ways” and how we form critical opinions. Panelists also include Gary Groth (The Comics Journal), Tim Hodler (Comics Comics), Chris Mautner (Robot 6), Joe McCulloch (Jog the Blog), Ken Parille (Blog Flume), and Caroline Small (The Hooded Utilitarian). That’s quite the group! I hope we all get a chance to share our opinions, but I’m pretty sure that won’t be a problem, since we’re all outspoken.

Next, I will be moderating Comics for Younger Readers at 5 PM. We’ll focus on comics for kids/young adults by Metaphrog, Aaron Renier, Raina Telgemeier, and Drew Weing. If there’s anything you’d like to know about these folks, let me know!

If you’re going to be in the area, although I don’t know how you could tear yourself away from SPX, you may also want to check out Intervention, an odd new assemblage of “webcomics, videos, gaming, music” all with an online focus, debuting the same weekend. It’s an unfortunate coincidence that they’re scheduled for the same dates in the same area, as the Intervention organizers comment on:

The more we thought about it though the more we believe this isn’t a problem. SPX has always been focused on the idea of independent print comics. While some webcomics guests do attend SPX, the “idea” of SPX, as shown by the multitude of their programming, is still very much focused on the print realm. Intervention is about online distribution and promotion, and somewhat more open ended in the content type discussed (video, music, comics, blogging, etc.).

There is crossover, but in many ways Intervention and SPX appear to be the Yin and Yang of focus and programming. I can actually foresee people who might attend both for the elements that they want to get info about. Considering that the cons are also physically located only a few miles from each other, this is a very easy thing to actually do.

Here’s an interview with a founder that provides more focus on what they’re aiming to do.


2 Responses to “SPX 2010 Coming Fast! Plus Intervention”

  1. Anatole Wilson Says:

    Fantastic poster–thanks for sharing! SPX is the one conference I attend each year–I think this is my 5th. I’m planning to start (yet another) blog/site focusing on children’s and young adult comics, so I’ll be very interested in both of your panels.

  2. Johanna Says:

    So glad to hear it! I hope they go well. It’ll be nice knowing there’s at least one friendly reader in the audience. :)




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