- Posted by Johanna on March 27, 2013 at 7:40 am
- Category: Comic News
You may have heard that the Small Press Expo had some troubles with table registration this year. It’s the good kind of problem to have, one that’s bedeviled a number of shows recently: demand far exceeded supply, and the new online sign-up system crashed last weekend.
Now, the steering committee has released a statement that addresses how they’re attempting to address the problem fairly, and the choice benefits us all. The show will greatly expand their space. They’re using the full hotel ballroom, which allows a table count of approximately 280 (compared to last year’s 210).
They’re clear about the financial needs — they want exhibitors to make money at the show, so they’re balancing growth with a scale that will allow that. It’s also clearly labeled an experiment, not necessarily a permanent expansion. Whether it continues will depend on feedback and business.
Unfortunately, the growth still won’t cover everyone who wanted to sign up to exhibit. To make up for the confusion, those wait listed who do not eventually receive a table will get two free passes to the show and a free SPX tote bag designed by Dan Clowes, which is a nice gesture and an indication of just how artist-focused SPX is. Kudos to the organizers for handling this graciously. I’m making my reservations to attend now, because I can’t wait to see a bigger, better SPX.