I Went to SPX 2016 and Loved It
I had a terrific time at the 2016 Small Press Expo (SPX), as I do every year. It’s the nation’s premier independent comic arts festival, and everyone knows that everyone there has at least one thing in common: a love of the medium.
But for more of a personal take, here are the memories that stand out for me:
* Roommates! Brigid Alverson, Heidi MacDonald, Deb Aoki, and I all stayed together, and it was a weekend-long slumber party! Before I left on Sunday, Brigid, Deb, and I piled all our purchases together. It looked like this:
* Breakfast with Trina Robbins and two new friends, a New Jersey librarian and her art collector husband.
* Being Not Roger Langridge, as I watched his table while he attended a panel. I was grateful for the chance to sit down for a while and meet fellow fans of his art.
* Getting to see Keith Knight’s slide show, “They Shoot Black People, Don’t They?” It’s a fascinating take on racial conflict in this country, punctuated by autobiographical stories about his cartoons and career.
* Going to dinner with former blog contributor Ed Sizemore, Brigid, and Deb, where I got to eat Ethiopian food for the second time in my life. (Yum!) This show is all about seeing old friends and meeting new ones, while shopping for great comics.
Unfortunately, I was on a medication that kept knocking me out, so I apologize to the people I zoned out on while walking around the show floor, and nighttime socializing for me was right out. I also ruined good photos because my camera is too slow to focus — I need to fix that before I play reporter again.
SPX was the only comic show I attended this year, and it was well worth it. If you’re interested in a comic festival where you’ll celebrate the future of medium and the accomplishments of widely talented people, you should attend.