Playing With The Medium

The familiar grids and linear storytelling of comics have stood the test of time. However, there are always innovators looking to stretch the formal limits of comics. Be it creating metafictional narratives, creating constraints on a page, or integrating comics with other media, there’s a rich tradition of playing with the medium of comics. Formal More Info »

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Ourselves, In Stories: A Documentary Of The Small Press Expo

Award-winning documentarian Marjee Chmiel screens her documentary on SPX. Titled Ourselves, In Stories, it takes a look at the challenges, obstacles, and rewards of crafting new stories and redefining our cultural vision for whose stories are heard. Moderator Warren Bernard joins Marjee after the screen to ask her about the inspiration for and making of More Info »

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Personal Comics from Color, Shape, Line … and Lyrics!

You can make comics only with an open heart and whatever materials you have lying around. In one of the favorite workshops at Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW), Tom Hart will guide you through making 8-page mini-comics that uses song lyrics, personal memories and simple drawing and painting to make a personal comic that says what More Info »

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Comics and Meditative Intention

What mindset is required for cartoonists to work? Is drawing a form of work or play? How does this relate to Lynda Barry’s conception of play as a serious, meditative activity? How do artists escape thinking about whether or not their work is good while they are doing it? Moderator Rob Clough discusses these and More Info »

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Color and Narrative Innovation

Color is often secondary to line in comics, but a number of cartoonists have experimented with bringing color front and center. Not only that, but their innovations have included making color central to the emotional narratives of their stories. Moderator Rob Clough talks to Dash Shaw, Shira Spector, MariNaomi, and Tillie Walden about their challenges More Info »

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The Local Scene: Shows, Publishing, and Getting Started

While not every city has congregations of cartoonists like Chicago or Portland, every city has its own particular advantages and special qualities that can create its own unique scene. Join moderator Robin Enrico along with publishers and scene-makers Juan Fernandez, Jamila Rowser, Avi Ehrlich, and Neil Brideau as they discuss ideas regarding pedagogy, connecting with More Info »

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Focus On The Day The Klan Came To Town

This is a special spotlight on The Day The Klan Came To Town, a powerful work of historical fiction. It’s based on the real events in 1923 when the KKK came to a small Pennsylvania town to make an example of its largely Jewish and Catholic populations, and how a group of people made a More Info »

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Comics, Bodies, and Embodiment

Bodies take many forms, and our relationship with one’s own can shift throughout our lives. Comics are a powerful tool for understanding and accepting the bodies in which we live. Joel Christian Gill, Tatiana Gill, Ashley Robin Franklin, and Robin Smith discuss their work as a means of exploring the corporeal form in a discussion More Info »

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Enemies of the State

Join moderator Alex Hoffman and fellow critics Rob Clough, Daniel Elkin, and Jules Bakes for a special SPX edition of the podcast Enemy Of The State. The panel’s special guest is artist E.A. Bethea, whose Francis Bacon was nominated for a 2021 Ignatz Award. They will ask her in-depth questions regarding the comic and its More Info »

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Queer Joy and Queer Friendships

Join moderator Carta Monir and guests Emma Jayne, Crystal Frasier, Walter Scott, and in a celebration of queer joy in comics. This discussion focuses on the power of queer friendships and happiness as both driving force and radiant rebellion.er Scott

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