Depicting Intimacy and Vulnerability in Storytelling

One of the most powerful things a cartoonist can do is not just create memorable characters, but also put them in situations that reveal their vulnerability and depict real intimacy between them. Moderator Craig Fischer will explore this with Tommi Parrish, Elizabeth Pich, Katriona Chapman, and Sophia Glock.

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Ronald Wimberly In Conversation With Keith Knight

Join superstar Ronald Wimberly in conversation with Keith Knight about comics and Keith’s television adaptation, Woke. The old man at the indie con breaks down his climb from obscure comic strip creator to obscure TV show creator. An insider look of what happens when Hollywood comes-a-knockin’.

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Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Top Shelf

Time flies! It was 25 years ago at SPX ’97 when Chris Staros and Brett Warnock first joined forces to create one of the landmark indie graphic novel publishers of our time. Come celebrate a quarter-century of publishing quirky, sophisticated, captivating, groundbreaking, and personal comics — and look ahead to Top Shelf’s bright future! Editor-in-chief Chris […]

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Trans Identities in Fantasy and Fictional Storytelling

How do trans and non-binary cartoonists approach questions regarding gender identity in fantasy and fictional storytelling? Join moderator L.Nichols and panelists Andi Santagata, Bread Tarleton, Casey Nowak, and Tommi Parrish will discuss this and other issues with regard to storytelling.

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Fictionalizing Reality

Every writer draws from their real-life experiences to some degree. However, what choices must an artist make when fictionalizing their own real-life story? Moderator Jules Bakes will join Jarad Greene, Joris Bas Backer, Audra Stang, and Coco Fox in finding out more.

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Narrative Threads: When It Comes To Storylines, Clothing Matters

In any medium, fashion is integral to character design. But it’s arguably most important in comics, where time, space, era, status and more are often conveyed in a single panel. Together we’ll explore how some of your fav illustrators choose which designs to weave in, and which to leave on the rack. Moderator Mae Weinstein […]

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Spotlight on Maia Kobabe

Maia Kobabe is one of the most important young cartoonists working in comics today. Eir debut memoir, Gender Queer, has inspired many readers as well as wound up on a number of short-sighted ban lists. Join Maia and moderator Alex Hoffman in a wide-ranging discussion of eir career, books, and new projects.

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Insiders and Outsiders: Perspectives on Political & Social Commentary

In the long, storied tradition of political cartooning, most of its artists have been outsiders, commenting on the world of politics. With the rise of comics journalism, there are now cartoonists who have had the chance to report about politics and world events from the inside. Join moderator (and SPX Executive Director) Warren Bernard as […]

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Thalia Zedek and Leela Corman: A Mixed-Media Extravaganza

Join noise rock legend Thalia Zedek (E, Thalia Zedek Band, Come, Live Skull, UZI) and cartoonist/painter Leela Corman (Unterzakhn, We All Wish For Deadly Force, “incredible human gut-punch” according to some) for an evening of music and comics joined together, to benefit Small Press Expo. Q&A afterwards moderated by comics’ secret weapon, the almighty Josh […]

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The New New Yorker Cartoonists

The New Yorker cartoon has been around for almost 100 years— why is the art form so beloved? On this panel, which consists of some of the many new and diverse cartoonists that have been brought in, moderator Liza Donnelly will examine the past and present world of New Yorker cartoons with Lonnie Millsap, Sofia […]

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