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Description of Pictures: C.F. Q+A: C.F. (aka Christopher Forgues) is the creator of the mini-comics series Low Tides and also performs musically as “Kites.” His work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Paper Rodeo, Free Radicals and Kramers Ergot (including the wrap-around cover for that anthology’s fifth volume). Dan Nadel, whose PictureBox publishing company has just published C.F.’s book Powr Mastrs, will lead a discussion with the artist.
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SPXP4_071013_04.JPG: C.F. (aka Christopher Forgues)
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Wikipedia Description: Small Press Expo
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The Small Press Expo (SPX) is an alternative comics convention that takes place every September or October in Bethesda, Maryland. It rivals the Alternative Press Expo as the premiere convention for alternative comics creators and fans. SPX's main claim to fame are the Ignatz Awards. As one of the few festival awards rewarded in comics, they are voted on by attendees and are given annually at SPX.
SPX publishes an annual anthology as a companion to the convention. The first edition (1997) was in standard comic format, while all subsequent editions have been in digest format. Contributors have included Alex Robinson, Frank Cho, Marc Hempel, Brian Ralph and many others.
SPX is closely associated with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). All profits from SPX including the proceeds from the anthology and other fund raising activities that take place during the convention weekend, go to the CBLDF.
The SPX was founded in 1994 by a group of Washington-Baltimore area retailers to promote diversity in the comics marketplace. It also coincided with Dave Sim's "Spirits of Independence" tour. Attendees of the early years often speak of the close-knit community that was attained during the convention, citing offbeat occurrences such as James Kochalka's nude musical performance in 1998 and the annual pig roast/picnic.
SPX has been held in conjunction with the International Comics and Animation Festival (ICAF) many times beginning in 1997. Both ICAF and the Expo were cancelled in 2001 due to creators' travel difficulties related to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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2007 photos: Equipment this year: I used the Fuji S9000 almost exclusively except for the period when it broke and I had to send it back for repairs. In August, I bought a Canon Rebel Xti, my first digital SLR (vs regular digital) which I tried as well but I wasn't that excited by it.
Trips this year: Two weeks down south (including Graceland, Shiloh, VIcksburg, and New Orleans), a week at a time share in Costa Rica over my 50th birthday, a week off for a family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with sidetrips to Dayton, Springfield, and Madison), a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con with a side trip to Michigan for two family reunions, a drive up to Niagara Falls, a couple of weekend jaunts including the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Vicksburg, and a December journey to three state capitols (Richmond, Raleigh, and Columbia). I saw sites in 18 states and 3 other countries this year -- the first year I'd been to more than two other countries since we lived in Venezuela when I was a little toddler.
Ego strokes: A photo that I took at the National Archives was used as the author photo on the book jacket for David A. Nichols' "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution." I became a volunteer photographer at both Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Civil War Preservation Trust (later renamed "Civil War Trust")..
Number of photos taken this year: 225,000.