MD -- Bethesda -- Small Press Expo (2010) -- Panel: Autobiography in Pieces:
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Description of Pictures: Autobiography in Pieces: How do you tell the story of a life that’s still in progress? Is “story” even the right way to think about it? How do you winnow down the manifold details and data of your life? Cartoonists Sarah Becan, Gabrielle Bell, Vanessa Davis, and Jesse Reklaw will discuss alternatives to the memoir with moderator Isaac Cates.
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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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SPXP5_100912_001.JPG: Left to right: Isaac Cates, Vanessa Davis, Jesse Reklaw, Gabrielle Bell, and Sarah Becan
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2010 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs until the third one broke and I started sending them back for repairs. Then I used either the Fuji S200EHX or the Nikon D90 until I got the S100fs ones repaired. At the end of the year I bought a Nikon D5000 but I returned it pretty quickly.
Trips this year: I've got so many local commitments that I'm having trouble getting away. I drove out to Lexington, Kentucky to cover the Civil War Preservation Trust's annual conference in June. I flew out to California and Nevada for two weeks in July for the San Diego Comic-Con. I flew to Nashville to cover the Civil War Preservation Trust's Grand Review conference in September.
My office at the main Commerce Department building closed in October and I was shifted out to the Bureau of the Census in Suitland Maryland. It's good to have a job of course but that killed being able to see basically any cultural events during the day. There's basically nothing of interest that you can see around the Census building.
Number of photos taken this year: about 395,000..