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Description of Pictures: Libraries And Comics: Past, Present, And Future Trends
Over the past twenty years, libraries and the comics industry at all levels have been working together to forge bonds that have benefited both. Comics and graphic novels have become a huge draw for libraries, who also use their resources for comics festivals and workshops. Libraries have become an essential client for publishers at all levels, emerging as a crucial part of their bottom line. Critic Chris Mautner explores the evolving nature of this relationship with Kathy Schalk-Green (of the American Library Association), Megan Halsband (from the Library of Congress), Jacq Cohen (representing Fantagraphics Books), and cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (award-winning and best-selling author of Smile, Drama, Sisters and her newest book, Guts).
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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.
2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(May/June) a two-day jaunt to New York City for my 62nd birthday,
(July) two-weeks out west for San Diego Comic-Con and sites in Utah,
(August) a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts to experience rain in another state,
(August) a three-day trip to Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
(August) another two-day jaunt to New York City (United Nations, Flushing),
(October) a three-day jaunt to New York City (New York Comic-Con).
That's it so far!
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.