I told you the story of Dwayne McDuffie to encourage all of us to be generous with ourselves and with one another. The Black Panther, despite his flaws, was able to inspire a young African American reader to become a writer.
We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.
And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.
Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you. — Gene Luen Yang made an awesome speech on Friday night and words cannot describe how honored I feel that I got to be there to hear it. I’m so glad you get to read it. God read it now.
NOW AVAILABLE: "House of Women" Digital Dowload -
Science fiction meets psycho-sexual drama when a group of women try to bring “civilization” to the natives of a remote planet on the fringes of the known universe. Part one of a three-part series.
Hey cartoonists and readers! Following my Ignatz nomination I decided to get my butt in gear and now “House of Women, Part I” is available as a digital download from Gumroad!
SPECIAL NOTE TO SPX ATTENDEES & EXHIBITORS:
If you are interested in reading “House of Women, Part I” I can give you a promotional code so you can download it FOR FREE. Just e-mail me at redinkradio (at) gmail.com.
KATIE SKELLY x SEIBEI is coming!
In early September we’re releasing tees and tanks with this art from Katie Skelly's Operation Margarine, printed with ultra-soft inks and a jumbo 16” x 24” print (there will start to be a little distance between the collar and the top of the print on X-Large shirts and up).
Tees and tanks are currently at the printer and should be in hands soon, at which point they’ll go online with two other new tees and reprints at SEIBEI.
Katie will also have some tees and tanks available at the Small Press Expo (and I’ll be there too). She’ll be splitting her time between the AdHouse Books table (W53-55) and her table (B6A). I’ll be at the Telegraph Art & Comics table (K2) and will have some other SEIBEI tees in limited quantities behind the table (and can point you towards Katie!).
Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Queens, New York. Her first book Nurse Nurse was published by Sparkplug Books in 2012, and her latest book Operation Margarine was published by AdHouse Books in 2014. She loves winged eyeliner and problems.
Katie Skelly (calicocomics on Tumblr)
This T-shirt is all my feelings.
This is Pudding. She’s a fox that was too friendly to be released into the wild which is just amazing. And her name is Pudding, which is clearly the best name of a friendly fox could have.
She lives with a bunch of other cutie foxes at National Fox Welfare Society in Rushden, UK.
I have SPX brain so I like looking at cutie foxes. I know I’m not allowed to have one but look at her! LOOK!
With barely two weeks to go until SPX 2014, I thought it might be a good time to reintroduce ourselves.
WHAT IS SPX ALL ABOUT?
SPX is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving independent voices in the comics medium.
As an all volunteer organization - every penny we make goes to our charitable programs or internal investments. SPX receives no funding outside of what is raised by our annual events, which we would really, sincerely love for you to attend.
(And before I inadvertently give you grandiose notions, by nonprofit foundation I mean that we’re about a dozen people who volunteer their time and work their asses off to perpetrate this labor of love every year.)
How we going about accomplishing this mission takes several forms over the course of the year. The longest running and most visible aspect of what we do is…
THE ANNUAL EXPO
If you’re following us here on Tumblr, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the annual SPX comics festival that takes place in Bethesda, Maryland (September 13-14th!). This is what most people thing of when they think “SPX.”
What started out in 1994 as a regional indie comics show has grown to become arguably the preeminent such event, with top-flight domestic and international guests, the Ignatz Awards festivities as well as an excellent slate programming (just announced today).
We are getting perilously close to 700 creators attending and over 175 new books debuting at SPX 2014, along with a killer line-up of special guests that includes folks like:
Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Emily Carroll, Jules Feiffer, Michael DeForge, Mimi Pond, Box Brown, Roman Muradov, Jen Sorenson, Brandon Graham, Tom Tomorrow, Keith Knight, Eleanor Davis, Drew Friedman, Rene French, Robert Mankoff, Drew Friedman and Ben Katchor, Shannon Wheeler and Derf Backderf!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM SPX
The Expo looks a little bit like this and is basically the best time ever:
SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW
One crucial aspect of our annual festival — this is how SPX funds all our other philanthropic programs. Your “membership” at the door is what makes everything else we do possible. And your word of mouth is the best way to help us grow stronger, and do more year over year.
COME SEE FOR YOURSELF
Over the next two weeks I’ll be posting here on Tumblr to hit all the other ways SPX is out there promoting, protecting and preserving the work of independent comic creators. I hope you’ll given ‘em all a read…
But the easiest way to understand what we’re all about is by coming to see us September 13th and 14th in Bethesda, Maryland.
Please do think about making the trip!
We can hang. It would rule.
Review: Tomboy by @comicnrrd
Children tend to get reduced to the simplest definitions: Girls like dresses and princesses and boys like trucks and sports. It doesn’t matter how true these things are or not — the pressure from parents and peers (and certainly, society) forces children into pretty narrow roles.
So what happens when you know early on you don’t fit into that?
Liz Prince reflects on growing up as a girl who always…
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AdHouse SPX Debut. #beveragenotincluded
I will happily provide my own beverage.