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.