Wow, Fangirls. This was easily the most amazing show I’ve ever been to.
Natalie and I left at 5am from Ballston Lake, NY, to make the drive down to Bethesda, MD for Small Press Expo last Saturday. It was about 12:30 when we finally arrived, and picked up our badges. When I walked into the single room the Expo was in, I was instantly overwhelmed. My first thought was “we should find the art fighters!” So we sought out Michael Bracco, Ross Nover, Jamie Noguchi, and Alex Kazanas. It was fantastic seeing them, but the show was so big, there was way more to see. After a warning from Noguchi, “lock up your wallet; your money is going to fly away from you,” we started to peruse the rest of the show floor.
He was right, Fangirls. If you go to SPX next year (which you really should), save for it. I didn’t save up beforehand, and spent around $300. So plan and budget. But there was just so many amazing things! I’m really glad I picked up cards, because I couldn’t afford all of the stuff I wanted, so I can look them up and spend money on them later. I’m really happy with my haul, but really if I could have bought one thing from each person, I would have.
The entire weekend was spent wandering the show floor. We didn’t go to any panels, but they were available for anyone who wanted to go to them. I was overwhelmed the entire time, by the sheer amount of talented creators there were.
Fangirls, I have never been to something like Small Press Expo. It was full of the most beautiful and stylish people, and the most creative and unique art and books. I am still overwhelmed by how amazing it was. We met artists who are so passionate about their work, and they just want to share it with everyone. The work there is passion projects; people’s babies. They aren’t making these projects because DC, Marvel, or some other publisher is breathing down their necks to make it. They’re creating because it is what they love, and that is so inspiring.
I will definitely be going more in depth with the books that I bought in their own reviews, but here are the artists I picked up cards from, with a link to their website:
The Rabbit Hero
S. Dottie Schuda
The Devil & Mr. Ghandhi
Vym: The Drag Magazine
Hana Doki Kira
Maggie Lynn Negrete
The Tale of Tamarind
Joel Christian Gill
And Fangirls, these folks are amazing. Check out how lovely they are on their websites, follow their twitters, and give them love. They deserve it. And if you’re considering going to Small Press expo next year; just do it. We’ll see you there!
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