Last weekend, Small Press Expo took Bethesda, Maryland, by storm with a record number of exhibitors (600) and attendees. Towards the end of the show, there were cheery notes taped to the ATM machines explaining that both machines, a total of $40,000 in cash, were empty, and it had all gone to independent comics creators or small presses. That was something to celebrate, even for the cash-needy crestfallen. I didn't take nearly as many photos as I would have liked since I was too busy squirreling away heavy piles of great comics and running to some of the excellent panel programming, but the silver lining regarding photos is that Small Press Expo has a monster Tumblr where you can find so many photos and related coverage that you might disappear in it for a few days. But here are a few I grabbed and a big thanks to everyone who chatted with me, discussed their work, and encouraged me take photos.
Hannah Means-Shannon is senior New York Correspondent at Bleeding Cool, writes and blogs about comics for TRIP CITY and Sequart.org, and is currently working on books about Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore for Sequart. She is @hannahmenzies on Twitter and hannahmenziesblog on WordPress. Find her bio here.