Small Press Expo, the premier small publishing comic show in the USA, is coming up September 13th and 14th in Bethesda Maryland, and each year brings out the best of art comics and indie comics to celebrate the medium and keep the comics community thriving.
Tickets are always reasonable for the Expo, making it very friendly for comics enthusiasts to attend the show floor and the excellent programming, at only 20 dollars for a weekend ticket. That, of course, frees up funds to take home some of the lavish and lovely spread of books available at the show. This year Special Guests for the Expo include Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, James Sturm, Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Raina Telgemeier, and many more.
This year, SPX are making a point of getting a full house of attendees, and one strategy for doing that is to support their "Thunderclap" campaign. If their Thunderclap campaign receives 250 subscribers in the next 10 days, the program will post this special message across the accounts who have signed up on social media for a big media swell:
It's a simple way to show your support of small press and independent comics, and just for clarity we'll note that there is no donation required to participate, just your social media support. As Small Press Expo says about their role and goals:
The Small Press Expo: More Than Just a Comic Arts Festival
In fact, we're a 501c3 nonprofit chartered to promote, preserve and protect the work of independent creators in the comics medium. Every person who attends our 20th annual festival on September 13-14, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland directly supports these efforts.
Your attendance at SPX puts graphic novels from independent publishers on public library shelves through our Graphic Novel Gift program, protects against censorship through our financial support of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and enables SPX to preserve the best work in independent comics via our permanent collection at the Library of Congress.
So join our Thunderclap to help spread the word about SPX 2014. Your participation in this campaign is our best advertising!
So, join the Thunderclap, invite others to attend, and turn out in person if you can to make a statement in support of a vital part of the comics community.