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Small Press Expo '99
Titles:
Strange Child Comics
Whiteout
Love and Rockets
Flashpoint Illustrated
Buzzboy/Forty Winks
Dangerous Times
B-36
Goblin
First Kids on Mars
Julie's Journey
Gravity
Lethargic Comics
SPX '99
Latest update: April 7, 2008
Moved to this URL: February 7, 2005
Original text: May 11, 2000


In September 1999 Kiri and I attended the sixth annual Small Press Expo here in Montgomery County, Maryland, but I didn't get around to writing this report until now. Some of it is going to sound familiar, since I'm once again using the previous reports as a template, and things weren't all that different.

The SPX was again in Bethesda, at the same hotel as in '98 -- the good one. I don't know how attendance or the number of exhibitors compared.

The purpose of the SPX is to give readers (and writers and artists and publishers) a chance to see what cool stuff is out there that they hadn't seen elsewhere. This time, alas, most of the cool stuff I saw was stuff I was already following, having discovered it at the '97 and '98 shows; I didn't see much good new material. Here's what I did pick up:



That's it for new stuff, but there are also some

Returning Favorites:

Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS, WEAKLY #8 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS, WEAKLY #10 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS, WEAKLY #11 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS, WEAKLY #12 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #4 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #5 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #6 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #7 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #8 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #9 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #10 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #12 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #13 Cover of LETHARGIC COMICS #14


Cover of SPX '99And finally, each year the SPX publishes its own comic, compiling work by several of the exhibitors. I thought the 1999 volume was pretty good, definitely better than '98.

Of course, any time you have that many contributors, there'll be a few that just don't work, and that's the case here, but the average is quite decent.


There's a lot of nifty stuff being done in comics these days. Eventually I want to put up a few pages about it. For now, though, I'll just direct you to one link as a starting point.

For those who somehow stumbled in here by accident -- hi! I'm Lawrence Watt-Evans. I'm the author of more than two dozen novels and around a hundred short stories, as well as innumerable articles, comic scripts, poems, and other miscellany. This is my personal website, the Misenchanted Page; the name is a reference to my bestselling novel The Misenchanted Sword.


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