SPX is a pretty small con dedicated to alternative/independent comics – the biggest publishers there every year are Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and Top Shelf. This was my fifth year going with my uncle.

So, about John Lewis. He, with Andrew Aydin as co-writer and Nate Powell as the artist, has written a graphic novel about the Civil Rights Movement entitled March, which is coming out in three parts. The three of them spoke at a panel and later signed copies of the first volume. I bought a copy and had it signed by all three of them, then I shook Rep. Lewis’s hand and told him it was great to hear him speak.

We also attended panels with Peter Bagge and Seth. Bagge has written a graphic novel about Margaret Sanger called Woman Rebel, and it was really interesting to hear him talk about her. Apparently in his researches he found that a lot of the things we hear regarding her support of eugenics are a lot more complicated than I, and probably many others, thought, with some stuff being downright untrue. Obviously I’m not going to just take what he says at face value without doing research of my own, but it certainly sparked my interest. I’m not especially familiar with Seth’s work, but he was a great speaker.

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Swag!

Here are my books:

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The aforementioned March; a collection of Carl Barks Donald Duck stories; and Green Eggs and Maakies, a collection of Tony Millionaire's Maakies strips. The Donald Duck and Maakies I'm going to read myself, then give to my parents for Christmas — Donald Duck for my dad and Maakies for my mom. ...That probably says a lot about my family to anyone familiar with those comics.

Here’s the stuff my uncle got (and my finger):

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The Amazing, Enlightening and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch; Palookaville Number Twenty-one by Seth, and Woman Rebel by Peter Bagge.

He got his books signed by Bagge and Seth, but I only got a picture of Bagge’s signature.

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All in all, a very good day.

Oh, and on a final note, I spotted this t-shirt on the way out: