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SPX 2013 Photo Rock Show
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Tom KaczynskitattoosPeter BaggePeanutsPaul HornschemeierNoah Van SciverNo Straight LinesMichael KuppermanLove and RocketsLeslie SteinKen ParilleJoseph LambertJeff SmithJanet HamlinGeorge HerrimanGary PanterGary GrothFloyd GottfredsoneventsEd PiskorDash ShawChuck ForsmanCharles M SchulzCharles ForsmanCarol TylerBlake BellBen Catmull 27 Sep 2013 10:37 AM
SPX
Holy yes-more-please, SPX rocked us. Jacq Cohen, Gary Groth and I traversed across the country for one of the single best comic books shows that exists. We knew it was going to be quite the fun time when we boarded the plane and saw Joseph Remnant. A small favor to stranger later and he was TRAPPED between us for 4+ hours.
Jen, Joseph and Jacq
SPX is that magical place where we stay in the same hotel as the convention so you run into people all the time. We found a Ben Catmull by the elevators right away! Maybe he was haunting the place (NOT COOL, BEN)
Ben Catmull
SPX had Ed Piskor draw the badges for the show this year and they were pretty bitching! Melanie Gillman models:
SPX badge by Ed Piskor
Early morning rise and shine, all the books were out in their deliciously intimidating stacks including all sexy color Peanuts Every Sunday.
Peanuts Every Sunday
Speaking of Peanuts, kids are attracted to it like a magnet. Yes!
Peanuts
Sketching Guantanamo also debuted at SPX and Janet Hamlin, the military tribunal artist for the last seven years showed up with some new sketches. This book is very important, not just to Janet or us but to the United States as a form of public record.
Sketching Guantanamo
Janet Hamlin
Here Hamlin and Justin Hall, editor and one of the cartoonists in No Straight Lines sign books.
Janet Hamlin and Justin Hall
Ed Piskor's new book Hip Hop Family Tree sold out early in the show along with Ulli Lust's Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. Ed signs while dressed to the nines.
Ed Piskor
Ed signed alongside Fantagraphics' veterans Leslie Stein drawing in Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 and Michael Kupperman. T. Edward Bak gives them a pleasant earful.
signing
Speaking of debuts, The Secret History of Marvel Comics edited by Blake Bell and Dr. Michael J. Vassallo was very popular amongst the small press and indie fans. Chip Mosher of comiXology and Max Robinson have a mug off plus show off fun 'demonstration hands'!
Secret History of Marvel Comics
Meanwhile, one of the best dressed men and micropublishers in comics, Ryan Sands of Youth in Decline SHOWS OFF not one but two amazing tops before grabbing The Dan Clowes Reader (edited by Ken Parille).
Ryan Sands
While we're on the subject of fashion this lady's TEZUKA shirt blew me away, especially with its little added on pockets. 
Tezuka
Dash Shaw and Charles Forsman signed copies of their new books, New School and The End of the Fucking World respectively. 
Dash and Chuck
Ulli Lust signs Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life and Marc Sobel (editor) signs Love and Rockets: The Companion. (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
ulli and marc
So many of our cartoonists were on panels and luckily Meredith Rizzo was there to take photos while we sold books! Dash Shaw and Frnak Santoro.
Dash and Frank
Gary Panter and Bill Kartalopoulos (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Gary and Bill
 Jim Rugg, Tom Scioli, Ed Piskor, Seth and R. Sikoryak.  (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Ed piskor panel
And then people started drooling over Love and Rockets! Adam Staffaroni and Andrew Arnold (of Roaring Brook) ohh and ahh over Love and Rockets: The Covers.
Adam and Andrew
Joseph Lambert took it upon himself to get dangerous with hydration in a live appropriation of the Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 cover.
Joseph Lambert
Annie Mok and Phil Jackson totin' around some of The End by Anders Nilsen and Hernandez Brothers!
Annie Mok and Phil Jackson
Paul Hornschemeier, Ben Catmull, and Peter Bagge signed at the table (Gary Panter presiding behind them)
signing comics
At Bar Con in the evenings, things are heating up. Pete Bagge discusses things with Publisher Gary Groth, apparently it made Terry Nantier from NBM giggle.
SPX
Heidi MacDonald of The Beat, Peter Bagge, Terry from NBM and Noah Van Sciver make the flying Mighty Ducks 'V'.
Bar
Roger Langridge talks to Aussie Chris Breach.
Roger and Chris
At the Ignatz ceremony, they remembered our late, great Kim Thompson (photo from last year's convention)
Ignatz Kim
Ulli Lust (not pictured), Carol Tyler and me (!) all presented awards at the Ignatz ceremony.
Carol Tyler and Jen Vaughn
Two Fantagraphics' cartoonists won Ignatz bricks! Ulli for Best Graphic Novel and Chuck for issue 16 of his TEOTFW installment.
Ulli Lust and Charles Forsman
The brick for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life.
Ulli's brick
Special guest Gary Panter and Jacq look great!
Gary and Jacq
Chuck Forsman and his BRICK!
Chuck!
Jacq and me with our roadie, Jeff Smith.
Jacq Cohen, Jen Vaughn and Jeff Smith
On Sunday more cartoonists stopped by the table to grab their favorite titles from us like Gene Yang picked up Ben Catmull's Ghosts and Ruins.
Gene Yang and Ben Catmull
Gary Panter asked Paul Hornschemeier to sign a book for him (bawww!)
Gary Panter and Paul H
Then Koyama Press' Cole Closser, Linda Walker and D&Q's Rutu Modan stopped by to talk to Gary Panter and grab Dal Tokyo.
Gary Panter and fans
Andrew Arnold and Sean Azzopardi flex with The Cavalier Mr. Thompson by Rich Tommaso and Dash Shaw 's Unclothed Man.
Andrew and Sean
Alec Longstreth and Greg McElhatton model books Mickey Mouse: Color Sundays by Floyd Gottfredson and Love and Rockets: The Covers!
Alec and Greg
Adriana and Tara
Joseph Remnant and Noah Van Sciver pay their respects to Schulz and the Peanuts Every Sunday Vol. 1 book. This picture is way cute and may or may not be my desktop background.
Joseph Remnant and Noah Van Sciver
Noah's gonna give you the hard sell, "LOOK at how color affects the tone of this comic!" Too true, it's way more whimsical!
Noah Van Sciver and Peanuts
Dan Stafford, SPX staffer and owner of Kilgore Books & Comics, gives us his best "don't murder me face". But it wasn't enough, story at eleven. Fall Guy for Murder by Johnny Craig gets 'em every time.
Dan Stafford
Former intern Lars got a copy of Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics (that he worked on!)
Gahan Wilson
Justin Hall and Carol Tyler of the infamous You'll Never Know series.
Justin and Tyler
Peter Bagge signs some books for fans! (photo by Meredith Rizzo)
Peter Bagge
Zak Sally took a break behind our booth to do some sweet sketches.
Zak Sally
The last thing to do at a con after packing up some unsold books and labeling boxes is EAT COOKIES. SPX social media coordinator and crazy busy man, Michael David Thomas, is the stuff fucking dreams are made of my friends.
MIchael David Thomas
More excellent fashion: Tom Kaczynski's TV Terminator shirt.
Tom K
Three cheers for Eden and Greg! Farel Dalrymple and Noah Van Sciver twerk and smirk below.
people
Jacq hugs Jason Leivian of Floating World/Press Gang
Jacq and Jason
I'm so pissed I forgot to show off my '90s HIP HOP socks to Ed while he was signing Hip Hop Family Tree. See those smiley faces and peace signs? The kind of socks you keep for the rest of your life! Eden Miller, Ignatz organizer, also showed off her own foot related fashion---an Ignatz tattoo pulled right from the pages of Herriman's comic!
Socks tats
Back on the plane ride home, Jacq took a photo of me working on comics. 
Jen comics
We had SUCH a great time at SPX, thank you so much to Warren Bernard, Michael David Thomas, Dan Stafford, Eden Miller, Sam Marx and the many, many, many other staffers and volunteers who made the show rock. Our bags are already packed for next year. 
SPX ready
Our Gang of Lawyers
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under miscellanyJeff Smith 10 Jul 2008 10:43 AM

Below this post, Mike Baehr announced the release of Walt Kelly's Our Gang Volume 3. The covers for this series are being drawn by the great Jeff Smith, as tributes to one of his idols.

A lot goes on "behind the scenes" when producing these collections. You may note that the purple cap pictured seems just a little bit more detailed than the rest of the kids' clothes. In this case lawyers from Another Publisher had seen an advance copy of the cover and required four variations on the cap before they were satisfied that it didn't infringe on a character they represented-- let's call him Bucketface. A popular look in the 30s/40s, the hat is created by cutting a zig-zag out of the brim of a fedora. It is also a hat that this kid wears throughout the Our Gang stories. So while my uneducated opinion is that any infringement on Bucketface is meritless, what do I know?

Anyway, here's the evolution of the cap, minus the second stage which I lost documentation of. And yes, we had to add "more buttons" to the hat between the third and fourth change. And yes, this all cost a lot of money in lawyer fees on both sides.

fkd.jpg

 

I found an ironic twist to this story, via Wikipedia. At some point in the 1960s, Bucketface's friends got curious what his real name was: "[His friends] decided to go to City Hall and check his birth certificate; the stuffy clerk there demands a large fee, which they scrape up with difficulty. The clerk responds by reading them a very ordinary name, to their great disappointment. In the last frame, [Bucketface] crawls out from under the clerk's desk and hands him a cigar, saying 'Gee, thanks, Uncle George!' (a reference to a comedic short from the 30s show Our Gang)."

Oyvey. Thank you Jeff Smith for enduring these headaches (and so many others now) for your love of Walt Kelly!


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