Official Press Release
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 may have forced organizers to cancel THE EXPO (aka SPX), North America's premier alternative comic-book festival, but small-press comics creators still have a place in the Mid-Atlantic to gather and sell their wares this fall. MARC NATHAN, the organizer of the second annual BALTIMORE COMIC-CON (and owner of Cards, Comics & Collectibles in Reisterstown, Md.), to help make up for the loss of SPX, has rented another ballroom at the Sheraton Baltimore North and added the SMALL PRESS EXTRA to the show. The Small Press Extra room will be open to all Baltimore Con attendees, and Nathan is making the tables within free to artists and publishers.
"Sadly, this year's SPX has been cancelled. If you have ever attended SPX, you know how special it is. A lot of people depend on this show to make a living, and for some, this is biggest money-making show of the year," Nathan says. "We can help. Anyone who would have exhibited at SPX is invited as a guest of the Baltimore Comic-Con. Tables are free. We have space for all. All you need to do is let me know you are coming and spread the word! And, of course, everyone is encouraged to attend Small Press Extra. It's going to be a great show."
The small-press guests coming to Baltimore so far include Top Shelf Productions (Chris Staros), the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Atomic Books (representing Fantagraphics Books), Scott Mills, Renée French, Dean Haspiel, Carla Speed McNeil, Josh Neufeld, Nick Bertozzi, David Napoliello, Vince Sneed, John Gallagher, Steve Noppenberger, James Gownley, John LaFleur, Neil Fitzpatrick, Jason Wright, Ben Steckler, Farel Dalrymple, Ron Gravel, Michael Grassia, Jose Mochove, Rusty Rowley, Russ McIntosh, Zack Soto, Neil King, Kenpo Comics (Jeff Palmer), Brian Clopper, Sammy Harkham, Toby Craig, Bill Knapp, Robert Ullman, Chris Pitzer, Chris Hope, Justin Madson, D.T. Washington, Rich Watson, Brent Erwin, Martha Keavy, Paige Schieffelin, Rafael Navarro, Warren Faison Jr., Steve Hamaker, and Mark Coale. Among Baltimore Comic-Con's already-scheduled guests are Jim Steranko, George Pérez, Frank Cho, Adam Hughes, Matt Wagner, Frank Cho, Michael Avon Oeming, and Gray Morrow.
In addtion to the usual convention activities, including a room full of retailers selling back issues and discounted books and Q&A panels with various comics creators, at least one special auction will take place. FRANK CHO (Liberty Meadows) has donated the cover art, thumbnail sketch, color guide, and the printer's color-proof of the cover to 9-11: EMERGENCY RELIEF, a benefit project being produced by the Alternative Comics publishing company for the American Red Cross, to the convention. At the show, it will be auctioned off to benefit the Red Cross.
The Baltimore Con's exhibit halls, including the Small Press Extra room, at the Sheraton Baltimore North (903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, Md.) will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Admission is $5. Tickets will be sold at the door.