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We just returned from SPX, which was the first convention of its kind I ever attended, and which still seems to me to be the one I always have the most fun at. (I still have never gone to TCAF, though. And the Brooklyn festival probably has a higher percentage of comics & art that I am interested in and wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. But I live near NYC, so that doesn’t have the same out-of-town event feeling.) Anyway, though I missed seeing Frank Santoro and various other people who didn’t make it, this was one of the most fun and successful-seeming SPX shows that I can remember. We will have further and fuller coverage of the event in the near future.

News of the death of longtime show fixture Dylan Williams could not help but cast a pall on things. He was an inspirational figure to many, and a champion of deserving work that was often almost impossibly uncommercial. Chris Mautner at Robot 6 has gathered some of the online tributes from people in the comics world who knew him (here is another), and I expect there will be many more coming. [Tom Spurgeon is collecting links about Williams here.]

Today on the website, we bring Steven Brower’s examination of the dream comics of Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, and Mort Meskin.

Elsewhere:

Amazon’s Omnivoracious reviews the latest issue of The Comics Journal.

Stephen Bissette shares how he responds when people ask him to draw their graphic novels.

Maurice Sendak talked to the Paris Review in advance of his upcoming book.

Mike Rhode at Washington’s City Paper interviewed many of this weekend’s exhibitors, including Craig Thompson, Keith Knight, etc.

Last week, Kevin Huizenga did a brief but good online q&a with the Fantagraphics website.


2 Responses to Return

  1. Frank Santoro says:

    I’m really sad about Dylan. And that I missed this year’s SPX where I could be around friends who knew him when everyone got the news. I love you Dylan. And I loved arguing with you about comics.

  2. Ian Harker says:

    That’s awful news to hear about Dylan Williams. The Sparkplug table was one of the few beacons of really great work on this year’s show floor. It’s kind of haunting now to think about my final laps around the show floor on Sunday when the circus was pulling up stakes and getting ready to leave town. It’s probably my favorite moment of every SPX, the last 30 minutes or so. Everyone is exhausted, grateful and reflective, sorting out their final purchases or trades, packing up their boxes. There’s an emotional release to it. Knowing now that the news of his passing would come only an hour or so later and thinking about all of those people who were close friends with Dylan and how they must have felt, it’s gutting.

    As for the show itself, it’s always a stellar event. The material on display, not so stellar. The show floor is really getting flooded with “digital glut”. Was bummed by the amateur-commercialism of the whole thing, the sea of garish oversized display banners. Yuck. When’s BC&GF? Not soon enough.

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