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Small Press Expo 2017 – 24 Creator Debuts & Highlights

So we had the pleasure of attending SPX 2017 as members of the press this past weekend. It had the quirks, charms, and -isms of a large, bustling con, but with much smaller lines and a more intimate setting so you could pick up merch, comics, and zines without hassle. And best of all, it gave both long time fans and fresh faces an opportunity to meet the creators of the work they were buying. Can you imagine going to see a movie at the theater and being greeted at the door by the director? Imagine that but for indie and small press publications–that’s SPX.

For those of you not in the know–SPX stands for Small Press Expo and is a two day convention held in Bethesda, Maryland for indie and small press publications. They have comic books, graphic novels, zines, art books, merch galore, and much more! They host panels and workshops held by exhibitors for informational lectures and hands-on activities. The atmosphere is extremely lively, vibrant, and promotes an environment of inclusiveness which I very much appreciated.

We met artists, cartoonists, illustrators, and writers from all over the country and had the pleasure of interviewing several of them, so this list is dedicated to select notable debuts and highlights we encountered at the show.

You can find the podcast version of this rundown here. We’re on iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Stitcher, TuneIn, Podbean, and BluBrry. Just search “The Apogeeks” in your favorite listening service. We post new episodes every Friday!

In alphabetical order:

1. Alex Zandra Van Chestein – Squid Maids

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Zandra’s Interview

You can find Squid Maids at zandravandra.itch.io/squidmaids.

2. Alyssa Alecci – Lapse

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Alyssa’s Interview is on Episode 3 of The Apogeeks Podcast.

You can find more of Alyssa’s work at lapsecomic.com.

3. Ashanti Fortson – Vestigia

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Ashanti’s Interview

You can find Ashanti at twitter.com/ashantifortson.

4. Avi Roberts – The Interstellar Hotel

Avi Roberts

Avi’s interview is on Episode 3 of The Apogeeks Podcast.

5. Christine Fouron – Melting Pot

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Christine’s Interview

You can find more of Christine’s work at fouronillustration.com

6. E Jackson – Liminality

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E’s Interview

You can find more of E’s work at twitter.com/ehetja.

7. Erin Bushnell – Peafowl

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Erin’s Interview

You can find more of Erin’s work at erinbushnell.com

8. Felix Yin – The Promise

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Felix’s Interview

You can find more of Felix’s work at righty-o.com.

9. Izzi Ross – Seamus & Abbie

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Izzi’s interview is on Episode 3 of The Apogeeks Podcast.

You can find more of Izzi’s work at seamusandabbie.com

10. Jason Porath – Rejected Princesses

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Jason’s Interview

You can find more of Jason’s work at rejectedprincesses.com.

11. Jerel Dye – Mechanized

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Jerel’s Interview

You can find more of Jerel’s work at drawjereldraw.tumblr.com

12. Jon Mastantuono – The Guest House

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Jon’s Interview

You can find more of Jon’s work at drawdoer.com

13. Josh Welling – Skeleton Sword Fights!

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Josh and Shelly’s Interview

You can find more of Josh’s work at slimejello.tumblr.com.

14. Juston McKee – Restless Minds – Nightmares

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Juston’s Interview

You can find more of Juston’s work at uppermindink.com

15. Kalani Carballo – Manifesto / Pistol Grip

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Kalani & Chrissy’s interview is on Episode 3 of The Apogeeks Podcast.

You can find more of Kalani’s work at facebook.com/dummiecomicsinc.

16. Kamikaze Comic – Kamikaze

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Kamikaze Comics’ interview is on Episode 3 of The Apogeeks Podcast.

You can find more of their work at kamikazecomic.com.

17. Megan James – Rank, Profession, or Occupation – Excerpts from

Britain’s 1881 Census.

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Megan’s Interview

You can find more of Megan’s work at sinkswimpress.com.

18. Moaz Elemam – My Own Temple

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Moaz’s Interview

You can find more of Moaz’s work at moazelemam.com.

19. Nicole Maria Willis – You Would Like Her

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Nicole’s Interview

You can find more of Nicole’s work at willisnicolem.tumblr.com.

20. Sarah Burns – Shrekless

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Sarah’s Interview

You can find more of Sarah’s work at amoeba-butter.tumblr.com.

21. Sasha Kimiatek – Escapism

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Sasha’s Interview

You can find more of Sasha’s work at sashakimiatek.com.

22. Shan Murphy – The Longest Monday

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Shan’s Interview

You can find more of Shan’s work at twitter.com/acornfriend.

23. Stephan Dartevelle – A to Zuul

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Stephan’s Interview

You can find more of Stephan’s work at eckspeeemb.tumblr.com.

24. Swamphouse Press – Swamphouse Homebrew

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Swamphouse Press’ Interview

You can find more of Swamphouse Press’ work at twitter.com/swamphousepress.

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