I will be appearing at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend as one of their 2011 Special Guests. This event marks the “official” debut of Prison Pit 3. I’ll be participating in a couple of panels on Saturday, September 10. Here’s the info:
Excruciating Detail: Drawing the Grotesque
1:00 pm | White Flint Amphitheater
Historical comics ranging from Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy to the horror comics of the 1950s have specialized in images of the grotesque. Sean T. Collins will speak with cartoonists Lisa Hanawalt (I Want You), Benjamin Marra (Night Business), Tom Neely (The Wolf), and Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit) about the act of drawing horrific, visceral, visual detail in contemporary comics that speak to horrors that are both timeless and contemporary.
Johnny Ryan Q+A
5:30 pm | Brookside Conference Room
As comics have increasingly entered into the worlds of literary publishing and gallery arts, Johnny Ryan has almost single handedly extended comics’ satirical, parodistic, disreputable and scatological traditions in his comic book series Angry Youth Comix. More recently, he has entered the realm of visual pulp with his epic, no-holds-barred, manga-inflected graphic novel series Prison Pit. Ryan will discuss the development of his work with moderator Chris Mautner.
I’ll also be signing books and selling original art at the Fantagraphics Books booth a few times over the weekend, from 2-4 pm on Saturday and from 1-3 pm on Sunday. All of Fanta’s artist signing times can be seen here.
Hope to see you there…