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Convention Season?

Comics conventions are cropping up all over the place, so it's silly to talk about any given time being "convention season," but here in Baltimore September means Small Press Expo and Baltimore Comic-Con. I spent last weekend in Bethesda at SPX and have tickets to all three days of BCC next weekend, so right now I'm caught in a whirlwind of purchases, thoughts and emotions about comics.

SPX is a great show in a lot of ways, but for me it's an escape from the ugly parts of comics culture. I spend a lot of my time reading about, talking about, and thinking about not just the ugly politics of the comics industry in general (welcome to the site! enjoy?), but also the constant stream of bullshit from comics fans and pros. They're currently organized under the #comicsgate banner, but there's always something. Seeing what they're putting creators and fans through with their hateful nonsense right now is difficult, but it's not that different from the long-term stew of toxic masculinity that has been a constant in the comics community for decades.

SPX is the opposite of all of that. I don't have exact stats, but after spending two days on the convention floor, I'd say that most of the attendees and most of the exhibitors this year did not identify as men. (You know you're at a good convention when they provide pronoun stickers and people use them.) The comics, zines, sketchbooks and prints on sale covered an incredibly wide spectrum of genres and topics, and far more of them centered women's experiences in ways that you'll never get from the superhero comics industry. I bought too many comics and haven't been able to read all of them yet, but here's a smattering of what I've been enjoying:

Last but not least, the Baltimore Design School had a table, and when I asked the two young women running it which were the zines to get, they pointed at the 4 they had made. I asked them if there were any others that were good and they both pointed to one called TITTIES. I think they may have been fucking with me, but I bought it as well. One of the others by Trinaya Spriggs was a contemplation on nihilism that ends with a call for acceptance and positivity, in case you were wondering why I love the people of Baltimore so much.

If it isn't obvious, I prioritized buying comics from women at SPX. I did buy a handful of things from men and felt properly bad about it.

With all that said, there's a bit of ugliness going on at the moment as a major douchebag is suing folks in the indie comics community for telling the truth about his sexual misconduct. For more info and a chance to help, check out the #DefendThe11 GoFundMe

On to this week's books! High points:

And low points:

Next weekend in Baltimore Comic-Con, so if you plan to be there let me know!

This Week's Books

This Week's Stats

  9/19/2018 All Time
Gender-diverse Books 17 (42%) 968 (48%)
All Books 40 2033
Non-cis-male Creators 28 (16%) 1609 (17%)
All Creators 170 9203

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