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26 February 2013

SmallPressIndieMinicomicZine Festival news.

(This image is not from a comics festival.  I googled "flea market" and it came up. I thought it was funny.  This is because I am dumb.)

Hey kids, let's look at some news on some minicomic, small press, zine, independent, artsy fartsy swap meet festivals.
(Also not a pic from a comic show.)

The fine folks at the Fluke Mini-Comics Festival in Athens, GA have a press release.  Here it is:


This year’s FLUKE Mini-Comics Festival, sponsored by Bizarro Wuxtry, The Crogan Adventures, Anthony Fisher, Flagpole Magazine, Inch-High Button Guy, Sequential Artists Workshop, and Top Shelf Productions will take place on Saturday, April 6th at The 40 Watt Club, 285 West Washington Street, Athens GA from 11:00 AM until 6 PM.  Admission for the public is $2.00 per person.


Exhibitor table spaces for FLUKE 2013 are now sold out. It is possible that a very small number of additional exhibition spaces will be made available. Those wishing to obtain one of these potential spaces should watch for an announcement on FLUKE’s website.


With gratitude, we acknowledge our sponsors.

Bizarro Wuxtry (
Athens’ downtown comics shop boasts a staggering array of alternative comics and zines, as well as a friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff. There are also lots of toys, models, cards, clothes and vintage delights to enjoy as well. Peter Bagge once featured the store in an issue of “HATE,” and has referred to it as “the funkiest business establishment I have ever seen.”

The Crogan Adventures (
The Crogan Adventures is a historical fiction graphic novel series by cartoonist Chris Schweizer featuring the exploits of the fictitious Crogan family throughout the last three hundred years, whether its members be pirates, foreign legionnaires, or soldiers in the American Revolution. The Crogan Adventures is published by Oni Press.

Anthony J. Fisher, Freelance Artist, Inc.
Anthony Fisher is the owner and creative director of Anthony J. Fisher Freelance Artist Inc., which has served various national, Fortune 500 and international companies. He specializes in brand and logo design, print promotional material, package design, photography, illustration, cartooning and Web design.

Flagpole Magazine (
Athens’ alternative weekly is a much loved and used source of information on local music, film, art, food and politics, all delivered with a real sense of ownership and advocacy for our fair city.

Inch-High Button Guy (
Inch-High Button Guy produces the finest original designs in buttons for any occasion, available in a variety of sizes and styles. The buttons are available at Bizarro Wuxtry and at special events.

The Sequential Artists Workshop (
The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) is a non-profit organization based in Gainesville, Florida dedicated to the prosperity and promotion of comic art and artists, offering instruction in comic art, graphic novels and visual storytelling. SAW’s mission is to nurture and educate tomorrow’s generation of visual storytellers, to support creative investigation, exploration and excellence in cartooning and comic art, and to promote literacy in sequential and comic art in today’s culture.

Top Shelf Productions (
Since 1997, Top Shelf Productions has produced a wide range of handsomely designed craft comics. Based in Marietta, Ga. with offices across the country, their catalog includes work by Craig Thompson, Andy Runton, James Kochalka, Bob Callahan and Spain – plus many more.


FLUKE is a mini-comic festival that has been organized by Athens-area comic artists, underground publishers and their enthusiasts since 2002. Conceived as a venue for the discussion and exchange of timely ideas related to mini-comics, ‘zines, and other independent publications, FLUKE is not a large comic convention or merchandising-saturated extravaganza. This isn't to say we don't like our share of stuff—'cause we do. However, we have kept the organization of the event as simple as possible to ensure that it remains focused on work and ideas rather than merchandising.

Hoo boy.  That sure was a press release wasn't it?  I think I saw somewhere, probably twitter, (of course it was twitter) that them Fluke boys plan to release an exhibitor list sometime soon as well.  You should probably just book mark the Fluke website and hit refresh on it about every 15 minutes between now and April 6th.  I should be on that exhibitor list.  I plan to make the show.  I mean, I could get drone attack killed on the way to McDonalds this afternoon but I plan to go.  I reserved a table, requested off from work and made an appointment to sell blood for gas money so it should work out.  (Unless I get droned.  Don't get droned.)

(Probably not a pic from a comics show.  Well, maybe.)

Them northern folks that are putting on that Autoptic show in Minneapolis, MN also have a press release.  It goes something like this.

Autoptic Applications are now open!

That's right, you can now apply to be an exhibitor at our inaugural Autoptic event, this August in Minneapolis, MN. Since this is our first year and because we want to make sure that we have exhibitors we're all excited about, this year we will be jurying the applications. Applications are open to any and all artists, so please don't hesitate to apply. Once the open application period ends March 31st, the Autoptic organizers will vote on all applicants and send out notifications in late April.

Head over to our application page and apply today! All applicants who apply by March 31st will be notified of the status of their application by April 15th. If you have any questions about the application or curation process, feel free to contact us at

Thanks a ton and see you in August!

I know that Jamie Hernandez guy is scheduled to be at Autoptic so that's pretty rad.   I had a dream last night that I was at some huge comic-shop-going-out-of-business and/or comic-blogger-planning-their-suicide-and-clearing-out-their-garage sale and I bought a long box full of Love and Rockets comics for about $10.  That's about as good as my dreams get.

(I have no idea what that is.)

Well, I hope to see you at a SmallPressIndieMinicomicZine Festival sometime soon.  Unless the drones get you first.

Your best pal ever,

Shannon Smith
(Seriously.  You guys should google image search "flea market" and "swap meet". Good stuff.)

p.s. Say you want a leader but you can't seem to make up your mind. I think you'd better close it and let me guide you to my twitter feed.
p.p.s. Let's pretend we went to high school together on facebook.
p.p.p.s. Google + is another place you can read the same thing I posted here.
p.p.p.p.s. I'll tumblr for ya.
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