Conventions, exhibitions etc...

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003
By: Darren Schroeder

Join the Copy and Destroy book/zine tour as it treks through the Pacific Northwest and Southwest U.S. during the month of January. The tour features Sarah O'Donnell (Urban Hermitt), Harmony Heartun, Shawn Granton (Ten Foot Rule), Joe Biel (Microcosm Publishing), and Alex Wrekk (Brainscan). Tour dates include Jan. 11-14 in Berkeley and San Francisco; Jan. 17 in Las Vegas; Jan. 18-19 in Los Angeles; Jan. 22 in Phoenix; and Jan. 25 in Albuquerque. For a full listing of dates and locations, visit

"Page Me: the art of zines, comix and other artist-made books," at SPACES, a non-profit, artist-run, alternative-space gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 10-Feb. 21. Curated by Christa Donner (SPACES, Ladyfriend Zine) and Chris Conti (Wexner Center for the Arts), the exhibition features the work of over 100 artists from Ohio and across North America who create books as works of art. Self-published zines, alternative comics and unique handmade books will be on display, including works from the extensive artists' book collection at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The emphasis is on non-traditional forms of sequential art and book-making. Artists include Jessica Abel, ArtCrimes, Farel Dalrymple, Dame Darcy, Derf, Debbie Drechsler, East Village Inky, Carolyn Fraser, FOUND Magazine, Paul Hornshchemeier, Nikki McClure, Caesar Meadows, Holly Morrison, Anders Nilsen, Harvey Pekar, The Visible Woman and many more! Special Events: Saturday, Feb. 1, Zine-o-Phobia (begins 3pm) A crash course in the art of zines and self-publishing, this public event features presentations by FOUND Magazine editor Davy Rothbart, founders of the traveling Projet Mobilivre/Bookmobile Project and more, followed by a self-publisher's swap meet and sale. Limited free table space is available for zine and book creators who register ahead. $1 admission. Sunday, Feb. 2, Hands-On Zine Workshop (begins 1 p.m.) Book artist Courtney Dailey and other members of the traveling Projet Mobilivre/Bookmobile Project show you how to make your own zine. Great for all ages. This event is FREE, but pre-registration is required. For more information, visit, or contact Christa Donner at (216) 621-2314.

The Alternative Press Expo, touted as the nation's largest independent comics show, will be held February 1 and 2 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in Showplace Square in San Francisco. For more information, visit

Beantown Zinetown will be held March 29 at the Mass College of Art Gym, 621 Huntington Ave. (at the corner of Longwood Ave.), Boston. For information or to register for a table, visit or email

The 4th annual Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) will be held on Saturday, April 5, at the Rhodes Center of the Ohio Center in Columbus, Ohio. Check for additional exhibitors and information as the show comes together.

WonderCon will be held April 25-27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information, visit

The Allied Media Conference will be held June 13-15. In its fifth year (and formerly known as the Underground Publishing Conference, or UPC), the conference will be a weekend devoted to creators and supports of independent media projects representing radio, music, television, web, print, film, books, newspapers, and more. For more information, visit

The 2003 MoCCA Art Festival will be held on June 22, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Puck Building, 293 Lafayette St., New York City. This historic site was named after the legendary satire magazine that was published there from 1887 to 1916. Creators already slated to attend include Jeff Smith, Jessica Abel, James Kochalka, Jamal Igle, and Alex Robinson along with publishers Top Shelf, Highwater Books, Alternative Comics, Drawn and Quarterly and Monkeysuit Press. All proceeds will benefit the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. Check out the official web site ( )for table prices, deadlines and a Exhibitor Application.

Our thanks to Jerianne from Zine World for the heads up on these events. Be sure to let us know if you are oganizing a convention, comic workshop or show that might interest the small press community.

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