If you love comics and live in the Baltimore-Washington area, this is a big week. The ever-growing Baltimore Comic-Con just concluded one of its biggest shows ever, filling the downtown convention center with fans, cosplayers, and families looking to meet artists and have a generally good time. And this coming weekend, 45 minutes down I-95 in Bethesda, the Small Press Expo (SPX) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.
A veritable who’s-who will be in attendance at the Marriott Bethesda, including Ignatz Award-nominated artist Yumi Sakugawa. In honor of SPX — and for a limited time, Yumi is letting you read her nominated minicomic Never Forgets online for free.
For one week only, Never Forgets will be available in its entirety here. The link will be taken down on September 14 — coincidentally, the last day of SPX. After you read the comic, and if you plan to attend SPX, consider voting for it in the category of “Outstanding Minicomic.”
If you loved her book I Think I’m in Friend-Love With You, you’ll also dig this comic about a young woman who must reveal her completely altered physical appearance to her parents. Just make sure you have a box (or twenty) of tissues nearby when you read it.
Here’s Yumi in her own words:
If you enjoy reading the story and plan on attending SPX this year, please consider voting for Never Forgets under the “Outstanding Minicomic” category! And while you are at it, be sure to check out the other Ignatz-Awards nominated comic titles at SPX, which will all either be available for sale at various exhibitor tables or for free reading at the Ignatz Awards voting table.
It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Ignatz Awards committee, and to have that coincide with my first-ever SPX experience is simply wonderful. Looking forward to seeing and meeting many of you there!
And if you just happen to be reading this after SPX, don’t fret. You can always order the comic directly from the artist. (In fact, even if you did read the comic while it was online, you should probably still order it too.)