Tuesday, September 29, 2009
What Is It?
This past weekend, I attended the 2009 SPX (Small Press Expo) as an exhibitor for Fanfare/Ponent Mon, a small U.K. publisher of translated European and Japanese graphic novels. SPX is one of the first, largest and best conventions for independent comic book creators and publishers, and is held annually in Bethesda, Maryland.
The above piece was drawn by 4-year-old Adam Dembicki, whose dad, Matt, is the creator of Xoc, a mini-comic, which was nominated for an Ignatz Award—the indie comic equivalent of an Oscar, named after the brick-throwing mouse of George Herriman's newspaper strip, Krazy Kat—in the category of Best Mini-Comic. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Matt during the show.
Adam spent a good deal of time keeping his dad company at the two-day event. He was an adorable, precocious, but very well-behaved, child who passed the time drawing at the table. As he was completing this masterpiece, he noticed my watching him. With a cheerful grin, he turned and handed me the work, which he subsequently signed after his father's "Aren't you going to sign it for the gentleman" prompting.
It only took me a moment to recognized what Adam had captured in his deceptively simple pencil drawing. But can you?