You’ve probably noticed it even if you aren’t conscious of it directly. Iron Man (on DVD as of yesterday) was the biggest movie of the year by far (edit: at the time). Then The Dark Knight came along (edit: which then become the biggest movie of the year). In between Hellboy II and Wanted both came out and this book Watchmen on the best seller’s table at Borders. Make no doubt about it my friend-comics are coming out of the long boxes in our basements and into the mainstream-so you better get hip and quick.
In your quest for comic book literacy there is only one thing better than going to your local shop and asking for a copy of Sandman or Maus: Discovering the next great episode of graphic literature of course! The place to do that just happens to be in our own backyard of Bethesda at the Small Press Expo. This Saturday and Sunday the best and brightest of the comics newest and/or Indie talents will be on hand to sell you comics and sign your stuff. I’ve gone to SPX a few times over my six year stay here and it is a great event for fans and non-fans alike. Very often creators are happy to just talk with you for a while, sign books that you buy and give you deals if you buy a few (hey these guys are out there making a name for themselves!). Also a great way to disabuse yourself of the notions that “comics are for kids” and “comics are all about super-heroes.” They aren’t-and nowhere is that better done than in the small press.
I’ll be there Saturday (super-geek that I am) so be on the lookout…for a bunch of people more famous, creative and important than I am that is! You’ll almost certainly walk away with something you’ll enjoy reading and might even have a “Oh her? Yeah I met her back at SPX 2008” story to go with it some day!
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If comics are not your speed (or even if they are-Saturday is a long day) The Commonwealth (particularly Shirlington) will play host to “Oktoberfest” hosted by Cap City. After I’ve loaded up on comic books I plan on heading back across the river to get…well…loaded. Responsibly of course! For a mere $25 you’ll have access to over 30 local breweries and their 4 oz beer samples. That’s 120 oz of beer for $25 (if you only go to each tent once that is!) also known as a deal. If you don’t drink the event is free and there will be music and food available for all-so it might be worth stopping by anyway.
I again will be there and will eventually be the guy either sitting down reading comic books trying not to spill beer on them OR the guy getting into a loud angry discussion about which of Earth’s Green Lanterns was actually the coolest.
Author’s note: If you do decide to go to both places you might want to do comics first only because impulse shopping goes up when you’ve been drinking and it’s much safer (and far more legal) to drive having bought too many comics then it is to drive having drank too many beers.