6th Annual St. Louis Small Press Expo at Central Library

Image of vendors at 2018 Small Press Expo at Central Library

Once again, the 6th annual St. Louis Small Press Expo  will be held at the gorgeous Central Library in downtown St. Louis. For five years now, the library has been the chosen location for the event. This year over 80 vendors as well as hundreds of visitors will fill the Great Hall, and the usually quiet building will buzz with sound. Vendors sell zines, prints, and books-- one can even find buttons, ceramics, and jewelry in the mix.  The expo will also feature various workshops* in the Training Room on the second floor of the building: 

11am – Risograph Panel with Will Arnold / Work Press & Publication, Brandon Bandy / Riso Hell and Travis Shaffer / theretherenow
This panel discussion includes three experienced risograph print artists / publishers and will cover the who, what, when, how, and why of this printing format. The panelists will explain the basics of riso at the beginning of the session, followed by a discussion led by Brandon Daniels, after which they will be happy to answer all your most burning technical questions about avoiding smudges and using archaic software. 

12:30pm – Peter Coogan / Institute for Comics Studies: Stand-Up Scholarship: Superheroes!
Director of the Institute of Comics Studies Dr. Peter Coogan (who has a Ph.D. in superheroes) discusses superheroes in a cross between stand-up comedy, academic scholarship, and improv. Throw out questions or topics on the superhero, superhero comics, superhero movies, even superhero music and watch him riff.  Ask just about anything–What is the definition of the superhero? Where did the superhero come from? How did the superhero evolve? Was Superman the first superhero? Is it spelled superhero, super-hero, or super hero? How does the superhero metaphor embody geopolitics? Is Buffy the Vampire Slayer a superhero?(NO! and Joss Whedon agrees that she isn’t). It’s fast-paced, fun, and you just might learn something.

2:00pm – Tiff j Tiff Sutton Photography: Girls with Fruit Photoshoot
Photographer Tiff j Tiff Sutton will be running a Girls with Fruit themed public photo shoot based on her work currently on display at the Kranzberg Art Foundation. Visitors will use fake and real fruit and pose in front of a backdrop and can use their camera phones to photograph. Tiff will be demonstrating how to set up a shoot and will have model releases for anyone she shoots so that she can use the images later. 

3:30pm – Shreyas R Krishnan / Kadak Collective: The Making of Bystander Anthology
Over the past year, Kadak Collective has been working on putting together the Bystander Anthology, a collection of graphic narratives about geography and gender, identity and self, boundary and exclusion through the lens and experience of the ‘other’ – the bystander. Shreyas R Krishnan, one of the 6 co-editors of this anthology, will talk about the making of this project, from the running of a successful Kickstarter, to ensuring an inclusive editorial process.

After you've had your fill of the Expo (or just need a breather), be sure to wander through the various collections of Central Library. Browse the shelves, or pick out a book from one of the many curated displays throughout the building. Hungry? Check out one of the food trucks that will be parked on Locust from 11 am - 2 pm (and there are plenty of food options on Washington Avenue, as well). 

*Descriptions taken from the St. Louis Small Press Expo website. 

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