July 30th, 2012Uncategorized
Dear MIX Supporters,
In the months approaching MIX’s second annual show in 2011, organizers made the decision to put things on hold and take a break in 2012.
This hiatus has yielded the firm decision that MIX will be discontinued permanently for reasons unrelated to the show’s success.
By all accounts, MIX was an enormous success and stood every chance of growing still. Let that be encouragement for any future comics fans or would-be organizers who might consider starting a new show of their own in our absence.
We certainly did our best — in partnership with many great artists, partners and sponsors — to create an attractive, well-run and high-quality showcase of independent comics for the city of Minneapolis. We increased attendance from 1000 to 2200 in one year, by extending the show to two days and heightening awareness of comics and our festival through ongoing promotions and partnerships. We provided high-quality programming which will continue to be archived on our site and YouTube page (stay tuned for future additions). Also, we created an environment that invited more Midwesterners to encounter exclusively indie comics, sometimes for the first time, on their own home turf.
We continue to believe in comic books, their independent creators, and this city which without a doubt has a love for them.
We will do our best to continue to connect the public here to the greater Minnesota comics community by sharing comics-related news and events through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, for as long as it is possible to do so. Feel free to alert us of an opportunity to share your comics-related events.
Thank you for your encouragement over the years shown through emails, tweets, assistance, blog posts, smiles, kind press or in-person hand shakes. At times it was sustaining.
You have all been the very best, and we are grateful for what we’ve done here. Thanks to the artists and thanks to all of you who helped support us, supporting them.
Our apologies to hopeful exhibitors or attendees who were never able to participate in the Minneapolis Indie Xpo. We would encourage you to attend Minneapolis’ other great local shows, including the Midwest Comic Book Association’s two annual shows SpringCon and FallCon, Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival, the Twin Cities Zinefest and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ Book Arts Festival, among others (we hope) are in the works.
With Kind Regards,
Festival Director, 2010 and 2011
October 14th, 2011Uncategorized
The MIX 2011 posters have been printed and are beautiful!
For volunteers who are willing to hang posters around town, I’ll have some with me tonight at the Stephan Pastis talk at MCAD. I’ll have some for sale at FallCon at my table on Saturday (also last year’s poster). Or get in touch with me about a pick-up time when you can come get posters and flyers to help spread the word around town. email@example.com
- Sarah Morean
October 13th, 2011Uncategorized
The MIX 2011 seating chart has been revealed! Find yourself, your friends, your heroes. LINK
Tyler Page made our exhibitor badges again this year. They look great! Thank you, Tyler!
These badges reflect the new logo and all of the excellent parties that will happen for MIX before during and after the show. So many good parties! So so many!
Our partners at Paper Darts Magazine have built a list on Twitter where you can follow all of our exhibitors! That was very nice of them. Thank you, PD!
You’ll find the list to follow here: http://twitter.com/#!/PaperDarts/mix
The programming for this year has been set! Check out the Program page of the site for full details: http://mplsindiexpo.com/program/
We’ve got two live artist demonstrations by Gordon McAlpin and Sarah Glidden, sponsored by the Nordeast Comics Summit, in which those artists will walk us through two very different comics-making processes — completely digital comics and watercolor comics.
Paper Darts’ Managing Editor Courtney Algeo will moderate “The Heroic Journey: Where Comics and Literature Decussate” — a panel to discuss where and when comics become literature, how both mediums split genres, tell stories and capture truth.
Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will talk about “Censorship Then & Now.”
Comics luminaries Julia Wertz, John Porcellino, Zak Sally and Nic Breutzman will discuss some early blunders in the panel “How Not to Succeed: Stories from When Things Went Wrong,” moderated by 2d Cloud’s Editor Raighne Hogan.
Fes Works from the Webcomics Beacon podcast will have two talks at the show on the topics of webcomics and podcasting.
MCAD brings to us four fine workshops on how to personalize your comics-making process, how to perfect-bind books DIY-style, how to color comics “the old fashioned way” and how to self-publish using print-on-demand services.
Rob Stenzinger has a really fun Sunday morning workshop for kids and teens on how to turn jokes into comics.
Works Progress will loan us the local arts hero Andy Sturdevant and his amazing live arts talk show. I understand that Salon Saloon: The Comics Show, happening Saturday, will cheerfully end with a sing-along.
And soooo much more. Check out the schedule of events for both days and plan your time accordingly! Space for these programs will be limited.
September 28th, 2011Uncategorized
The MIX postcards have arrived! They will go out to some mailing lists and be used as handbills/flyers from now leading up to the show.
I will bring a huge batch of them to 24-Hour Comics Day at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts on Saturday, October 1st, around lunchtime. If you’re planning to attend that event, please take a handful to distribute in your neighborhood! Help us promote MIX!
September 1st, 2011Uncategorized
You can help us with promotions by printing and distributing MIX flyers right from home! Just click HERE to start your .pdf download.
Thanks to Tom Kaczynski for the artwork and Kelsey Gullickson for the design. Kevin Cannon interpreted our logo.
August 1st, 2011Uncategorized
MPLS.TV and MIX have partnered to bring you weekly comics content that features the work of our own MIX exhibitors! Monday – Friday you’ll find work from some of your favorite MIX artists on the MPLS.TV site.
Go here to catch a regular glimpse of what you’ll find at MIX this fall: mpls.tv/comics/minneapolisindiexpo
Thanks and congratulations to MIX curator Jason Loeffler who heads this project and will continue to curate comics content for MPLS.TV’s “Drawing Pad” series with new comics starting this fall.
June 30th, 2011Uncategorized
Please join MIX organizers for an open planning meeting on Saturday, July 9th, at 2pm. We’ll meet at Boiler Room Coffee, located at 1830 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis.
We’re looking for your input! Topics of discussion will include promotions, partnerships, potential sponsors, programming, and more.