March 16th, 2011Uncategorized
At noon Central Time on Tuesday, March 15, the Register page of this site was updated. It included links to exhibitor applications for the MIX 2011 show. An email was sent out to last year’s exhibitors, giving them notice of this 24-hours before we would tell the public and our general mailing list.
Well, after an overwhelming 8 hours that day, we completely sold out of available space. As a show just entering our second year, we are totally floored and humbled by the interest. Thanks to everyone who has successfully reserved their table and to everyone who has written in, disappointed that they missed the window.
As you know, 30 tables are being curated this year at MIX, which means fewer publicly-available tables. Luckily, we’re occupying more room within the venue than before and may find more room yet for tables. If you don’t have a table right now, do not despair!
It’s very important this year that would-be exhibitors join the wait list. Any unsold curator space will be made available to wait listed applicants in September. We are also holding back a few tables for potential publishers, sponsors and projects. If any of those partnerships fall through, we’ll start contacting people from the wait list.
Thank you to everyone who has already applied and good luck to our curators, who now have a very tough job to do.
0March 15th, 2011Uncategorized
We are currently updating the look of our site to reflect a new year of MIX!
Tom Kaczynski will illustrate the MIX 2011 banner and poster.
March 5th, 2011Uncategorized
Congratulations to the following people who have been named curators for MIX in 2011:
- Rob Stenzinger
- Michael May
- Ursula Murray Husted
- Brittney Sabo
- Jason Loeffler
- Barbara Schulz
- Michael Drivas
- Raighne Hogan
- Tom Kaczynski
- Zak Sally
December 30th, 2010Uncategorized
This footage comes from the Paranormal Activity in Comics panel conducted at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo on Saturday, August 21, 2010.
Editor of The Daily Cross Hatch, Brian Heater, led the discussion between Sarah Becan (The Ouija Interviews), Ed Choy Moorman (Ghost Comics), Tim Sievert (That Salty Air) and Will Duff (Ghostbustin’ 911).
Topics include ouija board encounters, haunted apartments, Bigfoot and the rights of ghosts and zombies.
– Sarah Morean
December 29th, 2010Uncategorized
The 2011 Minneapolis Indie Xpo will be partially curated. Thirty of our tables will be sold by a group of ten volunteers who will take responsibility for three tables each. Whereas most tables at the show will be sold on a first-come first-served basis until they are gone, these curators will have six months (March – August) in which to sell their tables to independent comic creators they admire. Any table unsold by the curator at the end of six months will be released to wait listers in September.
Curator applications will be accepted in January and our ten curators will be announced in February. Curators must attend a short informational meeting in February (in-person preferred but other arrangements will be made if necessary). Curators will be encouraged to attend public planning meetings throughout the year and provide input that will guide the direction of the 2011 show.
Curators will be listed in our program and on our website.
Curators will be given a private URL and password which their selected cartoonists will use to register for the 2011 show. Curators are allowed to sell tables to themselves, but not to auction or re-sell tables. Curated tables will cost just as much as regular tables. Once a curator’s tables are purchased by an exhibitor, those tables will be managed by the Director and all communications about that table and the show must be conducted through the Director. A curator has fulfilled their purpose once all their tables have been sold (three full tables, six half-tables, or a mixture of each equivalent to three full tables).
Curators must be Minnesota residents. The ideal curator will have a passion for comics, be an active member of the global comics community and harbor an interest in the health and diversity of the Minneapolis Indie Xpo.
The curator’s primary job is to seek and court new talent for MIX. The curator position is temporary and unfunded. MIX will provide curators with information about the festival and access to application forms for their selected exhibitors. Their efforts will be largely self-directed after the informational meeting in February.
Curators will sell to creators only, not dealers. Some exceptions to this rule may exist. Please ask the Director if you have questions.
The idea for this style of curation arose last year when, after our tables sold out rather quickly, a number of people approached me asking if we had room for so-and-so who was their very best friend who they were really looking forward to hosting at a show in Minneapolis, for once. Local creators were clearly ready to offer hospitality to out-of-town creators who failed to register on time, for whatever reason. The idea of a partially curated show arose out of that.
With all the fuss lately about curated comics shows, it seemed important for me to address this issue on behalf of MIX.
Our history and goals are much different than other shows, please realize. We couldn’t all possibly be running the same show and we wouldn’t want to. MIX admires and respects alternate methods of organization, totally. Keep yourself afloat and do what’s right by you and your primary audience and I’d say you’re doing a great job with this comics festival thing.
MIX aspires, certainly, to be a destination for indie cartoonists and fans. We made an impressive splash our first year and we hope to build on that momentum in year two. To improve in 2011, we’ll move our dates, expand to two days, and introduce partial curation to our model.
I believe partial curation will benefit our local comics fans, potentially exposing them to new work. Also, we want to provide a healthy, enjoyable atmosphere for cartoonists to display and sell their work among friends. Giving people in our local community the tools to bring in and connect with those friends is a responsibility for us as much as anything else.
We’re about creating sales, fans and friendships for creators — and a lifelong love of comics for attendees. Partial curation, for us, clearly falls within those goals and responsibilities.
I hope this experiment is successful and that this can be the model for MIX, in some form, for many years to come. Half curated to encourage fresh interest in our show, half open to invite curious or supportive creators who don’t need a nudge to learn about, and get excited for, MIX.
I sincerely hope you’ll make it to our 2011 show!
Minneapolis Indie Xpo
November 5-6, 2011
The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
– Sarah Morean, Director
November 4th, 2010Uncategorized
Congratulations to MIX 2010 exhibitor Diana Nock on winning the 2010 Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work from Friends of Lulu! She was recognized for her awesome webcomic The Intrepid Girlbot.
See all the winners HERE.
November 4th, 2010Uncategorized
Check out this nice little video some one took of MX 2010! Kind of choppy, but still a great little walk-around look at the space. Ah, memories. MIX will be at The Soap Factory again in 2011.
Also check out this video of Anthony Hary sketching a “hot blond chick” at MIX 2010.
August 26th, 2010Uncategorized
You can hear the audio from Brian Heater’s conversation with John Porcellino over on The Daily Cross Hatch today. CHECK IT OUT!
August 18th, 2010Uncategorized
Wanna know where your favorite exhibitors will be at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo on Saturday? Please consult our Seating Chart:
August 14th, 2010Uncategorized
The festival starts at 6:30pm — come early to get a free poster, or use your ticket stub to spin the prize wheel and win more! Prizes and sales of Scott Pilgrim volumes by Big Brain Comics will begin at 6pm. Find more information here: PRECIOUS LITTLE FILM FEST!