Sam Spina Releases Know Me Now, His Latest Collection of Comics

Categories: Art, Books, Comix

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Sam Spina compares the attraction of autobiographical comics with the appeal of reality television. "Super-trashy reality TV gets good ratings -- it doesn't necessarily have to be good," he says. But Spina, a longtime Denver comic artist currently living in Atlanta, doesn't think it's the quality of these art forms that draws people in. Rather, it's the everyday events easily dismissed as mundane that play out in the two mediums and engage people.

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Denver Cartoonist Spills Colfax Avenue's Secrets in 30 Miles of Crazy!

Categories: Colfax, Comix

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Karl Christian Krumpholz is a historian of the most seamy, lurid thoroughfare in Denver: Colfax Avenue. His medium is his webcomic, 30 Miles of Crazy! where he trawls the street for stories of drunkenness, depravity, and insanity. Now he's rolled the archives of the comic into one handy paperback: the 30 Miles of Crazy! Collection: True-ish Tales of Derelicts, Bars, & Denizens of Other Low Places.

The release of the book will be celebrated with a release party at Mutiny Information Cafe on September 20 at 6 p.m., where fellow cartoonists and authors will read his stories and share their love of "The Longest, Wickedest Street in America."

We tracked Krumpholz down at one of his favorite watering holes, Tooey's Off Colfax, to tell us his own story: he dishes on the Denver comics scene, the death of Colfax's dive bars, and how he stacks up against his caricature of himself.

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Photos: The costumes of Denver Comic Con

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More than 85,000 people walked through the aisles of the Denver Comic Con over the weekend, according to the folks behind the rapidly growing convention, and a lot of them were in costume. Con cosplay, after all, is an art unto itself, featuring hand-built costumery that can sometimes take months to create. Or not. Photographer Danielle Lirette brought back these images -- and more -- from the third annual event.

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Westword's second annual Comics issue: Meet the winners

Categories: Comix

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Noah Van Sciver

For our second annual Comics issue and contest, we asked cartoonists (and would-be cartoonists) to send us comics depicting life in Colorado. The winning entries tackled a variety of subjects, from overcrowding to the nightlife of Colorado's casino mountain towns. Here, we present the cream of the crop.

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Read between the lines: Deadline May 28 for second annual Westword Comics issue

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Noah Van Sciver
Read between the lines! Westword will publish its second annual Comics issue on June 5, and you can be a part of it. We're accepting submissions from any Colorado artist who wants to create a cartoon about life in the Centennial State -- whether it focuses on beer, fracking or just life at a mile high. Keep reading for the fine print.

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Meet the winners of our first annual Comics issue

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Stripped tells the history of comic strips through creators and characters

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Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes."
Through conversations with friend and filmmaker Frederick Schroeder, comic artist and comic historian Dave Kellet realized that he needed to make a documentary on the life and art of the comic strip. Two successful Kickstarter campaigns later, Stripped was born. It's a deep and thoughtful look at the world of comic-strip art, as told by the creators of such iconic print strips as "Cathy," "Calvin and Hobbes," "Zippy the Pinhead" and "Beetle Bailey," as well as the new school of web comics like "Penny Arcade" and "Hark! A Vagrant."

In advance of Stripped's one-night-only showing at the Sie FilmCenter on April 23, Kellet spoke with Westword about why he chose to make the documentary and how he secured interviews with more than seventy comic artists.

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Sam Spina on developing an animated short for Nickelodeon and how you can do the same

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For a cartoonist, having a show on Nickelodeon seems as far-fetched as becoming an astronaut, says Sam Spina. But for the former Denverite who's currently based in Atlanta, that dream just became a reality through the Nickelodeon Shorts Program. The Xeric award-winning Spina (whose diary comic Spinadoodles was recognized in the Best of Denver 2012 as Best Comic Strip) pitched a concept about three friends who dig a hole in their backyard to Nickelodeon, and it was accepted to be developed into an animated short. We caught up with Spina to talk about the nine-month process of working with Nickelodeon, his upcoming projects and how you, too, can submit to be a part of Nick's shorts program. .

See also: Cartoonist Sam Spina on winning a Xeric grant and his daily comic strip, Spinadoodles

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Denver Drink & Draw meets Kickstarter goal to fund Comix Brew, a free comics newspaper

Categories: Comix

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The creative mind behind Comix Brew, which will be Denver's first free comics-only newspaper, reached his $3,000 Kickstarter goal yesterday and plans to publish the first issue in late April or early May.

Lonnie Allen had been thinking about the idea for years, but decided to make it a reality one night after having a few drinks with his girlfriend. "She had heard me mention it more than once before and she was kind of like, 'You have all these ideas all the time, you should just do it.'" So he did, finding funding in just two weeks.

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Denver Comic Con: Convention heads respond to co-founder Charlie La Greca's allegations

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Since its founding in 2012, Denver Comic Con (DCC) has become a powerful force; it attracted 61,000 attendees last year, making it the fifth-largest comic convention nationwide. But as in comic books, with power often comes turmoil. Yesterday morning, co-founder Charlie La Greca posted an open letter on a new "Save Denver Comic Con" website alleging he was forced out of the operation and that the DCC and its affiliated nonprofit, Comic Book Classroom (CBC), are plagued with mismanagement. Now La Greca's former colleagues -- convention director Christina Angel and CBC education director Illya Kowalchuk -- have responded to his accusations.

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Denver Comic Con rift threatens the event's founder and his original cause

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Denver Comic Con co-founders Frank Romero and Charlie La Greca.
There have been rumors about trouble among the Denver Comic Con ranks. But today, DCC co-founder Charlie La Greca posted the following letter on a new Save Denver Comic Con website.

Hello my name is Charlie La Greca. I am a cartoonist, lifelong comic fan, and lover of all things geek.

This is an incredibly difficult letter to write but I feel the need to tell you about an injustice and ask for your assistance in attaining its correction.

Comic books are my life. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and in the 1990's moved to the East Coast to pursue my dreams of working in comic book publishing. It took years of hard work but eventually, I established myself in New York City working in the industry that I love. After working for such notable companies as Disney, Nickelodeon, and DC Comics, I moved back to my native Denver to embark on the next chapter of my dream.

I reconnected with my lifelong friend, Frank Romero, to figure out how we could apply our passion, experience, and networking within the industry to bring something very special to my hometown. I have completely and utterly devoted my entire being to this endeavor for the last 5 years and it was with our intention to encourage learning and ignite imaginations in children that Frank and I envisioned creating a pop culture convention that, with its proceeds, would fully support a good cause - children's education and literacy. To that end, in 2009, Frank and I founded Comic Book Classroom (CBC) to raise literacy through comics, and we devised the Denver Comic Con (DCC) to become an institution that funded CBC.

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