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The Pittsburgh Indie Expo (aka PIX!) is an annual expo celebrating Independently produced, creator-owned, self-published, small press, and handmade comics from Pittsburgh and around the world. It is free and open to the public.

The event will give Pittsburghers the opportunity to survey and sample a wide variety of works produced by the far ranging talents of the comics artists and cartoonists currently flourishing in the Pittsburgh region as well as meet and interact with the creators themselves. In addition, PIX attendees can expect to experience examples of independently produced and published, creator-owned work from the rest of North America and around the world.

Confirmed special guests this year include renowned comics artist, writer and historian Trina Robbins, visionary comics artist and illustrator, Theo Ellsworth and Pittsburgh’s own Jim Rugg, artist/illustrator/graphic designer extraordinaire and co-creator of Street Angel and Afrodisiac. Also now confirmed are Ed Piskor, creator of the sensational Hip Hop Family Tree and Tom Scioli, creator of the Myth of 8-Opus cycle and American Barbarian as well as co-creator of Godland. Additional guests to be announced.

The exhibitors room will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. This will be followed - after a dinner break - by four hours of programming, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Programming will include artist presentations and panel discussions as well as educational and historical lectures. Details to be announced.

If you would like to exhibit at this year's expo, please visit our website at http://pixcomics.blogspot.com/p/pix-sign-up.html or email us at pixcomix@gmail.com with questions.


Virginia Shields to Exhibit at PIX 2014


Someone once told me that I didn’t look like I was weird, but when they read my comics, they realized how weird I am. Works: Words and Phrases for Getting Arahnd Pittsburgh: an illustrated guide; The Orbs of Power; Virginia is a People Name Volumes I & II.
www.shieldsink.com /  www.orbsofpower.com

Virginia Shields to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Someone once told me that I didn’t look like I was weird, but when they read my comics, they realized how weird I am. Works: Words and Phrases for Getting Arahnd Pittsburgh: an illustrated guide; The Orbs of Power; Virginia is a People Name Volumes I & II.

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Cowboy House to Exhibit at PIX 2014


COWBOY HOUSE is an artists’ collective/publishing house/paramilitary organization that the government has its eyes on. Members include Fred Frances (Fred Frances Sucks, BMW20), Jeff Gibbons (Helper Bot, Pretty Jeff), Matt Glove (Matty Glovebox), and Mike Madsen (Aceman Spaceman, Guts). Their collaborative zine Pizza & Beer will be available for the first time to non-subscribers at PIX, and they can be found at CowboyHouseInternet.com.

Cowboy House to Exhibit at PIX 2014

COWBOY HOUSE is an artists’ collective/publishing house/paramilitary organization that the government has its eyes on. Members include Fred Frances (Fred Frances Sucks, BMW20), Jeff Gibbons (Helper Bot, Pretty Jeff), Matt Glove (Matty Glovebox), and Mike Madsen (Aceman Spaceman, Guts). Their collaborative zine Pizza & Beer will be available for the first time to non-subscribers at PIX, and they can be found at CowboyHouseInternet.com.

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Bruce Worden to Exhibit at PIX 2014


Bruce Worden, one of the most underemployed comic illustrators of our time, is best known for his rock-n-roll picture book Goodnight Keith Moon and the ongoing comic series Woodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies. He lives (that is to say, bikes, eats chocolate, and collects records) in Ann Arbor with his wife and son, and doesn’t update www.SketchSketchSketch.com frequently enough for it to be very useful.

Bruce Worden to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Bruce Worden, one of the most underemployed comic illustrators of our time, is best known for his rock-n-roll picture book Goodnight Keith Moon and the ongoing comic series Woodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies. He lives (that is to say, bikes, eats chocolate, and collects records) in Ann Arbor with his wife and son, and doesn’t update www.SketchSketchSketch.com frequently enough for it to be very useful.

— 5 months ago

Jade F. Lee to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Jade F. Lee is a DC-based teacher-in-training by day, and an aspiring cartoonist/illustrator (cartoonistrator?) by night. Her work often extracts from and combines influences from childhood nostalgia with her personal current-day experiences. She has exhibited her work at various indie comic shows and fan conventions such as Small Press Expo and Otakon. In 2013, her self-published comic Weapon Girls Vol. 01: Waltz was selected to be donated to the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress. She is currently working on a webcomic titled Ursula Minor, a magical realist dramedy about a girl raised by bears and her antics involving campers, girl scouts, and the like as she figures her way through adolescence. More of Jade’s work and updates can be found on her tumblog!

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Tara Helfer to Exhibit at PIX 2014


Tara Helfer is an animator, illustrator and cartoonist living in Columbus, Ohio. She navigates the fantastical and grotesque with the animation studio Rad Fortress and is currently working on a psychedelic and graphically violent mahou shoujo animated web series. Comics and progress images can be viewed at http://tarahelfer.com and http://tarahelfer.tumblr.com

Tara Helfer to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Tara Helfer is an animator, illustrator and cartoonist living in Columbus, Ohio. She navigates the fantastical and grotesque with the animation studio Rad Fortress and is currently working on a psychedelic and graphically violent mahou shoujo animated web series. Comics and progress images can be viewed at http://tarahelfer.com and http://tarahelfer.tumblr.com

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Christopher “Mav” Maverick & Maximilian to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Christopher “Mav” Maverick is an artist, author and photographer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the writer (and colorist) for Cosmic Hellcat Adventures as well as the writer and artist on the various spin-off projects, Rodentech, Starfox Fire, TEDD:IJAµ and Rodentech. His comics are an eclectic mixture of satire, manga, science-fiction and super heroics, combined in with anthropomorphic animals and glamour photography of cosplay models portraying the characters from the books (Mav is also the official Cosmic Hellcats photographer). While not working on comics, he has been employed as a software and graphic designer, since 1998. From 2003 to 2010 he also competed as am independent professional wrestler throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. He has recently given all of this up to return to grad school where he is currently working on a PhD in English, specializing in Comic Books and pop culture as representations of culture, class and gender while still continuing his own art and writing. 
 
In 2006, Mav founded the Internet community 365 Days on the website flickr.com. The community challenges its members to take a photographic self-portrait once a day for a year as a means of self-exploration. In seven years, the community has grown to cult-like status and counts more than 21,000 members worldwide. His erotic and glamour photography can also be found at the website: http://zivity.com/photographers/chrismaverick. He is currently in the process of relaunching his long dormant personal website http://www.chrismaverick.com, which contains photography, artwork, critiques on culture and whatever general nonsense fills his head. The Cosmic Hellcats webcomic as well as information on the print comics and other related projects can be found at http://www.cosmichellcats.com.

Christopher “Mav” Maverick & Maximilian to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Christopher “Mav” Maverick is an artist, author and photographer living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the writer (and colorist) for Cosmic Hellcat Adventures as well as the writer and artist on the various spin-off projects, Rodentech, Starfox Fire, TEDD:IJAµ and Rodentech. His comics are an eclectic mixture of satire, manga, science-fiction and super heroics, combined in with anthropomorphic animals and glamour photography of cosplay models portraying the characters from the books (Mav is also the official Cosmic Hellcats photographer). While not working on comics, he has been employed as a software and graphic designer, since 1998. From 2003 to 2010 he also competed as am independent professional wrestler throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. He has recently given all of this up to return to grad school where he is currently working on a PhD in English, specializing in Comic Books and pop culture as representations of culture, class and gender while still continuing his own art and writing. 
 
In 2006, Mav founded the Internet community 365 Days on the website flickr.com. The community challenges its members to take a photographic self-portrait once a day for a year as a means of self-exploration. In seven years, the community has grown to cult-like status and counts more than 21,000 members worldwide. His erotic and glamour photography can also be found at the website: http://zivity.com/photographers/chrismaverick. He is currently in the process of relaunching his long dormant personal website http://www.chrismaverick.com, which contains photography, artwork, critiques on culture and whatever general nonsense fills his head. The Cosmic Hellcats webcomic as well as information on the print comics and other related projects can be found at http://www.cosmichellcats.com.
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Maximilian 
is an artist and musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He likes Transformers, Scandinavian music, mountains and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can frequently be found at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Cafe, guzzling coffee and drawing naked people. His latest music can be found at http://ShutterdownMusic.com. Max is the penciller, inker and co-plotter for the webcomic, Cosmic Hellcats (http://cosmichellcats.com).
Maximilian 
is an artist and musician from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He likes Transformers, Scandinavian music, mountains and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can frequently be found at Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Cafe, guzzling coffee and drawing naked people. His latest music can be found at http://ShutterdownMusic.com. Max is the penciller, inker and co-plotter for the webcomic, Cosmic Hellcats (http://cosmichellcats.com).
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Cynthia Lee to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Cynthia Lee is a freelance illustrator who makes comics, portraits, and prints in the charming city of Pittsburgh. She founded the college publication The Green Stripe, and is part of the comics and music anthology, Love and Monsters.
Stop by and say hi! If there’s time she’ll draw an exquisite cadaver with you.

Cynthia Lee to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Cynthia Lee is a freelance illustrator who makes comics, portraits, and prints in the charming city of Pittsburgh. She founded the college publication The Green Stripe, and is part of the comics and music anthology, Love and Monsters.
Stop by and say hi! If there’s time she’ll draw an exquisite cadaver with you.
— 5 months ago

Wayne Wise to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Wayne Wise is a freelance writer/artist living in Pittsburgh. In the 90’s he co-created the Xeric Award winning comic Grey Legacy, worked as an inker for Malibu Graphics, and began working at Phantom of the Attic Comics in Oakland (an Eisner Award nominated comics retailer). In 2002 his first novel, King of Summer, was published. In 2009 he self-published the first issue of Grey Legacy Tales, contributed to North and in 2013 to Oakland. In 2011 he joined the digital self-publishing revolution and released three novels.Scratch, This Creature Fair, Bedivere: The King’s Right Hand and a new edition of King of Summer are all available as ebooks and paperback novels. He serves as the Resident Comics Scholar at the Pittsburh Toonseum and teaches a 300-level academic course on “Comics and Popular Culture” as an adjunct professor at Chatham University. You can read more about him at his blog at www.wayne-wise.com, or read some of his comics specific musings at http://masksblog.wordpress.com/.
www.wayne-wise.com

Wayne Wise to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Wayne Wise is a freelance writer/artist living in Pittsburgh. In the 90’s he co-created the Xeric Award winning comic Grey Legacy, worked as an inker for Malibu Graphics, and began working at Phantom of the Attic Comics in Oakland (an Eisner Award nominated comics retailer). In 2002 his first novel, King of Summer, was published. In 2009 he self-published the first issue of Grey Legacy Tales, contributed to North and in 2013 to Oakland. In 2011 he joined the digital self-publishing revolution and released three novels.ScratchThis Creature FairBedivere: The King’s Right Hand and a new edition of King of Summer are all available as ebooks and paperback novels. He serves as the Resident Comics Scholar at the Pittsburh Toonseum and teaches a 300-level academic course on “Comics and Popular Culture” as an adjunct professor at Chatham University. You can read more about him at his blog at www.wayne-wise.com, or read some of his comics specific musings at http://masksblog.wordpress.com/.
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Jeremy Baum to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Jeremy Baum
cartoonist and illustrator of the erotic and surreal.
publisher of international anthologies.
www.madbaumer37.tumblr.com
www.madbaumer37.storenvy.com

Jeremy Baum to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Jeremy Baum
cartoonist and illustrator of the erotic and surreal.
publisher of international anthologies.
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John Peña to Exhibit at PIX 2014



John Peña
My name is John Peña. I am an interdisciplinary artist originally from Washington State. Every day for the four years I have made a drawing in which I have recorded a memorable moment from my day. You can see my drawings at www.dailygeology.com and my other artwork at www.johnpena.net

John Peña to Exhibit at PIX 2014

John Peña

My name is John Peña. I am an interdisciplinary artist originally from Washington State. Every day for the four years I have made a drawing in which I have recorded a memorable moment from my day. You can see my drawings at www.dailygeology.com and my other artwork at www.johnpena.net

— 5 months ago

Lida Wos to Exhibit at PIX 2014


Lida Wos, the artistic and creative member of the Wos family, will make her first comic convention appearance at PIX.The 9 year-old Lida will be debuting her “What Comics?” mini comic. "What Comics?" features a menagerie of quirky cute characters in short comic vignettes such as “Everyone Loves Mustaches” and “House vs. Tree Epic!”When asked for a quote about her artistic vision and personal aesthetic Lida responded: “Get out of my room dad! I’m trying to draw!”Lida has been drawing cartoons and comics since the age of four and is the daughter of the lesser-known Joe Wos, executive director of the ToonSeum and alleged cartoonist.

Lida Wos to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Lida Wos, the artistic and creative member of the Wos family, will make her first comic convention appearance at PIX.

The 9 year-old Lida will be debuting her “What Comics?” mini comic. "What Comics?" features a menagerie of quirky cute characters in short comic vignettes such as “Everyone Loves Mustaches” and “House vs. Tree Epic!”

When asked for a quote about her artistic vision and personal aesthetic Lida responded: “Get out of my room dad! I’m trying to draw!”

Lida has been drawing cartoons and comics since the age of four and is the daughter of the lesser-known Joe Wos, executive director of the ToonSeum and alleged cartoonist.

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Jason Bender to Exhibit at PIX 2014


Jason Bender is a Pittsburgh based comic creator and independent filmmaker. He returns to the Con circuit after a hiatus with his strange creation The Scarf Strikes!. He is also handles art chores for Bean Sí Studios’, Grey Roads.http://jrichardbender.tumblr.com

Jason Bender to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Jason Bender is a Pittsburgh based comic creator and independent filmmaker. He returns to the Con circuit after a hiatus with his strange creation The Scarf Strikes!. He is also handles art chores for Bean Sí Studios’, Grey Roads.
http://jrichardbender.tumblr.com

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Mikey Wood to Exhibit at PIX 2014



Born to a choir of off-key angels in 1973, Mikey Wood has been wandering the Earth like Dr. David Banner until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him. He also draws pretty pictures from time-to-time.

Head honcho of Space Monkey Comics, Mikey provided artwork on HATE YOUR FRIENDS (which he also co-wrote) and THE GOLDEN SCARAB as well as providing the script for BOBBY CARTER: CREEPHUNTER (with art by Barry Linck).  
Mikey also sells prints of his artwork via his Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/Nerdtropolis.Come by and say hi.

Mikey Wood to Exhibit at PIX 2014

Born to a choir of off-key angels in 1973, Mikey Wood has been wandering the Earth like Dr. David Banner until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him. He also draws pretty pictures from time-to-time.


Head honcho of Space Monkey Comics, Mikey provided artwork on HATE YOUR FRIENDS (which he also co-wrote) and THE GOLDEN SCARAB as well as providing the script for BOBBY CARTER: CREEPHUNTER (with art by Barry Linck).
  

Mikey also sells prints of his artwork via his Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/Nerdtropolis.

Come by and say hi.

— 5 months ago with 1 note