Zero PrecedentRight now there is no event like DCP for independent comics and zine creators to sell their work in the Detroit area.
Zero Entry FeesThere will be no cost for exhibitors to submit applications, and NO COVER for the public during the day.
Zero CensorshipDCP is the only comics show that makes free speech a top priority, and will not enforce anything resembling a “family friendly” policy.
Zero SleepInstead of stopping at 5:00pm, DCP will continue raging late into the night, morphing into a giant party with the best entertainment Detroit has to offer.
TO BE ANNOUNCED
COWBOY HOUSECOWBOY HOUSE is a Pittsburgh-based art collective made up of Fred Frances, Jeff Gibbons, and Mike Madsen. Each member of COWBOY HOUSE is both a writer and artist, and they work independently as often as they collaborate. Since 2010, COWBOY HOUSE has self-published over 50 minicomics and zines dealing with a wide range of subjects and themes. Mike Madsen is an artist whose work is known for its yearning metaphysical qualities as it is for his visceral, sometimes brutal line drawings. His recent books include Guts V and his ongoing allegory Storm Signal. Jeff Gibbons is a comic artist whose phenomenal skill as a draftsman and colorist is matched by his heartfelt writing, which addresses heavy themes in a way relatable even to children. His most notable work includes the ongoing all-ages science fiction adventure Helper Bot, and Pretty Jeff, a semi-autobiographical webcomic. Fred Frances is an artist, illustrator, and writer whose books, which include the recent Worry World Daypass and Primary Insomnia, are noted for their humor and formal/structural ambition.
PARISELParisel is probably the most prolific Detroit cartoonist, with hundreds and hundreds of issues of his satirical comics like Magna Man and Spangler in circulation today. He has recently been working hard on a horrifying and excellent animated series based on his Poppa Duck character.
We want it rough. We want it dangerous. We want total unregulated self expression. We have seen a Spiderman and we are bored to tears. We are not here by accident, we are not waiting on our major label deal.
We want to celebrate the incredible wealth of wild, intimate, and spectacularly bizarre work being created under the radar. Detroit Comix Party will be the platform for that content to rise up into the public eye and into the path of potential consumers, showing without a doubt that there is still magic in little handmade books printed on paper.
Detroit Comix Party quests to create a forum and strong meeting place for artists from the independent publishing community to discuss new ideas that will help us understand where our industry is today and where it is going tomorrow. A meeting of the minds, to identify present and future goals, and provide opportunity for all participants to network with peers and expose their work to a wider audience.
Controlling the means of production has always been a revolutionary act. The democratization of technology has given us the power of extreme and immediate self-expression, whether we choose to use it or not. Let’s celebrate those that are already taking control and actively participating and inspire newcomers to make the first awkward steps toward self-made media freedom.
Independent comix, book-arts, zines, diy; whatever you call it, we participate in a culture built on the celebration, or at least exploration, of the absolute extreme fringe-ends of society. Detroit Comix Party confidently embrace this, even in cases where we are presented with material that is absolutely mortifying or disturbing.
Please help make Detroit Comix Party a dangerous and intense experience.