"Wilfred Santiago’s 21 is brilliant and beautiful, challenging and lyrical … which seems exactly right, as Roberto Clemente was all those things and more.” – Rob Neyer, ESPN.com
"A kaleidoscopic look at the life of the great Clemente. Santiago’s artwork is superb and the depth of his passion for the subject and incredible preparation comes through on every page." – Steven Goldman, author of Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel and editor of Baseball Prospectus
"I’ll admit, being a baseball player often feels like a comic book experience: the costumes, the origins, the battles for great victories and inspiration it conjures in our fellow man. This book captures the essence of one of our sport’s greatest heroes, and it does so in a way that engages the imaginations as much as it reveals the heart, ink, color, style, and character; I can think of no better way to share a tale of a true legend." – Dirk Hayhurst, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher and author of The Bullpen Gospels
200-page duotone 6.25” x 8” softcover • $19.99
Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:
'The Divine, written by Israeli writer/filmmaker Boaz Lavie, and illustrated by the immensely talented Asaf and Tomer Hanuka, will be concurrently released in English with First Second, and in French by Darguad, next year. It follows the story of former military man Mike, whose humdrum civilian life is interrupted by his army friend Jason, who persuades him to take on a job which he assures him is easy money: a covert, lucrative contract in an obscure, cicil-war ridden, South-Asian country called Quanlom. The job turns out be far from simple, however, as it turns oyut the civil war is being led by two 10-year old twins with supernatural powers. Heidi MacDonald’s got a blurb over at The Beat, which describes it as ‘a fast-paced, brutal, and breathlessly beautiful portrait of a world where ancient powers vie with modern warfare and nobody escapes unscathed.’ The Hanuka’s can draw the living hell out of anything, so I imagine a lot of people- myself included- will be all over this one.’
Dang, that logo…
At the heart of SPX is a commitment to freedom of expression.
We support a number of charitable initiatives devoted to protecting freedom of expression for independent comics creators.
The longest running and most significant of these, is our annual contribution to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
The cbldf's efforts protecting the freedom to read comics is essential for fostering the climate of unrestrained creativity that SPX represents.
Over the past 20 years, SPX has helped raise over $200,000 for CBLDF's work, including nearly $50,000 of cash contributions from the SPX foundation.
Thanks to the support of the SPX community, CBLDF has scored legal victories in defense of readers, retailers and artists, and developed a powerful education program designed to protect the future of comics.
Here are the most recent efforts SPX’s contributions allow the Fund to perform:
Expert Legal Defense – When a First Amendment emergency becomes a criminal case, CBLDF springs to action! Thanks to the Fund, Canadian authorities dropped all criminal charges in the case of Ryan Matheson, an American citizen who was facing prison time for having manga images on his laptop. Ryan’s case cost $75,000, which the CBLDF will pay off in early 2015 thanks in part to the support of the SPX community.
Preventative Legal Aid – CBLDF is most successful when you don’t hear about their work. That’s because the Fund’s powerful legal team works to defuse First Amendment emergencies at the first sign of trouble. So far this year, CBLDF resolved several cases before they had to go to court because their legal experts are available at a moment’s notice to respond.
Proactive Library Support – When librarians come under attack for shelving comics and graphic novels, CBLDF comes to the rescue. The Fund writes letters of support and works directly with librarians who come under attack to help them maintain access to comics in their community.
Kids’ Right to Read - CBLDF's is a sponsor of the Kids’ Right to Read Project, a coalition that responds to censorship crises affecting the freedom to read in schools and libraries.
Banned Books Week — CBLDF is a sponsor of Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the Freedom to Read. Banned Books Week runs from September 21 - 27, 2014.
Commitment to Education – CBLDF informs tens of thousands of people about the freedom to read comics every year by providing dozens of lectures and exhibitions, publishing timely advisories and historical censorship resources, and publishing a daily news blog and weekly newsletter.
Like SPX, the CBLDF has grown to become an essential pillar of the comics community.
We are proud to be a part of making their important work possible!