DINK: Denver's Independent Comics
Release: January 7, 2016
Announces Featured Guests and Ticketing Details
illustrators, and artists of all stripes will join together this spring
for the inaugural
DINK Independent Comic Expo
set to take place in the gorgeous Mile High City from March 25-26. A
boutique expo with a focus on independent comics and art influencers,
the event promises to deliver top notch mercantile and visual arts of
With over 150 featured artists, guests, exhibitors, and independent
vendors expected in Denver over the two-day event, organizers have
kicked off the new year with an exciting roster of national talent
including New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell,
Eisner Award winner Jim Rugg,
critically acclaimed cartoonist and writer Julia Wertz
along independent favorites Alex Robinson, Joshua W. Cotter
and Mike Dawson in
their first wave announcements. An impressive start for a first-year
boutique event, more guest announcements are expected soon. Tickets for
the DINK will range from $20 for a weekend pass to
less than $15 for a single day ticket and will go on sale at noon on Monday, January 11th.
DINK is being produced by Nerd Riot
Production’s Charlie La Greca (co-founder of Denver Comic Con) along with an experienced and
award-winning team (which includes fellow Denver Comic Con co-founder Frank Romero) whose
collective experience spans conventions, event production, comics,
books, art, music, podcasts, theater, film, and publishing. The aim of
the DINK is to provide a platform for underground
and internationally renowned independent artists to present their works
without the fanfare of celebrity guests. The event will feature
opportunities for all ages along with top-notch adult programming with
the inclusion of a bar & lounge --- an area for casual mixing among
patrons and artists alike.
As a celebration of
independent comics, DINK will feature Colorado's first graphic
novel, sequential art, and comic awards called "The DINKy’s” and be
coordinated by Tinto Press boutique publisher and DINK Special
Projects Director, Ted Intorcio. Committed to recognizing
outstanding independent comics and art from a diverse group of
submissions, award categories will feature such topics as "Best Work -
Large/Mid Press, a "Diversity Award," "Individual Achievement Awards,"
and "Best in Show.
“Coordinating the first ever Colorado-based comics awards is exciting and I understand how
meaningful it can be to give deserved recognition to the community. We
are committed to curating a list of nominees that can be promoted and
create a sense of encouragement and support among within the industry
as well as all independent cartoonists, creators, publishers and
artists alike.” says Intorcio.
DINKy nominees and award
winners will be evaluated by an impartial panel of judges that focus
solely on the work itself and not on the marketing materials
associated. In so doing, DINK
is committed to
curating a list of nominees to be promoted to followers of DINK to create an encouraging community among
all independent cartoonists.
Artists who wish to submit
their work for “The DINKY’s” will be able to register at the official
DINK Website on Monday, Jan
18th beginning at 10 AM. The Awards Ceremony is set to take place
on Saturday, March 26 at 8 PM in the Sherman
Street Event Center Theater.
first-class expo emphasizing the independent spirit, cultural
relevance, imagination, and community of comics, graphic novels, zines,
art, publishers,and fans; DINK will kick off this
March at the Sherman Street Events Center
featuring internationally renowned creators from the around the
globe. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, January 11th
About the Artists
Best known for March, the autobiography of Congressman and civil rights
icon John Lewis, Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic
novelist and the recipient of multiple notable awards such as the
Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Eisner Award, and the Ignatz Awards.
Eisner Award winner Jim Rugg is an American cartoonist and
illustrator from Pittsburgh known for his tongue-in-cheek evocations of
1970's era comics and pop culture, as well as for his graphic novels
and comic collections.
Julia Wertz is a critically acclaimed cartoonist and
writer of The Fart Party Vols. 1 and 2 (Atomic Books, 2007 and 2009),
Drinking at the Movies, with a new edition from Koyama Press with an
intro by Janeane Garofalo. Wertz’s work has graced the pages of New
Yorker Harper’s Magazine, Time Out New York, and currently does a
monthly comic installment about NYC history for the New Yorker.
award-winning author of Box Office Poison, Tricked, Too Cool to Be
Forgotten, and a new release from Top Shelf Productions called Our
Josh Cotter garnered international acclaim in 2008
with his original graphic novel Skyscrapers Of The Midwest, released by
AdHouse Books. Comics fans and critics calling out to Cotter for new
work for the last seven years will be thrilled to hear of his new
sci-fi epic Nod Away, to be released spring 2016.
Cartoonist and author Mike Dawson is responsible for Freddie & Me: A
Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody, a memoir of a childhood obsession
with Queen and Troop 142, a sordid tale of a New Jersey Boy Scout troop
away on a weeklong Summer camping trip. Entertainment Weekly called
Freddie & Me “undeniably contagious,” while the UK Daily Telegraph
said it was, “Charming, sincere and, above all, expressively drawn.”
HYPERBOLE NOTE: Lots of interesting guests at this convention
and I think we will start highlighting many of these people in later
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