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

5 years ago by Bree Davies
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...

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

5 years ago by Robin Edwards
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...

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

8 years ago by Robin Edwards
Two times a year, the Xeric Foundation gives out grants to comic-book creators so that they have the financial means to publish their work. One of this round's recipients was local cartoonist Sam Spina, who last month used the grant money to publish Fight, the story of a champion who...
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Comic strips might be an endangered species, but "Spinadoodles," Sam Spina's incredibly endearing cartoon, makes the form seem very vibrant. The Xeric Foundation award-winning Denver cartoonist has been dutifully drawing his comic strip every day since April 2009, publishing it on his website as well as in the Colorado Daily...

Tonight: Illiterate's Talk & Draw provides a look into the underappreciated world of comic artists

8 years ago by Jef Otte
If you've ever wanted to be a comic artist, you should probably reconsider because there's no money in it. But if you're anything like a comic book artist, you're stubborn and you will not listen, so you might as well get off on the right foot -- and Illiterate's Talk...


9 years ago by Jason Heller
It’s hard to miss the local arts and music scenes: Both are loud, vibrant, firm fixtures of Denver’s cultural landscape. The local comics scene is a newer and humbler, if no less vibrant, piece of the patchwork. Comic-book creators of all genres and visions — from super-heroes to science fiction...

Letters: Thanks for the comic relief!

"Funny Business," May 30 Comic Relief Great work by the artists featured in your Comics issue last week. I loved the supervillain Meter Maid and the courteous homeless dude, but my favorite was the "Rejected Denver Breweries," by Monte Mitchell. Hope we'll see more from him.Lu GarciaDenver I'd like to...

10 things to do for $10 in Denver this weekend (all free!), March 7-9

5 years ago by Robin Edwards
From an art-toy meet-up to an experimental film symposium, this weekend is full of great events -- and we've found ten that are absolutely free. So save your change for bus fare and get out and enjoy this city. Did we miss a bargain? Share news of more economical events...

Meet the 2012 Denver #WebAwards finalists

7 years ago by Westword Staff
It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. Back at the end of September, we put out a call for you, dear readers, to nominate your favorite online projects and voices, and a team of Westword staffers and contributors...

27 Things Denverites Really Want Out-of-Towners to Know About the Mile High City

5 years ago by Bree Davies
There's a bizarre alternate reality on the Internet when it comes to Denver -- there's the city we know and the city being sold to out-of-towners through fake blogs on real estate websites, like this list: "27 Things People From Denver Have to Explain to Out-Of-Towners." The problem with these...

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