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Meet An SPX Cartoonist: A Chat With Darryl Ayo

Darryl Ayo does minicomics and webcomics. He's a 29 year-old-office worker based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

Darryl Ayo: Generally, I make minicomics as well as computer-born comics. Short stories and dreamlike vignettes about supernatural beings.

WCP: What work are you best-known for?

DA: My best work is Little Garden, a long-running, ever-changing art project revolving around chronicling the lives and adventures of the aforementioned supernatural beings.

WCP: How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

DA: I've usually been a traditionalist—using pen nibs and India ink. However, I'm warming up to digital drawing, particularly the Manga Studio program that's been setting cartoonist hearts a-flutter recently.

WCP: Can you tell us a little about your books that you'll have with you at SPX?

DA: I will have some Little Garden minicomics. On top of this, I'm a featured contributor to the House of Twelve short story anthology which I'm pretty excited about!

WCP: If you've attended the Small Press Expo in the past—do you have any thoughts about your experience?

DA: I 've exhibited at Small Press Expo for a few years now. One thing that is fun is the  fact that some of the festival's yearly attendees do most of their alternative comics shopping this weekend. So it is important to let them know about as many fun and interesting works as we can!

WCP: What are you looking forward to buying or seeing or doing for this year's event? Or who do you want to see, to catch up on old times, or to have a fanboy experience?

DA: I hear that Jordyn F. Bochon will be in the building and I just might need a fainting chair.

WCP: What do you think will be the future of your field?

DA: The future of comics is absolutely in the hands of the readers, not us creators. Comics survives or dies when people hold discussion groups, run image-blogs, book clubs and activity groups. Share comics with your friends!

WCP: Do you have a website or blog?

DA: My website is letsgoayo.com and my comics blog group is comixcube.com and my publisher is houseoftwelve.com (some NSFW at that one).

The Small Press Expo takes place 11 am–7 p.m. Sept. 10 and noon–6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda. $10-$15. spxpo.com.

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