• Central Library (map)
  • 1301 Olive Street
  • St. Louis, MO, 63103
  • United States


Join us for the 3nd Annual STL Small Press Expo, showcasing over 80 indie publishing projects on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00am to 5:00pm in St. Louis Public Library-Central’s beautiful Great Hall with programming in The Training Room across the hall and in The Creative Experience on level 1. 

Think: zines, comics, art books, indie literature, erotica and poetry broadsides.

Featured Guests:

Chloë Bass, BOAAT Press, Black Rock Press, Brainfreeze Comics, Marnie Galloway, neither/nor distro, Skin & Bone and Taller Leñateros


10:00am (The Training Room) Learn how to bind a book with artist & educator Carrie Keasler. For children of all ages!

11:00am-3:30pm (The Creative Experience) Hourly tours of the library's beautiful new maker's space, The Creative Experience, led by Honna Veerkamp. Tours start at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm.

11:00am (The Training Room) Dream up your own fantasy map in a creative writing workshop hosted by Anna Guzon of YourWords STL. For children of all ages!

11:00am (The Creative Experience) Digital Bookmaking: Formatting Comics For Print. Writer/illustrator Ray Nadine provides a demonstration on how to properly format comic pages for print. This workshop is applicable for traditional and digital comics, and will be demonstrating how to use Adobe Acrobat and Adobe InDesign.

12:30-1:30pm (The Training Room) Inside the Law - With Glenn Rogers (#stlspexpo). Retired police officer Glenn Rogers has 20+ years of experience working in various departments of law enforcement in both the St Louis and Metro East regions. During this workshop, artists Kevin & Danielle McCoy of WORK/PLAY will facilitate a discussion with Mr. Rogers on safe procedures for interacting with police. Attendees will receive a free zine designed by WORK/PLAY that captures Mr. Rogers’ advice.*

1:00pm (The Creative Experience) Introduction to Desktop Publishing: Taking Your Work to Print, presented by Nic Maglio of The Mizzou Store’s Mizzou Publishing. You have done the hardest part, writing your book, creating that graphic novel, researching your family history – so what is the next step to being self-published? In this session you will be provided the basics to designing and laying out your work in Word or Adobe InDesign.

2:00pm (The Training Room) Noir at the Bar mini-reading, hosted by Jedidiah Ayers. Local favorite reading series brings five writers of hardboiled fiction to the library. Suspense & gore? Yes please. Adults only.

3:30-5:00pm (The Creative Experience) Screening of The Missing Girl, a 2015 film that features comics/illustrations by Mardou, a local favorite graphic novelist. The film tells the story of Mort, a lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive, aspiring graphic novelist he's hired. The film will be introduced by Brian Spath from Cinema St. Louis.


Check out the complete lineup of vendors here.

*Disclaimer: This presentation is not intended to give legal or driving advice. Contact an attorney who practices in the area of your concerns, for legal advice. We do not guarantee that upon following the recommendations presented at the discussion or through the zine that you will not be issued a traffic citation nor that you will avoid being arrested.