I previously wrote: “Is SPX really not curated at all? Do Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf etc. have to register like the rest of us? This is a sincere question. I just don’t know. Please tell me. But, that said, I have a hard time picturing Gary Groth clicking ‘refresh.’” Then I felt bad because it sounded snarky, but I kept it up anyway. Because I’m kind of a jerk.
I didn’t know that, and that’s totally legitimate. (In fact, if I didn’t see those folks the first time I went to SPX, I would have been bitterly disappointed. They’re a crucial part of our world, and obviously, like many micropress publishers, I aspire to be like them some day.)
My objection to the “curated” debate stands. But a major part of my concern is transparency in process, and if I just missed this, then that’s my fault.