About Us

St. Louis Independent Comics Expo (SLICE)

SLICE is an exposition of zines, chapbooks, lit mags, poetry, comics, small press authors, indie publishers, and print culture.

SLICE (formerly the St. Louis Small Press Expo) stimulates the independent literary and printing community by providing resources to authors and creators in the form of training, networking opportunities, and through the annual indie-print showcase that is our namesake.

Past Expos

SLICE began as the St. Louis Small Press Expo in 2014. Check out some of our past Expos!








Meet the Board of Directors

Your St. Louis Independent Comics Expo Organizing Team!

Steenz – President

Steenz is a St. Louis–based cartoonist, editor, and professor. They’re the cartoonist on the syndicated comic strip Heart Of The City, the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award–winning Graphic Novel Archival Quality, and the co-creator of the Standard Comic Script. Steenz currently teaches cartooning at Webster University while editing titles from independent publishers and creators. They’re also working on their latest graphic novel, Side Quest: A Graphic Novel History of TTRPGs. They live with their spouse Keya and two cats Marko and Ripley.

Kat Vendetti – Secretary

Kat is a freelance comics editor, copyeditor, and proofreader based in St. Louis. She has worked as an assistant editor on Wayward Kindred from TO Comix Press, is a proofreader at AndWorld Design, and copyedits webcomics and graphic novels for WEBTOON. By day, Kat edits online courses for Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. They live with their cat, Spider, who is a goblin in disguise.

Teddy Key – Treasurer

Teddy is a baker and a patron of small press. He has assisted with organizing SLICE since 2018.

Brandon Daniels – Board Member

Brandon Daniels is an author and teaching artist living in St. Louis. He teaches Illustration and Sequential Art at several local universities.

Noah Jodice – Board Member

Noah is a cartoonist based in St. Louis, Missouri. His work ranges from comics about quitting your sci-fi mushroom picking job to community justice–oriented zines for advocacy groups. His cartooning was recognized in the 64th Annual of the Society of Illustrators and the 10th annual International Motion Art Awards. He is going to bed soon.

Will Arnold – Board Member

Will is an artist and printer working at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Art & Design. He is the co-founder of Work Press & Publication, a Risograph-based zine and artist book self-publishing venture. Will makes zines and artist books by collaging and remixing vintage comics.

Audrey Westcott – Board Member

Audrey is a graphic designer by day and an illustrator by night. She has held various in-house design jobs around St. Louis, the current being senior graphic designer with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at WashU, her alma mater. She loves stories and storytelling of all textual, graphical, and comical forms, and her work is strongly narrative-driven across disciplines. She is also an avid cyclist and advocate for safer streets. She lives with her husband Daniel and two cats, a smart one and a stupid one.


Portraits by Jonathan Marshall Smith