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.

SLICE’s mission is to support local, independent creators and make print arts accessible to St. Louisans. We aim to accomplish this by building community; collaborating with local artists and organizations; and offering free, public events to help artists grow and introduce people of all backgrounds and skill levels to comics, zines, and print arts.

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

Policies and Procedures

Safe Space Policy

SLICE is a safe space, which means that it is intended to be a welcoming, engaging, and supportive environment free of oppressive actions, behavior, and language. Participants and attendees are asked to consider how their language and behavior impact others in attendance.


The following guidelines will help SLICE be a safer space:
• Respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries.
• Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries.
• Respect people’s opinions, beliefs, differing states of being, and differing points of view.
• Be responsible for your actions and aware that they may have an effect on others regardless of original intent.


The following actions and forms of discrimination and abuse will not be tolerated:
• Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other forms of discrimination
• Theft of money or property
• Physical, verbal, or mental abuse
• Sexual harassment or inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors
• Disruptive or disrespectful behavior
• Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe


Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee during the Expo, please come to the information table and ask for a SLICE organizer. Organizers will be available to hear these concerns and find a solution that is in the best interests of making the community and the event a safer space. The SLICE organizers reserve the right to ask any attendees who are violating the safe space policy to change or address their unsafe behavior or language, or leave the event if necessary.

Expo Day Terms and Conditions

Exhibitor applications will be accepted based on application quality, uniqueness, and available space, and will be chosen by members of the SLICE team. One table per applicant. SLICE reserves the right to deny any table application if the applicant does not meet the SLICE safe space policy terms and/or the applicant is showing items they do not have a right to sell.


If not initially accepted, applicants may be placed on a waiting list. These applicants will be contacted about said waiting list.


Exhibitor agrees not to hold SLICE and The Sheldon responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged merchandise.


SLICE will not tolerate any actions or merchandise that are considered hateful towards a particular race, gender, sexuality, class, or disability or that make any attendee, staff member, or exhibitor feel unsafe. If content or actions are considered unacceptable by a party, a resolution will be mediated by SLICE organizers and the concerned parties.


SLICE reserves the right to request more information about the materials you intend to show. No table space is reserved until you receive confirmation from SLICE. Exhibitors’ contact information will be kept private. SLICE will not sell, trade, rent, or give away exhibitor contact information to a third party. Exhibitors give SLICE permission to use the information in the “Help Us Get To Know You Better” section of this form in the SLICE program, as well as for promotional purposes on slicexpo.org and in print. Exhibitors also give SLICE and The Sheldon permission to use any photos taken on the day of the event for promotional purposes.

Expo Day COVID-19 Policy

Masking are highly recommended for attendees, exhibitors, and staff in all indoor SLICE spaces. 
SLICE recommends all attendees, exhibitors, and staff test for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to the event. If you test positive the day of the event, please do not attend.