The RI Independent Publishing Expo returns to Providence Public Library for an exciting second year!

The second annual Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo), a weekend-long free festival celebrating self-published comics, books and zines, will take place on Saturday March 28th from 12PM to 6PM and Sunday March 29th from 12PM to 5PM at the Providence Public Library, located at 225 Washington Street in downtown Providence.

The only event of its kind in Rhode Island, RIPExpo celebrates a diverse community of underground and small press artists on both a local and international scale. RIPExpo 2015 will bring together over 150 exhibitors to share their work in a vibrant live forum open to the public. Artists representing their own work and vendors from independent publishing houses will have a variety of books, comics, prints and affordable artwork for sale.

Artists’ talks and panel discussions featuring special guests and artists from across the country will take place onsite all weekend. A full programming schedule including workshops, live music and comic readings will be announced as the festival approaches.

Special guests this year include a range of celebrated Rhode Island locals, cherished veterans of Providence’s creative scene and and exciting out-of-town artists including:

Hybrid art collective and educational organization Providence Comics Consortium (RI)   

Providence-based publishing house Hidden Fortress Press  (RI)

Zine publisher and performance artist Caroline Paquita (NYC)

Experimental visual artist and animator Jo Dery (Vermont)

Illustrator, sculptor and anthology editor Ginette Lapalme (Toronto)

Award-winning autobiographical comic artist Whit Taylor (NJ)

Queer science fiction collective Metropolarity (Philly)

A full list of exhibitors is available online at

RIPExpo is free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.

For more information or press materials, contact the organizational committee at: