The Demon Cat of Washington DC

The ghost cat or ‘Demon Cat’ is a popular story. This creature haunts the basement of the Capitol building at night, usually spotted around the hall between the Crypt of the Capitol and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. Tourists can even see little paw prints on the floors of this hallway if they look close enough. The story goes that Capitol Hill, then Jenkins Hill, was once the home of a den of black cats, but once construction of the Capitol began (in 1794) the cat’s den was destroyed along with the family of cats. The mother cat now roams the halls of the basement of the Capitol building where presumably the den was located, searching for her young. Even though there are no unattended pets allowed in the Capitol, late night staffers and visitors have noticed an animal making quick dashes around this area of the building. The cat’s paw-prints beneath the Samuel Morse memorial can bee seen in the second picture.

Sightings of the creature have mysteriously been followed by tragic occurrences throughout the United States. One such account tells of a Capitol Police officer who noticed a quick black dash across the floor. As he moved closer to catch a glimpse of the animal, its shadow grew bigger and more menacing. Then, quickly, it disappeared. The next day, 1 November 1918, a story in the newspaper described the worst rapid transit system accident in New York City with over 90 deaths.

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icallhergrady said:

Hey, Boss. What kind of cool SPX branded stuff will be available?

We’ll have SPX tote bags again this year (can I say they’ll be designed by Jeff Smith yet?).  That’s exciting!

And we’ll have our show posters from Seth and Domitille Collardey.

There will also be maybe two dozen copies of our super nice limited edition print set which compiles all the show art into one beautiful package.

In addition to the Seth and Domitille posters, you’re also getting work from: Jeremy Sorese, Farel Dalrymple, Ed Piskor, Jeff Smith, Peter Bagge, Michael DeForge, Dilraj Mann, Hellen Jo, Sophia Foster-Dimino, and Jon McNaught.  

Not to mention two still super-secret items from Mike Mitchell and Kali Ciesemier!

Tell me those folks don’t make for one hell of a package!

We’ll have pics and prices up for all this stuff ahead of time.

Now, one thing we don’t want to do is have too much SPX stuff.  We’re not looking to compete with the creators who come to the show to sell their work.  Our focus is ON YOU having great sales!  

But… having some of this ancillary stuff helps fund the show and our charitable programs.  A print you buy from us puts a graphic novel from an independent publisher into a cash-strapped local library.

Simple as that.