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Small Press Expo Announces their Programming Slate for SPX 2014

spx-logo-240The Small Press Expo has announced the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule. SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

Highlights of this year’s panel discussions will include:

  • James Sturm, former art/cartoon editor and contributor to Seattle’s The Stranger, leads Jules Feiffer, Tom Tomorrow, Charles Burns, Ben Katchor and Lynda Barry in a roundtable discussion about the impact of the diversity of comics that came out of the alt-weekly newspaper world.
  • Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann and Patrick Kyle kick off their book tour as guests of a special session of Inkstuds Live, hosted by Robin McConnell and guest host Brandon Graham.
  • Stories of Girlhood has Jillian Tamaki, Ellen Lindner, Aisha Franz and Mellissa Mendez discussing the distinction between comics for young girls and comics about girlhood.
  • Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, gives an overview of the history and future of the distinctive single panel cartoon strongly associated with that esteemed magazine.
  • Frémok artists Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet, also exhibiting at SPX, will discuss their work and the roots of avant-garde comics within the Francophone world.
  • The debut screening of Root Hog or Die, a new documentary about iconic minicomics artist John Porcellino, with the artist and director Dan Stafford in attendance.
  • Spanish Language Comics has Columbian comics editor Daniel Jiménez Quiroz talking with Spanish comics critic Santiago Garcia, Colombian comics critic Pablo Guerra, and North American editor Scott Brown talks about the current state of Spanish and South American comics.
  • Their annual hands-on comics workshop, led this year by Josh Bayer and Sally Cantirino from the Sequential Artists Workshop.

You can find the complete SPX 2014 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants online.

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Small Press Expo 2014: Lynda Barry, Raina Telgemeier and Charles Burns Lead Authors Debuting Books

spx-logo-240This year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. SPX is honored that over 150 different graphic novels and comics will be making their publishing debut at this years show to start off the Fall book buying season. A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Here are some highlights of the new releases and their creators that will be at SPX 2014:

Syllabus: Notes From An Accidental Professor is the latest from Lynda Barry and Drawn and Quarterly that reveals how Ms. Barry teaches the world of writing and comics in her own creative and humorous way.

Raina Telgemeier follows up the her best selling books Smile and Drama with the autobiographical Sisters from Scholastic/Graphix, explaining the long and complex relationship she has with her younger sibling.

Charles Burns Sugar Skull from Pantheon completes the nightmarish dream world trilogy that began with X’ed Out and continued in The Hive.

Ben Hatke’s heroine Zita returns in returns in Legends of  Zita the Space Girl from First Second.

Through the Woods is Emily Carroll’s first print book that collects her award winning web comics.

Roman Muradov’s (In a Sense) Lost and Found, published by Nobrow, is the first full length graphic novel from this Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner.

Drew Friedman turns his caricaturing genius to the great comic book creators in the Fantagraphics release, Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.

Michael DeForge debuts Lose #6, the latest installment of his award winning comic from Koyama Press.

Invincible Days is a collection of short stories by Patrick Atangan released by NBM.

Small Press Expo 2014: Keith Knight, Shannon Wheeler and Derf are Guests

spx-logo-240This year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, they have announced Keith Knight, Shannon Wheeler and Derf as special guests.

Keith, Shannon and Derf join the previously announced alt-weekly guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry, James Sturm, Charles Burns, Jen Sorensen, Tom Tomorrow, and Ben Katchor, as well as SPX first-timers Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman and Mimi Pond.

Keith Knight is the creator behind the long running alt-weekly comics Th(ink) and The K Chronicles, the latter of which won the esteemed Harvey Kurtzman Award as well as multiple Glyph Awards. His syndicated strip, The Knight Life, runs in such esteemed newspapers as the Washington Post. Keith’s will debut his latest book, which is a collection of Knight Life strips titled Knight Takes Queen. He is currently working on a graphic novel about his days as a Michael Jackson impersonator.

Shannon Wheeler has posted comics online since 1995, amongst them the alt-weekly favorite, Too Much Coffee Man that he began drawing in 1990. He is a contributor to The New Yorker, leading Shannon to publish I Thought You Would Be Funnier, a collection of cartoons rejected by that magazine. His latest book, God Is Disappointed In You, is a collaboration with Mark Russell that is a humorous attempt to retell the Bible in modern terms that has just released an audiobook version read by Dr. Venture/James Urbaniak.

Derf is the author behind the autobiographical graphic novel best seller My Friend Dahmer. His alt-weekly series The City recently completed its over 20 year run. Derf will be at SPX to debut his latest compilation, True Stories Volume One. Derf has been nomi9nated for numerous Eisner and Kurtzman Awards, as well as being the recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards.

Small Press Expo 2014: International Guests Simon Hanselman, Aisha Franz, Yvan Alagbé, Dominique Goblet, Mana Neyestani, Daniel Jiménez Quiroz and More

spx-logo-240This year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, the convention has announced a robust slate of international comics artists, publishers and critics from Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Iran, Colombia, Spain and more, contributing to SPX’s growing status as a global meeting place for the exchange of ideas, aesthetics, and points of view.

Simon Hanselmann will arrive from Australia to debut Megahex, his eagerly awaited new collection from Fantagraphics, collecting the darkly comedic and unexpectedly moving comics that have earned him an enormous following online. At SPX, Hanselmann will kick off a national book tour with Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle; the trio will participate in a special live edition of the Inkstuds radio show at SPX, led by regular Inkstuds host Robin McConnell and special guest co-host Brandon Graham.

Aisha Franz is a German cartoonist whose SPX debut and first book for Drawn & Quarterly is Earthling, which has also been published in German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Franz lives in Berlin where she is a member of the Treasure Fleet comics collective. In addition to an active illustration career she has contributed comics to  Pitchfork Review, Kus!, Kuti Kuti, and many more publications. Her second graphic novel, Brigitte und der Perlen-hort, has been published in German and French.

Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet will travel to SPX from France and Belgium, respectively, with a range of work from the avant-garde Brussels-based publishing house Frémok. Alagbé co-founded the influential French publishing house Éditions Amok, which later merged with the Belgian publisher Fréon to form Frémok and continues to champion poetic work at the borderline of comics and fine art. Alagbé’s new book École de la Misère, rendered in beautiful ink and wash, further expresses his clear-eyed, penetrating career-long investigation into mysterious desire and explosive cultural conflict.

Goblet, an early contributor to the Fréon flagship anthology Frigorevue, has produced a challenging and beautiful body of work that productively troubles the distinctions between fiction and autobiography, and between narrative and poetic image-making. At SPX she will debut the groundbreaking full-color graphic novel Plus si Entente, a book produced collaboratively with German cartoonist Kai Pfeiffer. Working internationally, the pair swapped pages and responded to ideas, images, compositions and colors proposed by the other to test the possibilities of narrative within the comics form.

Exhibiting as Frémok, Goblet and Alagbé will also bring with them many works from the publisher’s catalog, including the award-winning collection of Kamagurka and Herr Seele’s Cowboy Henk comic strips (an instant sell-out at MoCCA) and the American debut of Kamagurka and Seele’s brand new Cowboy Henk book, Histoire de la Belgique (pour tous).

Mana Neyestani is an Iranian cartoonist and illustrator for economic, intellectual, political, cultural, and professional magazines. He is particularly known for his work for the newspaper Zan and Persian language Radio Zamaneh. A 2006 political cartoon by Neyestani prompted riots among the oppressed Azeri minority in Iran; the paper in which the cartoon appeared was promptly closed and Neyestani was imprisoned. Upon his temporary release three months later he left the country and currently resides in France. He is the recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International award for courage in editorial cartooning, 2010. His graphic novel An Iranian Metamorphosis was originally published in French, and will debut in an English-language edition from Uncivilized Books at SPX.

Publisher, editor, critic and event organizer Daniel Jiménez Quiroz is the editor of  Revista Larva, the leading Colombian comics anthology, which publishes work by artists from throughout South America. Larva has spun off the comics publishing house Editorial Robot, which has published work by artists including Peter Kuper and Powerpaola. Quiroz also co-organizes the Entreviñetas comics festival which is now in its fifth year and has featured guests including Gabrielle Bell, Ruppert & Mulot, and Anders Nilsen. At SPX, Quiroz will exhibit work from Colombia and will participate in a special panel about Spanish-language comics, including Spanish critic Santiago García, Colombian critic Pablo Guerra, and American publisher Scott Brown. Quiroz’s visit to SPX is supported by the Ministerio de Cultura of Colombia.

Many other international publishers and artists will exhibit at this year’s event, including London-based New Zealander Roger Langridge and Australian cartoonists Frank Candiloro, Matt Emery, Luke Humphris, Matthew Hoddy, Caitlin Major, Nicholas McIvor and Lex Sugden. SPX’s 20th anniversary event will offer a unique opportunity to encounter the work and perspectives of international artists, and to more fully appreciate the truly global character of the comics form.

Small Press Expo 2014: Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books Imprint Added to the Graphic Novel Gift Program

spx-logo-240The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, has announced that Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books publishing company will be joining the publishers participating in the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program.

SPX also has announced that the gift amount has been raised from $5000 to $6000, allowing the selected library system a larger budget to purchase graphic novels for their patrons.

The addition of Cartoon Books to the Graphic Novel Gift Program will allow the selected library system to choose from the entire catalog of Bone books popular with  young readers all over the world.

Cartoon Books join Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn & Quarterly, Adhouse Books and Koyama Press as publishers from which collections managers can order books for this program.

The Graphic Novel Gift Program is an outright gift of graphic novels to a local library. The books are chosen by the receiving library’s Collections Specialist. The targets of this program are public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area as selected by the Small Press Expo Executive Committee.

The goals of the program are:

  • Facilitate the availability of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries.
  • Promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries.
  • Provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.

The Graphic Novel Gift Program is the first of its kind to help put graphic novels onto the shelves of public libraries. It is an expansion of the philanthropic and charitable endeavors that are part of its corporate charter, and is in addition to SPX’s annual support to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and SPX’s support of the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 13th from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 14th 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday only, $10 for Sunday only, and $20 for both days.

National Book Festival 2014: Small Press Expo Sponsors Gene Luen Yang, Liza Donnelly and Bryan Lee O’Malley

national book festival 2014For the second year in a row, the Small Press Expo (SPX) is a sponsor of the National Book Festival, presented by the Library of Congress. As a part of this sponsorship, SPX is bringing Gene Luen Yang, Liza Donnelly and Bryan Lee O’Malley to the National Book Festival.

The primary goal of this sponsorship is to bring creators from the indie comics community to the National Book Festival to provide greater exposure for them and their works to the diverse audience that attends this prestigious festival. As a partner with the Library’s Center for the Book, Small Press Expo looks forward to help promoting their various literacy initiatives and events.

Gene Luen Yang is a writer of both graphic novels and comics. His book, “American Born Chinese,” was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award; it also won an Eisner Award in 2007. “Boxers & Saints”, a two-volume project set during the Boxer Rebellion, was a National Book Award finalist, noted on Booklist’s Top 10 Religious Books for Youth, awarded Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest work, The Shadow Hero, “explores the immigrant experience through the genre of superheroes.”

Gene was selected to be the first graphic novelist to be one of four authors to give a presentation at the gala event for the National Book Festival, whose attendees include National Book Festival authors, members of Congress, the Librarian of Congress Dr.James Billington, as well as other Library of Congress senior staff.

Author and cartoonist Liza Donnelly is best known for her cartoons in The New Yorker, but her work has been featured in several notable publications, such as The New York Times, The Harvard Business Review and The Nation, Forbes.com and Women’s Enews. In her newest book, “Women on Men,” a collection of cartoons and writing, she uses wit and sly humor to depict the changing relations of women and men in these modern times.

Award-winning cartoonist, writer and artist Bryan Lee O’Malley is best known for his best-selling, six-book Scott Pilgrim series which was adapted into the major motion picture “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” in 2010. O’Malley has received many accolades including the Doug Wright, Harvey, Joe Shuster and Eisner awards. In his latest graphic novel, “Seconds,” O’Malley tells the story of Katie and her magical mushrooms, a tale of existential angst, everyday obstacles, young love and ancient spirits.

The National Book Festival takes place Saturday, August 30, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Gene Luen Yang will be at the Teen pavilion, signing books from 3:30- 4:30PM and presenting from 4:40-5:10PM.

Bryan Lee O’Malley will be presenting at the Graphic Novel, Science Fiction and Fantasy pavilion from 6:45-7:20 PM and signing books from 8:00-9:00PM.

Liza Donnelly will be presenting at the Graphic Novel, Science Fiction and Fantasy pavilion from 8:15-8:50 PM and signing books from 9:00-10:00PM.

Small Press Expo 2014: Ignatz Nominees Announced

ignatz awardThe Small Press Expo has announced the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.
The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 P.M.
ComiXology will again be sponsoring the event.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 13 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 14, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday and $20 for both days.

Check out the full list of nominees below the jump!

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SPX 2014: Guests include Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman and Mimi Pond

Small Press ExpoThis year is the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, they have announced Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman and Mimi Pond, all of whom are appearing at SPX for the first time.

These guests are in addition to the previously announced Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm.

Brandon Graham started out as a graffiti artist in his native Seattle and now is the writer behind the Image comics series Prophet, as well as the creator of his own comic mini-series Multiple Warheads. His other titles are King City, Elevator and Universe So Big. SPX is honored to host this rare East Coast appearance by Mr. Graham, whose work can be seen on his Tumblr blog.

Emily Carroll was the recipient of this years Pigskin Peter Award, which is given to the best Canadian experimental or avant-garde artist. Her magical web-comic Out of Skin was awarded the 2014 Cartoonist Studio Prize given by The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her first book, Through the Woods, is being released next month by Margaret K. McElderry Books. Ms. Carroll’s web comics can be seen at http://www.emcarroll.com.

Both Mr. Graham and Ms. Carroll will be signing their latest works at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund tables at SPX 2014.

Drew Friedman’s caricatures and comics have graced the pages of such esteemed publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Village Voice and Mad. His Old Jewish Comedians series of books was the subject of an extensive show earlier this year at the prestigious Society of Illustrators. He will be on hand at SPX to sign copies of his next book due out in August from Fantagraphics, Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has drawn comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and has also written for television, including the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”. She is the author of the cult-classic book The Valley Girl’s Guide to Life. Her first graphic novel, Over Easy, was published this past April by Drawn & Qaurterly to critical acclaim and spent one month on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller chart. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

Box Brown, Eleanor Davis, Michael DeForge and Roman Muradov, all head to SPX!

Small Press ExpoThis year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, they have announced Box Brown, Eleanor Davis, Michael DeForge, and Roman Muradov as special guests to join in the birthday celebration.

Brown, Davis, DeForge, and Muradov are joining the previously announced alt-weekly guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry, James Sturm, Charles Burns, Jen Sorensen, Tom Tomorrow, and Ben Katchor, as well as SPX first-timers Brandon Graham, Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman and Mimi Pond.

Box Brown will be at SPX to sign his critically acclaimed book, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, published by First Second  Books. Box has won a Xeric grant and his mini-comics have garnered two Ignatz Awards. He is also the founder of Retrofit Comics, where he publishes his own mini-comics as well as works from over 30 other creators.

Eleanor Davis’ new compendium of short stories from Fantagraphics titled How To Be Happy will debut at SPX 2014. In 2013, Eleanor won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Sequential/Series Work, and her book Stinky won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award awarded by the American Library Association. She designed this years bookplate for the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, as well as this past Spring’s Google Doodle.

Michael DeForge and Koyama Press will debut at SPX Lose #6, the latest in his award winning series of comics. Michael is the winner of multiple Doug Wright and Ignatz Awards and is one of the designers for the popular animated TV series, Adventure Time.

Roman  Muradov is both a comics creator and illustrator, with his artistic works appearing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal, amongst other esteemed publications. SPX will see the London and New York based publisher Nobrow debut Roman’s latest book, (In A Sense) Lost and Found, and Retrofit Comics will debut his latest mini comic, Picnic Ruined.

Small Press Expo Announces Guests Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm

Small Press ExpoThis year is the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. For their 20th birthday, they are pleased to announce Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Strum as the first of a number of guests for a celebration of the rich and vibrant comics world of the alt-weekly newspaper.

Nearly seventy years ago, a teenage Jules Feiffer entered the comics world as an assistant to the famous Will Eisner. He soon made a name for himself via his ground-breaking comic strip Feiffer, which ran weekly in the Village Voice for over forty years. Mr. Feiffer and his eponymous strip is considered the Godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic.

Active as a cartoonist, playwright, novelist, children’s book author, screenwriter and professor, Mr. Feiffer’s incredible career has included an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters & the Comic Book Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society. He will be at SPX 2014 to sign his latest graphic novel, Kill My Mother, which will be released this summer from the Liveright Division of W.W. Norton.

In 1979, Lynda Barry’s seminal Ernie Pook’s Comeek began appearing in the alt-weekly The Chicago Reader. For nearly two decades, her comics — which appeared in over seventy newspapers nationwide —  inspired several generations of independent cartoonists who saw themselves in her characters, and recognized their struggles in her stories.

Since retiring the strip in 2008, Ms. Barry has been active as a teacher running workshops for hundreds of students a year and doing her best to show people that everybody can be creative. She is now an assistant professor at the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Advance copies of her book, due out in October of this year from Drawn & Quarterly, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor about teaching art to all skill levels, will be available at SPX 2014.

Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies James Sturm has an amazing resume. In addition to the ground-breaking school he started, Sturm co-founded The Onion as well as The Stranger, Seattle’s legendary alt-weekly newspaper, where he served as the comics editor. Mr. Sturm worked with Art Spiegleman on ‘Raw’ in the 90’s, and was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Mr. Sturm also found time to put out graphic novels such as Market Day from Drawn & Quarterly, and The Golem’s Mighty Swing on his own imprint, Bear Bones Press. A true champion of comics, Mr. Sturm has won both an Eisner Award, and a Xeric grant. In addition, his writings and works have been published in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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