SPX Hosts a Legendary Roster of Guests this Weekend

Small Press ExpoSmall Press Expo is this weekend and will feature a historic lineup of guests. SPX 2012 boasts a murderer’s row of talent, with an indie comix fan’s dream guest list featuring—for the first time ever at a single event—Chris Ware, Françoise Mouly, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, and Adrian Tomine.

This legendary group of creators has collectively won fifteen Ignatz Awards since the festival prize was instituted at 1997’s inaugural SPX.  Among the nominees for the 2012 Ignatz Awards, Los Bros Hernandez are represented in three categories (Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Story, and Outstanding Series).  The 2012 Ignatz Awards will be presented Saturday at 9:30 P.M.

Limited edition posters by Chris Ware, as well as a tote bag of Daniel Clowes art designed by Alvin Buenaventura, will be available at the SPX Sales Table. There will be a special set of all of the posters, flyers, banners and program guide cover signed by the artists in an edition of 25, as well as a poster of the badges designed by Jaime Hernandez, also for sale.

In addition,  appearing at this years show are such honored guests as Michael DeForge, Lille Carre, Becky Dreistadt, Dean Haspiel, and Nick Abadzis.  Guests will be participating in a compelling lineup of programming taking place both Saturday and Sunday, featuring several “spotlight” sessions on individual creators, in addition to panel discussions and special presentations.

SPX is also pleased to announce that publishers NoBrow and Koyama Press will be making their first appearances at SPX 2012, joining longtime SPX participating publishers such as Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and Oni Press in showcasing their latest and greatest books.