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Mad Cave heads to SPX and debuts its Ukraine benefit anthology Lower Your Sights

Mad Cave Studios is headed to Bethesda, MD, for Small Press Expo 2022 (Sept. 17-18). Join Senior Editors Lauren Hitzhusen and Chas! Pangburn at Booth #G1, check out Mad Cave and Maverick favorites as well as the debut release of Lower Your Sights, the Ukrainian benefit anthology, featuring celebrated creators including Eric Paliki, Matt Kindt, Jim Zub, Kevin Cuffe, Bob Frantz, Joe Corallo, and more! The collection also includes exclusive art pieces and write-ups from numerous Ukrainian illustrators; focusing on the consequences of war, the peace/relief effort, and mental health. 

This year’s Small Press Expo will also see the debut of Mad Cave’s newest young adult title, from its Maverick imprint, In the Shadow of the Throne by Kate Sheridan and artist Gaia Cardinali.

When his younger siblings and parents begin to irritate him on vacation, Jordan tries to get some space. But instead of wandering around the museum, he finds himself dropped in a fantasy world of magic where he can finally have some fun and train to become a knight. Except Prince Astel and Sir Griffith are about to uncover a sinister secret kept hidden by the Queen that’ll thrust Jordan in the middle of a magical battle he never could have anticipated.

Bulgilhan Press brings Stray and Die Horny to Small Press Expo 2022

Bulgilhan Press recently have published two new comics that fans will be able to get at this year’s Small Press Expo (SPX)! Stray by Eisner Award nominee Molly Mendoza and Die Horny by Eisner Award winner Rebecca Mock will both be available at SPX which takes place on September 17th and 18th, 2022.

Stray follows Jack, a chaotic romantic spiraling into disaster desperately seeking comfort in others while ignoring their own destructive tendencies. While thoroughly hung up on the past, Jack meets Stray and their whole world changes. Tender and sensual, lush and palpable, Stray ushers in a new era of cartoonist Molly Mendoza’s wholehearted approach to making comics and telling stories.

Stray debuted at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival to an excited audience eager to see Mendoza push the boundaries of their distinct wholehearted cartooning to dig into messier themes around heartbreak, grief, vices, lust, and self-actualization.

Lovebirds Iggy (human) and Wortizabella (monster) have just set off on their romantic honeymoon tour of the wasteland. Before they can get too hot and heavy, they’re drawn into a conflict between humans and monsters! But these lovebirds aren’t exactly the conventional allies either side might have hoped for…

Described as a wholesome comic for sickos, Die Horny is a love letter to Power Rangers, pervy 90’s anime, and a desire to create something entirely catered to Mock’s taste, to terrifying and liberating results. Die Horny is set to debut at this year’s Small Press Expo.

Small Press Expo announces the programming at SPX 2022

Small Press Expo

Small Press Expo (SPX) has announced its first full slate of in-person programming in three years.

The programming slate at SPX 2022 is highlighted by the unique, performative collaboration between punk legend Thalia Zedek and cartoonist Leela Corman. This is a ticketed event to benefit SPX’s Graphic Novel Gift program, tickets for this event and to gain entrance into SPX 2022 can be purchased on the SPX Eventbrite web site.

We will also have spotlight panels on cartoonists such as Maia Kobabe and Ho Che Anderson. There are twenty-one panels in all that will be held on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th. The full programming schedule with descriptions can be seen on the SPX web site.

This programming is in addition to the previously announced 14 hands-on workshops, which you can sign up for here.

Here are a few highlights from this year’s programming slate:

  • Trans Identities in Fantasy and Fictional Storytelling, moderated by L. Nichols, with Bread Tarleton, Casey Nowak, Tommi Parrish, and Andi Santagata
  • Ronald Wimberly In Conversation With Keith Knight
  • Narrative Threads: When It Comes To Storylines, Clothing Matters, moderated by Mae Weinstein, with Rebecca Mock, Robyn Smith, Dick Carroll, and Lucie Bryon
  • Punks In Comics: Bianca Xunise and James Spooner in Conversation

Small Press Expo 2022 Features over 170 Debuts!

Small Press Expo has announced that over 170 books and comics will debut at SPX 2022. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 500 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 21 programming panels and 14 hands-on workshops to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Here’s some of what you’ll find:

A Voyage To Arcturus: An Illuminated Edition – Beehive Books

Visionary cartoonist Jim Woodring has chosen to illustrate an unclassifiable 1920 novel by the legendary British writer David Lindsay. A Voyage to Arcturus is a baffling amalgam of mysticism, science fiction, sexual politics, and outrageous fantasy, and stands as one of the greatest works of sustained, untrammeled imagination ever achieved. Woodring’s drawings capture the writhing currents of interacting forces that lie beneath the wonderfully arcane prose.

Featuring an introduction by Alan Moore.

A Voyage To Arcturus: An Illuminated Edition - Beehive Books

Who Will Make The Pancakes: Five Stories – Fantagraphics

In Megan Kelso’s  suite of five brilliant comics stories united by themes of motherhood, family, and love. Who Will Make the Pancakes collects five deeply social stories by the acclaimed cartoonist Megan Kelso, exploring the connective tissue that binds us together despite our individual, interior experience. These stories, created over the past 15 years wrestle with the concept of motherhood and the way the experience informs and impacts concepts of identity, racism, class, love, and even abuse.

Who Will Make The Pancakes: Five Stories - Fantagraphics

The Bend of Luck – Top Shelf

Some guys have all the luck… but not all luck is good. The award-winning duo behind Coin-Op Comics, Peter and Maria Hoey, return with a mind-bending tale of fortune and family. Imagine a world where Luck, the most ephemeral of ideas, has a physical form. Precious stones of luck, mined like gold, are worn as bringers of fortune. But luck breaks both ways. While the blue gems may grant advantage to those who wear them, their blessing is fickle and unpredictable. In the blink of an eye, good luck can turn to bad.

This graphic novel tale is told in alternating scenes between the two generations, The Bend of Luck follows felicity’s course, like an arrow, through a family’s destiny.

The Bend of Luck - Top Shelf

Good Person Trouble – Fieldmouse Press

Sebastian, the tobacconist, stands trial for the disappearance of his cousin Teresa, but all is not what it seems in this courtroom drama. Bertolt Brecht meets Judith Butler in this debut graphic novel by Noëlle Kröger, translated by Natalye Childress.

Good Person Trouble - Fieldmouse Press

Thieves – NoBrow

In Lucie Byron’s first English-translated graphic novel, What happened last night? Ella can’t seem to remember a single thing from the party the night before at a mysterious stranger’s mansion, and she sure as heck doesn’t know why she’s woken up in her bed surrounded by a magpie’s nest of objects that aren’t her own. And she can’t stop thinking about her huge crush on Madeleine, who she definitely can’t tell about her sudden penchant for kleptomania… But does Maddy have secrets of her own? Can they piece together that night between them and fix the mess of their chaotic personal lives in time to form a normal, teenage relationship? That would be nice.

Thieves - NoBrow

Fruiting Bodies – Silver Sprocket

Ashley Robin Franklin tells the story of Frances, her brother, and his annoying friend Trent as they take a road trip through the Pacific Northwest. A wrong turn strands them in the rain-soaked woods. Luckily, they’re found by a beautiful, friendly stranger who is eager to help them—but is her convenient arrival their salvation, or something else entirely?

Fruiting Bodies - Silver Sprocket

A Brief Guide to Crutonia – Self Published

Created by Deborah Lang and Robert Christie, Crutonia is a kingdom full of whimsical characters, strange beasts, and stories to be told. A Brief Guide to Crutonia, from the creators of “Quirk’s Quest: Into the Outlands” and “Quirk’s Quest: The Lost and the Found” features maps, creature profiles, and information about all aspects of Crutonian culture.

A Brief Guide to Crutonia - Self Published

SPX announces a Special Multi-Media Event with Thalia Zedek and Leela Corman to benefit the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

Small Press Expo has announced a special multi-media event with famed indie-rock musician Thalia Zedek and award-winning graphic novelist Leela Corman as a benefit for the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program.

This special, one-time only performance will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 5PM-7PM in the White Oak Room at SPX 2022, which will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The performance will include Leela presenting some of her recent comics accompanied with music by Thalia, who will then do a solo performance of her music while Leela’s art is projected on-screen. This will be followed by a Q&A session led by comics creator and teacher, Josh Bayer.

Tickets are $20 for people not attending SPX, and will be an additional $10 for those who buy badges to SPX 2022. Tickets for both this event and to attend SPX can be purchased via Eventbrite. 

More information about more programming and the exhibitors room at SPX 2022 can be found on the festival website

The money raised will be used to reinstate the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which awards a grant to library systems that serve under-privileged communities in the Mid-Atlantic region to supplement their budgets so they can purchase graphic novels for their patrons.

Thalia Zedek is a critically acclaimed indie-rock musician whose eponymously named band’s latest work, Perfect Vision  is available along with her many other recordings on the Thrill Jockey record label:


Leela Corman is teacher and award winning graphic novelist whose previous works include Unterzakhn (Schocken-Pantheon) and We All Wish For Deadly Force (Retrofit/Big Planet). More information about Leela and her works can be found on her web site: 


Small Press Expo Announces Signups for Workshops at SPX 2022

Small Press Expo 2022

For the first time in three years, participants will be able to sign up for a variety of workshops at Small Press Expo. These are aimed at a wide range of ages and skill sets, from kids just starting out to experienced cartoonists looking to sharpen their skills.

Tom Hart, founder of the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW), will be leading a workshop, as well as several cartoonists associated with SAW. Small Press Expo also has several graduates of the Center for Cartoon Studies leading workshops.

SPX will also host two sessions from Crowdfundr, the sponsor of the Ignatz Awards, who are presenting alternatives for comics project fundraising. Here are a few highlights of this year’s workshops:

  • Bodies, Birth, and Death: A Comics Workshop With Tom Hart
  • Drawing Cute, a Comics Workshop With Shauna A. Grant
  • Making Science Comics: Dinosaur Edition With Coco Fox and Annabel Driussi
  • Figure Drawing For Cartoonists with Danielle Corsetto and Babs New

You can sign up for any of the 14 workshops at this year’s show here on the SPX web site.

SPX 2022 Announces its International Special Guests

Small Press Expo 2022

Small Press Expo has announced the International Special Guests for SPX 2022. Coming from Canada, England, and Europe. Announced are Aimée de Jongh, Elizabeth Pich, Katriona Chapman, Ho Che Anderson, Barbara Stok, Lote Vilma, and Carla Berrocal as Special Guests at this year’s show.

The guests are made possible by generous grants from:

  • Spain Arts & Culture – Carla Berrocal
  • Goethe Institut – Elizabeth Pich
  • Nederlands Letterenfonds – Aimée de Jongh and Barbara Stok

The first in-person show in three years takes place on Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, with programming and workshops about the amazing world of independent comics, along with over 500 creators on the exhibitor floor.

See the Special Guest page on the SPX 2022 web site for more information.

Aimée de Jongh will be attending SPX fresh on the heels of winning over a dozen international Best Of awards for her latest book from SelfMadeHero, Days of SandThe Return of the Honey Buzzard, her first graphic novel, won the Prix Saint-Michel for best Dutch graphic novel and was made into a film in 2017. Her following books, Blossoms in Autumn and Taxi!, were translated worldwide and won awards in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Japan. Aimée worked as a graphic journalist in the refugee camps in Greece. Her interest in travel, ecology, and journalism resulted in Days of Sand, her biggest project to date. When she’s not drawing comics, Aimée works in animation as a storyboarder and director.

Elizabeth Pich is a comic artist from the United States and Germany. After studying design and computer science, she now works as a comic artist in Saarbrücken, Germany. Since 2011, she has published several series including the popular webcomic War and Peas, with co-author Jonathan Kunz. Her current book Fungirl was released by Silver Sprocket in November 2021. Her comics are read weekly by over one million readers worldwide.

Katriona Chapman is a comic creator living in London, England. She spent years working as an illustrator before starting to self-publish zines and comics. Her zine Katzine won Best Ongoing Series in the Broken Frontier Awards. She has two graphic novels out with Avery Hill Publishing – Follow Me In (2018) and Breakwater (2020) and is currently working on a third. In 2018, Follow Me In won Best Graphic Non-fiction in the Broken Frontier Awards, and in 2020, Breakwater was on the New York Times list of best graphic novels of the year. It’s also just been translated into French for an edition by Futuropolis. Katriona works as head of marketing for Avery Hill Publishing.

Born in London, England, Ho Che Anderson was named after the Vietnamese and Cuban revolutionaries Ho Chi Minh and Che Gue­vara. Anderson is the author of nu­merous graphic novels, including King, a biography of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.; the horror thriller Sand & Fury; and the science fiction action-adventure Godhead. Ho Che Anderson lives in Toronto, Canada. 

Barbara Stok is an award-winning comic artist from The Netherlands. She briefly studied at the Fotoacademie school of photography in The Hague and worked as a journalist before becoming a cartoonist and illustrator. Her early work was autobiographical in nature, constantly questioning the meaning of life and right and wrong, always with a light touch. She has spent the last few years studying the classical philosophers and taking philosophy classes at university. Her critically acclaimed graphic novel Vincent (SelfMadeHero, 2012), about the life of Vincent van Gogh, has been published in more than 20 countries. Stok’s fascination with philosophy led her to write The Philosopher, the Dog and the Wedding, the result of five years of research.

Lote Vilma is an illustrator and poet from Latvia. Besides commission work, she writes and illustrates her own books, which have received several awards in Latvia for both writing and illustration. Lote also draws comics, many of which have been published in kuš! anthologies, as well as in magazines such as Kutikuti and Le Monde Diplomatique. Her next big project is a graphic novel based on her own experiences as a student in an art high school while living in a communal flat with an exciting yet chaotic atmosphere.

Carla Berrocal was born in Madrid, where she studied illustration and graphic design. She has written reviews of comics in the Guía del Cómic and also contributed to the radio program of the Fine Arts Circle in Madrid on the same theme.

In 2019, she was awarded an artist residency at the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome for her comic project about the Spanish Copla singer Concha Piquer, Doña Concha, (Reservoir Books, 2021).

She works in her own studio and teaches workshops on comics and graphic novels at various institutions. She is also a comic artist for several different publications and an illustrator for countless advertising agencies and publishing houses.

SPX 2022: SPX Announces Ignatz Awards Sponsor Crowdfundr


Small Press Expo has announced that Crowdfundr, a free crowdfunding platform for creators, is the official sponsor of the 2022 Ignatz Awards

Crowdfundr launched on June 21 to the delight of comics creators looking for a crowdfunding alternative that puts their interests first. Nearly all of the first comic book creators and publishers on the platform have already fully funded their projects. The mission of Crowdfundr is to empower and support the creator community by providing them with a free and robust crowdfunding platform. 

The prestigious Ignatz Awards are held every year at SPX, recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The winners will be announced at SPX 2022 during the Ignatz Awards Ceremony, that occurs on September 17 at 9PM in the White Oak Room of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

Small Press Expo 2022 will be held on September 17 & 18, 2022 at the Bethesda North Marriott. Information about tickets, transportation and the hotel can be found on the SPX web site. In a ceremony to be held Saturday September 17 at 9PM, the most outstanding indie comic’s creators will be awarded the prestigious Ignatz Award across ten nominee categories, such as “Outstanding Artist”, “Outstanding Anthology”, “Outstanding New Talent” and more.

Besides sponsoring the Ignatz Awards, Crowdfundr will also host two workshops for creators to learn more about crowdfunding and the platform. The workshop schedule and the signup form will be announced mid-August.

Small Press Expo 2022 Announces Additional Special Guests

Small Press Expo has announced additional Special Guests for SPX 2022. It’s the first in-person show in three years taking place on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18 with programming and workshops about the amazing world of independent comics, along with over 500 creators on the exhibitor floor.

SPX 2022 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year’s show:

Maia Kobabe is the author of Gender Queer: A Memoir, winner of an Alex Award, Stonewall Honor, and the most banned book in the US in 2021. It is being released in a deluxe hardcover edition that features a brand-new cover, exclusive art and sketches, a forward by ND Stevenson (Lumberjanes, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) and an afterward by creator Maia Kobabe. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.

Ronald Wimberly (born 28 April 1979) is an American artist (a cartoonist and filmmaker). He has published several graphic novels, as well as shorter works for The New YorkerDC/VertigoNikeMarvelHill and Wang, and Dark Horse Comics. Wimberly was the 2016 Columbus Museum of Art comics resident, and was a two-time resident cartoonist at Angoulême‘s Maison des Auteurs. He is the recipient of the 2008 Glyph Comics Award, and has been nominated for two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Rumi Hara was born in Kyoto, Japan, and started printing her comics on a tiny home printer while working as a translator in Tokyo in 2010. After receiving an MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design, Rumi moved to New York in 2014, where she now lives and works as an illustrator and comics artist. Her comics series Nori was first self-published as minicomics and was nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2018.

Gabrielle Bell’s work has been selected several times for Best American Comics and the Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and has been  featured in The Believer, McSweeney’s and Vice magazines. Her story, “Cecil and Jordan In New York,” was turned into a film by Michel Gondry. The Voyeurs was named one of the best Graphic Novels of the year by Publishers WeeklyInappropriate, her most recent collection of absurd short comics, garnered two Ignatz Award nominations and was named “One of the Best GNs of the Year” by The Library Journal. Gabrielle Bell lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Bianca Xunise is a cartoonist based out of Chicago, Illinois and will debut at SPX a brand new zine, Midnite Crawling, which is a collection of short stories about music and the punk subculture. In 2017 Xunise earned an Ignatz for Promising New Talent for their comic Say Her Name, an autobiographical story of police brutality and social justice. In 2020 Xunise earned their second Ignatz for their contribution to Be Gay, Do Comics published by IDW. Xunise has collaborated with Vogue, The Washington Post, The Nib, and Believer Magazine. They are also a contributor to the book How We Fight Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance along with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tarana Burk, and Harry Belafonte. Bianca became the first nationally syndicated non-binary cartoonist when they joined the comic strip Six Chix in 2020 as their first black creator.

Small Press Expo 2022 reveals its Special Guests

Small Press Expo has announced the first Special Guests for SPX 2022. The first in-person show in three years takes place on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18 with programming and workshops about the amazing world of independent comics and an exhibitor floor with over 500 creators.

Additional Special Guests will be announced over the next few weeks.

Keith Knight is the inspiration and Executive Producer of the Hulu series Woke, as well as being a current nominee for the  Cartoonist of the Year Reuben Award. Among Keith’s many other awards are the Glyph Award, the Harvey Kurtzman Award for Best Syndicated Comic Strip, the Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon along with receiving a NAACP History Maker Award. His latest cartoon collection, Good On Both Sides, the fifth collection of his socio-political single-panel cartoon, (th)ink.

Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator is a remarkable first-hand account of New Yorker cartoonist, Sofia Warren’s experience embedded with New York State Senator Julia Salazar and her staff during their first year in office. “So much of this experience was a surprise to me,” says Warren: “that for their entire first legislative session, Julia and her staff let me be in the room.” Sofia will be making her first appearance at SPX.

Ruben Bolling is the author of the weekly satirical comic strip “Tom the Dancing Bug,” which has appeared in hundreds of publications, including The Washington PostThe Village Voice, and The New York Times and currently appears on the online publications BoingBoing.net, DailyKos.com, and GoComics.com.  Ruben has won the Herblock Prize, an RFK Journalism Award, a National Cartoonists Society Award, a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and a Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist (2019 and 2021).

Lonnie Millsap has been twice nominated for the prestigious Rueben Award and has won the Los Angeles National Cartoonists Society Dingy Award along with the Comic Art Professional Society’s Don Rico award. In 2018, his first cartoon was accepted by The New Yorker, which used his cartoons for their renowned Caption Contest. Millsap was also the character designer for Donny Hathaway’s Official animated ‘This Christmas’ music video released by Warner Records that has well over two million views. His work has also appeared in season one and two of Keith Knight’s television show, ‘Woke.’ Millsap’s latest cartoon book release is titled ‘Hit It To The Mermaid!’ (2022).

Megan Kelso has been drawing comics for over 30 years. In 2007, she was invited by The New York Times to serialize her “Watergate Sue” comic as part of the weekly “Funny Pages” feature. In 2019, she was selected for a public art commission for Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.  Her books include The Squirrel Mother (2006), Artichoke Tales (2010), and Queen of the Black Black (2011).

Tommi Parrish is a cartoonist and painter based in Montreal, QC. Their debut work, The Lie and How We Told It, won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for the best LGBTQ graphic novel, was nominated for the Ignatz award, and was featured in several best of 2018 lists and translated into several languages.

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