Did we mention that #SPX2019 Special Guest @boxbrown came up with the slyest, funniest flier ever? No? Well, he did and we’re happy to show it off to you. Thanks, Box!
We’re about five weeks out from #SPX2019 and we are proud to say that #SPX25 Special Guest @richiepope is the artist for this year’s bookplate for the Graphic Novel Gift Program, where we donate new graphic novels to a well-deserving DC area school. Thanks, Richie, this is beyond gorgeous! See you in September!
It’s with much regret that Craig Thompson has had to cancel his appearance at Small Press Expo 2019. We hope to have him back as a guest again soon. #SPX2019
Sending so much love and gratitude to Toni Morrison for her contributions to literature and to our hearts and souls.
We’re a little under six weeks away from #SPX2019 and we’re incredibly happy to show you the artwork for the VIP badge by Shing Yin Khor AKA @sawdustbear. Needless to say, they crushed it and we’re a little envious of anyone getting to wear this. Thanks, Shing!
Small Press Expo is looking for friendly and helpful volunteers to help out with our 25th anniversary show, this September 14-15. You’ll be one of the wonderful ones to wear this beautiful volunteer badge done by long time SPX volunteer @daevclarke. Heck, make a day of it and get him to sign your badge! Volunteers get free admission to the show. If this is something you’d be interested in, go to: smallpressexpo.com, look for “Volunteers” and sign right on up.
Hotel rooms at Bethesda Marriott for #SPX2019 are sold out but rooms are still available at The Canopy by Hilton, just a five minute walk from The Marriott.
Due to unprecedented demand for our 25th anniversary show and, even after adding more room blocks than ever for each night, the Bethesda Marriott has sold out of rooms for SPX weekend. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we asked #SPX2019 Special Guest @aimeedejongh to illustrate this once-in-a-lifetime cover guide. We are incredibly honored by her coming through with this gorgeous art. Thank you, Aimée!
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: José Quintanar is an artist working on narrative drawings, comics, and books. His drawings have been published in The New York Times, Esquire and many more. His short stories have appeared in several issues of Now: The New Anthology from @Fantagraphics. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Dutch illustrator and graphic novelist, Typex. His work has appeared in many national newspapers and magazines. He is the author of the acclaimed graphic biographies Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol and Rembrandt, both published by @selfmadehero. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: French writer and researcher Jérôme Tubiana in collaboration with former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Mohammed El-Gharani has written a graphic novel: Guantánamo Kid. Illustrated by French cartoonist Alexandre Franc and endorsed by @Amnesty International. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: @kennyrubenis, one of the Netherlands best known cartoonists. “Dating for Geeks” is published daily in the country’s largest newspaper “Metro”, and is read by close to a million people every day. The first proper translation will debut at SPX this year. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Paris’ Yann Kebbi @yannkebbi. His paintings and illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Recently, he collaborated with writer Viken Berberian on the graphic novel, The Structure is Rotten, Comrade. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Scott Morse @crazymorse is an award-winning storyteller with a career spanning the worlds of feature animation, television, children’s literature, and graphic novels. As a story artist contributing to both writing and visuals, Morse has helped craft the Pixar films Ratatouille, WALL-E, Brave, Toy Story 4, and multiple entries in the Cars franchise, where he also contributed on multiple short films as director, and story supervisor on Cars 3. With creator-owned work for multiple publishing houses world-wide, Morse has garnered critical acclaim and a loyal fan base of all ages. His 6-book Scholastic series, Magic Pickle, has helped pave the way for his newest Scholastic offering, Dugout, out in June. Morse lives in Northern California with his wife and two sons. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Cartoonist and coach Jessica Abel @visiblewoman is the founder of the Creative Focus Workshop, and works with ambitious mid-career creative pros and businesses to stop grinding and start carving out deep focus time to finish—and launch—their major, game-changing projects. Abel is the author of Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You're Drowning in Your Daily Life, the graphic novel La Perdida (winner of the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award), as well as two collections of stories from her 1990s omnibus comic book Artbabe. She co-authored the graphic novel Life Sucks, and is the author of the graphic documentary (and podcast), Out on the Wire, about how the best radio producers in the world use story to keep us listening. Her latest work of fiction is the Eisner-nominated Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Richie Pope @richiepope is a cartoonist, character designer, and illustrator from Newport News, VA. Since 2012 he’s created illustrations for publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Nib as well as book covers for publishers like HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster, recognized by The Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. He’s also created comics for LAAB Magazine, Superitis for Shortbox and Fatherson for the award-winning Frontier series from Youth In Decline, as well as self-published comics like That Box We Sit On which won an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. Richie is currently living and working in Los Angeles. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Simon Hanselmann @simon.hanselmann was born in 1981 in Launceston, Tasmania. His New York Times best-selling Megg & Mogg series has been translated into thirteen languages, nominated for multiple Ignatz and Eisner awards, and won “Best Series” at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2018. His latest addition to the series is Bad Gateway. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, with his wife and a rotating cast of small animals. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Sylvia Nickerson @sylvianickerson is a comics artist, writer, and illustrator who lives in Hamilton, Canada. Her focus is storytelling in community arts and writing comics examining parenthood, gender identity, social class and religion. Her illustrations have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post and her comics have been nominated for a Doug Wright Award. In Creation, a new mother takes us on a tour of Hamilton, a Rust Belt city born of the Industrial Revolution and dying a slow death due to globalization. Creation looks at gentrification from the inside out—an artist mother making a home and neighborhood for her family, struggling to find her place amid the existing and emerging communities. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Chris Ware is widely acknowledged to be the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and fourteen-year-old daughter. His Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by The Times (London) in 2009. Building Stories was named a Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year in 2012 by both The New York Times and Time magazine. Ware is an irregular contributor to The New Yorker, and his original drawings have been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and in piles behind his worktable in Oak Park, Illinois. In 2016 he was featured in the PBS documentary series @art21: Art in the 21st Century, and in 2017 an eponymous monograph of his work was published by Rizzoli. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Rosemary Valero-O'Connell @hirosemaryhello is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist and illustrator born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised in Zaragoza, Spain. She's published comics with First Second (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me), Shortbox (What Is Left), Boom! Studios (Lumberjanes, Steven Universe), and DC Comics (Gotham Academy). She's worked with clients like CAPY Games, Kazoo Magazine, The City Pages, Mondo Prints and Tees, and Crunchyroll, and had her work recognized by the Society of Illustrators NY, as well as on platforms such as VICE and The A.V. Club. Her illustrations have been shown in galleries both locally and internationally. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Bianca Xunise @biancaxunise is an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Chicago. Her work primarily focuses on the plight and daily struggles as identifying as a young black feminist weirdo in modern society. Her story-telling can range from simple relatable slice of life content to complex nuanced narratives like police brutality that have garnered her an Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent. Bianca’s work has been published on diverse platforms such as The Washington Post, Riot Fest, The Nib, Bitch Magazine, and Shondaland and has been featured on platforms such as Vogue The BBC, The Nerdist, and NYLON. When she’s not doodling away Bianca is usually somewhere dreaming of the mothman, while listening to The Damned. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Shing Yin Khor @sawdustbear is a Malaysian-American cartoonist and installation artist exploring collections, immigrant identity and memory, new human rituals, and collaborative worldbuilding at the intersection of race, gender and immigration. A 2019 Kickstarter Thought Leader, they won an Ignatz in 2018 with their minicomic Say It With Noodles, and their forthcoming graphic novel, The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 is out in August. They co-founded the endurance art event Resistance Cranes, which raises money for low income refugee and immigrant causes, founded the Wiregrid Grant program for new exhibiting convention artists, leads the Three Eyed Rat, an immersive installation crew building small stories in large scale structures, and co-organizes Wayward, a creative retreat and intentional community for womxn and genderqueer people. They are currently working on The Legend of Auntie Po for Kokila (Penguin Random House) for a 2020 publication date. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Kevin Huizenga @1000kevinh splits his time between Chicago and Minneapolis. He has lived near the Mississippi River for almost twenty years but only swam in it once. His favorite river is the Wabash. His character Glenn Ganges is based on his brother-in-law and the name is a reference to two separate towns that appear on the same sign on the interstate. The River at Night is his fourth publication with Drawn & Quarterly. In The River at Night Kevin Huizenga uses the cartoon medium like a symphony, establishing rhythms and introducing themes that he returns to, adding and subtracting events and thoughts, stretching and compressing time. #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: MariNaomi @marinaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of four graphic memoirs and the Life on Earth young adult graphic novel trilogy, the founder and administrator of the Cartoonists of Color, Queer Cartoonists, and (soon) Disabled Cartoonists databases, and cohost of the Ask Bi Grlz podcast with author Myriam Gurba. Mari’s art has been featured at the Asian Art Museum, Smithsonian API culture lab, Cartoon Art Museum, de Young Museum, and Japanese American Museum. She has toured twice with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. MariNaomi.com #SPX25
#SPX2019 SPECIAL GUEST: Publishers Weekly calls Eddie Campbell "one of the premier cartoonists of his generation." Campbell has been writing and drawing comics since 1974, and is best known for his collaborations with Alan Moore (From Hell, A Disease of Language) and Neil Gaiman (The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains), as well as for Alec, his tour-de-force autobiographical series that Booklist called "a high-water mark in the graphic novel's short history," and the 1200-page epic Bacchus. His most recent book is Bizarre Romance (with Audrey Niffenegger), and he is currently serializing a new colorized edition of From Hell. #SPX25
Bonus Saturday art! As we take a look back on 25 years of SPX, we are going waaaay back with this program guide from 1995(!) featuring the likes of @doran.colleen, David Mazzuchelli, @davidmackkabuki and @brianmbendis. Program guide use graciously provided by Tom Palmer, Jr. of Wizard’s “Palmer’s Picks” fame. #SPX25 #SPX2019
We continue our look back on 25 years of beautiful SPX art with this beyond beautiful 2014 program guide art by the inimitable @reneefrench. #SPX2019 #SPX25
We’re just 18 weeks out from #SPX2019 and we’re looking back on 25 years of SPX art with this gorgeous 2012 poster provided to us by the incredible Chris Ware. #SPX25
We continue our look back on 25 years of gorgeous SPX art for #SPX2019... Let’s pause (take a breath and slowly exhale) and appreciate this beautiful 2017 poster done by one of our absolute favorites, Nate Powell @seemybrotherdance. #SPX25
We’re roughly 19 weeks out from #SPX2019 and we are looking back on 25 years of SPX artwork. This week, we have a sentimental favorite, the gorgeous poster @emmartian blessed us with in 2018. #SPX25
Over the next 20 weeks leading up to #SPX2019, we’re taking a look back on some the great flyer, banner, bookplate, badge & poster art we’ve had the honor of showcasing over our 25 year history. First up, a personal favorite, last year’s bookplate by Ericka Lugo @erilu.jpg.
Small Press Expo was out on the streets of Chevy Chase to see moderator Melissa Block @nprmelissablock (left) in discussion with author Patricia Marx (middle) and SPX favorite Roz Chast (right) at Politics and Prose @politicsprose in support of their new collaboration, “Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So That I Can Correct It?” Ukuleles were broken out and good vibes and smiles were had.
Actual photo of current pollen levels.
Now that I have your attention... Just a reminder: emails have been sent out about table payments so check your email as it contains all of the info needed to complete your tabling at the 25th anniversary of SPX! Also! Waitlisters? Never fear... Invite emails will be going out... soon. Trust us, we are working making the wait worthwhile so be on the lookout.
Multi-award winning cartoonist and 2018 SPX special guest, Roz Chast and author/New Yorker writer Patricia Marx will be in conversation with @NPR correspondent @nprmelissablock this April 12th from 7-8 p.m. at @politicsprose's Connecticut Ave. location discussing their new collaboration , "Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions."
The American Library Association @americanlibraryassociation is offering an Artist Alley table (valued at $200) in exchange for a donation of original artwork. Proceeds of the sale go to benefit the ALA Annual Conference scholarship auction. Deadline is March 31st. Info can be found on our Instagram homepage.
Who doesn't love a good cartoonist discussion? Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th at 6 p.m. cartoonist Mort Gerberg (with Ann Telanes) is appearing at DC's Kramerbooks & Afterwords @kramerbooks in support of his new book, "Mort Gerberg On The Scene." Address: 1517 Connecticut Avenue.
Don't panic just yet if you haven't received an SPX Table Lottery email. Emails won't be going out until 5 p.m. EST today.
Reminder: this Saturday! Comics legend Jaime Hernandez is on tour and coming to D.C. We at Small Press Expo love us some Jaime Hernandez! A long time friend of SPX, @xaimeh is doing a rare DC proper signing where he'll be in conversation with Sarah Boxer about his new @fantagraphics Love and Rockets collection, "Is This How You See Me?" He'll be there this Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at SPX partner, @politicsprose's Connecticut Ave. location. This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Address: 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
In 2009, SPX had the distinct pleasure of having Gahan Wilson as a Special Guest. Besides being a gracious guest, he gave one of the the single funniest openings to the Ignatz Awards many have ever seen. For those not familiar with his work, it's been collected by Fantagraphics with his single panel work being seen in such places as National Lampoon and The New Yorker. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the National Cartoonist Society. He is suffering from dementia and his wife, who was primary caregiver, just passed away, and now the family has set up a GoFundMe to help with his ongoing care. If you can help, we've provided a link at which to help on our Instagram homepage.
Thanks to everyone who applied to the SPX Table Lottery for a spot in our 25th anniversary show! Applications are now closed and now, comes the wait. Winners will be contacted March 8th. Good luck, folks!
A sincere thank you and an important update on the #DEFENDTHE11 GoFundMe campaign. To support them, follow the link on our Instagram homepage.
#DEFENDTHE11 has become more than just a hashtag. It's come to mean proof of care within the SPX community. We continue to stand with them. At more than halfway to our goal and The 11 came together to let you know just how much your support means to them. (Link to the GoFundMe campaign can be found by clicking the link on our Instagram homepage.)