Thursday, September 03, 2009

PR: Small Press Expo Announces John Porcellino and Willy Linthout as Guests

Small Press Expo Announces John Porcellino and Willy Linthout as Guests for SPX 2009


For Immediate Release                              

Contact: Warren Bernard



Bethesda, Maryland; September 3, 2009 - The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce John Porcellino and Willy Linthout as guests for SPX 2009.

John Porcellino is the creator of the mini-comix series King-Kat Comics, that began in 1989 that has spanned 69 issues of some of the best and most influential mini-comix around today. His autobiographical Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, a collection of stories from King-Kat Comics, won the Ignatz Award in 2005.  Porcellino's work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, and Korean and has contributed to McSweeney's Quarterly, Kramer's Ergot and Comics Journal Special. SPX is honored to have John join SPX 2009

Willy Linthout saw his first published comics in the Dutch edition of (À Suivre) magazine. In 1983 he began a collaboration with the Dutch comic actor Urbanus,  producing more than 130 enormously popular albums with Urbanus that has sold millions of copies. In 2004 Linthout's son took his own life. Linthout processed his reactions to that experience in the graphic novel Years of the Elephant, published in Dutch by Bries and published this year in an English-language edition by Fanfare/Ponent Mon. The book won the Dutch Stripschapspenning award for best literary graphic novel (2007), the Flemish Community Cultural Award (2008), the Bronzen Adhemar (2009) and the Carolus Quintus Prize(2009). Willy appears at SPX with the generous support of the Flemish Literature Fund.

John Porcellino and Willy Linthout are in addition to the previously announced guests Gahan Wilson, Paul Karasik, Carol Tyler and Josh Neufeld.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 26 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 27, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.


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