Bethesda, Maryland; August 26, 2011 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, announces that cartoonists Roger Langridge, Jessica Abel, and Keith Knight will be attending this year's festival. Roger Langridge, who won the 2011 Harvey Award for Best Writer for Thor: The Mighty Avenger and a Special Harvey Award for Humor in Comics for The Muppet Show, has worked for almost every major publisher, including Fantagraphics, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Fleetway. Langridge is the creator for the new series Snarked, and Boom! Studios expects to have on hand at SPX the new compendium of his previously uncollected works, The Show Must Go On.
SPX welcomes Jessica Abel back for her first visit to the festival in five years. A teacher at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Abel is the creator of the graphic novel La Perdida, which explores the complexity of Mexican-Americanidentity, and co-author of the graphic novel Life Sucks (with Gabriel Soria and Warren Pleece), and Drawing Words and Writing Picture (with Matt Madden). She will participate in two panel discussions on Saturday: "Stories of Cultural Identity" explores global multiculturalism and the representation of cultural identity in comic, and "The Secret History of Women in Comics" which also features Heidi MacDonald and Diane Noomin, among others. Information on these panels and SPX programming is online at: http://www.spxpo.com/programming.
Washington Post Sunday cartoonist and hip-hop musician Keith Knight will be on hand with copies of his latest book, Too Small to Fail, a collection in the (th)ink series featuring his post-Bush Presidency editorial cartoons. Knight is best known for his popular comic strips The K Chronicles and Knight Life.
Craig Yoe is the Co-Creative Director of Yoe Books, an imprint of IDW. Yoe Books has produced such well designed and informative books such as The Art of Steve Ditko, Felix the Cat, and Popeye: The Great Comic Book Tales by Bud Sagendorf. He also the author of the historically ground breaking book, Secret Identity: The Fetishist Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster. Yoe's new books include, Krazy Kat and the Art of George Herriman: A Celebration, Archie's Madhouse, and Carl Bark's Big Book of Barney Bear.
Interviews may be available. Please contact the SPX press office at the number above.
SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators, as well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.
As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which gifts graphic novels to public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website athttp://www.cbldf.org.
The hours for SPX 2011 are 11am–7pm Saturday, September 10, and 12–6pm Sunday, September 11. Admission is $10 for a single day or $15 for the weekend.