Bethesda, Maryland; August 11, 2010 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce its slate of programming for SPX 2011. SPX is proud to have earned a reputation for offering some of the most insightful, stimulating public interviews and panel discussions in comics today, assembled by comics educator and curator Bill Kartalopoulos.
Audiences at this year's festival will have the opportunity to enjoy spotlight presentations and question-and-answer sessions with many of SPX's headline guests, including Chester Brown, Roz Chast, Anders Nilsen, Diane Noomin, Johnny Ryan, Alex Robinson, Ann Telnaes, Craig Thompson, and Jim Woodring.
This year's programming will also include a number of thoughtful panel discussions such as:
– "Inside The New Yorker," featuring Roz Chast and Kate Beaton in conversation. – "Narrative Logic: Surreal and Obscure," with Marc Bell, Matthew Thurber, and Jim Woodring. – "The Secret History of Women in Comics" with Jessica Abel, Diane Noomin and others, moderated by Heidi MacDonald. – "Comics in the Library," a round-table discussion with Sara Duke from the Library of Congress, Charles Brownstein, and representatives of two local library systems. – "Navigating the Contemporary Publishing Landscape" with Mike Dawson, Meredith Gran and Julia Wertz. – "Images of the Body" with Robyn Chapman, Jennifer Hayden, Gabby Schulz, and Jen Vaughn.
Additional programming events will include a slideshow presentation by Kim Thompson about the works of French comics giant Jacques Tardi and a hands-on cartooning workshop open to all attendees.
This year's panels and spotlight sessions will be moderated by a bevy of critics, scholars, and other experts including Johanna Draper Carlson, Rob Clough, Craig Fischer, Martha H. Kennedy, Sean T. Collins, Joe McCulloch, and many more.
SPX Programming Coordinator Bill Kartalopoulos teaches classes about comics at Parsons The New School for Design. He also co-organizes the BrooklynComicsGraphics Festival, reviews comics for Publishers Weekly, and has curated several comics-related exhibits including "Cartoon Polymaths" at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. He recently assisted Art Spiegelman on the production of MetaMaus, a book and DVD about the making of Maus.
SPX will be held Saturday, September 11 from 11AM – 7PM and Sunday, September 12, noon – 6PM at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.