Thursday, August 09, 2012

SPX Announces Michael deForge, Dean Haspiel and Sammy Harkham as Guests of Small Press Expo 2012

SPX Announces Michael deForge, Dean Haspiel and Sammy Harkham as Guests of Small Press Expo 2012

For Immediate Release              Contact: Warren Bernard

Bethesda, Maryland; August 9, 2012 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Michael DeForge, Sammy Harkham and Dean Haspiel as honored guests of SPX 2012.  They are in addition to the previously announced guests Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, Francoise Mouly, Jamie & Gilbert Hernandez and Adrian Tomine.

Critically acclaimed Michael DeForge will be appearing at SPX for the very first time. We are honored to have the creator of the one-man anthology series Lose, from Koyama Press, at this years show.. DeForge won the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards, Canada's most prestigious award in the comics field and provided the art for the cover to the SPX 2012 program.

Emmy award winning artist, Dean Haspiel, created the Eisner Award nominated, BILLY DOGMA, and illustrated for HBO's "Bored To Death." Dino has drawn many superhero and semi-autobiographical comix, including collaborations with Jonathan Lethem, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Ames, and Inverna Lockpez. Dino also curates + creates multimedia projects for, a Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon.

Sammy Harkham is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology series Kramer's Ergot, 8th volume of which was released late last year.  He is also the creator behind the comic Crickets and his new book, Everything Else, a compendium of his works, will be released this Fall from Picturebox.

About SPX

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. 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 SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for 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, visit their website at

SPX also supports the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which preserves the history of both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. It the first program of its type by a major institution in the United States to preserve the works of the indie comics community.

SPX 2012 will be held Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16.  For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit

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