Bethesda, Maryland; June 21, 2013 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Rutu Modan and Michael Kupperman as featured guests to SPX 2013, to be held September 14 and 15. Rutu and Michael will be in addition to previously announced guests Seth, Lisa Hanawalt, Gary Panter, Frank Santoro, Gene Yang and Congressman John Lewis.
Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan returns to SPX for the first time since 2007 to promote her latest book and only second full length graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly, The Property. A founding member of the Actus Tragicus comics collective, Rutu's Exit Wounds won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel. More information on The Property can be found at www.drawnandquarterly.com.
Michael Kupperman has earned 2013 Eisner Award nominations for both Best Short Story and Best Single Issue for Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 from Fantagraphics Books. His stories have been selected for no less than four editions of the annual Best American Comics, including the 2013 edition for which Jeff Smith selected Quinception from Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7. In 2012, Time Out New York voted Michael one of the 50 funniest New Yorkers. More information on his books can be found at http://www.fantagraphics.com.
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 400 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.
The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.
As in previous years, profits from the 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 athttp://www.cbldf.org.
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.