Bethesda, Maryland; June 26, 2013 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce all ages creators Jeff Smith and Raina Telgemeier as featured guests to SPX 2013, to be held September 14 and 15. Jeff and Raina will be in addition to previously announced guests Seth, Lisa Hanawalt, Gary Panter Rutu Modan, Frank Santoro, Michael Kupperman, Gene Yang, and Congressman John Lewis.
Jeff Smith'sBone is one of the most beloved series in all of comics. And this September, Jeff has no less than three books being released. First up is the release of the complete RASL, newly colored and in hardcover, being offered by his very own Cartoon Books. Next up, IDW is releasing an Artists Edition of the renowned Bone tale, The Great Cow Race. The volume will reproduce the art as it was drawn and in its original size. And lastly, Jeff was the co-editor of The Best American Comics 2013 from Houghton Mifflin. Read about all of Jeff's latest work at http://www.boneville.com.
Raina Telgemeier's Eisner Award winning and critically acclaimed graphic novel Smile was followed up last year by her latest book, Drama, which won the 2013 Stonewall Book Award given by the American Library Association. These two books, along with her work on The Babysitter's Club, has earned Raina a well deserved following amongst the children and young adult crowds. Get more information about Raina and her works at http://goraina.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. SPX also has a two tracks of of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests that run through both days of the event.
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.