Bethesda, Maryland; August 29, 2013 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Carol Tyler as a surprise guest to SPX 2013, to be held September 14 and 15. Carol will be in addition to previously announced guests Seth, Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Lisa Hanawalt, Adrian Tomine, Gary Panter, Liza Donnelly, Gene Yang, Congressman John Lewis, Rutu Modan, Peter Bagge, Ed Piskor, Dash Shaw, Liniers, Domitille Collardey, Frank Santoro, Farel Dalrymple, Michael Kupperman, Anders Nilsen, Jon McNaught and Ulli Lust.
Carol just completed You'll Never Know, a three-volume graphic memoir, detailing her search for the truth about her father's World War II service while examining the damage his life-long, untreated, post-traumatic stress has had on her family and relationships.
The latest installment, Soldiers Heart, is nominated for a 2013 Ignatz Award in the Best Graphic Novel category. The Ignatz Awards, the first festival prize of its kind in the comics world, will be voted on at SPX 2013 by the shows attendees.
The highly-praised first two installments, A Good and Decent Man (2009) and Collateral Damage (2010), received 4 Eisner nominations plus an Ignatz nomination, and garnered the Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence. A Good and Decent Man was also a finalist for the LA Book Prize.
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 600 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. A series of of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests will be featured.
The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, 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.