Bethesda, Maryland; August 28, 2013 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Jon McNaught and Ulli Lust as featured guests to SPX 2013, to be held September 14 and 15. Small Press Expo is honored to have the first appearance of both of these guests at this years show, as well as a number of other international guests.
Jon and Ulli join previously announced international guests Seth from Canada, Liniers from Argentina and Rutu Modan from Israel.
This year SPX has the most international creators from the most countries that have ever attended the festival.
Here is the list of international creators, as well as more information on both Jon McNaught and Ulli Lust:
Argentina - Liniers
Australia - Caitlin Major, Jason Franks, Matt Emery, Matt Hoddy
Canada - Seth, Michael DeForge, Adriana Blake, Elaine Will, Gibson Twist, Matt Cummings, Ryan Smith
Germany - Ulli Lust
Great Britain - Jon McNaught, Roger Langridge, Nick Abadzis, Joe Decie, Joe List, John Allison, Lizz Lunney, Philippa Rice, Sean Azzopardi, Simon Moreton. Timothy Winchester
Israel - Rutu Modan
Italy - Delebile
Mexico - Mario Gonzales
Netherlands - Margaret de Heer
Jon McNaught is a printmaker, illustrator, and comics creator, who has won rapid critical acclaim from such comics luminaries as Seth and Chris Ware. Jon has illustrated various articles for such periodicals as the New York Times and the London Review of Books.
His self published comic, Birchfield Close, was discovered by the groundbreaking British publishing house NoBrow, who will be bringing Jon to this years show and published his critically acclaimed Dockwood. Jon has drawn the cover to the SPX 2013 Program Guide, which will be available for free at the SPX registration tables.
Born in Vienna in 1967, Ulli Lust is an internationally renowned cartoonist, illustrator, and publisher making her first appearance at SPX 2013. This year Fantagraphics Books published her 464-page memoir, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, which details the summer of 1984 when she hitchhiked across Italy as a broke punk rocker.
Ms. Lust has been nominated in the Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Graphic Novel categories of the Ignatz Awards this year for Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life. She currently works in Berlin and more information on her can be found at http://www.ullilust.de/.
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.