Thursday, August 16, 2012

SPX Announces Small Press Expo 2012 Programming Schedule

SPX Announces Small Press Expo 2012 Programming Schedule
Spotlight Sessions to Feature Clowes, Ware, Mouly, Tomine, and Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez

For Immediate Release               Contact: Warren Bernard

Bethesda, Maryland; August 16, 2012 – The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2012 Programming Schedule.  SPX is proud to continue its established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th.

SPX 2012 programming highlights include special spotlight discussions with headline guests Daniel Clowes, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, François Mouly, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware, all of whom will also join in several other panel discussions.

This year's programming schedule will include several panel discussions, with artists including Nick Abadzis, Derf Backderf, Michael DeForge, Theo Ellsworth, Renée French, Sammy Harkham, Tom Hart, Dean Haspiel, Stan Mack, John Porcellino, Katie Skelly and Lauren Weinstein.

This year's panel discussions will include:

• A discussion of Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, featuring Clowes, Mark Newgarden and Ware.

• A spotlight on British comics, including Abadzis, Glyn Dillon, Nobrow's Sam Arthur, Ellen Lindner, and Luke Pearson.

• A consideration of comics as children's literature with French, Mouly, Newgarden and Brian Ralph.

• Reflections on life after "alternative comics," with Clowes, the Hernandez Brothers, and Tomine, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

• A discussion about the needs and challenges of institution building in comics.

• Our annual hands-on comics workshop, led by Robyn Chapman, Hart, and Alec Longstreth.

The complete SPX 2012 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants may be found at

This year is the seventh year that SPX programming has been organized by Programming Coordinator Bill Kartalopoulos. Kartalopoulos is a comics educator, critic and curator who has taught classes about comics at Parsons The New School for Design and co-organizes the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. He is a Contributing Editor for Print Magazine, and assisted Art Spiegelman on the production of the Eisner Award-winning book MetaMaus.

Programming on Saturday will run from 11:30AM  until 7 p.m. Sunday programming will run from 12:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.  The complete SPX 2012 Programming Schedule may be found at

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 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 at

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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