Bethesda, Maryland; July 17, 2013 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Liza Donnelly and Liniers 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. Liza and Liniers will be in addition to previously announced guests Seth, Lisa Hanawalt, Gary Panter, Frank Santoro, Gene Yang, Congressman John Lewis, Rutu Modan and Michael Kupperman.
A long time cartoonist for The New Yorker, Liza Donnelly is the author/editor of over 20 books, of which 7 of them are children's books published for Scholastic Inc. She is a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department, a member of the collective Cartooning for Peace, one of the founding members of the U.S. branch of the Federation of Cartoonists Organizations (FECO), and has spoken at such esteemed forums as TED, as well as the United Nations. Her upcoming book is titled Women on Men, will be published by Narrative Magazine this Fall. More information on Liza and her body of work can be found at http://lizadonnelly.com.
Liniers appearance will be the first time SPX has featured a cartoonist representing Argentina. Liniers made his name in the Americas with his widely syndicated strip Macanudo, which is popular enough to have been collected in 8 reprint volumes. His latest book, The Big Wet Balloon, will be represented at SPX by children's book publisher Toon Books, making their first ever SPX appearance. The Big Wet Balloon is Liniers first book to be translated into English, and is being released in both Spanish and English editions. More information on Liniers latest release and Toon Books can be found at www.toon-books.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 500 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.