Bethesda, Maryland; August 22, 2013 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce Adrian Tomine and Anders Nilsen as surprise guests to SPX 2013, to be held September 14 and 15. Adrian and Anders will be in addition to previously announced guests Seth, Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Lisa Hanawalt, Gary Panter, Liza Donnelly, Gene Yang, Congressman John Lewis, Rutu Modan, Peter Bagge, Ed Piskor, Dash Shaw, Liniers, Domitille Collardey, Frank Santoro, Farel Dalrymple and Michael Kupperman.
Making his second appearance in as many years, Adrian Tomine will be on hand to sign his latest release Optic Nerve 13. In June, Adrian was a guest of Michelle Obama at the White House for a reception honoring a cross section of American artists, writers and historians. More information on Adrian can be found at http://www.adrian-tomine.com/ as well as http://www.drawnandquarterly.com.
Anders Nilsen will be at SPX debuting his latest book, Rage of Poseidon from Drawn & Quarterly, as well as signing his latest from from Fantagraphics, The End, an expanded hardcover edition of his work published as part of the Ignatz Series with Coconino Press. As with last year's, Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, The End deals with the death of Nilsen's fiance. More information on Anders work can be found at http://www.andersbrekhusnilsen.com/ as well as http://www.drawnandquarterly.com and http://www.fantagraphics.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.
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