Bethesda, Maryland; August 28, 2014 – The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule. SPX continuing the festival's 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 13th and 14th.
SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.
Highlights of this year's panel discussions will include:
- James Sturm, former art/cartoon editor and contributor to Seattle's The Stranger, leads Jules Feiffer, Tom Tomorrow, Charles Burns, Ben Katchor and Lynda Barry in a roundtable discussion about the impact of the diversity of comics that came out of the alt-weekly newspaper world.
- Michael DeForge, Simon Hanselmann and Patrick Kyle kick off their book tour as guests of a special session of Inkstuds Live, hosted by Robin McConnell and guest host Brandon Graham.
- Stories of Girlhood has Jillian Tamaki, Ellen Lindner, Aisha Franz and Mellissa Mendez discussing the distinction between comics for young girls and comics about girlhood.
- Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, gives an overview of the history and future of the distinctive single panel cartoon strongly associated with that esteemed magazine.
- Frémok artists Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet, also exhibiting at SPX, will discuss their work and the roots of avant-garde comics within the Francophone world.
- The debut screening of Root Hog or Die, a new documentary about iconic minicomics artist John Porcellino, with the artist and director Dan Stafford in attendance.
- Spanish Language Comics has Columbian comics editor Daniel Jiménez Quiroz talking with Spanish comics critic Santiago Garcia, Colombian comics critic Pablo Guerra, and North American editor Scott Brown talks about the current state of Spanish and South American comics.
- Our annual hands-on comics workshop, led this year by Josh Bayer and Sally Cantirino from the Sequential Artists Workshop.
The complete SPX 2014 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants may be found at
This year is the ninth year that SPX programming has been organized by Programming Coordinator Bill Kartalopoulos. Kartalopoulos is a comics educator, critic and curator who is the Series Editor of the critically acclaimed, Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is the publisher of Rebus Books, and has taught classes about comics at SVA and Parsons The New School for Design.
Programming will run on Saturday September 13 from 11:30AM until 7PM and Sunday September 14 from 12:30PM until 6PM.