A Comics Convention For The Unconventional: The Small Press Expo
Russell Frye, McLean
Washington Post September 17 2016
Andy and Lucy may live 40,000 years in the past, but these Neanderthal siblings have problems—crushes, squabbles, and baby brothers— that persist today. Brown tells their story alongside nonfiction sections that serve to dispel misinformation about these human relatives.
In Winick's sequel to Hilo, the titular heroic alien robot unexpectedly returns to Earth and human friends DJ and Gina. Then, mysterious portals pop up all over town and disgorge one terrifying creature after another. An enormous mutant chicken and a million killer vegetables are only some of the foes that Hilo, DJ, and Gina must confront in order to save their community. Ages 9-12
Cartoonist Kate Beaton is well-known for her online work "Hark! A Vagrant!" and her first published book of the same name was a best-seller. Her illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's and Marvel's Strange Tales anthology. Beaton has received several Harvey awards, an Ignatz award and a Doug Wright Award. Her work explores historic and literary topics through a modern perspective and with a light comedic touch. Some of Beaton's published books include "Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant! Collection" and "The Princess and the Pony." Her latest children's book is "King Baby" (Scholastic). Beaton lives in Canada.
Juana Medina is an illustrator and author of children's books, as well as a teacher at George Washington University. She grew up in Bogotá, Colombia and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Medina was the first winner of the Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, an award given yearly by the National Cartoonists Society to a top college cartoonist in North America. Her books for children include "1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book" and "Smick." Her latest picture book, "Juana and Lucas" (Candlewick), tells the story of a young girl's decision to learn English. Medina lives in Washington, D.C.
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang is a writer of both graphic novels and comics. His first graphic novel "American Born Chinese" is about a teenager struggling with his identity – a theme that is common in much of Yang's work, which emphasizes the importance of celebrating our diverse culture. It was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award; it was also a winner of the 2007 Eisner Award. His next solo work, "Boxers & Saints," is a two-volume project set during the Boxer Rebellion and a National Book Award finalist. His most recent work is the second in his Secret Coders series, "Secret Coders: Paths and Portals" (First Second), and combines adventure and mystery with logic puzzles and basic programming instruction. Yang has been drawing comics since the fifth grade and believes both graphic novels and comics can be used effectively as educational tools in the classroom. He teaches at Hamline University as part of the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Raina Telgemeier is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. Her graphic novels "Smile" and "Drama" are both No. 1 New York Times best-sellers. "Smile," Telgemeier's autobiographical account of her childhood dental drama, is a Boston Globe-Horn Award Honor title and an Eisner award winner for Best Publication for Teens. "Drama" won the 2013 Stonewall Book Award Honor from the American Library Association. Telgemeier has also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin's "Baby-Sitters Club" series. Her latest graphic novel is "Ghosts" (Graphix).
John Lewis has served as the U.S. States representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District since 1987. He is senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party. Rep. Lewis had been serving America long before his congressional career began, as he is revered as a major civil rights icon, lending his resounding moral voice to the cause for more than 50 years. He was a key player in the movement to end racial discrimination and segregation as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In his graphic memoir trilogy, "March," published with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell, Rep. Lewis recounts his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, chronicling the days of Jim Crow to the broader civil rights movement, and telling of his experience at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "March" has been recognized as the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book. His most recent release is the final volume, "March: Book Three" (Top Shelf).
Andrew Aydin is co-author, with Rep. John Lewis, of the best-selling graphic memoir series "March," which chronicles the life of Rep. Lewis as a civil rights icon and is illustrated by Nate Powell. The book series has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award special recognition and a Coretta Scott King Book Award author honor. His most recent publication is the final volume in the series, "March: Book Three" (Top Shelf). Aydin frequently lectures about the history of comics in the civil rights movement and has appeared as a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show, NPR, CBS This Morning, CNN, the BBC and many other programs. Currently he serves as digital director and policy advisor to Rep. Lewis in Washington, D.C.
Berkeley Breathed is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, children's book author and illustrator, director and screenwriter best known for the comic strip Bloom County. His children's books include "Pete and Pickles," "Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster" and "Mars Needs Moms!" His cartoon collections include "Berkeley Breathed's Academia Waltz and Other Profound Transgressions," "Opus: 25 Years of His Sunday Best" and his most recent Bloom County collection, "The Bill the Cat Story: A Bloom County Epic" (Philomel). Breathed lives and works in California with his family and splendidly flawed dogs.
Cartoonist and writer Noelle Stevenson is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her debut graphic novel "Nimona" won the Slate Cartoonist's Studio Prize, was nominated for a Harvey Award, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, making Stevenson—at age twenty-three—the youngest finalist in the history of the award. Her next graphic novel, "4 Wizards," which she is co-writing with Todd Casey, will be published in 2017. Stevenson is also the co-writer of the multiple Eisner Award-winning comic series "Lumberjanes" and has written for Disney's "Wander Over Yonder," Marvel, and DC Comics, among others. Her most recent published volume is "Lumberjanes Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max" (BOOM! Box). Stevenson lives and works in Los Angeles.
Michael Ramirez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. His work has been collected in "Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion" and has appeared in various publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Time Magazine, National Review and US News and World Report. Ramirez has appeared on various broadcast television shows and his cartoons have been featured on CNN, Fox News, The O'Reilly Factor and The Rush Limbaugh Show. In addition to two Pulitzers and many other honors, he has received three Sigma Delta Chi Awards, the Mencken Award and the Rueben Award. Ramirez's new collection of conservative political cartoons, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare" (Threshold), presents a satirical history of the Obama era, with a foreword by Dick Cheney and an afterword by Rush Limbaugh.
Darrin Bell is an award-winning comics artist and writer best known for his work on nationally syndicated comic strip "Candorville" and "Rudy Park." He is also a syndicated editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post Writers Group and a storyboard artist. Bell's work challenges social, political and cultural assumptions by exploring issues such as civil rights, pop culture, family, science fiction, scriptural wisdom and nihilist philosophy while often casting subjects in roles that are traditionally denied them. His most recent published "Candorville" collection is "Goodnight Grandpa: The 7th Candorville Collection" (Lulu.com). Bell lives in California.
Ed Piskor is the researcher, writer and artist of Hip Hop Family Tree, the New York Times best-selling series that won the 2015 Eisner Award for best reality-based work. Hip Hop Family Tree is a thoroughly researched, richly detailed history that channels the music, style and language of the hip hop culture into a comic book chronicle that has been embraced by both the media and the hip hop community. The series is available on the web and in several print volumes, including the latest, "Hip-Hop Family Tree: 1984-1985" (Fantagraphics). Piskor's other published works include, in collaboration with Harvey Pekar, "American Splendor" and "The Beats: A Graphic History." Piskor teaches classes on comics and lives in Pennsylvania.
|Roger Langridge doing a sketch|
|Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell of March. (I can't recommend this trilogy highly enough).|
|Jim Dougan, Esther Kim and Robin Ha admire a minicomic.|
|Wren McDonald at the Nobrow table|
|Joe Flood drawing a triceratops dinosaur.|
|Sean Causley, a local creator|
|Matt Dembicki's 'ReDistricted' project, open to a page written by Mike Rhode & drawn by Kevin Rechin.|
|Matt Dembicki and ReDistricted|
|Joe Procopio of Lost Art Books|
|Erica Jang of Red Stylo Media|
|Hobbes Holluck and Karly Perez|
|Joe and Carolyn of Curls studio|
|Aimee de Jongh of Holland|
|Richard Thompson memorial panel - Shena Wulf, Nick Galifianakis, David Apatoff and Joe Procopio|
|Gary Groth, of Fantagraphics, earlier at the Library of Congress|
by Evan Slead
September 1 2016