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SPX 2012: Françoise Mouly, Adrian Tomine added to stellar lineup of guests

SMALL PRESS EXPO’s galaxy of special guests just keeps glowing brighter.

SPX announced Monday that the New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly and the Eisner-nominated cartoonist Adrian Tomine have been added to the lineup for September’s event.

The Paris-born Mouly and her husband, “Maus” creator Art Spiegelman, launched the great RAW series in the ‘80s, which offered a showcase for such talents as Chris Ware — who was announced earlier as a guest at this fall’s SPX. She has helped foster and cultivate at least two generations of top indie cartoonists — including Tomine; started the imprint Toon Books; and has art-directed scores of memorable New Yorker covers over nearly two decades.

The Sacramento-born Tomine, who possesses a beautifully precise style, broke through in the ’90s with his excellent Optic Nerve comic series. His engrossing graphic novels include “Shortcomings,” and he’s a contributor to the New Yorker.

This year’s scheduled guests also include Dan Clowes (“Ghost World,” “Wilson”) and Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez.

The Small Press Expo will be Sept. 15-16 in North Bethesda.


Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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