LAST MONTH, MATT BORS arrived at the Library of Congress to see his political cartoons on temporary display. Now, just weeks later, the Herblock Prize winner is watching his newly donated artwork find a permanent home there.

Bors is one of seven artists whose cartoons have just been acquired by the library through a partnership with the Small Press Expo.

The other top talents whose work will join the Library of Congress’s SPX collection are Keith Knight, Jim Rugg, Jen Sorensen, Raina Telgemeier, Matthew Thurber and Jim Woodring .

“On behalf of the Small Press Expo, we are honored that all of these artists chose to donate their works to the collection, and that the Library of Congress is housing the artistic history of indie comics at SPX ... ,” Small Press Expo executive director Warren Bernard tells Comic Riffs.

“One can only imagine what this collection will look like in as little as five years.”

Last summer, Maryland’s Small Press Expo announced the launch of its ongoing partnership and collection with the Library of Congress— with the aim to “focus on the craft and diversity of the independent comics community.”


Among the SPX holdings at the Library of Congress. (Used by permission of SPX / LOC)

“We are excited that our partnership with SPX is leading to a greater understanding of the patrimony of comics,” Sara Duke, curator of Applied and Graphic Material, said in a statement. “The wealth of original cartoon art here at the Library of Congress now includes independent and small press cartoonists.”

SPX announced last week that Dean Haspiel’s mini-comics collection would join its holdings at the library.

This year’s Small Press Expo will be Sept. 15-16 in North Bethesda. Among the featured cartoonists will be Dan Clowes, Chris Ware and Los Bros Hernandez.