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SMALL PRESS EXPO 2014: SPX adds Carroll, Pond, Graham and Friedman to this fall’s guest lineup

courtesy of SPX 2014.
courtesy of SPX 2014.

SMALL PRESS EXPO is announcing today that it will bring four highly talented first-timers to this fall’s event.

Emily Carroll, Drew Friedman, Brandon Graham and Mimi Pond will make their SPX debuts this September, organizers say.

“Having Brandon, Emily, Drew and Mimi for the first time at SPX is a great thrill for both the SPX Executive Committee and the SPX community,” Warren Bernard, SPX’s executive director, tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “Their diverse styles and the mediums they work in really reflect the wide view that the SPX community has of the comics world.

“We are totally stoked about them coming to this year’s show.”

Carroll has been amassing the awards as of late, including honors as best Canadian experiment/avant-garde artist (Pigskin Peter award), and won this year’s Cartoonist Studio competition hosted by (The Post’s ol’ property, natch) and the Center for Cartoon Studies. She is touring in support of her forthcoming book, “Through the Woods.”

Friedman — whose many clients have included The Post — is best known for his richly detailed caricatures, as featured in his ongoing “Old Jewish Comedians” works — which were spotlighted in a Society of Illustrators show this year. He’ll be here in support of his new Fantagraphics book, “Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books,” due out this August.

Graham is the gifted (and deeply funny) Seattle-sprung talent who wowed us Eisner Award jurors last year. Besides Image’s Prophet, Graham (“Multiple Warheads”) has turned heads with “King City” and “Universe So Big.”

Pond (“Valley Girl’s Guide to Life”) is the L.A.-based veteran writer and comics-maker who worked on the first full “The Simpsons” episode. Now she’s being rightly hailed for her recently published “Over Easy” — her much-welcome first graphic novel (Drawn + Quarterly).

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, SPX is also spotlighting alt-weekly comics pioneers.

This year’s expo will be Sept. 13-14 at the North Bethesda Marriott Conference Center in suburban D.C.


Emily Carroll is the author of the forthcoming “Through the Woods” (courtesy of SPX).
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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