EISNER, Ignatz and Pulitzer winners will abound at this year’s Small Press Expo, the suburban Washington convention that consistently draws an engaging blend of rising and established cartooning talent.
The slate of comics rock stars appearing at this September’s event will include Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Jillian Tamaki (“This One Summer“), Michael DeForge (“Ant Colony“), Eleanor Davis (“How to Be Happy”) and Nate Powell (the “March” trilogy and “Swallow Me Whole“), SPX is announcing this afternoon.
Also featured will be Keith Knight, Jim Rugg, Gabrielle Bell, Sloane Leong, Sam Bosma, Kickily, Jim McCann and Janet Lee.
The international guests include Toronto’s Ethan Rilly and Chris Kim; the Venezuelan-born cartoonist Alexis Ziritt; and Eisner-nominated Albert Monteys from Spain.
“We have special guests from Uncivilized Books, Out of Step Arts, and Avery Hill Publishing, an indie comics publisher from London,” says SPX executive director Warren Bernard, noting that the event will also salute Annie Koyama’s 10th anniversary at the helm of Koyama Press.
Bernard points out that it is also Top Shelf’s 20th anniversary — “they actually got their start at SPX 1997″ — so the Top Shelf guests will include Shannon Wheeler, author of the forthcoming “Sh*t My President Says.”
SPX also features the lone East Coast appearance this season of Emil Ferris, whose heralded new graphic novel is “My Favorite Thing is Monsters.”
SPX, set for Sept. 16-17 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, will feature more than 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and nearly two dozen panels.