Fantagraphics at SPX 2019!

SPX is turning 25, which means it can finally rent a car at a reasonable price! And Fantagraphics is going to fill that hypothetical rental car full to the brim with amazing guests, debut books, and thrilling programming—and then bring it back to the rental lot 30 minutes early with a full tank. Because we’re responsible that way. So buckle up, and check out what we’ve got planned for this very special SPX quarter-of-a-century celebration!

Small Press Expo 2019

Saturday September 14th 11am-7pm // Sunday, September 15th 12pm-6pm

Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road.
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Fantagraphics Booth #W50

(right by the entrance, with the big signs, you honestly can’t miss us)


2019 Special Guests:

Jaime Hernandez: Together with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, Jaime co-created the hugely influential comics series Love and Rockets in 1981. Hot off the heels of Jaime Hernandez’s last graphic novel masterpiece, Is This How You See Me?, comes Tonta, a stand-alone graphic novel that shines a light on the family tree of one of Hernandez’s most memorable characters of recent memory, the teenaged Tonta.

Ed Piskor: Creator of the New York Times Best-Selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, and the new series for Marvel, X-Men Grand Design, which was released in 2017 to wide acclaim. Piskor is one half of the popular comics video series Cartoonist Kayfabe, with Jim Rugg.

Simon Hanselmann: Creator of the New York Times best-selling Megg & Mogg series, which has been translated into thirteen languages, nominated for multiple Ignatz and Eisner awards, and won “Best Series” at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in 2018. His most recent book is Bad Gateway.

Yann Kebbi: Paris-based painter and illustrator Yann Kebbi’s work has appeared in many exhibitions in Paris and regularly appears in such publications as Le Monde,The New York TimesThe Guardian,  and The Washington Post.  His latest longform work is The Structure Is Rotten, Comrade, written by Viken Berberian

José Quintanar: Previeously known as José Jajaja, Quintanar creates narrative drawings, comics, and books and has released several full-length graphic novels and artists’ books His drawings have been published in The New York Times, Esquire, kuš! Komikss, Fulgencio Pimentel, Editions Misma, and many more. Recently, his short stories have appeared in several issues of Now: The New Anthology, from Fantagraphics. 

Rikke Villadsen: An artist and cartoonist from Denmark. She participated in the 2010 Nordicomic workshop and anthology and has been nominated four times for the Ping Award, a Danish comics award. Her latest book in English is The Sea.

Ben Passmore: author of the ongoing comic book series Daygloayhole, as well as the Eisner Award-nominated and Ignatz Award-winning comic collection Your Black Friend. He lives in Philadelphia. BTTM FDRS, written by Ezra Claytan Daniels, is nominated for a Harvey Award.

Eleanor Davis: Her work has won Eisner Awards and a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Books include How to Be HappyYou & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and Why Art?, and she’s contributed short pieces to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW.

More Attending Fanta Artists!

Ezra Claytan Daniels, BTTM FDRS, Upgrade Soul

Katie Skelly, My Pretty Vampire

Carol Tyler, Soldier’s Heart, Fab4 Mania

Joe Ciardiello, A Fistful of Drawings

Kate Lacour, Vivisectionary

Lucy Knisley, Age of License, Displacement

Anne Simon, Song of Aglaia, Empress Cixtisis

Julian Glander, 3D Sweeties

Ann Telnaes, Trump’s ABCs

Tommi Parrish, The Lie and How We Told It

Marc Palm, The Fang

Check the SPX website for a full list of special guests and exhibitors.


Programming & Special Events:

Wednesday, September 11th:

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Solid State Books, 600 H Street NE, Washington DC
The Structure is Rotten, Comrade Signing with Yann Kebbi

Thursday, September 12th:

Jaime Hernandez & Gary Groth In Conversation

4:00 pm, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building – Kluge Center
10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Saturday, September 14th:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm White Oak Room
Cartoonist Kayfabe Live! w/ Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm White Flint Auditorium
Blurring The Visual Lines In Fantasy Fiction, w/ Yann Kebbi, Anne Simon, Rune Ryberg, and Ida Rørholm Davidsen

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm White Oak Room
Libraries And Comics: Past, Present, And Future Trends, w/ Jacq Cohen, Kathy Schalk-Green, Megan Halsband, and Raina Telgemeier

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm White Flint Auditorium
Birthing Stories, w/ Carol Tyler, Lucy Knisley, Marnie Galloway, Meghan Turbitt, Lauren Weinstein, and Rachel Masilamani

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm White Oak Room
Image, Activism, And Autobiography, w/ Ben Passmore, Ebony Flowers, Bianca Xunise, Sylvia Nickerson, and Halfdan Pisket

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm White Oak Room
Science Fiction And Social Justice, w/ Ezra Claytan Daniels, Kevin Czap, and Carla Speed McNeil

Sunday, September 15th:

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm White Oak Room
Hard Thoughts And Visual Metaphors, w/ Simon Hanselmann, Rikke Villadsen, Kevin Huizenga, and Eleanor Davis

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Oakley
Don’t Weaken: Strategies For Staying Strong Through Your Cartooning Decades (Workshop), w/ Carol Tyler

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm White Oak Room
Jaime Hernandez And Katie Skelly In Conversation

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm White Oak Room
Depicting Motion In Sports Comics, w/ José Quintinar, AJ Dungo, Rob Ullman, and Ellen Lindner

Check the SPX website for the full program schedule and workshop sign-ups!


Signing Schedule

Saturday, September 14th:

11am – 12pm: Kate Lacour, Joe Ciardiello, Rikke Villadsen

12pm – 1 pm: Simon Hanselmann, Julian Glander

1pm – 2pm: Lucy Knisley, Carol Tyler

2pm – 3pm: Ed Piskor

3pm – 4pm: Eleanor Davis, Anne Simon, Yann Kebbi

4pm – 5pm: Ben Passmore, Ezra Claytan Daniels, José Quintanar

5pm – 6pm: Jaime Hernandez, Katie Skelly

Sunday, September 15th:

12pm – 1 pm: Joe Ciardiello, Marc Palm

1pm – 2pm: Lucy Knisley, Kate Lacour, Anne Simon

2pm – 3pm: José Quintanar, Rikke Villadsen, Carol Tyler

3pm – 4pm: Katie Skelly, Jaime Hernandez, Yann Kebbi

4pm – 5pm: Ed Piskor, Simon Hanselmann

5pm – 6pm: Eleanor Davis, Ben Passmore, Ezra Claytan Daniels


It’s gonna be a good one — see you there!