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!
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 Times, The 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 Happy, You & 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:
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!
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!