Fantagraphics at SPX 2017!

Hey friends,

It’s that time again. Come find us at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend! Here’s a list of the panels where you’ll find Fanta artists, our signing schedule, and some helpful links. See you at tables W56-61, aka Party Central.


Gilbert Hernandez & Jim Rugg in Conversation

With Love & Rockets, legendary cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez helped create one of the most lauded comic series of all time. Pittsburgh cartoonist Jim Rugg has built a loyal fanbase with Street Angel, a beloved indie comic about a sword-wielding skateboarder and her heroic adventures. Join these two celebrated cartoonists as they discuss craft and practice

9/16 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Barometer Of The Free Press

Tom Spurgeon moderates political cartoonists Ann Telnaes, Matt Wuerker, Keith Knight and Ben Passmore as they expand on Telnaes’ keynote speech in Ottawa. They will explore the role and responsibility of being a political cartoonist in a time when the freedom of the press is under attack.

9/16 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm White Oak Room

Emil Ferris: My Favorite Thing is Monsters

SPX is proud to feature cartoonist Emil Ferris in a rare east coast appearance. Her book, My Favorite Thing is Monsters from Fantagraphics, has garnered a lot of positive attention in the comics community and beyond. Legendary comics creator Art Spiegelman even dubbed her “one of the most important cartoonists of our time.” Washington Post columnist Michael Cavna sits with Emil for an intimate discussion about her breakthrough debut graphic novel, being diagnosed with West Nile, and–of course–monsters.

9/16 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Glen Echo Room

Comics with Gilbert Hernandez – moderated by Frank Santoro

Sit at the feet of a master – glean some comics-making tips from one of the founding fathers of the alternative comics scene. Whether Gilbert talks about Love & Rockets, or the early days of punk rock, you won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity. All ages.

9/16 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm White Flint Auditorium

Shock Humor, Farce and Satire

In a world that seems increasingly difficult to satirize, come see how cartoonists Tommi Musturi (Simply Samuel), Aaron Lange (Trim), Sabin Cauldron (Maleficium), and Katie Fricas (The New Yorker) use different comedic tools to address the absurd, the awful and the just plain ridiculous.

9/16 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm White Oak Room

Eleanor Davis & Jillian Tamaki In Conversation

Jillian Tamaki (Boundless) and Eleanor Davis (You And A Bike And The Road) are two of our generation’s greatest cartoonists. Both create beautiful imagery while telling incredibly poignant stories which are thoughtful and evocative. Join moderator Jim Rugg (Street Angel) for an in-depth talk about their storytelling approach, inspiration, and process.      

9/17 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm White Oak Room

Troubled Teenagers and Modern Times

Panelists Mardou(Sky In Stereo), Charles Forsman (The End Of The Fucking World, This is Not Okay), Sean Knickerbocker (Killbuck), Melissa Mendes (Lou, The Weight) and Nate Powell (Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole), led by moderator Craig Fischer, will discuss how they are able to realistically and empathetically create vivid teenage characters who are struggling with morality, mental illness, drugs and the pressures of society.

9/17 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm White Flint Auditorium

Fantagraphics Booth Signing Schedule



Full Signing Schedule for Special Guests 

Full Programming Schedule