Official Press Release
Bethesda, Maryland – Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comic books, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is proud to announce that the Cartoonists With Attitude (C.W.A.) posse will once again attend this years SPX, which will be held October 12 and 13 at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Members of C.W.A. along with Kim Deitch, author of the graphic novel “Alias The Cat”, will also be at a book signing event to be held on October 11 at 7:30PM at the Barnes and Nobles bookstore in Bethesda, Maryland.
Founded in the finest tradition of Thomas Nast and Matt Groening, C.W.A.’s mission is to draw attention to the groundbreaking political and social commentary its member cartoonists contribute to the weekly alternative newspapers around the United States and in the online world. The C.W.A. posse coming to SPX this year consists of the following award winning cartoonists:
Ted Rall (“Search and Destroy”) – http://www.tedrall.com/
– Ted was just appointed as the new President of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists (A.A.E.C.) and recently returned from yet another trip to Central Asia. Author, ATTITUDE editor, cartoonist, columnist and sometime TV personality, Ted is currently has two books out, the “Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?” and his latest cartoon collection, “America Gone Wild”.
Jen Sorensen (“Slowpoke”) – http://www.slowpokecomics.com
– Jen is now following in the footsteps of Jules Feiffer, as her weekly cartoon is now being published in the Village Voice, amongst many other alternative weeklies. The first place winner at in the 2005 Association of Alternative Newsweekly Awards, Jen has two books out, the latest being “America Gone Bonkers” and was featured in “ATTITUDE: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists”. Jen is working on her next book, “Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!” due out in April 2008 from Ig Publishing, with an introduction by Ruben Bolling of “Tom The Dancing Bug” fame.
Keith Knight (“The K Chronicles”, “(th)ink”) – http://www.kchronicles.com/
– Keith is a Harvey award nominee and has twice won the Glyph Award for Best Comic Strip. He is also a rapper whose latest books are “Are We Feeling Safer Yet”? and “The Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts”. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including Salon.com, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, the Funny Times and World War 3 Illustrated.
Mikhaela Reid (“The Boiling Point”) – http://www.mikhaela.net/
– Mikhaela has just released her first cartoon compendium entitled “Attack of the 50-Foot Mikheala!” with a foreword by Ted Rall. In 2006, Mikhaela was named one of “Girls in Government’s Real Hot 100”. Mikhaela is a political cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows, Metro Times, The Rochester Insider, Women’s eNews, In These Times, Ms., The Funny Times, Campus Progress, Girlfriends, The Minnesota Women’s Press, amongst publications.
Masheka Wood (“Not Just Knee Deep”) – http://www.whatmashekadid.com
– Masheka is a Glyph Award nominee, and has just released his first book titled “Deep Doodle”. He is currently working on a series of illustrations titled “Dirty Letters” and his comic “Not Just Knee Deep”.
Stephanie McMillan (“Minimum Security”) – http://www.minimumsecurity.net/
– Stephanie’s latest book is titled “ATTITUDE: Featuring Stephanie McMillan’s Minimum Securit”y. In 2006, one of her cartoons was featured in the MoCCA art show “She Draws Comics: A Century of Women Cartoonists”. She recently sparked controversy with a cartoon featuring anti-choice South Dakota state senator Bill Napoli’s home phone number.
August J. Pollak, (“XQUZYPHYR” & Overboard) – http://www.xoverboard.com/
– August will premiere his latest book “Junk in the Toaster” at SPX. A Washington, DC local, August’s cartoon “Some Guy With a Website” and has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, In These Times, and The Huffington Post.
Matt Bors (“Idiot Box”) – http://www.mattbors.com/
– Matt was featured in “ATTITUDE 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists” and has self-published a series of “Idiot Box” books. Clients include the Seattle Stranger, the ACLU and The Nation.
Brian McFadden (“Big Fat Whale”) – http://www.bigfatwhale.com/
– Brian was also featured in ATTITUDE 3 and has self-published a series of “Big Fat Whale” books.
For further information on the artists or to request an interview, please contact Warren Bernard at email@example.com.
SPX, a non-profit organization, brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, political cartoon books and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. A series of panel discussions will also be held of interest to readers, academicians and creators of graphic novels and political cartoons.
SPX will be open to the public from 2 pm – 8 pm, Friday, October 12 and 10am – 7 pm Saturday, October 13. Admission is $8 for a single day and $15 for bothdays.
SPX culminates with the presentation of the 11th Annual Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz is the first Festival Prize in the US comic book industry, with winners chosen by balloting during the SPX.