Small Press Expo Announces Panel Discussion Schedule

Official Press Release

Bethesda, Maryland – Small Press Expo is proud to announce its slate of panel discussions for this years SPX, to be held this Friday October 13 and Saturday, October 14. Below is the full schedule and descriptions of all of the panels.

This year, The Expo will be at its new facilities at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, located at 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Maryland, across from the Red Line White Flint Metro stop. The Expo will be open to the public from 2 pm to 8PM Friday October 13 and 10AM to 7PM Saturday October 14. Admission is $8 for a single day and $15 for the weekend.

SPX 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 originators. A series of panel discussions will be held, focusing on various topics within the alternative comics community and the cartooning and caricature of the current political environment


2:00PM Kids Comics with Brian Ralph!

Brian Ralph, creator of Reggie-12, the graphic novels "Cave-In" and "Climbing Out," and comic strips for Nickelodeon Magazine, will talk about his comics for kids and how he makes them. Plus: A free comic book for everyone!

3:00PM Jules Feiffer Q+A

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer inaugurated the contemporary weekly cartoon format in the Village Voice with groundbreaking cartoons about psychology, social mores, relationships, and politics. Feiffer is also a screenwriter and playwright, and has in recent years authored a number of award-winning children's books. He most recently drew illustrations for "The Long Chalkboard," a collection of stories by his wife, the comedian and writer Jenny Allen. Tim Kreider will ask Feiffer questions about his work and the state of the world today.

8:00PM Tony Millionaire Q+A

Tony Millionaire's weekly "Maakies" strip is traditionalist and subversive, horrific and comic, beautiful and profane. Millionaire has also written and drawn the "Sock Monkey" series of comic books and several children's books. Gary Groth interviews the man whose exquisitely drawn strip about drunken animals, sea battles, and so much more is arguably the most delightful comic strip on newsprint today.


11:30AM Graphic Novels: First Authors

What challenges face a cartoonist making a long-form work for the first time? Writer Douglas Wolk talks about problems, solutions, and methodologies with Austin English, Megan Kelso, (Miss Lasko-Gross), & Matthias Lehmann, all of whom have recently finished their first graphic novels.

12:00PM Masters, Canons and Anti-Canons

In light of the "Masters of American Comics" show and several new books that seek to expand or challenge our notions of comics' greatest works, Ivan Brunetti, Gary Groth and Dan Nadel will address the concept of a canon as it relates to comics, discuss its necessity and consider its possible function. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos

12:30PM Center for Cartoon Studies: Presentation and Workshop

Robyn Chapman joins us from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a recently-founded two-year educational institution for budding cartoonists in White River Junction, Vermont. Robyn will talk about this unique school, answer any questions, and will lead a hands-on cartooning workshop. No matter how little experience you have, you will leave this panel having drawn a comic strip!

1:00PM Craig Yoe: Arf Lover

Twisted archivist of the ridiculous and the sublime Craig Yoe presents for your pleasure and scandalization selections from the collection of comics, gags, and graffix which form the source for his eccentric series of "Arf" anthology books! Outrageous obscurities and eyeball-kicks are practically guaranteed! (Offer not valid where offer may apply.)

1:30PM Ways of Drawing

What do different styles of cartooning mean to cartoonists? What are cartoonists trying to get across with their brushstrokes? Why draw with thick or soft lines? Is drawing style a conscious choice or does it evolve naturally? Is it pleasureable to draw? Or is it a struggle? Ben Catmull, John Hankiewicz, Megan Kelso, Onsmith Jeremi and Frank Santoro discuss these questions and more with moderator Austin English

2:00PM Scott McCloud Q+A

Scott McCloud has become a leading spokesman and thinker in American comics through his treatises-in-comics form, "Understanding Comcs" and "Reinventing Comics." Now he follows up his analyses with a new approach to practical application in "Making Comics." McCloud will discuss his ideas with moderator Bill Kartalopoulos and answer questions from the audience.

2:30PM Political Cartooning in 2006

One year ago Danish newspaper cartoons sparked deadly global riots. Earlier this year the Joint Chiefs of Staff protested a political cartoon about troop injuries in Iraq. Last month a graphic novel adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report became a New York Times bestseller. Charles Brownstein talks to Tim Kreider, Ted Rall, Mikhaela Reid, Jen Sorensen and Rick Veitch about the interesting times these cartoonists live within and how their work responds.

3:00PM Ivan Brunetti Q+A

Ivan Brunetti has drawn raging screeds against the void, gag cartoons from hell's lower circles, sensitive biographies of dead artists, and observant slices-of-life. His cartooning style has transformed over the years from harsh and anguished to delicate and geometric. He is an educator, editor, historian, curator, and spiritual seeker. Is Ivan Brunetti "Schizo?" Jesse Fuchs aims to find out.

3:30PM How to Draw Thinking

Some say that because comics is a visual medium, it's better suited for action and spectacle than for rumination or the internal life of the mind. Comics by Gabrielle Bell, Kevin Huizenga, and Anders Nilsen consistently prove this notion wrong. With moderator Isaac Cates, they will discuss the pleasures and problems of making pictures that think.

4:00PM Brian Chippendale Q+A

Brian Chippendale co-founded the seminal Fort Thunder artists' space in Providence, Rhode Island in 1995. His body of work much of it unpublished includes several issues of "Maggots" and "Ninja," and appearances in "Paper Rodeo" and "Coober Skeeber." Chippendale also plays drums and sings as part of the band "Lightning Bolt." Dan Nadel asks the questions.


10:00AM Publicity and Media

The media has enthusiastically adopted comics as a subject for feature and review. How do books get reviewed in industry and mainstream publications? What can various forms of online coverage do for books? What is the effect of all of this attention? Heidi MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Whitney Matheson discuss.

11:00AM Changes in Comics Publishing and Distribution

Over the past several years comics, predominantly in "graphic novel" form, have increasingly moved out of comic book shops and into bookstores. How has publishing and distributing comics changed from the perspective of publishers? What role does the "Direct Market" still play? Gary Groth, Dan Nadel and Brett Warnock share their experiences.

12:00PM Working with Mainstream Publishers

Scott McCloud and Lauren Weinstein will relate their experiences working with "mainstream" book publishers. How is working with a corporate publishing house different than working in the small press? What happens when agents, contracts, and publicists enter the picture? What are the trade-offs and advantages?

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