Official Press Release
Small Press Expo (SPX) 2008 will hold a special series of panel discussions, presentations, interviews and book signings in conjunction with the upcoming Presidential and National elections. Outside Looking In: Alternative Political Cartooning In 2008 will look back at the last 8 years and forward to the 2008 elections and beyond. Outside Looking In will survey the political landscape and how the field of political cartooning is adjusting to technology and business changes in the 21st Century.
Making a very rare comic convention appearance in conjunction with Outside Looking In is the award winning cartoonist, Tom Tomorrow, one of the pioneers in the alternative political cartooning field. The creator of the strip This Modern World and its protagonist, Sparky The Wonder Penguin, will promote his newly released book, The Future Is So Bright I Can't Bare To Look!. Visit Mr. Tomorrow's web site at http://www.thismodernworld.com.
Attending SPX as a guest for the first time in many years is the creator of the long running social and political cartoon series Troubletown, Lloyd Dangle. Mr. Dangle also has a new book out, Troubletown, I Told You So!. See his cartoons at http://www.troubletown.com.
Both Mr. Tomorrow and Mr. Dangle will be participants in panel discussions and will be available for signing their latest books over the two day event.
Outside Looking In events are included in the SPX admission fee of $8 for 1 day and $15 for both days
The best alternative political cartoonists in the United States will be added over the next few weeks to "Outside Looking In", please stay tuned for those announcements.
This year, SPX will be held Saturday, October 4 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, October 5 noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
For further information on the artists or to request an interview, please contact Warren Bernard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 culminates with the presentation of the 12th Annual Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning that will occur Saturday night, October 4. The Ignatz is the first Festival Prize in the US comic book industry, with winners chosen by balloting during the SPX.
As in previous years, all profits from the SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website at http://www.cbldf.org/.
Founded in 1994, SPX is North America's premier alternative comic-book and graphic novel festival. This annual event brings together comic creators, publishers and fans together to celebrate the art of visual storytelling.