What is SPX?

The Small Press Expo (SPX) is a registered 501(c)(3) that was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival – the largest such festival in the United States – that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present their art to the public. Nearly 700 creators and publishers will exhibit their work at SPX each year.


How Do I Acquire Press Passes for the Festival / Receive Your News Releases?

SPX welcomes members of the media to our annual festival and our Ignatz Awards ceremony. Press passes for the SPX festival are available by request.  It will be extremely helpful for you to provide advance notice on any audiovisual equipment you intend to bring with you to the festival.

When & Where Does the SPX Festival Take Place?

The 2017 SPX festival will be held September 16 and 17th in Bethesda, Maryland at the world class Bethesda North Marriott & Conference Center at 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, Maryland. Since 1994, Bethesda has been the home of the SPX festival and we’re extremely proud of our longstanding association with the Montgomery County community.

What Sort of Charitable Work does SPX Do?

SPX sponsors a number of events and charitable initiatives that support our core mission to promote, protect and preserve the work of independent artists. These efforts are supported via partnerships and programmatic relationships with the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.


Who Can I Contact for More Information?

Have questions about SPX?  Want to set up an interview during the show with a member of our organization or one of our attending creators?  We’d be glad to help you make the most of your visit to 2016 festival. With advance notice we can work on your behalf to schedule interview times with our special guests.

Official Logos & Marks

SPX LogoIgnatz Award PrizeIgnatz Nominee BadgeIgnatz Winner Badge

SPX 2017

Coming Soon!

SPX 2016

SPX 2016 Poster

by Jim Woodring
SPX 2016 Program Cover

by Tom Gauld
SPX 2016 Flyer

by Jeffrey Brown
SPX 2016 Poster Jim WoodringSPX 2016 Tom Gauld Program CoverSPX 2016 Flyer Jeffrey Brown
2016 Ignatz Icon by Sophia Dimino-Foster