For Immediate Release
Contact: Warren Bernard
Phone: 301-537-4615

Bethesda, Maryland; August 25, 2016

Charles Burns, Jessica Campbell, Tom Gauld, Drew Friedman, Luke Healy and Reid Psaltis Lead Authors Debuting Books at Small Press Expo 2016

Media Release – SPX is honored that more than 90 different graphic novels and comics will make their publishing debut at this year’s show to start off the fall book buying season. This year, SPX will be held September 17 and 18, 2016 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Here are some highlights of the new releases to debut at SPX 2016:

Charles Burns epic trilogy that began with X’ed Out, continued in The Hive, and concluded in Sugar Skull is now in one volume. Last Look, from Penguin Random House, is the long strange trip of Doug in all its mind-bending, heartbreaking totality. Fragments of the past collide with the reality of the present, nightmarish dreams evolve into an even more dreadful reality, and when you finally find out where all of this has been going and what it means… it will make you go right back to the first page and read it all again with new eyes. Just like Doug.  There will be a limited edition signed and numbered bookplate available with the sale of the book to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Koyama Press debuts Jessica Campbell’s Hot or Not: 20th Century’s Male Artists. The history of 20th-century art is filled with men, but one key component has always been missing: which of these men are boneable, and which are not. Campbell has created the definitive resource on the subject in this hilarious rundown of male artist hotness and notness.

The focus in Tom Gauld’s newest science fiction book, Mooncop, from Drawn & Quarterly, is personal–no big explosions or grand reveals, just the incremental dissolution of an abandoned project and a person’s slow awakening to his own uselessness. Depicted in the distinctive, matter-of-fact style of Gauld’s beloved Guardian strips, Mooncop is equal parts funny and melancholy. Gauld captures essential truths about humanity, making this a story of the past, present, and future, all in one.

Drew Friedman’s latest portraiture project, More Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books, features approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books. The subjects range across the popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering artists of color. Each portrait features a short essay by Friedman, who indelibly draws such creators as Otto Binder, Gene Colan, Mickey Spillane, Superman’s Curt Swan & Kurt Shaffenberger, Jules Feiffer, Wonder Woman’s H. G. Peter, Archie’s Dan DeCarlo, Spiderman’s John Romita, John Buscema, Mort Weisinger, Gladys Parker and many more!

How to Survive in the North is the debut graphic novel published by Nobrow from 2014 MoCCA Fest Award of Excellence winner Luke Healy. This historical novel tells the true-life Arctic survival stories of Ada Blackjack and Robert Bartlett through the obsessive eyes of a disgraced college professor. Kirkus described it as “Two parts historical, one part invention, a quiet contemplation and celebration of the tenacity of the human spirit.”

The Order of Things, by rising star Reid Psaltis and published by Secret Acres, is a subversive spin on the medieval bestiaries and animal encyclopedias that have fired the imaginations of children for centuries. Take a trip back in time through the natural world, but don’t let those breathtaking paintings distract you from the Order of Things. Psaltis’ humor is dry as those dinosaur bones.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit