For Immediate Release
Contact: Warren Bernard
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Small Press Expo Announces Charles Forsman and Andrew Aydin as Special Guests for SPX 2017

Bethesda, Maryland; August 28, 2017

Media Release – Small Press Expo is proud to announce additional Special Guests for SPX 2017. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

SPX 2017 is honored to have the following creators as Special Guests to this year’s show:

CHARLES FORSMAN grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pa. After dropping out of high school he went on to work and flail until finding a home at the Center for Cartoon Studies, from which he graduated in 2008. He is the author of the acclaimed, Ignatz Award-winning graphic novel, The End of the Fucking World, which has been adapted into a live-action miniseries that premieres on Netflix in early 2018. He runs a micro-publisher, Oily Comics, and continues to draw comic books in Massachusetts.

ANDREW AYDIN serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C., with whom he co-wrote the March series. While studying at Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew wrote his master’s thesis on the history and impact of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. As March has grown into a bona fide phenomenon, Andrew continues to publish and lecture about the history of comics in the civil rights movement — including giving talks at the headquarters of both Google and Apple. Saturday only.

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