For Immediate Release             
Contact: Catherine Fraas                         
Bethesda, MD, August 16, 2018

Small Press Expo Announces the Allegany County Library and the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County as the 2018 Recipients of the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce that the Allegany County Library and the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County are the 2018 recipients of the Small Press Expo Library Gift Program. This program, the first of its kind in the United States, is an outright gift of comics and graphic novels to the libraries as selected by their collections specialists, who this year selected 186 titles comprising 224 individual books.


There was a formal presentation of the books to the libraries by Small Press Expo GraphicNovel Gift Program Director Catherine Fraas on Saturday, August 11.


The books were selected by the libraries from the offerings of publishers Adhouse, Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn & Quarterly, Cartoon Books, and Koyama Press, all of whom support this program.


Ericka Lugo designed a special bookplate that has been placed in all of the books donated by SPX.


Graphic Novel Gift Program Director Catherine Fraas with Thomas Vose, Director of the Ruth Enlow Library in Garrett County.
Graphic Novel Gift Program Director Catherine Fraas with Allegany County librarians Connie Wilson and Shane Drake.

SPX’s Graphic Novel Gift Program is an expansion of the philanthropic and charitable endeavors that are part of its corporate charter, and is in addition to SPX’s annual support to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The targets of this program are public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area as selected by the Small Press Expo.


The goals of this program are:
  • to facilitate the availability of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries,
  • to promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries, and
  • to provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.


SPX will be held Saturday, September 15 from 11am-7pm and Sunday, September 16, 12-6pm at the North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in North Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday, and $20 for both days.


For more information on the Small Press Expo Graphic Novel Gift Program, please visit https://www.smallpressexpo/about/graphicnovelgiftprogram or contact Catherine Fraas at