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Small Press Expo Announces Special Guest Sophie Goldstein and International Special Guests Roger Langridge and Steffen Kverneland for SPX 2016

Bethesda, Maryland; August 9, 2016
Media Release – Small Press Expo is proud to announce Sophie Goldstein, Roger Langridge and Steffen Kverneland as Special Guests at SPX 2016.

This is in addition to previously announced special guests Daniel Clowes, Lisa Hanawalt, Jeffrey Brown, Trina Robbins, Charles Burns, Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Sarah Glidden Carol Tyler, Jim Woodring, Drew Friedman, Ed Piskor, and a rare festival appearance by Joe Sacco.

International special guests include Tom Gauld, Aimée de Jongh, Pascal Girard and Cyril Pedrosa.

Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies.  She won the Ignatz Award last year for her graphic novel, The Oven published by Adhouse Books and previously won the Ignatz in 2014 for her mini-comic, House of Women, Part I. Her first book, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan, was self-published in 2013 with funding from Kickstarter. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, Fable Comics, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Sleep of Reason, Symbolia, Trip 8 and Irene 3. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

Roger Langridge is a New Zealand-born cartoonist currently resident in the UK. He is probably best known for his work on the Harvey Award-winning Muppet Show Comic Book and Thor the Mighty Avenger and for his own Eisner-winning series, Snarked! He has also worked on The Rocketeer, Popeye, Rocky and BullwinkleDoctor Who and Mandrake the Magician, as well as more alternative efforts like Zoot!, Art d’Ecco and Knuckles the Malevolent Nun (published by Fantagraphics) and his self-published title Fred the Clown. His most recent works are The Baker Street Peculiars (with Andy Hirsch) and Abigail and the Snowman (published by Boom! Studios), and a Fred the Clown graphic novel, The Iron Duchess, originally serialized on the ZCO.MX website.

Steffen Kverneland is a Norwegian comics artist. With the cartoonist Lars Fiske, he has created graphic biographies of Olaf Gulbransson and Kurt Schwitters, as well as Kanon, a series of comics about 19th century art. His award-winning graphic biography of Edvard Munch, published in English by SelfMadeHero, won the prestigious Brage Prize for Literature. Munch has been translated into several other languages. Original art from the book resides in Norway’s National Gallery of Art.

In the next few weeks, SPX will announce additional international guests, the 2016 Ignatz nominees and a full slate of programming.

SPX 2016 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 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.

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