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Con News: 170 new indie comics making their publishing debut at Small Press Expo

Can’t wait to see what SPX has in store on the show floor?  Well, they know…and they’re giving you a small peek.  But with over 170 new titles hitting the ground running (er, lying there on the tables for you to grab for your stash), it’s just a whiff of what’s coming.

My favorite from this list?  Keith Knight’s newest, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Behind. Can’t wait to see what Keef’s got in store in his newest collection! Then there’s Shannon Wheeler’s Sh*t My President Says, which should be an absolute hoot, Laura Terry’s beautiful (and yes, adorable, if her prior work is any indicationAdorable Empire Vol. 2, and Sophie Goldstein’s blend of Sci-fi and “psychosexual drama”, House of Women.  Now that’s a combo that has me intrigued, in the very best way.

And that’s just a hint of what’s coming…the best part of SPX is walking the floor and checking out all the cool new stuff while chatting with all those talented creators. Read on for the full details!

For Immediate Release Books Debuting at Small Press Expo 2017

Bethesda, Maryland- August 21, 2017

Media Release – SPX is honored that over 170 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 16 and 17, 2017 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 2017:

Language Barrier shows real meaning behind emojis, the subtext of sexts, the financial cryptography of flats and pumps, and more are revealed in this witty and wonderfully drawn collection. Hannah K. Lee’s first book from Koyama Press melds elegant typography, beautiful illustration and trenchant text to make an acerbic art book.
House of Women from Fantagraphics is Sophie Goldstein’s second solo graphic novel, following 2015’s The Oven (AdHouse Books), which appeared on many year-end “Best of” lists, including Publisher’s Weekly and Slate. In this graphic novel, science fiction meets psychosexual drama when four women try to bring “civilization” to the natives of a remote planet on the fringes of the known universe.
The penultimate issue of Jason Lutes long-running series from Drawn & Quarterly finds Silvia Braun and David Schwartz joining forces to sabotage a neighborhood National Socialist outpost, while Marthe Müller says her final farewells to the city where she has come of age. And as darkness manifests in the alleyways of the underclass and estates of the elite, Kurt Severing glimpses the worst of all possible futures.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Behind is the 3rd collection of Keith Knight’s nationally-syndicated comic strip the Knight Life. The hilarious new book follows the trials and tribulations of America’s foremost Gentleman Cartoonist and Star Wars Prequel-Denier, as he navigates family life, racism, giant spiders, and comic nerds.  Seen in such fine papers as the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Boston Herald.
Acclaimed cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (The New YorkerGod Is Disappointed in YouToo Much Coffee Man) transforms Donald Trump’s most revealing tweets into razor-sharp cartoons, offering a subversive and illuminating insight into the mind of the most divisive political figure of our time. Whether you love him or hate him, this take on Trump will help you come to grips with the man and his ideas thanks to Wheeler’s signature mix of slapstick and sophistication.
Laura Terry’s adorable woodland creatures return in Adorable Empire Vol. 2.  In their second adventure, they fend for themselves on the mean streets of Manhattan. Will they survive? Can they make it on their own? Will they be taken to the underworld by an army of giant roaches? The only thing for certain is that there will be destruction and it will be  chockfull of cuteness.
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 http://www.cbldf.org. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.smallpressexpo.com

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