Special Guests, We Got Em!

We’re so proud of our line-up of stellar guests, spanning the full breadth of independent comics and joining us from all over the world.  For the full list of nearly 700 exhibitors you’ll find at SPX 2013, click here! 

g1 Congressman John Lewis, while a first-time graphic novelist, is an icon of the civil rights movement and a true American hero. An acclaimed author, Congressman Lewis will be releasing his first graphic novel this fall, the autobiographical March (Book One), published by Top Shelf Productions. The book was co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by the award-winning graphic novelist Nate Powell.

g6 Jeff Smith learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and watching animation on TV, while growing up in the American mid-west. Smith is best known as the creator of the self-published comic book series Bone. Smith published 55 issues of Bone between 1991 and 2004, blending influences from artists and writers such as Walt Kelly, Carl Barks, and J. R. R. Tolkien. His most recent series, RASL, focused on an art thief who hops through dimensional barriers, hiding out on various parallel worlds. He is currently working on a webcomic series, Tüki Save the Humans.

g17 Domitille Collardey is a Brooklyn based cartoonist and illustrator from Paris. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Believer, McSweeney’s, Nobrow Magazine, as well as various french magazines like Technikart, Double, Beaux Arts Magazine, and Phosphore. She has drawn graphic novels for major publishers Delcourt and Hachette in France. In the U.S. she self-publishes zines, small series of objects and prints.

g2 Liza Donnelly, a long time cartoonist for The New Yorker, is also the author/editor of over 20 books, of which 7 of them are children’s books published for Scholastic Inc. She is a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department, a member of the collective Cartooning for Peace, one of the founding members of the U.S. branch of the Federation of Cartoonists Organizations (FECO), and has spoken at such esteemed forums as TED, as well as the United Nations. Her upcoming book is titled Women on Men, will be published by Narrative Magazine this Fall.

g18 Farel Dalrymple is the artist that drew omega the unknown (marvel comics), for author Jonathan Lethem.  His creator owned comic book, Pop Gun War (Dark Horse Comics) was a Xeric grant recipient and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators. Farel is a co-founder of the comic anthology, Meathaus. He is currently residing in Portland, Oregon where he is writing and drawing an original 300-page comic book story, The Wrenchies, for First Second Books, and working on his Eisner nominated webcomic, IT WILL ALL HURT for studygroupcomics.

g3 Peter Bagge was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, about 40 miles north of New York City. While enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Bagge discovered underground comics, and the work of R. Crumb in particular turned what had initially been only a vague interest in cartooning into a passion. Bagge’s best-known work includes the comics Hate and Neat Stuff. His stories often use black humor and exaggerated cartooning to dramatize the reduced expectations of middle-class American youth. Bagge is a contributing editor and cartoonist at Reason magazine.

g19 Dash Shaw is a U.S. comic book writer/artist and animator. He is the author of the graphic novels Love Eats Brains published by Odd God Press, GardenHead published by Meathaus, The Mother’s Mouth published by Alternative Comics, Bottomless Belly Button published by Fantagraphics, and BodyWorld published by Pantheon Books. Shaw’s comic short stories have appeared in many different anthologies, newspapers and magazines.

g5 Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts. She is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, and the author-illustrator of several #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novels. These include Smile, which won an Eisner Award, a Boston-Globe Horn Book Honor, and many student-voted state book awards; and Drama, which recently received a Stonewall Honor Award.

g15 Jon McNaught lives in Bristol, England where he works as a printmaking instructor at the University of the West of England, he also produces comic books for Nobrow Press, sells prints with St Judes and is an illustrator and contributor for Caught by the River.

g4 Ed Piskor has been cartooning professionally in print form since 2005, starting off drawing American Splendor comics written by Harvey Pekar. The duo continued working together on 2 graphic novels, Macedonia, and The Beats. Ed began self publishing Wizzywig after developing a huge interest in the history of Hacking and Phone Phreaking. 3 volumes, making up 3/4 of the full story, have been published to date. Recently Ed has designed the characters for the new Adult Swim series, Mongo Wrestling Alliance.

g7 Liniers appearance will be the first time SPX has featured a cartoonist representing Argentina. Liniers made his name in the Americas with his widely syndicated strip Macanudo, which is popular enough to have been collected in 8 reprint volumes. His latest book, The Big Wet Balloon, will be represented at SPX by children’s book publisher Toon Books, making their first ever SPX appearance. The Big Wet Balloon is Liniers first book to be translated into English, and is being released in both Spanish and English editions.

g13 Rutu Modan returns to SPX for the first time since 2007 to promote her latest book and only second full length graphic novel from Drawn & Quarterly, The Property. A founding member of the Actus Tragicus comics collective, the Israeli cartoonist’s Exit Wounds won the 2008 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel. SPX acknowledges the support of Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs and participating Consulates in regard to Rutu Modan.

g9 Seth, creator and advocate of a Canadian design aesthetic, is best known to the comics world as the artist/writer of the long running Palookaville comic, as well as his graphic novels Wimbledon Green and George Sprott (1895-1975), which was originally serialized in the New York Times. He is also known for his book design work for such series as The Complete Peanuts, Nancy and Melvin Monster, in addition to The Portable Dorothy Parker.

g10 Gary Panter is a Painter, poster artist, cartoonist, commercial artist, and set designer, whose polymath career has covered the gamut. Best known to the comics world for his long running, post-apocalyptic Jimbo series as well as his graphic novel Dal Tokyo, he also won an Emmy Award for his work on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and the Chrysler Award for his influence in graphic design.

g8 Lisa Hanawalt has vaulted from her Ignatz Award winning mini-comics Stay Away From Other People and I Want You, to illustrating for such periodicals as the New York Times Op-Ed page, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Bloomberg Business Week, as well as McSweeney’s and The Believer. Her latest book is My Dirty Dumb Eyes, a compendium of her work being published this May by Drawn & Quarterly.

g11 Michael Kupperman has earned 2013 Eisner Award nominations for both Best Short Story and Best Single Issue for Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 from Fantagraphics Books. His stories have been selected for no less than four editions of the annual Best American Comics, including the 2013 edition for which Jeff Smith selected Quinceptionfrom Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7. In 2012, Time Out New York voted Michael one of the 50 funniest New Yorkers.

g12 Gene Yang, creator behind the award winning American Born Chinese, is returning to the graphic novel field with a two volume set, Boxers & Saints, to be released this fall by First Second Books. Set in China in 1900, it tells the story of the Boxer rebellion and how the teemagers of the day used their “super heroes” from Chinese opera as inspirations to fight against foreign invaders.

g14 Frank Santoro is back with his latest work, Pompei, published by Picturebox. His Storeyville was one of the most influential comics of the 1990’s, leading to its reprinting in book form in 2007. He now runs the Santoro Correspondence Course For Comic Book Makers, which carries on the tradition of correspondence courses for cartoonists that stretches back over century, now in an online form utilizing the latest in collaborative technology.

g20 Jay Lynch, who wrote Otto’s story, was born in Orange, NJ. He now lives in upstate New York with his dog, and way too many cats. He is the founder of Bijou Funnies, one of the first and most important underground comics of the Sixties, and for many years wrote the weekly syndicated comic strip, Phoebe and the Pigeon People. He has helped create some of Topps Chewing Gum’s most popular humor products, such as Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.

g16 Frank Cammuso, who drew Otto’s adventure, lives in Syracuse, New York, where he is the award-winning political cartoonist for the Syracuse Post-Standard. He is the Eisner-nominated creator of Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, selected as one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2006 by Booklist, and is at work on Knights of the Lunch Table, a middle school version of King Arthur and his Knights. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice and Slate.

Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 11.18.22 AM Carol Tyler, a veteran of R. Crumb’s Weirdo and the underground women’s anthologies Twisted Sisters and Wimmen’s Comix, she is the author of The Job Thing, Late Bloomer and the stunning World War II memoir trilogy You’ll Never Know. The series has received three Ignatz Awards nominations and eight Eisner Award nominations, as well as being named on the Best Books list of Time Magazine and Publisher’s Weekly. You’ll Never Know has also been an LA Times Book Prize finalist and earned an Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Book III, Soldier’s Heart, is up for the 2013 Ignatz Award for Best Graphic Novel.

Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 11.18.12 AM Anders Nilsen will be at SPX debuting his latest book, Rage of Poseidon from Drawn & Quarterly, as well as signing his latest from Fantagraphics, The End, an expanded hardcover edition of his work published as part of the Ignatz Series with Coconino Press. As with last year’s, Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, The End deals with the death of Nilsen’s fiancé.

Screen Shot 2013-09-02 at 11.17.46 AM Adrian Tomine, making his second SPX appearance in as many years, will be on hand to sign his latest release Optic Nerve 13. Optic Nerve is the ongoing series of comics by Tomine, originally self-published, and currently published by Drawn and Quarterly. In June, Adrian was a guest of Michelle Obama at the White House for a reception honoring a cross section of American artists, writers and historians.