SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program

The Small Press Expo (SPX) Graphic Novel Gift Program is targeted to public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the home of the Small Press Expo. Since 2011, this annual program has provided an outright of gift of graphic novels and comics as selected by the staff of the chosen library system. The SPX Executive Committee internally selects the library system to be gifted; we do not accept grant applications or recommendations for the selection process.

The graphic novel buyer for the given library system is given a budget determined by Small Press Expo to purchase books from a selected list of publishers. The publisher list provided to the library buyer comes from the list of exhibitors that have appeared at past Small Press Expo festivals.


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The goals of goals of the Graphic Novel Gift Program are to:

  • Expand the reach of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries.
  • Promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries.
  • Provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.

The 2014 recipient of the Graphic Novel Gift Program was the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.