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Lynda Barry *

In 1979, Lynda Barry’s seminal Ernie Pook’s Comeek began appearing in the alt-weekly The Chicago Reader. For nearly two decades, her comics — which appeared in over seventy newspapers nationwide —  inspired several generations of independent cartoonists who saw themselves in her characters, and recognized their struggles in her stories.

Since retiring the strip in 2008, Ms. Barry has been active as a teacher running workshops for hundreds of students a year and doing her best to show people that everybody can be creative. She is now an assistant professor at the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Advance copies of her book, due out in October of this year from Drawn & Quarterly, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor about teaching art to all skill levels, will be available at SPX 2014.

(* Saturday Only)

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Jules Feiffer

Nearly seventy years ago, a teenage Jules Feiffer entered the comics world as an assistant to the famous Will Eisner. He soon made a name for himself via his ground-breaking comic strip Feiffer, which ran weekly in the Village Voice for over forty years. Mr. Feiffer and his eponymous strip is considered the Godfather of the alt-weekly newspaper comic.

Active as a cartoonist, playwright, novelist, children’s book author, screenwriter and professor, Mr. Feiffer’s incredible career has included an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters & the Comic Book Hall of Fame, as well as a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society. He will be at SPX 2014 to sign his latest graphic novel, Kill My Mother, which will be released this summer from the Liveright Division of W.W. Norton.


Jen Sorensen

Jen Sorensen is the recipient of the this years prestigious Herblock Award, which is given every year for excellence in political cartooning. She also won the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in Cartoons as well as the 2013 National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Editorial Cartoons. Her political cartoons can be seen in various alt-weekly newspapers around the United States as well as at The Nib and her own web site, In addition to her weekly cartoon, she also does illustration work for such clients as the Kaiser Health News, The Dallas Observer, Ms. Magazine, Politico and her current home paper, The Austin Chronicle.

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James Sturm

Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies James Sturm has an amazing resume. In addition to the ground-breaking school he started, Sturm co-founded The Onion as well as The Stranger, Seattle’s legendary alt-weekly newspaper, where he served as the comics editor. Mr. Sturm worked with Art Spiegleman on ‘Raw’ in the 90’s, and was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Mr. Sturm also found time to put out graphic novels such as Market Day from Drawn & Quarterly, and The Golem’s Mighty Swing on his own imprint, Bear Bones Press. A true champion of comics, Mr. Sturm has won both an Eisner Award, and a Xeric grant. In addition, his writings and works have been published in The New York Times and The New Yorker.


Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll was the recipient of this years Pigskin Peter Award, which is given to the best Canadian experimental or avant-garde artist. Her magical web-comic Out of Skin was awarded the 2014 Cartoonist Studio Prize given by The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her first book, Through the Woods, is being released next month by Margaret K. McElderry Books. Ms. Carroll’s web comics can be seen at


Charles Burns

Charles Burns completes the final installment of his trilogy that began with The Hive and X’ed Out with the release this September of Sugar Skull. Mr. Burns is renown for his epic graphic novel Black Hole, as well as his work for such periodicals as Raw, The Believer and The New Yorker. Courtesy of Pantheon Books there will be advance copies of Sugar Skull at the show, as well as a special book plate designed just for SPX 2014.


Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler has posted comics online since 1995, amongst them the alt-weekly favorite, Too Much Coffee Man that he began drawing in 1990. He is a contributor to The New Yorker, leading Shannon to publish I Thought You Would Be Funnier, a collection of cartoons rejected by that magazine. His latest book, God Is Disappointed In You, is a collaboration with Mark Russell that is a humorous attempt to retell the Bible in modern terms that has just released an audiobook version read by Dr. Venture/James Urbaniak.


Keith Knight

Keith Knight is the creator behind the long running alt-weekly comics Th(ink) and The K Chronicles, the latter of which won the esteemed Harvey Kurtzman Award as well as multiple Glyph Awards. His syndicated strip, The Knight Life, runs in such esteemed newspapers as the Washington Post. Keith’s will debut his latest book, which is a collection of Knight Life strips titled Knight Takes Queen. He is currently working on a graphic novel about his days as a Michael Jackson impersonator.


Tom Tomorrow

Tom Tomorrow aka Dan Perkins is the creator behind This Modern World, his weekly political cartoon strip that has been running since 1990. He is a two time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in Cartoons, as well as the winner of  the James Madison Freedom of Information Award and the 2012 Herblock Award. He is the author of 10 compilations of his cartoon work, as well as a children’s book and he created the cover to the Pearl Jam album Backspacer.


Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has drawn comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and has also written for television, including the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”. She is the author of the cult-classic book The Valley Girl’s Guide to Life. Her first graphic novel, Over Easy, was published this past April by Drawn & Qaurterly to critical acclaim and spent one month on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller chart. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

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Ben Katchor

Ben Katchor started in the alt-weekly’s in 1986 and  six compilations out of his award winning work, the latest is the 2013 Hand Drying in America and Other Stories from Pantheon Books. He is an associate professor at Parsons The New School for Design and has taught cartooning all over the world. Mr. Katchor is also works in the theater as a librettist, having won an Obie award for his work on The Carbon Copy Building.


Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman’s caricatures and comics have graced the pages of such esteemed publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Village Voice and Mad. His Old Jewish Comedians series of books was the subject of an extensive show earlier this year at the prestigious Society of Illustrators. He will be on hand at SPX to sign copies of his next book due out in August from Fantagraphics, Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.


Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham started out as a graffiti artist in his native Seattle and now is the writer behind the Image comics series Prophet, as well as the creator of his own comic mini-series Multiple Warheads. His other titles are King CityEscalator and Universe So Big. SPX is honored to host this rare East Coast appearance by Mr. Graham, whose work can be seen on his Tumblr blog.


Box Brown

Box Brown will be at SPX to sign his critically acclaimed book, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, published by First Second Books. Box has won a Xeric grant and his mini-comics have garnered two Ignatz Awards. He is also the founder of Retrofit Comics, where he publishes his own mini-comics as well as works from over 30 other creators.


Eleanor Davis

Eleanor Davis’ new compendium of short stories from Fantagraphics titled How To Be Happy will debut at SPX 2014. In 2013, Eleanor won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Sequential/Series Work, and her book Stinky won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award awarded by the American Library Association. She designed this years bookplate for the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, as well as this past Spring’s Google Doodle.


Michael DeForge

Michael DeForge and Koyama Press will debut at SPX Lose #6, the latest in his award winning series of comics. Michael is the winner of multiple Doug Wright and Ignatz Awards and is one of the designers for the popular animated TV series, Adventure Time.


Roman Muradov

Roman Muradov is both a comics creator and illustrator, with his artistic works appearing in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal, amongst other esteemed publications. SPX will see the London and New York based publisher Nobrow debut Roman’s latest book, (In A Sense) Lost and Found, and Retrofit Comics will debut his latest mini comic, Picnic Ruined.


Renee French

Renee French has been making comics that revel in the killer side of cute and the horrors that lie within and without since the early 90s. Her past work includes The Ticking (Top Shelf Productions, 2006), Micrographica (Top Shelf Productions, 2007), H Day (PictureBox, 2010), and Hagelbarger and That Nightmare Goat (Yam Books, 2013). French and Koyama Press are set to debut her latest book, Baby Bjornstrand, which tells the tale of Mickey, Marcel and Cyril and their misadventures with an undeniably adorable, and mysteriously menacing monster, at this year’s SPX.

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Derf and Derf Backderf are the pseudonyms of American artist John Backderf, most famous for the comic strip The City, which appeared in a number of alternative newspapers from 1990 until May 2014. The writer-artist, who works out of an unheated, attic studio in his Cleveland home, grew up in a rural, small town in Ohio, an experience that was the inspiration for his graphic novels TRASHED, PUNK ROCK & TRAILER PARKS and the international bestseller, MY FRIEND DAHMER.  

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Robert Mankoff *

Robert “Bob” Mankoff is an American cartoonist, editor, and author. He is the current cartoon editor for The New Yorker magazine. Before he succeeded Lee Lorenz as cartoon editor, Mankoff was a cartoonist for The New Yorker for twenty years.  Mankoff’s latest book is “How About Never: Is Never Good For You? My Life in Cartoons,”  Mankoff previously “The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity,” published in 2002 about the creative process.  He also edited the best-selling, “Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker.”

(* Sunday Only)

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John Porcellino

John Porcellino is a popular creator of minicomics. Porcellino’s self-published, photocopied, mostly autobiographical series King-Cat Comics is among the best-known and longest-running minicomics produced today, begun when Porcellino was a teenager and still going strong. Porcellino’s newest book THE HOSPITAL SUITE, will debut at SPX as will the King-Cat documentary film, ROOT HOG OR DIE.

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Jillian Tamaki 

Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator known for her work in The New York Times and The New Yorker and for the graphic novel Skim, written by her cousin Mariko Tamaki.  Tamaki grew up in Calgary, Alberta and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2003. She currently teaches in the illustration Department of the School of Visual Arts.

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Ben Hatke 

Ben Hatke is a writer, artist and author of graphic novels and picture books. Hatke’s first graphic novel was Zita the Spacegirl. He has published comics stories in the Flight series as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and a boisterous pack of daughters.

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Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile and Drama, both #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include an Eisner Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. Her newest graphic novel, Sisters, is a companion to Smile. Raina lives and works in Queens, NY, with her cartoonist husband, Dave Roman.



We’ve got an amazing line up of international talent joining us for SPX this year, many for the first time!

SPX International Guests

Simon Hanselmann

Australian cartoonist Simon Hanselmann has gained an enormous following online at with his ongoing series of comics starring stoner buddy triumverate Megg, Mogg and Owl. His comics are distinguished by their darkly funny humor, impeccable comic timing, appealing cartooning, sensitive color and unexpected pathos. He is also the author of Life Zone (Space Face Books) and his work has appeared online at and at At SPX, Hanselmann will debut Megahex, his eagerly awaited new collection from Fantagraphics.


Dominique Goblet

Belgian cartoonist Dominique Goblet has produced a challenging and beautiful body of work that productively troubles the distinctions between fiction and autobiography, and blurs the line between narrative comics and poetic image-making. Her works include Souvenir d’une journée parfaite (Frémok) and the autobiographical graphic novel Faire semblant c’est mentir (L’Association), about a disturbing childhood incident.At SPX she will debut the groundbreaking full-color graphic novel Plus si Entente, a book produced collaboratively with German cartoonist Kai Pfeiffer. Working internationally, the pair swapped pages and responded to ideas, images, compositions and colors proposed by the other to test the possibilities of narrative within the comics form.


Yvan Alagbé

Yvan Alagbé is a foundational figure in contemporary French-language comics. As an artist and publisher, his work has both exemplified and supported a more poetic strain of expression that brings comics into direct contact with the world of contemporary art. In 1994 with Olivier Marboeuf he co-founded the influential publishing house Éditions Amok, which later merged with the Belgian-based publisher Fréon to form Frémok and continues to advocate for ever more sophisticated exploration of comics form. Alagbé’s own work, rendered in beautiful ink and wash, expresses in both harsh lines and soft tones his clear-eyed, penetrating narratives of mysterious desire and explosive cultural conflict, evident in his celebrated Nègres jaunes et autres créatures imaginaires and in his most recent book, École de la misère.


Aisha Franz

At this year’s SPX German cartoonist Aisha Franz will debut the English-language of her graphic novel Earthling from Drawn and Quarterly, which has previously been published in German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Franz lives in Berlin where she is a member of the Treasure Fleet comics collective. In addition to an active illustration career she has contributed comics to Pitchfork Review, Kus!, Kuti Kuti, and many more publications. Her second graphic novel, Brigitte und der Perlen-hort, has so far been published in German and French editions.


Mana Neyestani (CANCELLED)*

Mana Neyesteni is an Iranian cartoonist and illustrator for economic, intellectual, political, cultural, and professional magazines. He is particularly known for his work for the newspaper Zan and Persian language Radio Zamaneh. A 2006 political cartoon by Neyesteni prompted riots among the oppressed Azeri minority in Iran; the paper in which the cartoon appeared was promptly closed and Neyestani was imprisoned. Upon his temporary release three months later he left the country and currently resides in France. He is the recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International award for courage in editorial cartooning, 2010. His graphic novel An Iranian Metamorphosis was originally published in French, and will debut in an English-language edition from Uncivilized Books at SPX.

(* Visa delays will sadly prevent Mana’s attendance.)


Daniel Jiminéz Quiroz

Publisher, editor, critic and event organizer Daniel Jiménez Quiroz is the editor of Revista Larva, the leading Colombian comics anthology, which publishes work by artists from throughout South America. Larva has spun off the comics publishing house Editorial Robot, which has published work by artists including Peter Kuper and Powerpaola. Quiroz also co-organizes the Entreviñetas comics festival which is now in its fifth year and has featured guests including Gabrielle Bell, Ruppert & Mulot, and Anders Nilsen. At SPX, Quiroz will exhibit as Revista Larva with work from Columbian and South American artists. Quiroz’s visit to SPX is supported by the Ministerio de Cultura of Colombia.