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June 12, 2014

Festivals Extra: SPX Announces Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry And James Sturm For 20th Anniversary Show


The Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland has announced its first three special guests and an accompanying focus for the 2014 show -- which will be the Expo's 20th anniversary. The announced guests are Jules Feiffer, Lynda Barry and James Sturm. The focus they represent is alt-weekly comics. Feiffer is basically the foundation of alt-weekly comics in North America, with his long-running strip in the Village Voice. Barry was part of the heyday for such work in the first half of the 1980s, along with peers and friends like Matt Groening. James Sturm has not only made comics that have been published that way, he was a co-founder of one of the most friendly of all the comics-interested news publications of the 1990s, Seattle's The Stranger.

Barry and Sturm are also important figures to the younger cartoonists typically served by SPX for their educational efforts: Barry as an electrifying speaker and teacher on comics-making/writing (they're lining up for that spotlight panel now); Sturm with the Center For Cartoon Studies. If the younger people aren't as naturally inclined to know and admire Feiffer, I'm happy to walk around the floor and proselytize on his behalf booth to booth -- I'm kidding, of course, he's a clearly gigantic figure and has a graphic novel out this year.

That sounds like a good show already. SPX will be held September 13-14.
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