SPX 2015 Announces Programming Schedule


Media Release – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the Programming Schedule for SPX 2015. SPX is continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule features two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20.

This year Bill Kartalopoulos has stepped down from the Programming Coordinator role at SPX. Over the course of nine years working in a volunteer capacity, Kartalopoulos has not only established SPX as a destination for robust and thoughtful programming, he has single-handedly elevated the standard for programming events across the entire field of comics festivals and related events. Additionally, this year Kartalopoulos co-curated, with Warren Bernard, the impressive and groundbreaking Alt-Weekly Comics exhibit at the Society of Illustrators that was sponsored by Small Press Expo.

“On behalf of the SPX Executive Committee, as well as the entire SPX Community, we cannot thank Bill enough for the tremendous time and effort he put into making SPX’s programming the highest level it could possibly attain.” says Small Press Expo Executive Director Warren Bernard

This year’s programming was developed by a committee led by Esther Kim of Fantom Comics that includes Michael Cavna and Jen Vaughn, with Kartalopoulos continuing in a consulting capacity with a focus on international guests.

The complete SPX 2015 Programming Schedule with full descriptions and participants for the 22 panels and interviews may be found at


Programming will run on Saturday September 19 from Noon  until 7PM, and Sunday September 20 from 12:30PM until 6PM.

SPX 2015 programming includes Q&A sessions with Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Bill Griffith, Dylan Horrocks, Stuart and Kathryn Immonen, Jessica Abel, Scott McCloud, Luke Pearson, Philippa Rice and Phoebe Gloeckner.

Highlights of this years panel discussions will include:

– Black Art Matters brings together Darryl Ayo (Press (A) To Talk), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), Whit Taylor (The Fabric of Appropriation) and Rod Wimberly (Lighten Up) in a discussion of comics and the black experience in America, moderated by Keith Knight (The Knight Life, K Chronicles).

– In Animate Your Life!, Michael Cavna of the Washington Post leads Lilli Carre (Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation), Sam Spina (Regular Show), Josh Frankel (Welcome to Showside), and Monica Ray (Nickelodeon’s Harvey Beaks) in a discussion of the various paths people take into the world of animation.

– International guests Joan Cornella (Spain), Bendik Kaltenborn (Norway) and Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), led by moderator Bill Kartalopoulos, talk about European Comics And The Absurd.

– Our hands-on comics workshop, led by Jon Chad (Center for Cartoon Studies) and Beth Hetland (School of the Art Institute of Chicago).


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