The Small Press Expo has announced its first guests for the 2011 show and they are all awesome: Roz Chast, Jim Woodring, Ann Telnaes, and Jim Rugg. Maybe Jim Woodring will bring his giant pen!

The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons is pleased to announce that Roz Chast, Jim Woodring, Ann Telnaes and Jim Rugg will be guests for SPX 2011, to be held September 10 and September 11 at the Marriott North Bethesda Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland, across from the White Flint Metro stop. 

Roz Chast is a long time contributor of cartoons and covers to The New Yorker. She has published  ten volumes of her cartoon work from The New Yorker and other magazines such as  Scientific American, Redbook and Mother Jones. In addition to her New Yorker output, she  collaborated with the comedian/actor Steve Martin on the book titled “The Alphabet from A to Y, With the Bonus Letter Z!” and last year released her children’s book “Too Busy Marco”. This will be Ms. Chast’s first appearance at SPX and her first appearance at a convention since 2004.

Jim Woodring is the creator of the surreal long running comic series “Frank and Jim”. The duo will be  appearing in their second full length graphic novel, a followup to last years “Weathercraft”, titled “Congress of the Animals” that is due to be released in May from his long time publisher, Fantagraphics.. Mr. Woodring is also an illustrator and designs his own toys.

Ann Telnaes won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning for her work in The Washington Post. A few years ago, she moved from single panel cartoons to creating animated editorial cartoons for the Washington Post web site, using her prior background as an animator for a number of companies around the world. SPX is honored that this is her first time at any comic related convention.

Jim Rugg is the cowriter and artist for the multiple Glyph nominee “Afrodisiac” from Adhouse Books. At last years SPX, Mr. Rugg won the Ignatz Award for his mini-comic “Rambo 3.5”. He also is an illustrator, working for such venues as VH1 and New York Magazine.

For detailed information about our announced guests, visit the SPX web site at www.spxpo.com.