The press release for this years Small Press Expo came out today!
What: SPX 2010
Where: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
When: Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, 2010.
Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 6:00 pm
One day memberships: $10.00
Weekend memberships: $15.00
Collected at the door the day of the show
Why: If you did not participate in the past, whether as a fan or an exhibitor, you missed a lot—don’t be left out in 2010. 2009 was another terrific year for the show. Attendance was over 3,000 attendees and exhibitors, along with dozens of printers, distributors, retailers, and other industry professionals.
There were over 450 people registered as exhibitors and we sold over 170 exhibitor tables. SPX has a unique format of only selling exhibitor space to independent publishers and not to retailers. This provides a very intimate and friendly atmosphere for our creators and fans to mingle. At the same time, there’s a wide array of programming for all to enjoy.
For more information on how you can register as an exhibitor, go to the Exhibitor Registration page.
About the Show
SPX 2010 will be held the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2010 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, MD, just one mile outside the nation’s capital, Washington DC. In its fifteenth year SPX now serves as the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comic books and the discovery of new creative talent.
SPX will bring together over 400 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, distributors, and each other. SPX will be open to the public September 10th from 11am Saturday, and run through 7pm that evening. The celebration continues Sunday from noon to 6pm. In addition, expect great programming all weekend long for you to enjoy!
SPX 2010 marks the fourteenth annual presentation of The Ignatz Awards for outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse, recognizes outstanding work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an artform and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz is a festival prize, the first such of the United States comic book industry. Winners will be determined by ballot during SPX and presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony.
As with every year profits from SPX will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.
SPX is run by the following people:
Jeff Alexander, Executive Director, Executive Committee
Warren Bernard, Assistant Director, Steering Committee
Karon Flage, Exhibitor Coordinator, Executive Committee
Steve Conley, Executive Committee
Greg McElhatton, Ignatz Coordinator, Steering Committee
Greg Bennett, Steering Committee
Charles Brownstein, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Norah Curry, Public Relations, Steering Committee
Bill Kartalopoulos, Programming Coordinator, Steering Committee
Kevin Panetta, Steering Committee
Joel Pollack, Steering Committee
Eric Reynolds, Steering Committee
Michael Thomas, Steering Committee
Mike Zarlenga, Steering Committee