Troy Price

Some of the nation’s most impressive independent comic artists and writers will be showcasing their work this coming Saturday and Sunday at the Small Press Expo (SPX) at the Bethesda North Mariott Hotel and Conference Center.

Daniel Clowes will be there. His graphic novels David Boring, Ghost World and Wilson are among the most celebrated literature of the past 20 years, according to his website. So celebrated, in fact, that many of his works have been turned into screenplays and adapted to film, like Art School Confidential, which starred John Malkovich, and Ghost World. The latter received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2001. Clowes has also contributed several New Yorker covers, according to his website.

The Expo will also feature two of the three Hernandez brothers, Gilbert and Jaime, who are responsible for some of the most popular female character driven comics in existence, most notably Love and Rocketsaccording to Fantagraphics Books.

These special guests will be accompanied by more than 360 exhibitors, each set up at tables with their own work to share. Last year over 3,000 fans, publishers, printers, exhibitors and other industry professionals attended.

SPX will be open on Saturday 11-7 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. There are one-day and two-day tickets available, $10 and $15, respectively.

Make sure to check back with The Writers’ Bloc later this week for a recap of the Small Press Expo.

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