The independent comic book scene is taking over Bethesda September 14 and 15. Located at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, the Small Press Expo (SPX for short) will be showcasing and supporting independent creators of graphic novels and comic books. The expo only costs $10 for one day or $15 for both days and will be open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
SPX plays host to the Ignatz Awards, an award ceremony meant to celebrate outstanding achievements in comics and cartooning. The Ignatz Awards are named after a character from the famous Krazy Kat comic by George Herriman. Categories for the awards include: Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Story, and Outstanding Online Comic.
Artists and creators will showcase their work in the exhibition hall, where guests can purchase books or commission a one of a kind drawing. A varied array of panels are offered for guests as well, which include question and answer sessions with experienced artists.
This expo is for the serious fan of comics or for aspiring creators wanting to learn from those at the top. While kids are welcome, this expo will most likely be geared for young adults and older guests who can appreciate the programming.