Warren Bernard: Shaping the Comic Landscape through Small Press Expo (SPX) and the Library of Congress

Warren Bernard is a prominent figure in the world of comics as the Executive Director of the Small Press Expo (SPX), an acclaimed independent sequential art festival. He's an accomplished comics-focused writer and historian, co-authoring the Eisner Award-nominated book "Drawing Power." With extensive expertise, he has extensively researched and written about the pivotal 1950s Juvenile Delinquency / Senate Comic Book Hearings. Warren is a valued contributor to over a dozen books, frequently sharing materials from his own expansive collection. His insightful lectures have been hosted by esteemed institutions including the Library of Congress and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). Warren resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where his passion for comics thrives.

During this engaging discussion, Warren Bernard shares:

  • His journey from being a passionate comics enthusiast to his current role as the Executive Director of the Small Press Expo (SPX) and curator of the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress.
  • The evolution of the SPX Collection since its inception and the meticulous process of accumulating over 10,000 works, preserving the legacy of indie comics.
  • How his role at SPX has increased his visibility, opening up opportunities for podcasts and interviews, and how this unique perspective has affected his approach to discussing comics and sharing his expertise.

Tune in to this episode to uncover the remarkable impact of the Small Press Expo, delve into the fascinating world of comics, and gain valuable insights from Warren Bernard's journey as a curator, author, and historian. 


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Warren Bernard
Warren Bernard is Executive Director of the Small Press Expo (SPX) independent sequential art festival, and is a comics-focused writer and historian. He co-authored the Eisner Award-nominated book Drawing Power, and has extensively researched and written about the 1950s Juvenile Delinquency / Senate Comic Book Hearings. A contributor to more than a dozen books, he often provides rare materials from his own extensive collection. Both the Library of Congress and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) have hosted his lectures. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Warren Bernard: Shaping the Comic Landscape through Small Press Expo (SPX) and the Library of Congress
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