The Alternative Press Expo, or APE, is coming up this weekend in San Francisco. The show runs Saturday and Sunday at the Concourse on 8th Street. This year’s special guests include Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Tony Millionaire, Renee French, Rich Koslowski, Megan Kelso and Tommy Kovac. In addition to an exhibitor’s room packed with comics of all shapes and sizes, they also have all sorts of panels and even a “speed dating” event to help writers find artists (and vice versa).
One thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet is that this year they’ve added a full slate of creator workshops, where you can learn how to draw facial expressions with Raina Telgemeier and market a comic that’s easier to read than to describe with Larry Marder, among many others. In other words, APE isn’t just about talking about and buying comics, it’s also about learning to create and sell them yourself.
Prior to the show, I’ll be posting what various companies and creators have planned for APE. If you’d like to be included, email me the details on where you’ll be, what you’ll be selling and all that good stuff. (I’d send them quickly, though, since the show starts on Saturday and I’ll likely just do one more round-up tomorrow).
And now let’s see what folks have planned …
Sparkplug Comics will have many creators and books at table #118:
Sparkplug Comic Books will be at APE this weekend. Saturday and Sunday October 16th & 17th. There will be a group of us: David King, Virginia Paine, Tim Goodyear, Rina Ayuyang, Tim Root, Sophie Yanow, Renee French and Chris Cilla will be in attendance at the table or around it. We will be at table 118 next to Tom Neely’s I Will Destroy You at 119 and Pigeon Press at 120.
* Renee French will be premiering her new book H-Day at the Picture Box booth at APE table 226. Renee will also have an artists spotlight interview at 6pm on Saturday.
* I’ll be on a panel at 1pm on Saturday with Susie Cagle, Thien Pham and Gene Yang talking about Bay Area comics over the years: http://www.comic-con.org/ape/ape_prog.php
* Sparkplug will have a ton of new distro comix at the Sparkplug booth including Crime World 2 by David King, Anais in Paris by Mardou, You Don’t Get There From Here #16 by Carrie McNinch, Act Five by Steve Ditko, Benol the Huckster by Max Mose and Gazeta edited by Lisa Mangum & Maria Sputnik
Koyama Press will be at APE for the first time at table #728 with Michael DeForge:
We’ll have new books by Tin Can Forest – ‘Baba Yaga and the Wolf’, Aaron Leighton’s ‘Spirit City Toronto’ and ‘Wowee Zonk 3’. Michael DeForge will have two brand new prints . Mickey Zacchilli will be joining us with her new zine too! There will be other Koyama Press titles and this is your last chance to pick up LOSE!
Puna Press will be on hand with two new books:
The San Diego based publisher Puna Press is appearing at APE for the second year in a row. Puna Press has found the bay area to be a natural audience for its books, which are known for combining art and poetry, and art prints.
Barzilla and Other Psalms by Edwin Decker, the award-winning author of San Diego CityBeat’s “Sordid Tales” column, and Less by the award-winning artist Ted Washington, are two of the books featured at the APE from Puna Press.
You can find comics creator Omaha Perez at table #304:
I will have a small selection of original art for sale as well as books and comics, including this little comic which will only be available directly from me. PITCHES features my character designs and teaser art for a project with legendary comic writer JM DeMatteis, a scene from a sci-fi project with writer Richard Raleigh, plus scenes from HOLMES VS. HOLMES (yes, a sequel!) and my latest project, THE DRUDE. Please swing by and pick one up!
The Couscous Collective
The Couscous Collective, which includes Shaenon K. Garrity and Andrew Farago, will have its first anthology, Forest, at the show:
The Couscous Collective is pleased to announce the publication of its first anthology, FOREST, making its debut at the 2010 Alternative Press Expo. This 48-page collection of all-new material showcases the talents of seven of the founding members of the Bay Area-centered artist collective.
This magazine-sized publication features a full-color cover by rising star Konstantin Pogorelov and a brand-new comic featuring the cast of Skin Horse, the popular webcomic created by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells. Wells will be making his first-ever appearance at this year’s Alternative Press Expo.
Contributors will sign copies of the new anthology at APE tables #237 and #238. Individual works from each artist will also be available for purchase.
The 2010 Alternative Press Expo also marks the debut of the second collected volume of Skin Horse, by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells. The initial print run was financed through a fundraising drive on Kickstarter.com, a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors and explorers. The entire project was funded within 18 hours of its initial posting, and ultimately raised 200% of the capital needed for publication.
Couscous Collective members Andrew Farago and Shaenon K. Garrity conduct a workshop on writing humor comics on Saturday at 3:00pm at the Alternative Press Expo. This seminar, Write Funny!, is free with paid admission to APE.
The Couscous Collective was founded in 2008 as a collective of Bay Area visual artists and storytellers whose works “satisfy a variety of appetites.” Members include printmaker Liz Conley, cartoonist Elena Diaz, designer Pancha Diaz, museum curator Andrew Farago, cartoonist Shaenon K. Garrity, illustrator Konstantin Pogorelov, manga authority Jason Thompson and cartoonist Leia Weathington.
Jon Vinson of Dub Comics will have a new graphic novel, Edge of the Unknown, at booth #437:
EDGE is the story of Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle getting drawn into investigating a series of brutal murders, in 1920’s Hollywood. Inspired by their real-life friendship, it’s a hard-boiled mystery with a horrifying twist. It also “guest stars” H.P. Lovecraft, (since he actually did ghost write a story for Houdini in 1924 [EDGE is filled with tons of fun historical reference like this]).
Brian Andersen, creator of So Super Duper, will have a new comic, Friend of Dorothy, at table #603:
I’m an indie comic creator who self-publishes a line of awesome gay-themed comics (19 comics and counting) that are super fun, super cute, and totally for everyone, gay or otherwise. My books are funny and delicious and wonderfully fresh and cheeky!
My newest comic is called “Friend of Dorothy,” about the world’s first Oz-inspired Superhero! I was just interviewed about this new comic and my entire line of indie comics by Gay.com.
The One Comic Book that Should Make San Francisco Boycott APE!
Russ Kazmierczak, Jr., creator of Amazing Arizona Comics, is planning to shut down APE with his book:
Every year, independent comic book artists storm San Francisco with the dream that their work will be discovered and adored by fans, but one artist already accepts that his comic book will most likely be scorned and ridiculed, as well it should be.
Russ Kazmierczak, Jr., the writer and illustrator behind Amazing Arizona Comics, is bringing his unabashedly Arizona-oriented work to San Francisco, one of the most vocal cities against the Grand Canyon State’s immigration bill, SB 1070.
“When I moved back to Phoenix this year, I had no idea I’d be in the cross hairs of a nationwide boycott!” Kazmierczak explains. “I created Amazing Arizona Comics to help process the craziness going on around me.”
The first two issues of Amazing Arizona Comics are available now and will be on sale at the K.O. Comix booth #729 at APE. These issues star characters like Speed Cameron and June Monsoon, who are super deputies called “Arizonauts” in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s posse.
“Sheriff Joe has been pretty secretive about his financial records lately,” Kazmierczak continues. “Who says he isn’t hiding a secret super deputy program?”
Ironically, Kazmierczak isn’t a fan of attracting controversy, as evidenced by his concern for the future of the Alternative Press Expo. “I’m from Arizona, and I’m bringing a comic book about Arizona to APE. So, San Franciscans boycotting Arizona shouldn’t come to APE! I hope I don’t end up shutting down the event forever!”
Benjamin Glibert, director of publishing for Semantink Publishing, said they would have copies of Mythoi, among other stuuf, at booth #440:
Semantink will be at booth 440 this weekend with plenty of fun for anyone that stops by. MYTHOI writer James Ninness and cover artist Kevin Warwick will be signing both Saturday and Sunday as well as Joe Pezzula, Marcel Losada and Daniel Touchet, who all work on our weekly web-comic, THE UNDERGROUNDS.
We will have merchandise aplenty, including our newly released MYTHOI TPB, as well as stickers, T-shirts, and posters. Everyone that buys something will be entered into a raffle to win a limited edition MYTHOI laser engraving.
Geoffrey and Amanda, publishers of The Devastator, will have volume two of their humor anthology at the show:
The Devastator is pleased to announce we are the “Must See TV” of Comic Con Inc.’s Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco! This will be our first ever exhibition at APE. We’re as excited as Dr. Frasier Crane starting a new life in Seattle. We’ll be “living next door” to LA-based comedy newspaper ZOMBIE Worldwide at booth #335, just like Ross and Phoebe in the legendary sitcom Friends! Expect lots of laughs, giveaways, memorable characters and at least one Sweeps Week Wedding at our booth!
This weekend at APE marks our first-ever preview of The Devastator #2: Sci Fi. Our auspicious second volume is headlined by the talents of Adult Swim creators Jon Schnepp (“Metalocalpse,” Titmouse #1) and Angus Oblong (“The Oblongs”); and Ignatz Award-winner R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics). The Devastator #2 will be available in stores and online December 1st.
Our house contributors hail from “The Simpsons,” “The Daily Show,” “Ugly Americans,”“Veronica’s Closet,” “Onion News Network,” Cracked.com, McSweeney’s, Drawn and Quarterly, DC Comics and BOOM! Studios.
We’re celebrating The Devastator’s first APE with awesome new stuff: Art prints from both books will be sold for the first time, and we’ll unveil The Devastator #2 cover, drawn by R. Sikoryak! Limited edition, APE-exclusive The Devastator #2 posters will be available as gifts with purchase Saturday, October 16th!
The Devastator is an independent publication founded in 2009 by Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows, two comedy writer-editors from Los Angeles. Reading humor and comics as punk youths inspired them to bring back satire in print. (Also, staring at screens all day has given them Uromysitisis.) Now, The Devastator is available in more stores than ever. We’re carried everywhere from Meltdown in Los Angeles to Forbidden Planet in the UK! Check out devastatorquarterly.com/stores for a full list of retailers.
For more information, visit devastatorquarterly.com/about
Lovesick Robot Press
Lovesick Robot Press will have “homespun comics that don’t suck” at the show:
LOVESICK ROBOT PRESS: HOMESPUN COMICS THAT DON’T SUCK Six New Titles Debuting at the Alternative Press Expo
Lovesick Robot Press (LSR Press) is set to debut four new titles at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 16 and 17th, 2010. They will be releasing Beware Brothers #1 by Pietro Norante; “Guys With Swords Vol. 2”, “YATTA!: A Chun Li fanzine”, and a book of astronaut illustrations set to Robert Browning’s “Child Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, all by Christopher MacDonald.
Most of these titles will be available both digitally and in print, with the digital releases being slated for December 2010. Special bonus content will be offered with the printed versions of these titles and the digital content will be available to read for free at the Lovesick Robot Press website. Lovesick Robot will also be selling related merchandise including original t-shirts, buttons, prints and sticker designs.
Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came illustrated by Christopher MacDonald – available October 2010!
Robert Browning wrote “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” in 1855, taking the title from a song sung by Edgar in Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” This new interpretation of the 150 year old poem retells the tale using astronauts, outer space and asteroids as a visual aid.
YATTA!: A Chun Li fanzine by Christopher MacDonald – available October 2010!
Who loves Chun Li? Everybody loves Chun Li. This fanzine is a celebration of the beloved character who will forever be engrained in our generation’s childhood memory.
Beware Brothers Issue #1 by Pietro Norante – available October 2010!
Two brothers, minding their own business, when alluvasudden… robots attack! The Beware Brothers must use all of their cunning to create the tools to destroy the evil robots using nothing but garbage — can they do it before the world is destroyed?
Guys With Swords Vol. 2 by Christopher MacDonald – available October 2010!
For two years running, Christopher MacDonald has been depicting characters that are departure from what is “sexy” in mainstream gay culture. Guys With Swords Vol.2 is the year-two sketchbook collection of an under-represented perspective of the beauty in male sexuality.
EAT YOUR FUCKING VEGETABLES: Gardening and Cooking Tips from an Amateur Schmuck by Christopher MacDonald & Beki Parham – available October 2010!
“Gardening is the ultimate in hardcore bad-assery. And I’m not talking about flower gardens; fuck those. I like gardening because you can eat the result, and it’s good for you. It serves an important purpose, if you let it. So get ready, bitches. This is an attempt to crawl through all the bullshit and show you, the consumer, that it isn’t as hard and expensive as you thought. I am not an expert, and you don’t need to be. I speak from my own personal experience as a novice, slightly plant-retarded gardener.”
The Sinister Truth
A bit about “The Sinister Truth: MKULTRA”. A Cold War satire of the CIA’s mind control program of the ’50’s, this 102 page black-and-white graphic novel chronicles the clandestine agency’s attempts to “remove” Fidel Castro from power with a bungling Manchurian Candidate and an assortment of assassination equipment straight out of ACME: exploding cigars, poisoned wet suits and a plan to dose the dictator with LSD before he was to give a speech on live television. The CIA was also trying to make Castro’s beard fall out during the same broadcast. All of this lunacy is based on declassified documents sourced directly from the CIA courtesy of FOIA (some of the real smoking guns are included in the back of the book!).
Artist George Webber will have his latest print at the show:
“The Bride” is the latest Limited Edition Numbered Print by artist George Webber of No Cash Comics to be offered at this year’s APE Expo.
It’s well know that George is no stranger to Pin-up Girls, Monsters and Lowbrow Hot Rod art, as any one of his zines, sketch books or prints will prove.
But this year the defining lines of those genres are starting to blur more than ever and “The Bride” is the first in a series collector prints that will be a new high for the artist.
You can find George and his Prints and Comics at the No Cash Comics APE table #737
Sean Dietrich will be at booth #738 with three new books:
I’m currently on tour from San Diego promoting my 3 new books ‘Bubbles from Atlantis’ (which debuted on Amazon.com at #3 in the South region), ‘I Brought the Gutter’ (my 180pg art book detailing over 700 live art shows I’ve done), and ‘The Fruits of Our Labor’, and will have copies of the books for purchase as well as prints, originals, shirts and sketches.
Cartoon Art Museum
San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will host a party Saturday night at 8 p.m., featuring several APE special guests:
The Cartoon Art Museum hosts a fun-filled evening of Storytime! and Graphic Details on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 8:00-11:00pm in celebration of the 2010 Alternative Press Expo (APE). Special guests include featured artists from the Cartoon Art Museum’s Storytime! exhibition Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile!). Also appearing will be Amy Martin (The Single Girls), whose work appears in the current Small Press Spotlight. Popular syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight (The Knight Life, The K Chronicles), cartoonists Jon “Bean” Hastings (Smith Brown Jones: Alien Accountant, Haunted Mansion) and Rich Koslowski (Three Geeks, Geeksville), will also be in attendance. An updated list of party guests can be found at the Museum’s booth at the Alternative Press Expo. This party also celebrates the release of Keith Knight’s new Knight Life book, Chivalry Ain’t Dead.
Admission for the event is on a sliding scale, from $5 to $20, with guests encouraged to donate whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum.
All proceeds from this reception will benefit The Cartoon Art Museum, a non-profit educational museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of original cartoon art in all its forms.