Official Press Release
Indie comics creators Megan Kelso (writer/artist, Artichoke, The Squirrel Mother) and Tommy Kovac (writer/artist, Skelebunnies; writer, The Royal Historian of Oz) have joined the guest list for the 2010 Alternative Press Expo (APE), the organization announced today. Kelso is appearing courtesy of Fantagraphics and Kovac will appear courtesy of Slave Labor Graphics (SLG).
Born in Seattle, Kelso was awarded a Xeric grant to self-publish her own comic book, Girlhero, in 1993. In 1998 Highwater Books published a collection of short stories taken from that series, titled Queen of the Black Black, which Fantagraphics will republish next year. The Squirrel Mother, her second collection of short stories, was published in 2006. In 2002, a minicomic excerpt of her first graphic novel, Artichoke Tales, won two Ignatz Awards (for Best Minicomic and Outstanding Artist). Earlier this year, Fantagraphics published the long-awaited complete graphic novel to critical acclaim.
Kovac has been writing and illustrating comics since 1999, including the original series Stitch, Skelebunnies, and Autumn. Currently, Kovac is writing The Royal Historian of Oz for SLG, illustrated by Andy Hirsch. Kovac is no stranger to reinventing or extending classic literature for comics, having written Wonderland for SLG's Disney line of comics, telling the story of what happened in Wonderland after Alice went home. The hardcover collection of Wonderland published by Disney Press was named one of the 10 best graphic novels for teens by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Kelso and Kovac join an impressive list of guests including Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Renee French (courtesy of PictureBox), Rich Koslowski and Tony Millionaire, making the 2010 Alternative Press Expo a show not to be missed.
APE takes place on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 7th Street in San Francisco. Admission is $10.00 for a single day and $15.00 for both days. Admission is available at the door.