The Alternative Press Expo, or APE, kicks off at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Concourse in San Francisco. It runs until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
And now, more info from publishers and creators on what they’ll be doing and have on hand this weekend …
Jon Adams posts some info on his plans, which includes a new Truth Serum collection:
We’ll be attending the Alternative Press Expo this weekend (Nov. 1st-2nd). Please stop by our table, where we’ll have a number of items offered in exchange for your money. (Anyone’s money, really.) Debuting at the show will be a limited edition collection of the weekly Truth Serum strip, produced exclusively for APE. It’s a full-color, 48-page book, wrapped with a bellyband.
Also at the show will be Bear Trap, a full-color, 24-page miniature comic. Best of all, it will only be one dollar. A dollar! That’s less than the cost of a bus ride. And most bus rides probably aren’t as much fun. Sometimes they are though. Like this one time on the 22 when there was a woman with feces all over her pants. That was a type of fun.
Sparkplug sends info on their debuts and special guests, as well as a couple of nighttime events in San Francisco:
Sparkplug Comic Books is premiering three new books at this weekend’s Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco, CA.
The Airy Tales by Olga Volozova – A collection of ethereal and beautifully illustrated fictions.
Jin & Jam #1 by Hellen Jo – The first part of an on-going series drawn and written like a brick wrapped in a velvet pillowcase.
Danny Dutch by David King – Would-be webcomics that are too papery for the internet.
All of the new books and more are up for sale at the website. There are also much better descriptions (blame me for those silly summations). Orders will go out next week.
Sparkplug Comic Books with be tabling at the Alternative Press Expo on Saturday and Sunday, November 1st & 2nd with Teenage Dinosaur, Juliacks and Jesse Reklaw. We’ll be right next to Tugboat Press. Our booths are number 360-362. Please come by, we’ll have an amazing selection of minis and small publisher books including the fifth issue of Elijah Brubaker’s Reich, Theo Ellsworth’s new Capacity book and a new Steve Ditko comic.
Saturday night in San Francisco:
Hellen Jo, Olga Volozova, David King and Trevor Alixopulos will all be involved at the amazing reading on Saturday November 1st at the Cartoon Art Museum in SF. Keith Knight, Jesse Reklaw and Julia Wertz will all be reading too. Basically you have to be there. It starts at 8pm and goes till 11. More info on the C.A.M. is available at their website:
ALSO that same night is the grand opening for the Panelists show at Giant Robot San Francisco. Sparkplug sweathearts Trevor Alixopulos, Shawn Cheng, Hellen Jo, David King, Mats!?, Tom Neely, Kazimir Strzepek, Vanessa Davis, Theo Ellsworth, Renee French, Lark Pien, Jesse Reklaw and about a million more artists are going to be showing. The Panelists opening runs from 6:30 to 10 pm so you could go there and then over to the CAM reading. It’ll be great.
Fanfare/Ponent Mon will also have Sean Michael Wilson at their table:
This just confirmed from Fanfare / Ponent Mon at APE table #249:
Joining us at our table will be special guest Sean Michael Wilson, the editor of the upcoming AX Alternative Manga anthology from Top Shelf. Sean will handing out samplers of AX and will be presenting a talk about Gekiga (Dramatic Pictures) Manga on Sunday, from 5:00 – 5:45 pm at APE.
Here’s the description from the APE programming guide:
5:00-5:45 AX and Gekiga: Alternative Manga in Japan—Sean Michael Wilson looks at the roots and contemporary state of indy/alternative manga in Japan, using rare and unseen visuals supplied by the original Gekiga creators of the 1950s and 1960s and info from the editors of AX, the premier alternative anthology in Japan today. Plus, a preview of the upcoming book AX Collection (Top Shelf), which presents a selection of this indy manga for the first time in English.
Sean has also been working closely with Fanfare / Ponent Mon and is due to take over translation of their series The times of Botchan from the Fifth Volume due in 2009.
ASYLUM PRESS TO DEBUT NEW TITLES AT APE
ASYLUM PRESS HAS ANNOUNCED THE DEBUT OF ASYLUM OF HORRORS #1 AND FARMHOUSE ACT 1
Oct 30, 2008 (Los Angeles) Frank Forte, creator of The Vampire Verses, Insidious Tales and The Asylum Of Horrors, will be signing at The APE convention in San Francisco, Table #135. Asylum Press will be debuting the first issue of The Asylum of Horrors anthology.
Also on hand will be Elizabeth J. Musgrave, writer of the new graphic novel FARMHOUSE. FARMHOUSE is described as a drama/thriller where Sam Corneile, A drifter, returns home to take a job at a local mental institution where he unwittingly discovers a group of patients being exploited under an art therapy regimen. While there, he falls for Helen, a feisty but troubled female patient who dares him to confront his past. FARMHOUSE is illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.
Also available at the ASYLUM PRESS table will be a cornucopia of horror publications including DTOX #0, WARLASH:DARK NOIR #1, THE BOMB TPB by Steve Mannion, UNDEAD EVIL #0 and more.
Also on for sale will be ATOMIC MADHOUSE’ Comic Book SFX T-Shirts.
Oni Press will have Ted Naifeh, creator of Courtney Crumrin, and Phil Gelatt & Rick Lacy, the creative team behind Labor Days, at their table.
Drawn + Quarterly posts their signing schedule:
Saturday, November 1st
12:00-1:30 pm: T. Edward Bak signing
2:00-3:30 pm: Kevin Huizenga signing
4:00-6:00 pm: Chris Ware signing
Sunday, November 2nd
12:00-1:30 pm: Sammy Harkham & Kevin Huizenga signing
12:30-1:30 pm: Chris Ware Spotlight Panel with Eli Horowitz
4:00-6:00 pm: Chris Ware signing