I am very excited to be attending my very first Alternative Press Expo, aka: APE, next week in San Francisco. APE is the third show that Comic-Con International hosts annually (WonderCon and SDCC). Since APE is lower profile than it’s two big sister shows, here is a little history to bring you up to speed.
Dan Vado (SLG Publishing) started this event 17 years ago for the purpose of supporting independent creators and small press publishers. He wanted to to celebrate and promote the smaller artists that would easily be overlooked in the enormous world of mainstream comics. Since that time, it has become a hub for artists, writers, and publishers to not only connect with each other but also to engage fans. While APE has an impressing list of about 400 exhibitors, it’s 5-6k attendees makes this an intimate and less intimidating experience. Besides exhibitors, there will be programming running throughout the weekend covering a range of independent comic book topics as well as spotlights creators. A wide range of workshops will be available to help young creators craft their artistic or storytelling skills. There is also a couple of Comic Creator Connection sessions which allow for writers and artists to meet and collaborate.
2011 marks the 18th year for APE and I am really looking forward to experiencing it. As a bonus, a 2011 paid attendee San Diego Comic-Con badge gets you free admission to APE! So if you live in the area, why wouldn’t you go?!?! Check out all the schedule, pricing, programming on the APE website and I will see you in San Fran in a week!
You can also follow on Twitter: @APExpo.