Alternative Press Expo (APE) Returns to San Francisco on Oct. 12 & 13!
If you’re interested in exhibiting at APE, please click here to download the 2013 Exhibitor Application.
The Alternative Press Expo (APE) returns to the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco on October 12 and 13 to celebrate its 20th annual event. One of the leading alternative and self-published comics events in the country, APE was started in 1994 by Dan Vado, the head of SLG Publishing. Comic-Con International took over the show with its second year. From 1994 through 1999, the show was held in San Jose, CA, the home of SLG. In 2000, Comic-Con moved APE into the city of San Francisco, at Fort Mason Center. In 2004, the event moved into the Concourse Exhibition Center at 8th and Brannan, where it has been held ever since. Sadly, we have been notified that this will be the last year for APE at that location. The Concourse is scheduled to be razed at some point in the future to make room for new condominiums.
Nevetheless, APE 2013 promises to be another great show, offering the very best in alternative and self-published comics, books, art, do-it-yourself items and presenting an amazing lineup of special programs, including spotlights on special guests, the popular hands-on workshop series, and the Comic Creator Connection, which pairs up writers and artists searching for collaborators.
The special guest list for APE 2013 includes:
- Colleen Coover, Eisner Award-nominated co-creator (with husband Paul Tobin) of Bandette
- Bill Griffith, the legendary creator of Zippy the Pinhead
- Anders Nilsen, author and artist of the graphic novels Big Questions, The End, and Dogs and Water, among others.
- Diane Noomin, creator of DiDi Glitz and editor of the Twisted Sisters anthologies of women cartoonists.
- Raina Telgemeier, the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile and Drama, both #1 New York Times bestsellers.
The 2012 show had over 400 exhibitors and 5,500 attendees. In addition to the Exhibit Hall filled with some of the best and coolest comics, art, books, and items around, APE features two full days of comics-oriented programming, including special guests, workshops, the popular Comic Creator Connection (which matches up prospective writers and artists to collaborate), and much more.
APE continues to be one of the country’s leading indie comics show. You’ll want to be on hand to celebrate the 20th event in 2013! If you’re interested in exhibiting at APE, please click here to download the 2013 Exhibitor Application.
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