For APE 2014 exhibitors, the show reallys started on Friday evening with an exhibitors-only mixer at the Last Gasp Warehouse in San Francisco. Co-sponsored by Comic-Con International and Last Gasp, the party featured free food and drinks in the amazing Last Gasp headquarters.
The Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center, before the APE 2014 exhibitors and attendees arrived. Fort Mason was the new old home for APE in 2014; the show was originally there in 2000 when it first moved to San Francisco.
How did all those people get to APE? A lot of them took the bus! Comic-Con International once again offered APE attendees a FREE courtesy shuttle bus which stopped at 4 different spots in San Francisco and brought people directly to the front door of the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.
APE 2014 once again featured Comic-Con's popular Comic Creator Connection, the program that pairs up writers with artists hoping to find a collaborator to work with on projects. The CCC is an ongoing feature at Comic-Con International and WonderCon Anaheim and has existed at all 3 events for a number of years.
This year's Comic Creator Connection at APE 2014 was packed during its Saturday event. There are a lot of writers and artists out there looking for collaborators! Look for the CCC to return to WonderCon Anaheim (April 3-5), and Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 9-12) in 2015.
Legendary artist and underground comix pioneer Robert Williams (right) was an APE 2014 special guest. He's shown here on his Spotlight panel, being interviewed by Fantagraphics Books' co-publisher Eric Reynolds.