This must be the place! The marquee outside of the Concourse Exhibition Center reveals that APE awaits inside.
APE 2013 dawned bright and early on Saturday morning with a good crowd entering the Exhibit Hall when it opened.
One of the first panels of the day focused on "The Importance of the Independent Press," and featured (l to r) moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics) and APE special guest and underground comix publishing legend Ron Turner.
APE special guest (and show founder) Dan Vado of SLG Publishing was also a panelist on the Importance of the Independent Press panel.
The first workshop of the day featured cartoonist Brian Kolm (Atomic Bear Press) and "The Saturday Morning Cartoon Stretch," focusing on how artists can get past that dreaded blank page.
The APE Exhibit Hall continued to get more and more crowded in the early afternoon hours.
(L to r): Andy Ristaino, Justin Hall, and Susie Cagle participated in the "Ten Years of the Cartoon Art Museum's Small Press Spotlight" panel, celebrating the Bay Area's continuing great cartooning tradition.
Two amazing artists: Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead) and Anders Nilsen (Big Questions), appeared on the "Graphic Novels vs. Collected Works" panel.
APE special guest Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Smile) brought up two of her fans as volunteer panelists on her spotlight panel.
Writer/artist and manga expert Jason Thompson wowed the crowd in the worshop room with "Mangaka! The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics."
Artist Craig Elliott did a live painting demo with a model at the Flesk Publications booth at APE 2013.
Everybody got into the spirit of making comics in the "Center for Cartoon Studies Making Minicomics" hands-on workshop.
Late afternoon in the APE 2013 Exhibit Hall.
APE special guests Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin--the Eisner Award-winning creators of Bandette, this year's Best Digital Comic--teamed up once again in their spotlight panel.
Legendary cartoonist Bill Griffith returned to the programming room for his spotlight panel in the late afternoon on Saturday.
The Comic Creator Connection--which pairs up writers looking for artists for prospective comics projects--returned with a capacity crowd at APE 2013.