APE Returns to the Concourse Exhibition Center for its 20th Annual Show
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 is an illustrator and comic book artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the creator of the adult comic Small Favors, and artist of the all-ages Banana Sunday and the graphic novel Gingerbread Girl, both written by her husband, Paul Tobin. The couple’s current project, Bandette, was nominated for four Eisner Awards in 2013. Colleen spends most of her time thinking up ways for comics to be more awesome.
Zippy the Pinhead’s creator began his comics career in New York City in 1969. He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground comix movement and made his home there until 1998. Zippy also appeared in the pages of the National Lampoon and High Times from 1977 to 1984. In 1986 King Features Syndicate took the daily strip to a national audience. Today Zippy appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There have been many paperback collections of Griffith’s work and numerous comic book and magazine appearances, both here and abroad.
Anders Nilsen is the author and artist of the graphic novels Big Questions, The End, and Dogs and Water among others. He is the recipient of the 2012 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel prize and three Ignatz awards. His work has been translated into numerous languages, and his drawing and painting has been shown internationally. He lives in Minneapolis.
Diane Noomin is the creator of DiDi Glitz and editor of the Twisted Sisters anthologies of women cartoonists. One of the early contributors to Wimmen’s Comics, Noomin created the first issue of Twisted Sisters Comics with Aline Kominsky Crumb in 1976. Noomin’s work has also been published in a number of books, magazines and comic books. She has curated and shown work in shows in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Noomin is currently working on a graphic memoir detailing her parents involvement with the Communist Party in the 1950′s. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, cartoonist Bill Griffith, and 3 cats.
Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile and Drama, both #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Babysitters Club series and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include an Eisner Award, a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. A San Francisco native, Raina now lives and works in Queens, NY, with her cartoonist husband, Dave Roman.
APE continues to be one of the country’s most vibrant and enjoyable events. Come visit San Francisco and APE the weekend of October 12-13 and see why this show is so popular with attendees!
If you’re interested in exhibiting at APE, click here to download the APE 2013 Exhibitor Application. Please note that this show sells out quickly and exhibitor space is limited.
The Beguiling Books & Art is pleased to announce that it will once again be returning to The San Diego Comic-Con to sell a truly outstanding collection of illustrations and original comic book artwork on behalf of its represented artists. The Beguiling’s Peter Birkemoe will be on hand and exhibiting in a small corner of booth #1629, owned by venerable Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly, from Preview Night, Wednesday July 11th, through Sunday, July 15th.
The Beguiling represents original art by some of art comics’ greatest names at their online art store, including D&Q cartoonists Kevin Huizenga (Gloriana), Anders Nilsen (Big Questions), and Seth (Palookaville), and comics superstars Jeff Lemire (Essex County), Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba (Casanova), and Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim). The Beguiling will have over 400 pieces of original art on hand by 26 different artists at San Diego this year. Previews of most pages available online now at http://www.
Highlights of this year’s mix of comics art and illustration include:
- The Beguiling proudly announces that it will begin selling original art work from creators Pascal Girard, Matt Kindt, and Shintaro Kago! Girard is the author of the recently released graphic novel The Reunion from Drawn & Quarterly, and pages from that work and other illustrations will be on hand. Matt Kindt is the author of the graphic novels Super Spy, The Tooth, and 3:Story. His current series is MIND MGMT, an ongoing comic from Dark Horse, and art will be on hand from these and other series’! Kago is a renowned Ero-guro manga artist in Japan, and his work includes truly unique formalist experiments (and some very disturbing imagery), and has been praised by sources as diverse as Scott McCloud and Vice Magazine.
- A selection of pages from recent Drawn & Quarterly graphic novel releases, including pages from Kevin Huizenga’s Gloriana HC and The Wild Kingdom HC, Brian Ralph’s Cave-In, and Anders Nilsen’s Eisner Award nominated graphic novel Big Questions.
- Dozens of new, never-before offered pages by artist Farel Dalrymple. Including new pages from Dalrymple’s work on the series’ Prophet, Fantastic Four, Omega The Unknown, Vice Magazine, and more! So new these aren’t even on our website yet!
- Dozens of new pages by Norwegian artist Jason, from across his many popular graphic novels.
- All of the “new-since-last-Comic-Con” artwork by artists Gabriel Ba, Jeffrey Brown, Sammy Harkham, Jeff Lemire, Kagan McLeod, Fabio Moon, Marco Rudy, Maurice Vellekoop, and Zach Worton. All of these fine cartoonists have provided The Beguiling with new artwork since exhibiting at Comic-Con 2011, from across their many projects. Highlights include Jeff Lemire’s Sweeth Tooth, and the complete artwork (!) for Maurice Vellekoop’s The World of Gloria Badcock.
- A selection of quality originals by Rafael Albuquerque, Becky Cloonan, Jordan Crane, David Heatley, Miriam Katin, Jason Lutes, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Paul Pope, Michel Rabagliati, Seth, Jay Stephens, and Chip Zdarsky. With over 5,000 pieces of original art represented by The Beguiling, a selection of the best and most interesting pieces by these creators will be available for sale in San Diego.
Hate paying for shipping? If you will be at the San Diego Comic-Con and are interested in purchasing a specific piece of art from our website, we will happily bring it to the show for you. If you’d like us to bring a specific piece from our website to take a look at, please contact us at mail at beguiling dot com. Unfortunately we are not “holding” art for people unless they have purchased it outright, but we will try to accommodate all requests.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, The Beguiling is a book store and original art dealer in Toronto, Canada. We represent original art sales from over three dozen comics creators and illustrators from around the world. Almost all of the original art that The Beguiling represents is consigned by the artists, ensuring we are able to offer the widest possible selection of material and that the artists get the largest possible chunk of the proceeds. To see our collection of original art, visit us online at http://www.
Friday September 9th at 7 pm
3620 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD
September 10th (11-7) and 11th (12-6)
Small Press Expo (SPX) @ Bethesda North Marriott Convention Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Bethesda, MD
Tuesday September 13th
The Copacetic Comics Company
3138 Dobson St, 3rd floor. Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday September 14th
709 South Fourth St, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday September 15th
192 Tenth Ave, New York, NY
Friday September 16th at 7 pm
540 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Sunday September 18th
Brooklyn Book Festival at the Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY
Monday September 19th
717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
Wednesday September 21st
The Center for Cartoon Studies
94 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT
Thursday September 22nd at 7 pm
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly
211 Bernard O., Montreal, QC
Saturday September 24th
601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Sunday September 25th
Word on the Street Book Festival
Anders Nilsen signs at Floating World Comics on Friday, July 29th, 2011!
A haunting postmodern fable, BIG QUESTIONS is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented cartoonists working today. This beautiful and minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and over 600 pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent and stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds–some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group. Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.
BIG QUESTIONS has roots in classic fable–the story’s birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts and there are hints of the classic hero’s journey, but the easy moral that closes most fables is left here as open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsen’s parable lets the questions wander out to go where they will.
Floating World Comics
20 NW 5th Ave #101, Portland, OR 97209
Fantagraphics is puttin’ the “comics” back in Comic-Con as we head to San Diego this week with a slew of scintillating signings, almost two-dozen dynamite debuts, and a collection of comics sure to please any comics fan… and fill those enormous free tote bags they give away at the door.
First up, DEBUTS!
• Love & Rockets New Stories 4 by Los Bros Hernandez
• Mark Twain’s Autobiography by Michael Kupperman
• Prison Pit Vol. 3 by Johnny Ryan
• Mome 22, edited by Eric Reynolds
• The Raven by Lou Reed and Lorenzo Mattotti
• The Art of Joe Kubert, edited by Bill Schelly
• Setting the Standard: Alex Toth, edited by Greg Sadowski
• Esperanza by Jaime Hernanadez
• Like A Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jacques Tardi
• Gil Jordan, Private Detective: Murder by High Tide by M. Tillieux
• The Pin-Up Art of Humorama, edited by Alex Chun
• Drawing Power, edited by Rick Marschall and Warren Bernard
• Sibyl-Anne vs. Ratticus by R. Macherot
• Willie & Joe: Back Home hardcover and Willie & Joe: The WWII Years softcover by Bill Mauldin
• The Armed Garden by David B.
• Complete Peanuts 1981-1982 (Vol. 16) by Charles Schultz
• Even More Jewish Comedians by Drew Friedman
• The Hidden by Richard Sala
• The Man Who Grew His Beard by Olivier Schrauwen
• Nuts by Gahan Wilson
Next up, SIGNINGS!
Thursday, July 21st:
1:00 – 2:00 PM Joyce Farmer / Esther Pearl Watson
2:00 – 3:00 PM Bill Schelly / Robert Goodin
3:00 – 5:00 PM Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez
5:00 – 6:00 PM Frank Stack / Paul Hornschemeier
Friday, July 22nd:
11:00 – 12:00 PM Joyce Farmer / Bill Schelly
12:00 – 1:00 PM Floyd Norman / Wilfred Santiago / Frank Stack
1:00 – 3:00 PM Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez
3:00 – 4:00 PM Paul Hornschemeier / Anders Nilsen / Esther Pearl Watson
4:00 – 5:00 PM Mark Kalesniko / John Pham / Malachi Ward
5:00 – 7:00 PM Johnny Ryan
5:00 – 6:00 PM Jon Vermilyea
6:00 – 7:00 PM Robert Goodin
Saturday, July 23rd:
12:00 – 1:00 PM Wilfred Santiago / Bill Schelly
1:00 – 2:00 PM Joyce Farmer / Frank Stack
2:00 – 4:00 PM Paul Hornschemeier / Johnny Ryan
3:00 – 4:00 PM Esther Pearl Watson
4:00 – 5:00 PM Mark Kalesniko
4:00 – 6:00 PM Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez
6:00 – 7:00 PM Robert Goodin / Jon Vermilyea / Malachi Ward
Sunday, July 24th:
11:00 – 12:00 PM Joyce Farmer / Jon Vermilyea / Esther Pearl Watson
12:00 – 1:00 PM Mark Kalesniko / Frank Stack
1:00 – 3:00 PM Gilbert Hernandez / Jaime Hernandez / Mario Hernandez
All the action awaits you at our usual spot, Booth #1718!
And don’t miss our amazing PANELS! I won’t get into all the details, because Mike did so earlier here on the FLOG, so click on the date to see our previously posted full rundown on each panel!
Thursday, July 21st:
• 12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Bill Schelly [Room 8]
• 1:00-2:00 CBLDF Master Session 2: Shannon Wheeler [Room 30CDE]
• 2:00-3:00 Love and Rockets — Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez [Room 9]
• 2:30-3:30 Joyce Farmer: Special Exits, A Memoir [Room 4]
• 3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Frank Stack [Room 4]
• 6:00-7:00 Comics for Social Justice: The Making of Oil and Water [Room 9]
Friday, July 22nd:
• 10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Critical Approaches to Comics: An Introduction to Theories and Methods— Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan with panelist, Andrei Molotiu. [Room 26AB]
• 1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Wordless Comics with Andrei Molotiu. [Room 26AB]
• 12:00-1:00 CBLDF Master Session 3: Jaime Hernandez [Room 30CDE]
• 1:00-2:00 Publishing Queer: Producing LGBT Comics and Graphic Novels with moderator Justin Hall [Room 9]
• 1:00-2:30 The Golden Age of the Fanzine moderated by Bill Schelly. [Room 24ABC]
• 10:30-11:30 Cartoon Network Comedy: Regular Show/The Problem Solverz and More! The Problem Solverz talent includes Ben Jones, John Pham, and Jon Vermilyea. [Room 6A]
Saturday, July 23rd:
• 10:00-11:30 50 Years of Comic Fandom: The Founders with Bill Schelly [Room 24ABC]
• 11:30-12:30 Bill Blackbeard: The Man Who Saved Comics with Trina Robbins [Room 24ABC]
• 12:30-1:30 Fantagraphics 35th Anniversary [Room 24ABC]
• 1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Anders Nilsen [Room 4]
• 2:30-3:30 The Art of the Graphic Novel with Joyce Farmer (Special Exits, A Memoir) [Room 24ABC]
Sunday, July 24th:
• Nothing. Come shop with us!
PHEW! And, can you believe it? This is only the beginning! Stay tuned to the Fantagraphics FLOG, Twitter and Facebook for important (we mean it!) Comic-Con announcements all week long!
More guests for the 42nd annual Comic-Con International, to be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center, have been announced:
- Gerry Alanguilan
- Garth Ennis
- Tsuneo Goda
- Mell Lazarus
- Jim Lee
- David Lloyd
- Ethan and Malachai Nicolle
- Anders Nilsen
- Scott Shaw!
- Louise Simonson
- Walter Simonson