Thursday, September 30, 2010

Countdown to APE: Programming and Events Announced

The programming schedule for this year's APE has been released! Here's what to expect over the weekend:

Saturday, Oct 16th

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Megan Kelso—A retrospective of the career so far of APE special guest Megan Kelso, beginning with her drawing minicomics in 1990 at the Evergreen State College during the early years of the DIY zine explosion. Kelso will talk about the phases she's gone through in her storytelling: college, sex, family, history, and homesickness, and how all these themes found their way into her acclaimed new graphic novel, Artichoke Tales. Marc Weidenbaum, whose career as a comics editor has paralleled her own, will ask questions along the way. Megan Kelso's appearance courtesy Fantagraphics Books.

1:00-2:00 The Bay Area Comics Scene Through the Years—The Bay area comics community has changed and progressed over the last 40 years, from the wild heyday of the '60s to the new generation of cartoonist doing comics today. This lively, freestyle discussion explores the Bay area's flourishing comics community. Panelists include Dylan Williams (Sparkplug comic publisher and founder of the seminal '90s comics collective Puppy Toss), Gene Yang (award winning cartoonist of American Born Chinese and part of the Art Night Collective), Susie Cagle (up-and-coming cartoonist and part of the new Vibrate Bay Area comic scene), and others. Moderated by Thien Pham.

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Daniel Clowes—Critically acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling cartoonist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and APE special guest Daniel Clowes will be in conversation with PictureBox publisher and Comics Comics editor Dan Nadel. They will discuss Clowes's most recent graphic novel, Wilson, published by Drawn & Quarterly. His current projects include both comics and film, and his backlist of titles include Ghost World, David Boring, and Ice Haven. The two will explore comics history, including Wally Wood, Peanuts, Will Elder, and others. Join one of the most preeminent cartoonists with one of the foremost comics scholars working today as they engage in a cerebral and fascinating discussion of Clowes's oeuvre.

3:00-4:00 Queer Cartoonists—LGBT cartoonists have always faced unique challenges and yet also offered unique perspectives. As queer stories move increasingly into the mainstream, what role do queer comics play, and are they helping the gay agenda take over the world? Join this dynamic panel -- in its seventh year at APE -- with a particularly diverse and fabulous line-up of cartoonists: APE special guest Tommy Kovac (Stitch), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille), Desmond Miller (Hansel and Gretel: Agents of the Coven), Christine Smith (Eve's Apple), Rick Worley (A Waste of Time), Sean Z (Myth), and moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia).

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Lynda Barry—One of the most influential cartoonists of the past 30 years, APE special guest Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and has found they are all very much alike. With her publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, she launches her brand new book, the how-to/memoir/graphic novel Picture This, at APE. This uncategorizable book is the "how-to-draw" companion to the bestselling and Eisner Award–winning "how-to-write" book What It Is. At this panel, Barry will explore Picture This in an engaging slide show that is sure to be standing room only, thanks to Barry's wildly enigmatic, popular, and hilarious stage presence, which not only commands the attention of every attendee but leaves them crying, laughing, and floored with inspiration. Seeing Barry in person is life changing!

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Tony Millionaire—APE special guest Tony Millionaire, the mad genius behind Sock Monkey, Maakies, and Drinky Crow, talks with Fantagraphics's Eric Reynolds about his career in comics and his wild life. Here's a hint: Tony will be the one in the fancy tuxedo. The guy will really class up the joint.

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Renée French—A conversation between APE special guest RRenée French and publisher/comics historian Dan Nadel about Renée's new book, H Day. How does a cartoonist translate something as abstract as a migraine into the concrete form of a book? And why? Renée will talk about this challenge, her drawing process, and will briefly look back at her extraordinary career. Renée French appearance courtesy of PictureBox.

Sunday, Oct 17th

12:00-1:00 Writer's Old Fashioned—The Writer's Old Fashioned group is the latest in a long line of illustrious San Francisco–based comics movements and is proving to be one of the most dynamic. Originally a small group of comics writers who began meeting in 2006 to exchange ideas, provide feedback, and imbibe a few drinks, WOF has expanded to include some cartoonists, comics illustrators, and even teetotalers. Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia) will grill Kirsten Baldock (Smoke and Guns), Stephenny Godfrey (Panorama), Jason McNamara (Martian Confederacy), Matt Silady (The Homeless Channel), Emily Stackhouse (Brazilia Noir), and Storm (Princess Witch Boy) about their creative endeavors and drinking habits.

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Tommy Kovac—Meet the writer of the acclaimed Wonderland miniseries (from SLG and Disney Press) and the current hit The Royal Historian of Oz. APE special guest Tommy Kovac talks about writing new stories based on classic literature without having to totally reinvent the source material. (You can also ask him where Skelebunnies fits into the whole thing.) Moderated by APE founder and SLG honcho Dan Vado. Tommy Kovac appearance courtesy of SLG.

2:00–3:00 The Art of Storytelling—What role does art play in telling a story in comics format? Enjoy this discussion of art and comics with APE special guests Lynda Barry (What It Is), Renée French (H Day), and Megan Kelso (Artichoke Tales), plus Tom Neely (The Blot) and Jen Wang (Koko Be Good). Moderated by Greg Means (Tugboat Press).

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Rich Koslowski: The Trials, Tribulations and (Sometimes) Triumphs of the Indie Comics World—For one hour APE special guest Rich Koslowski (The 3 Geeks, Three Fingers, BB Wolf and the 3 LPs) will "tell all" about his experiences in the comic book biz: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly! No questions will be dodged! Moderated by Gary Sassaman, the director of print and publications for Comic-Con and Koslowski's publishing partner in the fondly remembered Geeksville.

4:00-4:45 Indie Comics Survival Guide—Join 2010 Comic-Con Inkpot Award winner Keith Knight (the K Chronicles, Knight Life, (th)ink), as he once again gives you the lowdown on how to not only survive, but thrive in this ever-evolving industry we call COMICS! With Stephen Notley (Bob the Angry Flower), Mat Bors (editorial cartoonist for United Media), and C. Spike Trotman (Templar, AZ).

4:45-5:30 CBLDF: The Fight For Intellectual Freedom—More than 50 years after Frederic Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, comics and other media still come under the attack of censors. Charles Brownstein, executive director of the CBLDF, is joined by cartoonist Keith Knight and other panelists for a discussion of current trends in comics censorship and how we all can get involved in protecting intellectual freedom.


Saturday, Oct 16th

12:00 Creating Fantasy Characters, with Brian Kolm (Atomic Bear Press, Beyond the Great Chimney)

1:00 Smile! Drawing Facial Expressions, with Raina Telgemeier (Smile, The Babysitters Club)

2:00 Finding Your Voice: Character Dialogue, with Spike (Templar, Arizona)

3:00 Write Funny! with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum gallery manager and curator, Looney Tunes Treasury) and Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse, Narbonic)

4:00 Creation Myths: Bringing Life to Your characters, with Jon "Bean" Hastings (Terrabella Smoot and the Unsung Monsters, Smith Brown Jones, Alien Accountant)

5:00 Surrealist Comics: Bringing Fantasy into Your Slice-of-Life Stories, with Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes)

6:00 Pacing in Comics, with Members of the Writers Old-Fashioned Group

Sunday, Oct 17th

12:00 Marketing a Comic That's Easier to Read Than to Describe, with Larry Marder (Tales from the Beanworld)

1:00 Developing a Comic Strip, with Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic)

2:00 Storytelling Craft and Creation, with Kraig Rasmussen (The Dragon Thief, San Francisco Cartoonist Conspiracy)

3:00 Character Design, with Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)

4:00 Gag Cartooning and the Single-Panel Comic, with Shannon Wheeler (Two Much Coffee Man)


You're a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can't draw; or maybe you're an artist looking for a great script to draw. Both of you are looking to jumpstart your career in comics. At APE 2010, you just might find each other!

The Alternative Press Expo introduces Comics Collaboration Connection, an event that puts writers and artists together to see whether they can find their creative counterparts. Here's how it works: in two 2-hour sessions, on Saturday and Sunday, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment. In 15-minute sessions, you can talk one-on-one with individual prospective collaborators about their ideas and skills. At the end of each 15-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you're interested in furthering the conversation, you place your contact info (name and e-mail address) in an envelope supplied for each participant.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, writers will sit at large tables and artists will take turns visiting each one; on Sunday, Oct. 17, the roles will be reversed, with artists sitting at the tables and writers visiting them. Saturday's Comics Collaboration Connection is from 4:00PM to 6:00PM; Sunday's is from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. You can sign up in advance online by sending an e-mail to and typing "APE Comics Collaboration Connection" in the subject line. Please indicate whether you're a writer seeking an artist or an artist seeking a writer. You can also sign up onsite at APE.

For more info about APE, check out their website.

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