Thursday, October 18, 2012

APE 2012 Recap

The 2012 version of the Alternative Press Expo has come and gone, but it was without a doubt one of the most fun shows we've done so far. APE has a wonderfully upbeat vibe, coming from all the amazingly creative artists who exhibit, that makes the show feel unlike any other around. Last year we scoped out the expo as attendees and had such a blast we were super stoked to exhibit there for the first time. APE did not disappoint. We managed to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We saw a lot of great artwork and bought a lot of great comics!

On Saturday night after the show, we managed to make it out to the Cartoon Art Museum for the Los Bros Hernandez art gallery showing. There were a good number of pages from the brothers, but also a lot of incredible pieces from other great cartoonists.

All in all it was a fun weekend! We're really hoping to exhibit at APE again next year, but we'll just have to see if that'll be doable when we also want to try out some other conventions (travel can be darn expensive!) For now, we have the Long Beach Comic Con next up on the schedule. We've attended every year of that show and enjoyed each time, but again it'll be our first time exhibiting. It's a semi-local show for us, so it'll be nice to catch up with other SoCal comic folk and close out our first convention-going year in style!

Sign in front of the Concourse

Concourse Exhibition Center: Home of the Alternative Press Expo

Entrance of the Concourse

Making it official

Lower level of the exhibit hall

Back of the exhibit hall

View from our table

Love & Rockets Gallery Show

Mario Hernandez

Gilbert Hernandez

Will Eisner Spirit page

Charles Schultz Peanuts page

Popeye animation cel

Outside of City Lights Book Store

Spilled a drink on the flight home...... so long APE!

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