Alternative Press Expo

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Alternative Press Expo
Status Active
Genre Comics
Location(s) San Francisco, California
Country United States
Inaugurated 1994
Organized by Comic-Con International
Website
http://www.comic-con.org/ape/

The Alternative Press Expo or APE, as it is more commonly known, is a comics convention. It was founded in 1994 by Dan Vado as an event for self-publishers, independent publishers and alternative cartoonists to showcase their books. It was originally held in San Jose, California. Comic-Con International took over responsibility for the event in 1995. APE is currently held in San Francisco. Two days after APE 2014, Dan Vado announced the responsibility for APE was being handed back to him and he was moving APE back to San Jose.[1]

The event moved to San Francisco in 2000,[2] originally at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, before moving to its current location, the Concourse Exhibition Center in 2003. APE began life as a one-day event, but was expanded to cover two days in 1998. However, the first event held in San Francisco was a one-day event, with all subsequent events two-day affairs. The programming available at the event has also grown, with APE 2005 offering panels, seminars, exhibitions and special guests. APE was moved to the fall beginning in 2008.

Event dates and locations[edit]

Alternative Press Expo 2010
  • 1994: June 4 — Parkside Hall San Jose[3]
  • 1995: May 19 — San Jose[4]
  • 1996: March 23 — San Jose[5]
  • 1997: February 2 — San Jose[6]
  • 1998: February 21–22 — San Jose[7]
  • 1999: February 27–28 — San Jose[8]
  • 2000: February 5 — Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco[9]
  • 2001: February 17–18 — Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco[10]
  • 2002: February 9–10 — Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco[11]
  • 2003: February 1–2 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco[12]
  • 2004: February 21–22 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco[13]
  • 2005: April 9–10 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco[14]
  • 2006: April 8–9 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco[15]
  • 2007: April 21–22 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco[16]
  • 2008: November 1–2 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco[17]
  • 2009: October 17–18 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
  • 2010: October 16–17 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco[18]
  • 2011: October 1–2 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
  • 2012: October 13–14 — Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
  • 2013: October 12-13 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
  • 2014: October 4-5 - Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco

Quote[edit]

Dan Vado: "I started the APE because I felt that there was a need for a convention where the artists doing interesting work can display and promote themselves without having to drown out a 50 million watt display by some huge publisher."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vado, Dan (October 7, 2014). "Alternative Press Expo returns to SLG Publishing". SLG Publishing. San Jose, California: Slave Labor Graphics. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ McKenney, Craig. "APE Moves to San Francisco," Comics Journal (Jan. 2000), p. 17.
  3. ^ Geoffrey R. Mason (1994). INFORMATION: Alternative Press Expo (APE) 1994. Retrieved via Google Groups July 12, 2005.
  4. ^ James Drew (1995). Once in a While an APE II A. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  5. ^ Randy Reynaldo (1996). WCG at APE III. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  6. ^ Jerry Stratton (1997). Fear and Loathing in San José. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  7. ^ Comic Book Legal Defence Fund (1998). Report: CBLDF Goes A.P.E.!. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  8. ^ Kate the Short (1999). Fandom FAQ - Welcome to alt.comics.fandom!. Retrieved via Google Groups July 12, 2005.
  9. ^ Comic Book Legal Defence Fund (2000). Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Goes APE!. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  10. ^ Jeff Mason (2001). Ape 2001 Report
  11. ^ Wonderella Printed (2002). APE 2002 . Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  12. ^ Alan Bamberger (2003). APE 2003: SAN FRANCISCO ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  13. ^ Comic-Con International (2004). APE 2004 Programming Schedule. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  14. ^ Comic-Con International (2005). APE :: What's New:. Retrieved July 12, 2005.
  15. ^ Comic-Con International (2006). APE :: What's New:. Retrieved April 3, 2006.
  16. ^ Comic-Con International (2007). APE 2007 :: A Look Back at APE 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
  17. ^ Comic-Con International (2008). APE :: What's New. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
  18. ^ Beale, Scott. "APE 2010 – Alternative Press Expo," Laughing Squid (Oct. 3, 2010).
  19. ^ Matt Osterberg (1996). A Q&A with Slave Labor President, Dan Vado.. Retrieved July 12, 2005. Archived 2009-10-25.

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