Sam and I attended the Alternative Press Expo (aka Ape) last weekend.
|My son Sam|
Ape is a gathering of independent, Do-It-Yourself, artist entrepreneurs and publishers with an emphasis on alternative comics, small press, book making, printmaking and even letterpress.
It’s energizing (and occasionally overwhelming) to see so much creativity in one place. Some highpoints included (in no particular order) the work of Tom Neely, Kate Beaton, Joey Sayers, Adrian Tomine, Jennifer Tong, Eric Drooker, Louie del Carmen, Octavio Rodriguez, Matt Bors, C.S.Pego, Rick Geary and Mike Dubisch.
Here’s a quick visual tour:
which makes him one of a very rare class of extraterrestrial artists.
|Jen Tong card|
|I purchased this knockout silkscreen print by Tong|
|Remarkable Beardsleyesque artwork by C.S.Pego|
|More work by Pego|
She also premiered her new book, Exila, at Ape.
|Papercutter #16 features brillant storytelling by Joey Allison Sayers|
Sam and I checked in on some of the panel talks.
|Business cards from some of the artists|
Hours and hours of visual stimulation gets wearing.
|Too much Ape|
Above artwork copyright by respective artists