Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Alternative Press Expo

I attended the Alternative Press Expo (aka Ape) last weekend on Oct.13th and 14th in San Francisco.
 It’s always a jolt to the system to see so many young artists, creative projects, new directions --and occasionally old friends and colleagues.
This year I attended a lot of the quality panel talks featuring Jim Woodring, Eric Drooker, Ben Katchor, Stan Mack, Miriam Libicki,  Los Hernandez Bros. (Jaime, Gilbert Mario Hernandez) and Sergio Arragones.

Jim Woodring

A sample of Woodring's artwork

Ben Katchor

From his book The Jew of New York

Other talented folks on hand included Shannon Wheeler, Carol Lay, Josh Ellingson, Jim Blanchard, J.R. Williams and  hordes of young, remarkably talented hopefuls.

Josh Ellingson business card

New graphic novel on the Carter Family

Chris Kawagiwa


Brie Spiel 

Helen America

Old home week for me was running into Al Gordon, Steve Leialoha, Trina Robbins, Paul Mavrides, Lee Binswanger and even Larry Gilmour (see Pressing Matters, October 10th  post on this blog).

I was especially pleased to run into Norman Dog (known to some as Raymond Larrett) who I haven’t laid eyes on in, well, decades.  Norman Dog is a great cartoonist by my reckoning and now engaged in a publishing venture—Puzzled Squirrel.   Here is a sampling from his book

Puzzled Squirrel has also published a compilation of the work of Lee Binswanger (Congratulations to Lee !)

 Remember: you can always click on the images to make them larger.

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