Alternative Press Expo (APE) is coming to the Concourse Exhibition Center at 635 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 this Saturday, October 12 and Sunday October 13. The event showcases small press publishers, including local talents, such as the members of Bay Area Sequential Artist (BASA).
Founded on Mar 25, 2012, BASA is a group of artists who work together to perfect their craft and exhibit together. Although 2012 marked its current incarnation, it existed previously under a different name.
“At the same time, Callie Flores and Aubrie Abeno were starting a revival of an art meet up group based on comic books. I met Callie at the first Image Expo and we both had aspiration for moving our artwork to a new level by exhibiting and publishing. After a few months under another name, we finally settled on the Bay Area Sequential Artists (BASA) name," said BASA member Ralph Werner.
Since then, the group has expanded to about 150 members, some of which will be featured at its presence at APE. Bay Area Sequential Artist members Steven Yu, Nick Pino, Callie Flores, Ralph Werner, Josephine Fealy, and Sean Murphy are among those who will be presenting their works at the BASA tables, #727, 728, 729, and 730.
“I love the support and camaraderie. Putting yourself out there as an artist is scary, but this group has your back at whatever level you're at,” said BASA member Tracy Miller
In addition to the individual works of the artists, the first and second BASA anthologies featuring works by multiple artists will be on sale, with the second BASA anthology debuting at APE.
"I love the idea of BASA at APE. For many of us, we've had dreams to get our work out there into the public arena and to exhibit our work, as a group and individually. There is safety in numbers and exhibiting as a group helps us individually," said Werner.
In addition to BASA, there will be many other activities at APE. Special guests at APE include Colleen Coover, co-creator of the Eisner Award nominated, Bandette; Bill Griffith, creator of Zippy the Pinhead; Anders Nilsen, author and artist of Big Questions; Raina Telgemeier, author and illustrator of Drama; Paul Tobin, writer of Bandette; Ron Turner, publisher and distributor of Last Gasp; and APE founder Dan Vado.
Diane Noomin, the creator of DiDi Glitz was previously scheduled, but is unable to attend.