Sunday, October 13, 2013 was the second and last day of the 2013 Alternative Press Expo (A.P.E.), which took place at the Concourse Pavilion in San Francisco. The two day event showcased indie and alternative comic books, their artists, authors and publishers.
The day’s series of featured speakers and panel discussions started at 11:45 am with the “Monsters of Indy” panel. One of the panelists, Stephen Notley (“Bob the Angry Flower”) had this to say about comic book creation:
“Comics, they get in your blood and then you have to do them forever. The fun thing about comics is you get to make your own production, like a filmmaker. You open a window to another world.” – Stephen Notley
Well-known small press and self-published comic book authors and illustrators shared their wares at booths throughout the Concourse. Several of the artists, like Ajuan Mance, creator of “1001 BLACK MEN: An Online Sketchbook,” are from right here in Oakland.
“APE gives me a chance to bring my Oakland perspective to a bigger audience.” Ajuan Mance
A variety of comic book art styles from the surreal to the sublime, from superhero to science-fiction, from the cute to the creepy, from the funny to the frightening. In almost every case, the artists were there in person to meet, sign, and enlighten us as to their process.
“The thing about making art is usually you have to make yourself do it – you can’t just wait till the mood and inspiration strike you. Being an artist means you have to find inspiration when you don’t have it.” - Tony Breed
Tony Breed was one of the artists at the Prism Comics table, along with John Macy, author of the erotic horror series “Nefarismo.”
“I’m a queer cartoonist based in Oakland. I also volunteer at Prism Comics, the non-profit that promotes LGBT Comics where I am the queer press grant chairperson. In my comics, I work to voice marginalized groups that are underrepresented and promote our history.” – Jon Macy
Keith Knight (K. Chronicles) was also on the morning’s panel. He is in town for A.P.E. and Litquake.
“It’s great to be back in the Bay and have A.P.E. during the day and Litquake at night. I would love to see the two combine events, because they’re both compatible with each other.” – Keith Knight