Alternative Press Expo


Alternative Press Expo

Infobox Convention
name = Alternative Press Expo


caption =
status = Active
genre = Comics
venue =
location = San Francisco, California
country = United States
first = 1994
last =
organizer = Comic-Con International
filing =
attendance =
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.

The event moved to San Francisco in 2000, originally at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, before moving to its current location, the Concourse Exhibition Centre 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 2006 was held from April 8-9 at the Concourse Exhibition Centre.

Event dates and locations

*1994: June 4 - Parkside Hall San Jose [ Geoffrey R. Mason (1994). [http://groups-beta.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.info/browse_thread/thread/b1bcc6482c72dd8/3c03d5bef059bfd2?q=%22Alternative+Press+Expo%22+%221994%22&rnum=1&hl=en#3c03d5bef059bfd2 INFORMATION: Alternative Press Expo (APE) 1994] . Retrieved via [http://groups-beta.google.com/?hl=en Google Groups] July 12, 2005.]
*1995: May 19 - San Jose [James Drew (1995). [http://www.hoboes.com/pub/Comics/Conventions/Alternative%20Press%20Expo/APE%20II/Once%20in%20a%20While%20an%20APE%20II%20A Once in a While an APE II A] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*1996: March 23 - San Jose [ Randy Reynaldo (1996). [http://www.hoboes.com/pub/Comics/Conventions/Alternative%20Press%20Expo/WCG%20at%20APE%20III WCG at APE III] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*1997: February 2 - San Jose [ Jerry Stratton (1997). [http://www.hoboes.com/pub/Comics/Conventions/Alternative%20Press%20Expo/fearloathing97.html Fear and Loathing in San José] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*1998: February 21-22 - San Jose [Comic Book Legal Defence Fund (1998). [http://www.cbldf.org/cons/19980221-ape5.shtml Report: CBLDF Goes A.P.E.!] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*1999: February 27-28 - San Jose [Kate the Short (1999). [http://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.comics.fandom/browse_thread/thread/64389771c975c8b9/5c611c6defbdc259?q=%22Alternative+Press+Expo%22+%221999&rnum=1&hl=en#5c611c6defbdc259 Fandom FAQ - Welcome to alt.comics.fandom!] . Retrieved via [http://groups-beta.google.com/?hl=en Google Groups] July 12, 2005.]
*2000: February 5 - Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco [Comic Book Legal Defence Fund (2000). [http://www.cbldf.org/cons/000128ape.shtml Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Goes APE!] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*2001: February 17-18 - Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco [Jeff Mason (2001). Ape 2001 Report]
*2002: February 9-10 - Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco [Wonderella Printed (2002). [http://web.archive.org/web/www.wonderella.org/whatsnew/ape2002.htm APE 2002 ] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*2003: February 1-2 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco [Alan Bamberger (2003). [http://www.artbusiness.com/apesf.html APE 2003: SAN FRANCISCO ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*2004: February 21-22 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco [Comic-Con International (2004). [http://www.comic-con.org/ape2004/ape_prog.shtml APE 2004 Programming Schedule] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*2005: April 9-10 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco [Comic-Con International (2005). [http://www.comic-con.org/ape/index.shtml APE :: What's New:] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]
*2006: April 8-9 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco [Comic-Con International (2006). [http://www.comic-con.org/ape/index.shtml APE :: What's New:] . Retrieved April 3, 2006.]
*2007: April 21-22 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco [Comic-Con International (2007). [http://www.comic-con.org/ape2007/ APE 2007 :: A Look Back at APE 2007] . Retrieved July 15, 2008.]
*2008: November 1-2 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco [Comic-Con International (2008). [http://www.comic-con.org/ape/ APE :: What's New] . Retrieved July 15, 2008.]

Quote

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." [Matt Osterberg (1996). [http://www.geocities.com/hollywood/3362/vado.htm A Q&A with Slave Labor President, Dan Vado.] . Retrieved July 12, 2005.]

References

External links

* [http://www.comic-con.org/ape/index.shtml Official website]


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