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Thursday, October 11, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: APE EXPO 2012 Program Schedule!

10.11.2012 – APE, the Alternative Press Expo is happening this weekend at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco USA. There are lots of scheduled events happening on October 13 to 14, 2012 which will also have talks and workshops.

The guest highlights have been announced as previously reported who will be gracing the event led by Sergio Aragonés, The Hernandez Brothers, Jim Woodring, Ben Kachor, Eric Drooker and Miriam Libicki. Its time for the independent medium to get a spotlight in this year’s APE Expo…

Please take note that schedule might change prior to organizers notice and here are the schedules for Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday October 13, 2012

12:00 CBLDF: The History of Comics Censorship—Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell, and read them are still threatened. CBLDF online editor Betsy Gomez tells the sordid tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on retailers in the 1980s, artists in the 1990s, and readers today.

12:45 Comics as Political Statement—From one-panel political cartoons to graphic novels that lead us to question our political mindsets, comics have always been an important part of the political sphere. Eric Drooker (Flood, Blood Song), Miriam Libicki (jobnik!), Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise), and Stan Mack (Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution) discuss with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) the ways in which their political attitudes affect their work and the ways they hope their work will affect the attitudes of others.

1:45 Spotlight on Sergio Aragonés—Meet APE special guest Sergio Aragonés, if you haven't yet! The artist famous for MAD, Groo, and his own Funnies book at Bongo, talks about his work and 50 years of wondering why he has not self- published yet!

2:45 Queer Cartoonists PanelLGBT comics, with a storied history of over four decades, have never been more vibrant. A true renaissance of queer stories is taking place, as they begin to take their rightful place in the comics world and fans increasingly demand more material that speaks to them and represents the genuine diversity in which we all live. It's all happening at the ninth annual APE Queer Cartoonists Panel, with talented, fabulous, and uppity panelists Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch), Tony Breed (Finn and Charlie Are Hitched), Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Steve MacIsaac (Shirtlifter), and Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley), with moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Glamazonia). On top of all that, at the end of the panel the recipient of the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant 2012 will be announced.

3:45 Spotlight on Eric Drooker—APE special guest Eric Drooker will give a slideshow lecture where he'll explore his early years as a street artist in New York City, and will trace the evolution of his graphic novels into animated films -- and from his cover paintings of The New Yorker, to his slow infiltration of the mainstream. He'll also screen animation he designed for the movie, Howl, and discuss the process of adapting Allen Ginsberg's Beat poem into Drooker's recent Howl: A Graphic Novel. (The artist will accompany his lecture on various musical instruments.)

4:45 Using Childhood Experiences to Create Adult Stories—The experiences from our youth are often those that have the biggest impact on the adults we grow up to be, but how do we share those stories with others? Miriam Libicki (jobnik!), Jim Woodring (Jim, Weathercraft), Kraig Rasmussen (, and Derek Kirk Kim (Tune, Same Difference) explain how they molded their childhood memories into stories aimed at adults. Moderated by the Cartoon Art Museum's Andrew Farago.

5:45 Spotlight on the Hernandez Brothers: 30 Years of Love and Rockets—The creators of the acclaimed Love and Rockets discuss the trials, tribulations, and joy that go into writing and drawing a series for over 30 years! Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez talk to Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) about their three decades on one of comics' most popular and acclaimed indie series.

Alternative Press Expo 2012 Poster by Gilbert Hernandez

Sunday October 14, 2012

11:45 20 Years of Bob the Angry Flower Cartoons—Join preposterous Bob the Angry Flower creator Stephen Notley plus secret guests in a rollicking discussion of flower hats, Avengers love, dinosaur insolvency, music in comics, and why drawing a flower cartoon for 20 years seemed like a good idea at the time. Karaoke will remain a fierce possibility!

12:30 Spotlight on Ben Katchor—Meet the artist/author of Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer; The Jew of New York; The Cardboard Valise; and other works for print and theater. APE special guest Ben Katchor will present a slideshow reading of stories from his upcoming book Hand-Drying in America.

1:30 Spotlight on Miriam Libicki—In this intriguing panel, hear writer/artist and APE special guest Miriam Libicki discuss her original work on her self-published comic book jobnik! and how that process has affected the work she is doing now.

2:30 "Gigantes" Walk Among Us!—Almost 100 years of cartooning takes the stage as APE special guests Jaime (Maggie La Loca), Gilbert (Palomar), and Mario Hernandez (Citizen Rex) of Love and Rockets fame join legendary MAD cartoonist Sergio Aragonés to discuss how their Latino/Hispanic experiences contributed to their amazing comic art. Join moderator Ricardo Padilla (Latino Comics Expo) as we celebrate these unique creators of this American artform.

3:45 Spotlight on Jim Woodring—APE special guest Jim Woodring, the creator of the wordless Frank comics, waxes eloquent about his influences, motivations, and career experiences in "Please Stand By," a 45-minute narrated slide and video presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. Topics include Woodring's animation studio work with Jack Kirby and Gil Kane, and the cartoon that irreversibly changed his life. If you have ever wondered what drives his enigmatic work, this is your chance to get the inside dope.

4:45 Bay Area Comics: Past, Present, and Future—Thien Pham (Level Up, Sumo), Jason Shiga (Meanwhile, Empire State), Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), and other past and present cartoonists from the Bay Area discuss one of the world's most dynamic and important comics scenes. Whether you're a lifelong San Francisco resident, a new arrival, or just visiting, this panel promises to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about comics by the Bay.

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