Small Press show/CAF news briefs: APE, TopatoCon, CXC

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A lot of information on small press, indie. CAF evets have piled up in my inbox. Here’s some of the news: • The newly revamped APE (Alternative Press Expo) in San Jose has put out a call for programming— The Alternative Press Expo (APE), taking place in San Jose’s Convention Center on October 3 and […]

AfterShock announces initial line-up with Ennnis, Gaiman, Palmiotti, Conner and more

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When AfterShock Comics, a new line headed by veteran writer/publisher Joe Pruett (Caliber, Desperado), was announced people might have thought, “OK.” When the line-up of financial backers—including Michael Richter (eBay Facebook), reality TV producer Jon Kramer, Lee Kramer (Endeavor) and SVP Investor Relations Jawad Qureshi — people probably though. “Hm.” When it was announced that Marvel editor Mike Marts was leaving Marvel to join AfterShock as Editor in Chief people definitely sat up and took notice. And now that the initial line-up of writers has been announced, I imagine a few people fell off their chairs.

Secret Acres news: Reed & Dalrymple’s Palefire and new Theo Elsworth

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Brooklyn based indie Secret Acres has just announced a couple of new projects and one of them is like an alt.comix supergroup: MK Reed (Cute Girl Manifesto, Americus) will write and Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies, Omega the Unknown) will draw Palefire, due out this September, a fiery story set in high school that sounds like […]

Z2 expands with fall GN line, including Abaddon, Pawn Shop and Ashes

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Z2 Comics just made news last week with a new line of periodicals, and here’s their fall graphic novel line, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. The slate includes a collection of Koren Shadmi’s awesome webcomic THE ABADDON, as well as a new edition of Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnent, and print editions of two […]

Z2 announces new creator-owned periodical line with McGinty, Hunt, Tracy, Koplowitz and Porto

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Z2 Comics, best known for publishing the graphic novels Escapo, Fear my Dear, Cleveland and Henni, is getting into the periodical business with three new titles. The announcement was made in the Washington Post where publishing Josh Frankel expanded on his plans noting, “There’s no house style, but these days there’s no need for a […]

CAKE Chicago report: perhaps 5000 people attended

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It’s a little hard to find concrete reports from indie shows these days unless Secret Acres or Robyn Chapman post reports, from the social media, looks like CAKE Chicago this weekend was a successful indie show. I’ve heard mixed reports on sales in past years, but based on the “haul photos” I’ve seen, a lot of comics were purchased. I dug up a few more concrete reports:

Weekend of Comics Extravaganza preview: CECAF– the Crouch End Cartoon Art Festival

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Things are kicking into high gear worldwide for comics shows. So much is kicking off tomorrow. Here’s a very quick look at some of them. In London’s Crouch End a 2nd year CAF is taking place, the Crouch End Cartoon Art Festival or CECAF, organized by Sean Azzopardi.