Okay, buckle your seat belt, and BE SURE TO READ AFTER THE CUT!

§ Buenaventura Press:

Buenaventura Press will have a 5 table sprawl at APE this year. You can find us at tables 308 – 312. We will be debuting Kramers Ergot 7 with a limited handful of advance copies that have been specially flown in for the event. There will be continuous signings throughout the weekend, with numerous artists signing Kramers Ergot 7. In addition, Phil Elverum will be signing advance copies of his new book Dawn, Matt Furie will be signing Boy’s Club 1 & 2, Kevin Huizenga will be signing Fight Or Run, and Lisa Hanawalt will be signing her awesome mini comics. There will be a Kramers Ergot discussion panel on Sunday, Nov 2nd from 2:30 – 3:45 with editor Sammy Harkham, publisher Alvin Buenaventura, and participating artists Daniel Clowes, Eric Haven, Jaime Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga, Ted May, Johnny Ryan, Chris Ware, and others. Eric Reynolds will moderate.


§ Fantagraphics signing schedule

§ Fanfare/Ponent Mon’s plans

§ Top Shelf’s plans:
Heading to Alternative Press Expo this weekend? Top Shelf’s West Coast dream team, Leigh Walton and Brett Warnock, will be at tables 320-322 all weekend, together with the following creators:

-Jeffrey Brown (SULK #1, starring Bighead & Friends!)
–Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger (VEEPS: PROFILES IN INSIGNIFICANCE)

And don’t forget to come by Isotope on Saturday night for Top Shelf Happy Hour at 8pm, leading into the Isotope Award for Minicomics! Brett Warnock will be shaking up the tasty drinks, while Nate Powell rocks a live art jam with Joshua W. Cotter! You can’t miss it!

§ D&Q’s plans:

This Saturday and Sunday November 1st and 2nd, Alison and Rebecca will be “manning ye old booth” at APE which takes place at the Concourse in San Francisco. At booths 401-403, Bay Area comics fans will find Big Questions #11, Or Else #5, (who says pamphlets are dead?), Acme Novelty Library 19, Burma Chronicles, Jamilti, Moomin 3, Berlin Book Two, D+Q Showcase 5, Aya of Yop City and more.

We are particularly excited about our signings this weekend: Kevin Huizenga, Sammy Harkham, T. Edward Bak and last but not least, Mr F.C. Ware, who will be making a special guest appearance. Chris will have a spotlight panel on Sunday, where he be interviewed by our pal Eli Horowitz, publisher, editor and designer of McSweeneys. A special thank you goes to the CCI crew for their generosity in inviting Chris.

As always, the D+Q booth will be wheeling and dealing specials on our books all weekend long, and giving out this year’s hottest gift – the D+Q reusable shopping bag.

Saturday, November 1st
12:00-1:30 pm – T. Edward Bak signing
2:00-3:30 pm – Kevin Huizenga signing
4:00-6:00 pm – Chris Ware signing

Sunday, November 2nd
12:00-1:30 pm – Sammy Harkham & Kevin Huizenga signing
12:30-1:30 pm – Chris Ware Spotlight Panel with Eli Horowitz
4:00-6:00 pm – Chris Ware signing

§ Andrew Farrago

I’ll be tabling with the Couscous Collective, and moderating two panels: Matt Madden and Jessica Abel on Saturday, and the Bay Area’s Young Cartoonists on Sunday (Andy Ristaino, Andy Hartzell, Andy Rina Ayuyang, Andy Briana Miller, Andy Jason Thompson and Andy Thien Pham. It’s an all-Andy, all-the-time panel).

§ Antix Press

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This new publishers debuts Dr. Grave: The Unholy Twelve tpd with a cover by Guy Davis (B.P.R.D., The Marquis) Antix Press will be at table 507 and selling copies of the trade.

Ape Flyer 5X7 125Dpi

The Antix Press Launch Party, which will happen on Saturday, Nov. 1 @ the Mars Bar, 798 Brannan St & 7th, 7-9pm. Stone Brewing Co. has signed on to co-sponsor and will be providing some very excellent beer.

§ Cloudscape:

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Cloudscape Comics, an emerging local comics publisher, will be launching their second installment entitled “Historyonics: Stories drawn from the past.” The official launch will be held November 1st at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. An official launch party will be held in Vancouver at a later date.

§ Javier Hernandez:

I’ll be debuting my brand new issue of EL Muerto, EL MUERTO:DEAD & CONFUSED at APE this weekend!

Also, the EL MUERTO guest appearance in the BALDO newspaper strip starts today and runs until Sunday, Nov. 2nd. Which coincidentally is Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the last day of APE and, um…Steve Ditko’s birthday!

Cartoon Flophouse Cover Art
§ Michael Aushenker

CARTOON FLOPHOUSE FEATURING GREENBLATT THE GREAT! # 1, will debut at the APE show (at the Cartoon Flophouse booth # 505).

Also: WILDCARD INK (booth # 131) will debut the first issue of the new GUMBY’S GANG series I’m writing about Gumby’s supporting cast. The first one, GUMBY’S GANG STARRING POKEY, will be available at Mel Smith’s WildCard table and both myself and the artist, our CAPS buddy Rafael Navarro, will be available to sign. Navarro has drawn the first book, Ken Hooper will be doing # 2 .

§ Abby Denson

My newest mini-comic, My Boyfriend is a Space Robot, debuts at APE in San Francisco this coming weekend. Still not sure if I will be there, but you can definitely get the comic! It will be exclusively available at the Prism Comics table #338, so be sure to go and ask for it! This is my first full-color mini comic! It’s 12 pages and has lots of heart and color! It’s about a teenage girl with muscular dystrophy who finds romance with an alien robot. Click below for some page previews.


§ Table 448 – Writers Old Fashioned

This year’s Writers Old Fashioned table will feature the newest work by our ever-growing San Francisco based writing group. We’re thrilled to announce Emily Stackhouse’s first comic, Brazilianoir, will be making its debut at the show. Jason McNamara will also be on hand signing fresh copies of his critically acclaimed hit, The Martian Confederacy (featuring art by APE special guest Paige Braddock). Of course, we’ll have copies of Writers Old Fashioned classics like Kirsten Baldock and Fabio Moon’s Smoke and Guns and the Eisner-nominated graphic novel, The Homeless Channel, at the table too!


§ Table 529 – California College of the Arts
The California College of the Arts makes its Alternative Press Expo debut at this year’s show. After attending cartooning workshops and seminars, both writing and visual arts majors will be presenting their comics to the public for the very first time! Keep an eye out for the CCA banner and show these future comic book superstars some love. The CCA table will also feature special appearances by comics lecturer Matt Silady (The Homeless Channel), CCA summer degree instructor Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) and graphic novel seminar guest speaker Julia Wertz (The Fart Party)!

§ I Know Joe Kimpel will be debuting two new minicomics by Colleen Frakes at APE:

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Giant Size Tragic Relief, collecting issues #2-7. Colleen will not be reprinting those issues, so grab them here in one convenient volume. 52 pages, 8.5 x11, xeroxed

Woman King

Woman King Chapter 2 continues the story of a young girl adopted by a sleuth of bears who plan to raise her and make her their king. 16 pages, 4.24 x 3.5, xeroxed with color letterpress cover.



§ Nemu*nemu

This will be our first appearance at APE and we’re very excited to fly from Hawaii to San Fran to attend!

We’ll have our first two volumes of Nemu*nemu as well as our APE debut of our mini comic called Pup Fiction!
Pup Fiction is 3 short stories based on the characters of nemu*nemu.

§ Jon Adams:
I’ll be at APE this weekend, debuting a limited edition collection of my weekly Truth Serum strip. It’s full-color, wrapped with a bellyband and funnier than Gallagher. A little. I’ll also have a brand new mini called Bear Trap. It’s also full-color, but mostly just sad.

§ Finally, Beat regular — some might say TOO regular — commenter Cary Coatney will debut his Deposit Man: Playgod Act I. The world trembles.


  1. Got favorable responses to the new book. Few bought it on impulse just for the cover itself – which indicates that I’m finally moving in the right direction with this series. Sales sucked overall – but this new issue was the best seller for me (12 copies).

    The world might have trembled – since there was a downpour that kept the throes of potential customers away until Saturday mid-afternoon.

    I should have mentioned that I gave out a special eight page preview of what’s coming up in Playgod: Act 2 in which Henry Miller in the afterlife team ups with the Deposit Man in battling the demonic forces of flapgirls taking over Heaven led by the spirit of Josephine Baker – that should make anyone fall right into the crack itself.

    Thanks to other regular Beat commenter, Oliver in getting that out in time for the show.



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