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APE - a look back at 2004


Expanded space proves a success!

Over 3,800 attend Alternative Press Expo

View of the APE 2004 Exhibit Hall
The 2004 Alternative Press Expo, (APE), held at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco, California drew a record 3,800 people to the February event.

Utilizing both upper levels of the Center, the convention expanded itís exhibitor base from 208 tables sold in 2003 to over 250 tables sold for the 2004 three day show.

Partiers mix it up at the APE/Last Gasp exhibitor bash at APE 2004, held at the Last Gasp Warehouse
Partiers "mix-it-up" at the APE/Last Gasp exhibitor bash held on Friday, Feb. 20 at the Last Gasp warehouse
The premier event for independent, self published and alternative comics, the Alternative Press Expo featured such guests as; Aaron A. (Serenity Rose, courtesy SLG Publishing), Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For), Charles Burns (Black Hole), Carol Lay (Story Minute) and APE founder Dan Vado, the head of SLG Publishing.

In addition to the guests, APE also held panels and programs on books to look for on the APE floor and in 2004, self-publishing, comics formats (mini-comic vs. pamphlet vs. graphic novel), gay comics and the new volume of Spark Generators, talking with creators about who inspired them to be cartoonists.

'Spark Generators' event at APE 2004 Carol Lay, special guest at APE 2004
'Does Size Matter' panel at APE 2004 with (l-r) Tim Stroup, Batton Lash, John Porcellino, Rick Geary, and Rafer Roberts

The Alternative Press Expo was successful on so many levels, and much of the credit must go not only to those who organized the event, but to the many volunteers, exhibitors and attendees who made it all possible.

Comic-Con International, which produces the Alternative Press Expo is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.



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A View of the APE 2004 Exhibit Hall
Exhibitors Galore at APE 2004

APE 2004 Poster featuring art by Batton Lash
The APE 2004 poster with illustration by Batton Lash

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