Signing at our booth or appearing at their own tables at APE are some very illustrious comic book creators:
Aaron A. (tentative)
Jon "Bean" Hastings
Karl Christian Krumpholz
Rikki Simons and Tavisha*
*This artist has his or her own table at the convention.
In addition, Karl Christian Krumpholz, creator of Byron: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous is a special guest of the convention, and he will have a panel on Saturday:
1:45-2:25 Spotlight on Karl Christian Krumpholz— Karl Christian Krumpholz talks about Byron: Mad, Bad and Dangerous, one of the titles that launched SLG's digital publishing imprint EyeMelt.com, as well as the dangers of glamorizing evil, and his work on his mini-comics Angst Boy, Sturm und Drang, and Schadenfreude. Broken Frontier called Byron, to be collected into a print graphic novel in August, "a wry and oft times truly terrifying book." Moderated by Jennifer de Guzman, editor-in-chief of SLG Publishing.
What else, you ask? Well, on Saturday, April 21, is the opening reception for The Indie: An Art Show Celebrating Alternative Press Artists at Gallery 1988 in San Francisco, featuring work by many great artists, including Lesley Reppeteaux (a.k.a. Black Olive, creator of Outlook: Grim and Screwtooth) and Camilla d'Errico, artist on Nightmares and Fairy Tales.
If that's not enough for you, and you demand that your comic book art experience start earlier than Saturday, then there's the opening reception for the Funny Papers show at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont on Friday, April 20. Several pieces by Eric Jones (artist and co-creator of The Super-Scary Monster Show and Kid Gravity) will be exhibited.
That enough to do for you? I know it will be for me. But it doesn't end there. On April 28 is the Manga, Art and Graphic Novel Expo for Teens in Fremont. Eric Jones and Landry Walker will be joining me there, and if last year's expo is any indication, it should be a lot of fun. There will be bands and a fashion show, I believe, and a Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament.
Phew. Between all these conventions, the comprehensive exam essays I wrote last weekend, the Comics Writing Workshop (which went swimmingly, by the way -- I hope to be able to do it again), and doing my taxes, I think this April is the busiest month I've had in a while. I would say I get to rest after this, but there's still the matter of that thesis I'm writing. Good lord.