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APE Article at Publishers Weekly

Ian Brill gives a nice overview of APE at Publishers Weekly. In it, he quotes SLG prez Dan Vado noting a change at the Alternative Press Expo, one which I noticed as well: The decline of the mini-comic.

While there were a few people self-publishing their comics, there were fewer of them than in the past, and there seemed to be an even marked decrease in the charming photocopied, hand-stapled mini-comic. Last year, I either bought or was generously given several mini-comics or self-published comics (you can read about that here). This year -- I bought two (one by Johnny Siu and another called "Fremont Girl") and was given none. (Boohoo!) The assumption is that the do-it-yourselfers have moved to the web.

The article also notes the Karl Christian Krumpholz talked about digital comics at his panel. Karl's comic Byron: Mad, Bad and Dangerous is being released at SLG's digital comics site Eyemelt.com. One advantage he noted was the ability to write a story unconstrained by specific page counts. The traditional pamphlet-format comic book is 24 or 32 pages long, with the length of the story or installment dictated by how many of the pages are devoted to ads. This makes for a unique form of storytelling, but it also can be constraining. At his panel, Karl mentioned that he has felt that he can tell his story more naturally without the constraints of specific page counts.

Oh, and I forgot to mention -- I was totally wrong about the costumes at APE! The silver androgynous android thing was no where to be seen. In its place were two people dressed as Green Lanterns. Far from being confused as to why they were dressed up like DC characters at an indie and alternative comics show, the man and woman walked about confidently in their skin-tight green spandex bodysuits, which were complete with Lantern Corps rings and air-brushed ass muscles.



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Apr. 24th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Last year I took a girl who knew absolutely nothing about comics to APE and while we there she asked, "So, is that Green Lantern here?" (because I used to make a lot of jokes about my ironic love for the character) and for a second I looked at her not sure if it was a joke and then I just cracked up. I can't tease her about that comment anymore though since this year the first thing I noticed when I stepped inside the Concourse were (or is is "was"?) those two Green Lantern cosplayers.

Also those two had multiple costumes that they wore at APE satuday and I remember seeing them pull the same multi-cosplay stunt at Wondercon this year.
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
yeah the chick later dressed up as the flash, and the dood was arch-angel...wierd. I thought the fact that they airbrushed but cracks into the costume to be the best thing.

I was gonna hand you my mini on saturday, but the only time I saw you, yo u running to the restroom---and I didn't think it was the best of time to hand you some comics.

oh well, if I mail them out to you c/o slg will you get them that way?
Apr. 25th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'll get the comics if you mail them! Thank you so much. I love mini-comics. I regret not buying more now.

Apr. 26th, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
I don't know how much tables cost at APE but the prices at MoCCA and SPX are shutting out a lot of the little guys. So those shows mainly have the mid-to-upper tier indy folks there.

SPACE was last weekend which is traditionally chock full of the do-it-yourself people. I wish I could have gone this year.

<a href="FLUKE was a small mini-comic and zine fest in Athens earlier in the month. I did go to that and it was a ton of fun. I sold lots of self-printed collections of my webcomic. Folded and stapled them in the car on the drive from Atlanta. More and more of these small cons are popping up. To paraphrase Norma Desmond, DIY is big, it's the cons that have gotten small.
Apr. 26th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
sorry. messed up the FLUKE link: FLUKE
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