Alternative Press Expo Brings Independent Comics Back to San Jose

Award-winning ‘My Friend Dahmer’ cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf to headline APE 2017 in September The original event for independent comics fans and creators returns to San Jose! SLG Publishing is […]

Award-winning ‘My Friend Dahmer’ cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf to headline APE 2017 in September

The original event for independent comics fans and creators returns to San Jose! SLG Publishing is pleased to announce that the Alternative Press Expo (APE) will take place September 23 and 24 at the San Jose Convention Center, further cementing its legacy as a celebratory tribute to all independent comics publishers and creators.

This year, APE is proud to host award-winning artist John “Derf” Backderf as its Featured Guest Artist. The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award winner is among the most widely read independent comics creators, and best known for his work on Trashed, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks, and international bestseller My Friend Dahmer, which is currently in development as a major motion picture. Backderf is the latest in a grand tradition of featured artists for APE, which in previous years has included Gene Luen Yang, Jimmie Robinson, Malachi Ward, and many more.

“Hosting John ‘Derf’ Backderf for APE 2017 is the first of many exciting announcements for guests and exhibitors for this year’s show,” said APE founder Dan Vado. “This is our third year in a row back home in San Jose, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring independent comics to the very forefront of the industry for its 24th year. Whether you’re a longtime follower of the indy scene, or just starting to discover it, APE remains dedicated to presenting the absolute best of the comic industry’s alternative press.”

Exhibitor booth space is still available for APE 2017, with an open registration ticket available at alternativepressexpo.com/exhibitors.

Tickets for APE 2017 go on sale in June with weekend passes for $20, and day passes for $15. Teachers and librarians will be admitted free of charge when they pre-register for the event, and as always, retailers will retain free admission to the show.

For more information, including news updates, programming and guest announcements, and more, please visit the Alternative Press Expo website.

About the Alternative Press Expo
Founded in 1994 by Dan Vado, the Alternative Press Expo (APE) is an event for self-publishers, independent publishers, and alternative cartoonists to showcase their talent and creative projects. After many years exhibiting in San Francisco, APE has returned to its roots in San Jose, where it continues it’s mission of promoting small press and independent publishing.

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