APE 2009

Today was day 1 of San Francisco's Alternative Press Expo. The sheer scope of the event overwhelmed me- it was wall-to-wall self publishers, with the BIG DOGS in the center of the event... BIG DOGS being publisher like Cartoon Books, Slave Labor Graphics, Fantagraphics, etc.

I got to briefly meet Alec Longstreth and trade a copy of Jerks In Space #1 for Phase 7 #5. Without his comprehensive guide to self publishing, making Jerks In Space would have been a whole heck of a lot harder! That guy's a real hero of the scene. I can't wait to buy the Basewood trade when it comes out.


Happy surprise- I picked up issues 1 and 2 of Eric Haven's "TALES TO DEMOLISH" at the Sparkplug Comics booth and I unknowingly met Mr. Haven at the Buenaventura booth. Unfortunately I did not have the cash to buy his new offering from Buenaventura... I'll pick it up tomorrow.