Artists of all levels are invited to start their day at APE off right with fun cartooning challenges and exercises with artist Brian Kolm (atomicbearpress.com). No need to wear your sparkly sweatsuit (unless you want to), just bring yourself and we will provided the papers and pencils.
Saturday October 12, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity, and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Panelists include Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf, Peanuts), and Jack Baur (Teen Services Librarian at the Berkeley Public Library). Moderated by Betsy Gomez (CBLDF) with a Q&A to follow.
APE special guests Ron Turner (underground comix pioneer and head of Last Gasp), Dan Vado (SLG Publishing and APE founder), and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics) discuss why the independent press is a necessary part of the comics community. Moderated by Andrew Farago of the Cartoon Art Museum, the panelists will discuss not only why they believe in the independent press but how you can become a part of it, too.
San Francisco's comics history runs deep, from the first modern comic strip in the late 1800s to the birth of the underground comix movement in the 1960s. The Bay Area continues to produce some of the world’s top cartoonists, and the Cartoon Art Museum's Small Press Spotlight focuses on the works of these talented individuals. Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago joins artists Susie Cagle (This Is What Concerns Me), Renée French (Micrographica), Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Roman Muradov (bluebed.net), Fred Noland (Black Sheep), and Andy Ristaino (Adventure Time, Night of the Living Vidiots) as they celebrate the tenth anniversary of this ongoing exhibition and talk about the past, present, and future of comics in the Bay Area.
CCS faculty member Alec Longstreth and CCS alumna Nomi Kane will provide some self-publishing tips and then walk students through the steps of making an 8-page minicomic out of a single sheet of paper. You will leave this workshop with a freshly drawn minicomic to share with your friends and family!
Saturday October 12, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Fri, Oct 04, 02:02PM For a cartoonist, putting together a complete graphic novel or gathering the material needed to fill a book of collected works is no small undertaking. Moderator Doug Neff (Toucan Learning Systems) talks with panelists Colleen Coover (Bandette), Renée French (The Ticking), Bill Griffith (Zippy) and Anders Nilsen (Big Questions) about how their processes differ and what unique challenges they face when putting together these astounding projects.
Join the struggle for comic supremacy! Combine Pictionary and Dungeons & Dragons and you get Mangaka, a fast-paced new storytelling game where every round involves drawing cards and drawing comics. Follow Trends, avoid Impairments (like Blindness and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), and compete with your fellow players to tell the greatest comic stories, even if you can’t even draw a stick figure!
Saturday October 12, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Eisner Award-winning writer/artist -- and APE special guest -- Raina Telgemeier talks about her work in graphic novels (The Babysitter's Club, Smile, Drama) and what's coming next for this popular comics creator.
Each week about 50 New Yorker cartoonists each submit 10 ideas, yielding 500 for no more than 20 spots in the magazine. New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler takes you through his creative process and shows you how to turn a funny idea into a successful gag cartoon.
Saturday October 12, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Their co-creation Bandette is the digital comics sensation of the year. Cartoonist Colleen Coover and writer Paul Tobin are APE special guests and the winners of the Eisner Award for Best Digitial Comic. Both have long histories in the comics world and they'll talk about that, Bandette, and more in this spotlight panel.
Comics Quickfire is a fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Competing cartoonists include Debbie Huey, Stu Livingston, Katie Shanahan, and more!
Saturday October 12, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Meet the creator of Zippy the Pinhead! APE special guest Bill Griffith will be giving a slideshow talk on his long history in comics, from his days in the San Francisco Underground, where Zippy was born in 1970, to his syndication in daily newspapers, as well as work for The New Yorker and other magazines. Bring your own taco sauce; polka-dotted muu-muus optional.
Come and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of APE with some of those who made it happen! Panelists include APE founder Dan Vado (SLG Publishing), Jackie Estrada (who coordinated programming and other aspects of APE in its early years), Keith Knight (who was a guest at the very first APE), and early guests Batton Lash (Supernatural Law) and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man), as they talk about the show’s origins and how it has grown and changed with moderator and former director of programming for APE, Gary Sassaman.