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The Blog of Gene Luen Yang - Alternative Press Expo
Alternative Press Expo 

The Alternative Press Expo is happening in San Francisco this weekend! It's one of my favorite comics conventions, and my good friend Lark Pien is a special guest this year! She did the illo (above) for the APE 2009 program book. Apes have never looked cuter.

I'll be on a panel at 5:00 on Saturday. Here are details:

5:00–6:00 Personal Stories—All artists appearing at APE pours their hearts and souls into their work, but some stories are just more personal than others. Comics telling personal stories have been a staple in the alternative publishing world for decades, dating back to the earliest underground comix in the 1960s, and they were elevated to a new level by the work of creators such as Art Spiegleman (Maus) and Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) in the 1980s and 1990s. APE special guests Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes), Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, in addition to his work with Harvey Pekar [Quitter] and Jonathan Ames [The Alcoholic]), Phoebe Gloeckner (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), and Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button), along with Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), and Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), talk with moderator Shaenon K. Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse) about their very personal work.

Come by and check out the best of today's comics! Directions here.

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Oregon Association of School Libraries 

Just got back from the Oregon Association of School Libraries Annual Conference. Derek Kirk Kim and I did a session on Comics in the Classroom, then I did a presentation on how comics are invading American culture. I always enjoy these librarian shindigs. They're so enthusiastic about comics and graphic novels! Thanks, OASL!

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Derek is doing webcomics again! 

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Tomorrow from 12pm-4pm, I'll be at APAture, the Asian-American art show in SF. Here's the address:

Goforaloop Gallery
1458 San Bruno Ave., SF

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SLG Publishing Presents Comics Fest 

Man, I'm bad at blogging. I really should have posted this a couple weeks ago, but is hosting a comics mini-convention at their warehouse tomorrow (Saturday 9/19/09). I'm gonna be there, as are a bunch of other SLG artists!

Here are details:

SLG Publishing Presents Comics Fest
When: 12noon-5pm
Where: SLG Publishing
577 S Market St. San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: www.slgcomic.com 408-971-8929
What: SLG Publishing, founders of the Alternative Press Expo, returns to the San Jose, California convention scene with Comics Fest. This one-day event will gather together a number of indy comics creators in an exhibit of both established and emerging local talent. Held at the spacious SLG Gallery, this event is free to all.

Guests: Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes), Landry Walker (Tron, Little Gloomy, Brave and the Bold), Eric Jones (Tron, Little Gloomy, Brave and the Bold), Jon "Bean" Hastings (Haunted Mansion, Smith Brown Jones), Scott Saavedra (Java Town), Andy Ristaino (The Babysitter, Meathaus), Anthony Leano (BrAiNs), Paul Allen (BrAiNs, The Nose Ninja), Alex Chiu (Chocolate Milk & Donut Doodles, Color Ink Book)

Come by if you can!

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