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The Alternative Press Expo in San Jose, California, took place on a beautiful day where the golden light was like something out of a Maxfield Parrish painting. On October 8 and 9, 2016, The San Jose Convention Center was the scene of yet another great APE get-together. The Alternative Press Expo is the premier show for authors and artists in an intimate venue offering visitors lots of opportunities to meet with exhibitors previewing new and newish contributions to the comic medium with dips into every genre. In the words of APE’s creator, Dan Vado, “APE was created for people who have the need, for people who would create what they create even when there is zero money and a minuscule audience...” Artists who bring “passion, energy and love...to their craft and the media of comics.”

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Like Dorothy says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” but when she touched down in Oz I bet she didn’t think it would take over a decade to get back to her roots. Dan Vado knows what it’s like. The owner of Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) and creator of the Alternative Press Expo (APE) returned to San Jose, California, October 3rd and 4th for an outstanding expo showcasing independent artists, creators and publishers.

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