This year’s official Alternative Press Expo poster and promotional art was created exclusively for APE by Eisner Award winning artist Colleen Coover. Colleen and her husband, writer Paul Tobin, are the creators of Bandette, which was nominated for four Eisner Awards this year and won the award for Best Digital Comic. Both Colleen and Paul are special guests at this year’s APE, October 12 and 13 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco, CA.
Colleen’s art (shown below) combines APE’s classic big purple monkey—nattily attired this year—reading comics on a quintessential San Francisco front stoop as Bandette hitches a ride on a “Rad Thai” delivery person’s motorcycle. The image will be used as the official poster, the APE 2013 Program Book cover, and on promotional art that will be distributed around the Bay area, including the aforementioned poster, plus bookmarks, flyers, and newspaper ads. You can meet Colleen and Paul at the show and have them sign your APE Program Book!
Colleen joins a list of amazing talent who has created exclusive art for APE over the years, including Paige Braddock, Gilbert Hernandez, Keith Knight, Rich Koslowski, Batton Lash, Lark Pien, Craig Thompson, Shannon Wheeler, and Gene Luen Yang. Look for a lengthy interview with Colleen on this website next week, as she discusses Bandette, her life-long love of comics, and moving into digital publishing.
There’s lots more info coming on APE in the coming weeks, including discounted badges on sale on this website … stay tuned to Toucan for exclusive updates!