"My Friend Dahmer" cover
Credit: John "Derf" Backderf
Credit: Alternative Press Expo

Press Release

The original event for independent comics fans and creators returns to San Jose! SLG Publishing is pleased to announce that the Alternative Press Expo (APE) will take place September 23 and 24 at the San Jose Convention Center, further cementing its legacy as a celebratory tribute to all independent comics publishers and creators.

This year, APE is proud to host award-winning artist John "Derf" Backderf as its Featured Guest Artist. The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award winner is among the most widely read independent comics creators, and best known for his work on Trashed, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks, and international bestseller My Friend Dahmer, which is currently in development as a major motion picture. Backderf is the latest in a grand tradition of featured artists for APE, which in previous years has included Gene Luen Yang, Jimmie Robinson, Malachi Ward, and many more.

"Hosting John 'Derf' Backderf for APE 2017 is the first of many exciting announcements for guests and exhibitors for this year's show," said APE founder Dan Vado. "This is our third year in a row back home in San Jose, and we couldn't be more excited to bring independent comics to the very forefront of the industry for its 24th year. Whether you're a longtime follower of the indy scene, or just starting to discover it, APE remains dedicated to presenting the absolute best of the comic industry's alternative press."

Exhibitor booth space is still available for APE 2017, with an open registration ticket available at

Tickets for APE 2017 go on sale in June with weekend passes for $20, and day passes for $15. Teachers and librarians will be admitted free of charge when they pre-register for the event, and as always, retailers will retain free admission to the show.

For more information, including news updates, programming and guest announcements, and more, please visit the Alternative Press Expo website.

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