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I'll be with the Couscous Collective at this year's Alternative Press Expo, October 17-18 in San Francisco. Check us out at table 347 on the ground floor.

The Couscousians are all over the programming this year. Panels behind the cut...

On Saturday, the lovely Andrew Farago will be on this panel:

12:45–1:30 The ABCs and Zs: The SF Bay Area Scene of Comics, Zines, Community, and Everything in Between—The comics and zine scenes based out of the Bay Area are a great example of San Francisco's long-standing traditions of art and inclusive community. This panel features a variety of active local creators who wear a number of hats in this current scene. All are friends, fans, creators, organizers, promoters and more, each sharing their beginnings, own work and nearby favorites. Panelists include Paige Braddock (Santa Rosa, Jane’s World), Jennifer Yin (San Francisco, Asian Art Museum, coordinator of manga and Tezuka events), Ryan Germick (San Francisco, indy cartoonist, worked on iGoogle’s homepage themes by selected artists), Gene Luen Yang (Fremont, writer/artist, American Born Chinese), François Vigneault (San Francisco, indy cartoonist, coordinated ZineFest for three years), Andrew Farago (San Francisco, curator, Cartoon Art Museum), and moderators Jing Mei Bentley and APE special guest Lark Pien (Oakland, indy cartoonist and artist, Long Tail Kitty). All of these panelists enjoy bringing people and comics together. Find out how they accomplish that at this panel!

Then we've got Leia Weathington doing (ahem) "Queer Cartoonists":

2:15–3:15 Queer Cartoonists Panel—Now entering its sixth year at APE, this popular panel will discuss depictions of sexuality and gender in comics, getting work out to a niche market, and how to draw a great looking butt! LGBT cartoonists Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Sina Grace (Cedric Hollows), Jeff Krell (Jason Goes to Hollywood), Dale Lazarov (Sticky, Nightlife), William Tyler (The Goth Queen Needs a Mate), and Leia Weathington (Bold Riley) join moderator Justin Hall (Hard To Swallow, Glamazonia) for a spirited conversation ranging from the sublime to the sordid.

I'll be moderating "Personal Stories":

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.

And if you stay in your seats you can see Pancha Diaz talk manga on the very next panel, "IKKI Goes APE":

6:00–6:45 IKKI Goes APE!—San Francisco–based manga publisher VIZ Media has launched the VIZ Signature IKKI online magazine (www.sigikki.com), bringing Western readers some of the most original, challenging, and entertaining manga being published today. IKKI editors Pancha Diaz (Children of the Sea), Kit Fox (I'll Give It My All . . . Tomorrow), and Daniel Gillespie (Dorohedoro and Saturn Apartments) discuss this innovative project. Moderated by in-house IKKI mascot Misaki Kido.

Then, on Sunday, Andrew will moderate "The Webcomics Panel," a tie-in to the "Monsters of Webcomics" show currently on display at the Cartoon Art Museum:

2:15–3:15 The Webcomics Panel—The Internet has revolutionized all forms of communication, and comics are no exception. Over the past decade, webcomics have transformed from a small, fringe movement to a vital and essential component of comics publishing. APE Special Guests Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), and Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button) join Dylan Meconis (Family Man) and Jesse Reklaw (Slow Wave) as they talk to moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum, curator of the current “Monsters of Webcomics” exhibit) about the present—and future—of webcomics.

And in the afternoon he's back for "The Indie Cartoonist Survival Guide":

4:15-5:00 Indie Cartoonist Survival Guide—How does your average indie cartoonist manage to thrive in hard economic times? Moderator Keith Knight (The Knight Life, the K Chronicles, (th)ink), and his peers share experiences of how they've managed to navigate the economic downturn. A must for all struggling cartoonists (and the folks who love them)! Featuring Shannon Wheeler (New Yorker, The Onion, Too Much Coffee Man), Stephen Notley (Bob the Angry Flower), Andrew Farago ("The Chronicles of William Bazillion"), Justin Hall (Glamazonia!!), and Miriam Libicki (Jobnik!).

Dag, we're gonna be busy. But mostly Andrew.