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SLG Publishing announces 2012 San Jose Comics Festival

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SLG Publishing Announces San Jose Comics Festival 
Free Outdoor Comic Convention To Be Paired With Annual Charity Zombie Crawl. 

SAN JOSE, CA – 4/26/2012 – SLG Publishing, the San Jose, CA comics & graphic novel publisher best known for it’s quirky and offbeat offerings, will be sponsoring it’s first outdoor comic book convention when it puts on the San Jose Comics Festivalon September 1.

The San Jose Comics Festival was up this point and twice yearly event that SLG Publishing sponsored and held in it’s warehouse/gallery space. Those events played host to local comic artists and were casual, informal events that placed a premium on giving readers and creators a chance to connect in a more substantive way than they could at most comic book conventions. In expanding upon the event SLG president Dan Vado took inspiration from the very successful Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and decided to move the convention outdoors, closing off a street adjacent to a small park in downtown San Jose. SLG and the San Jose Downtown Association haves used the same location for a yearly charity zombie crawl and movie night called Zombie-O-Rama (www.zombieorama.com).

The San Jose Comics Festival will be combined with Zombie-O-Rama to form a two day event that will have some crossover appeal to vendors and fans. The zombie event, which is a food drive for a local food bank, will be held the evening of Friday August 31st. The San Jose Comics Festival will be held  the next day in the same space as the Zombie-O-Rama. Established in 2009, last year’s Zombie-O-Rama drew an estimated 3,000 people to downtown on a Wednesday night.

Along with artists and other comic related vendors, The San Jose Comics Festival will also feature a stage of live music featuring both San Jose based bands and a few from outside of the area. The event will be free to attend and will be supported by the sale of vending spaces as well as by local sponsorships.

Large crowd at Zombie-O-Rama 2011. Photo by Jon "Bean" Hastings.

“Many literary events have outdoor settings”  noted SLG President Dan Vado “When I decided I wanted to expand the San Jose Comics Festival the last thing I wanted to do was to put on another comics convention in some convention center somewhere. The success we had with Zombie-O-Rama out in the street and in the park gave me the idea that we should do the comic book show outdoors and leverage our zombie event’s success to attract people and to save money on street closures and all of the other permitting that goes into an outdoor event of this nature.”

Vado also noted that the great year-around weather that San Jose enjoys lends itself to outdoor events “It’s my hope that The San Jose Comics festival can become a yearly tradition alongside the Jazz Festival and the many other street fairs and events that take place downtown.”

The San Jose Comics Festival is not SLG Publishing’s first comic book convention having founded the Alternative Press Expo in 1994 (which  is currently run by Comic-Con International) and produced two Los Angeles area conventions called IPEX (Independent Publishing Experience) in 1999 as well as a series of collectible convention in Northern California called Americon. The charity Zombie-O-Rama event was started in 2009 and attracts thousands of people to downtown San Jose.

Exhibit space will go on sale soon and is expected to sell out very quickly. Contact Dan Vado for exhibitor and sponsorship information at dvado@slgpubs.com. Additional details on the event will be released at the event website www.sjcomicsfest.com.

SLG Publishing is a San Jose, CA based publisher of comics books and graphic novels. Established in 1986 itis best known as the publisher of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez.

Zombie-O-Rama is an annual zombie crawl/outdoor movie festival put on in conjunction with the San Jose Downtown Association. Serving as a food rive benefitting Silicon Valley food banks, Zombie-O-rama has collected literally tons of food for people in need.


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SLG Publishing Sponsors Charity Zombie Crawl

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SLG Publishing Sponsors Charity Zombie Crawl
Indy Comics Publisher To Also Host Mini-Convention

SAN JOSE, CA – 8/2/2011 – San Jose based comics publisher SLG Publishing once will one again be sponsoring a zombie walk/food drive this August.  August 31st SLG brings Zombie-O-Rama back to the streets of downtown San Jose. Now in its third year, Zombie-O-Rama is a zombie crawl/food drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bak of Santa Clara. The event revolves around an outdoor showing of a zombie movie (this year’s film is Fido) which is preceded with a good, old-fashioned zombie walk.

Last year’s crawl attracted over 2,000 people and almost a ton of food was collected for the food bank. This years event will also have live music provided by Brass Hysteria and a zombie fashion show before the movie. The event takes place in the park across the street from the SLG warehouse. More information on that event can be found at www.zombieorama.com

On August 27th SLG will relaunch its San Jose Comics Festival. Held in the confines of the SLG warehouse in San Jose, The San Jose Comics Festival is a relaxed and low key environment where people can meet and talk shop with comic book artists. The August 27th event has a decidedly SLG slant to it as featured artists include Mike White whose debut graphic novel Amity Blamity has been very well received, and Crab Scrambly who did interior paintings for the Jhonen Vasquez penned Everything can be Beaten. Also in attendance will be Rikki Simons, best known for his work on Shutterbox as well as for being the voice of Gir from Invader Zim.

The San Jose Comics Festival runs from 12-5PM and admission is free. For an up-to-date listing of artists attending visit www.sjcomicsfest.com

Celebrating its 25th anniversary by hanging on by the skin of its teeth, SLG Publishing is a San Jose based comic book and graphic novel  company best known for discovering new talent. It’s best known title, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, by Jhonen Vasquez remains the company’s top seller

SLG Publishing To Sponsor Zombie Crawl/Food Drive

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SLG Publishing to Sponsor Zombie Food Drive
Zombie-O-Rama To Collect Canned Goods for Second Harvest Food Bank

San Jose, CA – 8/17/2010 – SLG Publishing, in a partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association and Starlight Cinemas,  will be organizing a zombie crawl on August 25th which will double as a canned food drive for The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara. Now in its second year, Zombie-O-Rama as it is
called takes its name from a comic book published by SLG Publishing.
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“Last year’s event was a huge success” said SLG president Dan Vado “Our expectation was that we could get maybe 50-100 people to come out, the SJDA estimated attendance as closer to 1000 and for a good part of the evening the entire San Jose Downtown area looked like a scene from Night of the Living Dead.” Vado added that the canned food drive was also a huge success as over 6,000 pounds of canned goods were donated “It really is a case of the dead helping the living and proves the point that the secret to surviving an apocalypse, be it Zombies or economic as we seem to be in, is to stick together and help each other out.”

The highlights of this years crawl will be a zombie fashion show put on by the Creative Zombie Collective and then an outdoor showing of last year’s hit comedy Zombieland. Admission to the event is free although everyone attending is being asked to bring at least one canned food item. The SLG Publishing Gallery will be open at noon on August 25th and make-up artists will be on hand to zombiefy the make-up challenged for a fee depending on complexity.

The rally point for the crawl will be Gore Park at the corners of South First Street and Williams in downtown San Jose with the crawl set to begin at 5:00 PM. More information including the route map can be found at the event website at www.zombieorama.com

Established in 1986, SLG Publishing is a San Jose, California-based publisher of comic books, graphic novels and related merchandise. Some of SLG’s more notable comics and creators have included Johnny the Homicidal Maniacby Jhonen Vasquez, Milk and Cheese by Evan Dorkin and Zombies Calling by Faith Erin Hicks. www.slgcomic.com
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