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Von Allan to appear at the 2007 edition of the Alternative Press Expo

Press Release

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (April 1, 2007) – Graphic novels have, over the
past number of years, developed a dedicated following; people have
fallen in love with the medium's depth and range. San Francisco's
Alternative Press Expo (APE) has become the place to experience this
first-hand and is an excellent opportunity to meet the new vanguard of
creative voices. Canadian graphic novelist Von Allan will be an
exhibitor at this year's edition of APE and he will be displaying
samples from his upcoming graphic novel the road to god knows…

“San Francisco has such a celebrated literary history,” says Allan.
“It's fantastic to see that APE has developed into a place where
cartoonists can rub shoulders with the best and brightest of this
literary tradition. I think the magic of APE is that it serves as a
gathering place for cartoonists of all different tastes and stripes. You
can quite literally find anything you're interested in at the Expo and
most likely you'll be stunned by the artistic and storytelling ability
that's represented. The talent at APE is staggering, to say the least,
and it's wonderful to be a part of that. People are really beginning to
realize that comics and graphic novels can evoke any emotion in the
reader and do so in a different way then a novel or a film can. That's a
far cry from their pulp origins and I think it's quite fair to say that
comics have grown up. What a unique and magical medium to work in and
what a fantastic event to show that work at.”

The road to god knows... is the story of Marie, a young teenage girl
coming to grips with her Mom's schizophrenia. As a result, she's
struggling to grow up fast; wrestling with poverty, loneliness, and her
Mom's illness every step of the way. Betty, Marie's Mom, can't help;
she's living with an illness that's slowly getting worse and
increasingly frightening. With her Mom absorbed in her own problems,
Marie is essentially alone while she learns to deal with the chaos in
her young life.

The road to god knows… is expected to be printed in 2007.

About Von Allan: Von Allan was born red-headed and freckled in Arnprior,
Ontario, just in time for Star Wars: A New Hope. The single child of two
loving but troubled parents, Von split most of his childhood between
their two homes and, consequently, spent a lot of time in the worlds of
comics and wrestling. He managed Perfect Books, an independent bookstore
in Ottawa, for many years while working on story ideas in his spare
time; eventually, he decided to make the leap to a creative life, and
the road to god knows… was the result. Additional information about the
graphic novel can be found at www.vonallan.com .

About the APE: Comic-Con International, which produces APE, is a
nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of and
appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through
the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic
and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. Billed as the
largest gathering of alternative and self-published comics in the
country, APE features hundreds of artists and publishers under one roof.
APE also features an extraordinary special guests list that includes
some of the top names in alternative comics along with some of its
fastest rising stars.


Von Allan
P.O. Box 20520, 390 Rideau Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. K1N 1A3
Email: von@vonallan.com
Phone: 613-236-9957

Alternative Press Expo 2007
April 21st and April 22nd 2007
The Concourse, 620 7th Street
San Francisco, California, United States. 94101
Phone: 619-414-1020


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