This weekend was not only the Alternative Press Expo, it was also the book release party for our new graphic novel Truth Serum: The Lonely Parade. We're not going to lie to you. If you missed it, you're kind of a lame-o.
The highlight of the evening was a performance of a Truth Serum play entitled Bus Stop Folly. Dan Weiss starred as Invisiblor, Avery Monsen played the brand new character Power-Punch and Isaac Fitzgerald played a guy waiting for the bus.
But the fun didn't end there. No. There was more fun, ending somewhere else entirely. The hosts of the evening were the Big Stone Head founders Jory John and Avery Monsen. They wowed the crowd with countless feats of humor and daring. In one case there was an instance of magic when Jory placed a bean into a curtain, turning the bean into six people and a bear.
Here's a brief recap of the evening in a less animated form:
1. People gathered, drinking, eating and conversing. We were quite excited this year as not a single person in the crowd was stabbed.
2. Jokes and secrets were told by friends and enemies alike.
3. Avery Monsen and his friend James performed a rousing rendition of everybody's favorite song "There's a Bear in the Theater."
4. Pin the Face on Chester was played by several blind participants wandering about the room.
5. Power-Punch died. Though not from a stabbing. We think it was stress.
6. With Power-Punch out of the picture, people were free to socialize again.
ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO
And yes, let's not forget A.P.E. It was perhaps less eventful than the party, but fun nonetheless. We sold books to strangers, aquaintances and miscellaneous. Lots of nice people said lots of nice things, most of which we don't remember specifically but, instead, recall the general sense of happiness derived from their comments.
Here's author Jon Adams seen eating half a delicious cantaloupe in front of our recently resurrected window display.