Small Expo. Big Fun.


I love APCE. It’s more than just a comic con, it’s a celebration of the medium and of the people who make them and truly appreciate the work. I’m proud to be apart of it and look forward to coming to APCE again.”
— Esteban Valdez (Echo Bride Pictures)

how apce came to be -


Starting in 2012, Jon and Jackie Woodard began traveling around the U.S. attending comic cons as exhibitors. They've attended shows in Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago, Las Vegas, Tampa and other major cities.  Sadly, one thing became apparent - the focus of these large comic cons was no longer comics or the creators who make them. They decided to do their own show  dedicated to comic creators- Art Pop Comic Expo.

This show was designed to be a small expo that allowed fans to meet their favorite comic creators in a more intimate setting. The very first show was May 2015 in Jonesboro, Arkansas and was a great success. Featured guests included Tom Nguyen (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW) Lorenzo Lizana (Lion Forge Comics) John Lucas (Marvel, Darkhorse) Esteban Valdez (Echobridge Pictures) and Kelly Williams (Dark Horse). TMNT actor Ernie Reyes Jr was also a guest the first year.

Jon and Jackie plan to do this show every year in Jonesboro Arkansas and they are currently planning to expand into NWA with a show in the Fayetteville/Bentonville area.


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Rogers, AR 72758



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Putting together a show like Art Pop Comic Expo is a lot of work. We're glad to have the help of our sponsor, Vivid Apps. They make the super fun IOS comic book lettering app - Strip Designer. They were a sponsor from our 2015 show that came back to sponsor us this year and their app, Strip Designer, is included in our 2016 VIP package.