Signing: Zack Kaplan (Port of Earth, Eclipse) at Fantastic Comics, June 23

Fantastic Comics, 2026 Shattuck in Berkeley, will host hard sci-fi comic writer Zack Kaplan for a signing on June 23. Kaplan, the writer behind the critically acclaimed titles Port of Earth (aliens open a port on Earth) and Eclipse (detective story in a future where stepping into daylight burns people to death), will visit the Berkeley comic store as a part of a kick-off for his newest series The Lost City Explorers.

Lost City Explorers

According to publisher Aftershock Comics:

Lost cities aren’t just the stuff of myths. They exist hidden right under our noses. But when a mysterious expedition is disrupted by supernatural activity, and an antiquities professor goes missing, his teenage daughter and her friends must become underground urban explorers, follow his tracks on a coming-of-age journey through subterranean tunnels, and ultimately find the holy grail of lost city: Atlantis buried right under New York City!

Art on the new title is from Alvaro Sarraseca with colors by Chris Blythe.

Kaplan will be at Fantastic Comics from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA
(510) 848-2988
Website: www.fantasticcomics.net
Twitter: @FantasticComics
Facebook: FantasticComics
Sun-Tue: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed-Sat: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Signing: The Last Siege’s Landry Walker and Justin Greenwood at Escapist, June 9

The Escapist has a busy weekend of signings coming up. On June 9, the Berkeley comic shop will welcome The Last Siege‘s writer Landry Q. Walker and artist Justin Greenwood. The duo will sign the first issue of the series between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The signing comes the day after No. 1 With a Bullet‘s writer Jacob Semahn appears at the store. Read about that signing here.

Here’s a description of The Last Siege from Image Comics:

A tale of blood, desperation, and loss. New York Times bestselling author LANDRY Q. WALKER joins artist JUSTIN GREENWOOD for an all-new ONGOING SERIES—THE LAST SIEGE! Spaghetti Western storytelling meets Game of Thrones atmosphere in this gritty medieval war story, as a mysterious stranger arrives at a castle overrun with brutal soldiers bent on usurping the throne of the rightful heir—an 11-year-old girl. An action-packed, genre-twisting epic, THE LAST SIEGE begins!

Escapist is located at 3090 Claremont Avenue in Berkeley.

 

Signing: No. 1 With A Bullet’s Jacob Semahn at Escapist, June 8

The Escapist has a busy weekend of signings coming up. On June 8, the Berkeley comic shop will welcome No. 1 With a Bullet‘s writer Jacob Semahn between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On June 9, Escapist will host Landry Walker and Justin Greenwood signing the first issue of The Last Siege. Read more about this signing here.

No. 1 With a Bullet is June’s selection for the Escapist’s book club. Semahn is the writer on the book with Jorge Corona handling art duties. here’s a write up about the book from Image:

Her social media, strong. Her variety show segments, a hit. Nash Huang is at the top of her game. But when the iRis Shutter contact lens hits the market, Nash’s life is personally invaded. The latest leap forward in “technological progress,” these contacts not only play video or augment reality…but also record footage. Fighting to keep her life together after a leaked sex tape goes viral, a clingy super-fan is the last thing on Nash’s mind…but that’s exactly when the bodies pile up and the terror begins. From the bestselling team that brought you GONERS, comes NO. 1 WITH A BULLET!

 

San Francisco Comic Con Heads to Oakland with Matt Smith, Jonathan Frakes, Wallace Shawn, and more

The San Francisco Comic Con returns to the Bay Area this June but not to its namesake city. The convention, which has been diligently filling a void left by WonderCon’s departure in 2012, will bring geeky comic goodness to the Oakland Convention Center June 8-10.

San Francisco Comic Con

Like most comic conventions these days, there’s more to San Francisco Comic Con than comics. The convention will include panels on everything from cosplay to gaming. In addition to panels, SFCC will host a number of celebrity guests (for an additional cost): Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: TNG), Camren Bicondova (Gotham), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride), Michael Biehn (Aliens), Rodger Bumpass (Sponge Bob), Kevin Conroy (Batman: TAS), Nolan North (Uncharted), and Veronica Taylor (Pokemon).

The comic creator guest list is substantial and includes a number of rising stars in the industry as well as some big-name veterans. Possibly the biggest name is a weekend appearance of Jim Starlin who will be the focus of two panels discussing his life and work. Other guests include Gerry Conway. Amy Mebberson, Paola Rivera, and Renee Witterstaetter.

A complete list of panels and guests can be found on the San Francisco Comic Con website.

Signing: “The City on the Other Side” Creators May 20 at Comix Experience

Comix Experience will host Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson, the creators of the new all-ages graphic novel The City on the Other Side, on May 20 at 11 a.m.

The signing is part of the Comix Experience Graphic Novel of the Month Kids Club. Members of the club will be able to join the creators in a Q&A before the signing. Interested individuals can join the club in advance of the signing here.

Here’s the description of the early twentieth century San Francisco set fantasy graphic novel.

In The City on the Other Side, a young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, and the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance!

Sheltered within her high-society world, Isabel plays the part of a perfectly proper little girl—she’s quiet, well-behaved, and she keeps her dresses spotlessly clean. She’s certainly not the kind of girl who goes on adventures.

But that all changes when Isabel breaches an invisible barrier and steps into another world. She discovers a city not unlike her own, but magical and dangerous. Here, war rages between the fairies of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Only Isabel, with the help of a magical necklace and a few new friends, stands a chance of ending the war before it destroys the fairy world, and her own.

You can get a sneak peek at the graphic novel on the MacMillan Publisher website.

The City on the Other Side

 

A Superpowered Bay Area Guide To Free Comic Book Day

The Bay Area has more comic shops than any other region of the United States. Within a 15-mile radius of San Francisco’s City Hall, there are no less than 14 stores pushing funny books on impressionable youth (and adults). Free Comic Book Day returns on May 5 and due to the close proximity of Bay Area stores, it’s possible to hit five or six in a single day (if you’re so inclined). That equals a lot of free comics. Here’s our guide on how to do Free Comic Book Day right in the Bay Area.

Free Comic Book Day 2018

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Oakland’s Cape and Cowl Comics Burglarized

Oakland’s Cape and Cowl Comics was burglarized early Saturday.

Photo from Cape and Cowl’s Facebook page

Employees arrived to open the shop for business Saturday morning to find the front door had been smashed and nearly 50 comics stolen from the high-value comic wall.

Cape and Cowl Burgled

Many of the titles stolen were in CGC slabs. CGC slabs are each individually numbered, so if a slabbed book does turn up it could be traced back to Cape and Cowl. The store is working on an inventory of which issues are missing.

In case the above Facebook embed here’s the list of titles with CGC numbers as of April 28 at 5 p.m.

Walking Dead #171 Pink Sig Variant (9.8) 1243657006
MMPR #0 Green (9.8) 1255498009
Batman Who Laughs #1 (9.6) 1249036006
Star Wars #1 (9.4) 1254485001
Strange Tales #110 (2.0) 1249035003
ASM #1 Golden Record Reprint (8.5) 1249035010
Batman #232 (6.5) 1249035007
Ninja-K #1 (9.8) 1249036004
Luke Cage #166 Lenticular (9.8) 1249624008

20 Eye-Catching San Francisco Murals

Murals are seeing a sort of renaissance in San Francisco. Some business owners continue to wash away street art in an effort to raise property estimates. But an increasing number of business owners are seeing the benefit of showcasing and supporting the creation of murals.

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