Mission: Comics and Art, 3520 20th Street in San Francisco, has a big weekend starting tomorrow with a Halloween night signing by Ben Catmull of his new book Ghosts and Ruins. The Fantagraphics published coffee-table art book “is a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses imagined by artist Ben Catmull, along with the stories and rumors of who haunts them, and why. Each spread features a different haunted house, lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of each scene.” Catmull will be signing copies between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
On Friday, Mission will be celebrating as the third successful Ultrasylvania kickstarter comes to a close. The folks behind the book will be on hand to meet-and-greet fans starting at 7 p.m. Ultrasylvania: The Book of the Damned has surpassed the desired goal, but there’s still plenty of time to add additional support to these local creators.
Saturday is the kick-off of Mission’s newest gallery show with a reception for painter MJ Lindo. The recepetion starts at 7 p.m. From Mission’s event page “MJ Lindo‘s artworks translate a story thru imagery and subliminal messaging using animals and motifs. They are stories told thru the expressions of her womens faces and thru the suggested motifs used in her paintings. While her art evokes emotion and wonder it often shares insight into a contemporary women’s story. It is up to the observer to put the pieces together of the story or emotion. MJ often works with a wooden canvas which ads a sort of strength and dimension to her paintings. It often leaves us with a feeling of transparency in her subjects.”