Bay Area Comic Events Update November 7, 2016

Big news for Bay Area fans of comics and cartoons broke this week. The Cartoon Art Museum, after a long streak of homelessness, is returning to the Bay Area in a new space on Fisherman’s Wharf. You can read more about the 2017 opening here.

Happy birthday to Two Cats Comics at 320 West Portal in San Francisco! The comic shop celebrated five years on November 2.

There aren’t many updates this week but I did want to call special attention to a screening of Officer Downe at the Roxie starting on November 18. In a cinematic world dominated by the Big Two it’s important to show support for indie characters who make the cinematic leap (and, of course, indie theaters like the Roxie that make screenings of those films possible).

While on the subject of films it seems worth mentioning Oakland’s Daniel Clowes will see his graphic novel Wilson adapted for the big screen. Woody Harrelson will play the role of the title character. AV Club writes “is a lonely-yet-annoyingly convivial, garrulous-yet-recklessly honest man who came close to having a family before everything unraveled. Closer than he even realized. After learning that his estranged wife (Laura Dern) had long ago put a daughter he never knew about up for adoption, he decides to track down the two women most important to his life and bring the family back together once again, or actually for the first time.” Cowles other work includes Ghost World, Eightball, Mister Wonderful, and more. The film is set for release in March of 2017.

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November 7 – 13, 2016

Kevin Wada & Ezekiel Kweku The Wicked + The Divine Discussion
When: November 13 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
What: The Wicked + The Divine issue 23 will break from the traditional comic mold of being a sequential medium by turning into an in-world pop culture magazine focused on the Gods. It provides an opportunity to showcase the fashion illustration talents of Kevin Wada. Wic/Div co-creator Kieron Gillen populated the content by hosting roleplay conversations with legit culture journalists who in turn generated the articles. Bay Area culture journalist Ezekiel Kewku was one of those to lend his skills to this issue.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1179933605363416/

Chris Roberson Signing
When: November 13 at 1 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
What: Singing by Chris Roberson co-creator of the WB’s iZOMBIE, writer of Fables, Masks, and of BPRD and Witchfinder
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027881997329898/

November 14 – 21, 2016

Screening: Officer Downe
When: November 18 – 23
Where: Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street in San Francisco
What: Officer Downe is the comic book creation of Joey Casey and Chris Burnham. The title was adapted for the silver screen by Slipknot’s Michael Shawn Crahan. Early reports suggest the film preserves the comic’s dark and over-the-top ultra-violent narrative. It’s only screening at the Roxie for six nights so don’t miss it.
More info: http://www.roxie.com/ai1ec_event/officer-downe/?instance_id=16264

Local Comic Shops Day
When: November 19
Where: Everywhere
More info: http://localcomicshopday.com/

Cape and Cowl One-Year Anniversary Party featuring
Dave Dwonch, Justin Greenwood, Ramon Villalobos, Logan Faerber, and more

When: November 19
Where: Cape and Cowl Comics
1601 Clay Street in Oakland
What: The Bay Area’s youngest comic book store will celebrate one-year on November 19. They shop has big celebration plan include rare collectible prints and pins (check out the pins at this link), a star-studded line-up of guests, and more.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204869236591381/

Darick Robertson Signing
When: November 19
Where: Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff
What: Darick Robertson will be signing copies of Valient’s Harbinger Renegades as part of Local Comic Shop Day. Flying Colors will also carry an exclusive first issue of the Valiant title.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152517491843185/

Matt Sheean, Simon Roy, and Malachi Ward Signing
When: November 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission Street in San Francisco
What: Sheean, Roy, and Ward will sign copies of the recently published trade paperbacks of Ancestor and Habitat. The two titles were serialized in the Brandon Graham and Emma Rios Image project Island.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/995163667261783/

Andy Warner Signing
When: November 19 (time TBD)
Where: The Escapist Comic Shop
3090 Claremont Avenue in Berkeley
What: Andy Warner will be in-store to sign copies of Brief Histories of Everyday Objects.
More info: http://www.escapistcomics.com/

Cartoon Art Museum moving to Fisherman’s Wharf

CAM 3-D Logo color

After a lengthy search, the Cartoon Art Museum finally has a new home. The museum will move into an 8000-square-foot space at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco. The new venue will provide space for a gallery, classroom, bookstore, and library. The new museum location won’t open until 2017, so in the meantime, the Cartoon Art Museum will continue to produce comic art focused events around the city.

The new location will allow the Cartoon Art Museum to continue its core mission of “the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms.” The organization has more than 7,000 pieces of original art in its collection that, unfortunately, has been squirreled away out of the public eye during the search for a new space.

 

Bay Area Comic Events Update October 31, 2016

Every so often there’s a significant amount of Bay Area specific comic related news. When the pile of news is high enough I turn it into an article of blurbs called “The Bay Area Bugle.” The news can essentially be anything as long as it’s comic related and somehow based in the Bay Area. For example, Dynamite will soon publish a comic based on the tv series Charmed. Charmed takes place in San Francisco so it justifies a mention. I wrote one last week and you can read it here. Find out about a Bay Area artist who was indirectly featured on Black Mirror, a haute couture kickstarter project featuring a couple of local artists, big VR related news for Berkeley’s MadeFire, and more.

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I’ve started adding a “what” to the listings in an effort to make this list more useful. Next issue will have a “what” with every event.

Slight change from last week. Fantastic Comic’s Kevin Wada event has moved from November 12 to November 13. More details below.

October 31 – November 6, 2016

The 2nd Annual SF Comics Fest
When: Nov. 2 – Nov. 5
Where: San Francisco
What: A now annual event similar to San Francisco’s LitQuake but with a focus on comics. Numerous events are scheduled around the city. See below for a listing.
More info: http://bit.ly/sfcfpost1

Mangaka Launch Party & Demo
When: Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.
Where: Dr. Comics and Mr. Games
4014 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland
What: Jason Thompson will run demos of his new game “Mangaka.” The game is a “creative card game where you & your friends play comic artists competing for fame over 4 rounds of frantic drawing.”
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/101393010338694/

UC Professor Chip Sullivan Signing Cartooning the Landscape
When: Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.
Where: Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Avenue
What: Book signing and video screening of the newly released graphic novel Cartooning the Landscape by Chip Sullivan, UC Berkeley Professor. Chip will present a short talk on The Metaphysics of Drawing: Mentors, Magic, & Comics.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/373021733088465/

November 7 – 13, 2016

Kevin Wada & Ezekiel Kweku The Wicked + The Divine Discussion
When: November 13 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
What: The Wicked + The Divine issue 23 will break from the traditional comic mold of being a sequential medium by turning into an in-world pop culture magazine focused on the Gods. It provides an opportunity to showcase the fashion illustration talents of Kevin Wada. Wic/Div co-creator Kieron Gillen populated the content by hosting roleplay conversations with legit culture journalists who in turn generated the articles. Bay Area culture journalist Ezekiel Kewku was one of those to lend his skills to this issue.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1179933605363416/

Chris Roberson Signing
When: November 13 at 1 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
What: Singing by Chris Roberson co-creator of the WB’s iZOMBIE, writer of Fables, Masks, and of BPRD and Witchfinder
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027881997329898/

November 14 – 21, 2016

Local Comic Shops Day
When: November 19
Where: Everywhere
More info: http://localcomicshopday.com/

Cape and Cowl One-Year Anniversary Party featuring
Dave Dwonch, Justin Greenwood, Ramon Villalobos, Logan Faerber, and more

When: November 19
Where: Cape and Cowl Comics
1601 Clay Street in Oakland
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204869236591381/

Darick Robertson Signing
When: November 19
Where: Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152517491843185/

Matt Sheean, Simon Roy, and Malachi Ward Signing
When: November 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/995163667261783/

Bay Area Bugle: Bay Area Comic News Round-Up – October 26, 2016

Comics in the Bay

goldengatespidermanDid you know Spider-Man is currently in San Francisco? Apparently, he’s been operating in our backyard with a whole host of Spider-Folk for at the least a year. I haven’t been spending much time in the Marvel Universe so this fact managed to fly under my radar. Anyway, he’s here and over the last couple of issues of Amazing Spider-Man has been investigating a San Francisco-based medical lab called “New U.” This investigation leads to a run-in with the Jackal in the well-received first issue of The Clone Conspiracy.

Dynamite Comics has signed a deal with CBS to start publishing a comic based on the TV show Charmed. Its likely Dynamite will continue to use the show’s hometown, San Francisco, in the comic.

Speaking of witches, Marv Wolfman is currently writing a mini-series for DC based on his creation and long-time Teen Titans member, Raven. She’s currently residing with her Aunt in San Francisco and attending the fictional Madison High School.

Comics by the Bay

Oakland artist Carlos Ramirez rarely gets the recognition he deserves for creating the iconic Trollface. The image made its way to television last week via the third season of the series Black Mirror. This weekend, Bleeding Cool ran a profile on the history of Ramirez’s Trollface.

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San Francisco-based writer Dani Colman has launched a Kickstarter for her Couture graphic novel project. Colman has enlisted the help of 15 artists, including Bay Area artists Kevin Wada and Justin Greenwood, to bring her stories influenced by moments in haute couture history to the page. Per the Kickstarter, “influenced by designers from Christian Dior to Hussein Chalayan, Couture’s short stories span romance, science fiction, historical drama, fantasy and horror, drawing from fashion that shook the runway and changed the face of haute couture.” The additional artists are Alexander McQueen, Marguerite Sauvage, John Galliano, Thom Browne, Jen Bartel, Thierry Mugler, Robbi Rodriguez, Howard Chaykin, Tony Parker, Taki Soma, Comfort Love, Adam Withers, Jed Dougherty, and Valentine De Landro.

Bay Area Comic Industry and Shop News

Flying Colors Comics (Concord, Calif.) owner Joe Field is stepping down from the ComicsPRO Board of Directors. Field was the founding President of ComicsPRO which is a trade association of comic book retailers. Under Field’s stewardship, ComicsPRO started the popular annual Free Comic Book Day event.

Berkeley-based Madefire has partnered with Oculus to bring a whole new dimension to comics. The company is known for developing motion comics for both independent publishers and some of the industry’s top publishers. According to The Daily Californian, MadeFire previewed the new technology at New York Comic Con, “The free preview app for Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality device, features digital comics that are specifically optimized for virtual reality reading. The comics include motion, sound and the ability to see the story in 3D.”

The Skyline View has released a list of “the five must visit comic stores in San Francisco.” For the record, there are seven comic shops in San Francisco proper. The comprehensive list is here.

The SF Bay Guardian is back (sort of) and they’ve released their annual Best of the Bay issue! Hayes Valley’s Isotope: The Comic Book Lounge has once again snagged best comic shop in San Francisco.

Cape and Cowl Comics has started preparations for a one-year anniversary celebration on November 19. The Oakland comic shop is posting event updates on both Facebook and Twitter.

For a list of upcoming Bay Area comic events visit this link.

For a list of Bay Area Comic Shops visit this link.

Bay Area Comic Events Update October 24, 2016

This is a listing of comic related events happening in the Bay Area. This weekly update is now available as a tinyletter! A big thank you to everyone who’s signed up so far. If you love email the newsletter is the way to go. Never navigate the Internet again!

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Before I jump into the events I want to take a moment and acknowledge the passing of Steve Dillion. The Preacher co-creator was taken from us at the age of 54 on Saturday. Thank you for all of your significant contributions to comics, Mr. Dillon.

The coming week is mostly focused on Halloween Comic-Fest on October 29. There are several signings and events related to the annual celebration of comics. Halloween Comic-Fest is similar to Free Comic Book Day. It’s an opportunity to get kids (and comic-loving adults) into shops to learn about new comics. In addition to shops handing out free comics, several shops make available packets of comics that can be distributed to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. I wish Halloween Comic-Fest existed when I was a kid because, while I loved candy, it would have been a thrill to find a funny book at the bottom of my bag.

October 24 – 30, 2016

Ed Brubaker Release Event for The Fade Out
When: October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith
1644 Haight Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1730846033831406/

Raina Telgemeier Signing
When: October 29 at 11 a.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1069281953125724/

Halloween Comic-Fest
When: October 29
Where: Everywhere
More info: http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/Home/1/1/78/1138

Jonathan Case Signing
When: October 29 at 4 p.m.
Where: Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave. in Berkeley
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595313970771055/ 

Nicholas Doan Signing
When: October 29 (time TBD)
Where: Flying Colors Comics and other Cool Stuff
2980 Treat Blvd. in Concord
More info: http://flyingcolorscomics.blogspot.com/2016/10/halloween-comic-fest-saturday-october.html

October 25 – November 6, 2016

The 2nd Annual SF Comics Fest
When: Nov. 2 – Nov. 5
Where: San Francisco
More info: http://bit.ly/sfcfpost1

November 7 – 13, 2016

Kevin Wada The Wicked + The Divine Discussion
When: November 12 (time TBD)
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
More info: http://fantasticcomics.net/

Chris Roberson Signing
When: November 13 at 1 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027881997329898/

November 14 – 21, 2016

Local Comic Shops Day
When: November 19
Where: Everywhere
More info: http://localcomicshopday.com/

Cape and Cowl One-Year Anniversary Party featuring
Dave Dwonch, Justin Greenwood, Ramon Villalobos, Logan Faerber, and more

When: November 19
Where: Cape and Cowl Comics
1601 Clay Street in Oakland
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204869236591381/

Darick Robertson Signing
When: November 19
Where: Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152517491843185/

Matt Sheean, Simon Roy, and Malachi Ward Signing
When: November 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/995163667261783/

 

Bay Area Comic Events Update October 17, 2016

This is a listing of Bay Area comic related events happening in the future. The biggest change for the list this week is I’ve expanded the scope of comic shops I’m covering from a 15-mile radius of where I live to a 25-mile radius from Cape and Cowl Comics (my closest LCS). This expansion and slight shift of the central point of the radius allows the addition of events at Concord’s Flying Color Comics and Benicia’s Zeppelin Comics. The distance restriction has always been for my personal sanity. When I started this website I was creating individual posts for events and that required a great deal more writing than this simple listing. By boiling it down to this weekly list (with occasional posts calling out specific events) I can capture a larger footprint of comic goodness. If you want to receive this list in your email box every Monday please join the rest of the cool kids and put your address in the box below. If you see an event you think should be on this list drop me an email: theshareduniverse@gmail.com

 

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This past weekend  saw Monstress co-creator Marjorie Liu in Berkeley with official visits to Fantastic Comics and Trickster plus a surprise visit to Escapist. You can see some photos of her visits at those links. If you haven’t checked out Monstress the first volume is now available. Those stores above likely have signed copies if you’re into that sort of thing. Even with three years left to go I can confidently say this title will be on my end-of-decade top 10.

The big Bay Area visit this week will be when Box Brown comes to town. Box Brown is an Ignatz award winner for his 2011 anthology Ben Died of a Train and in 2014 his biography of Andre the Giant landed on the New York Times bestseller list. He’s in the Bay Area this week for the launch of his new graphic novel Tetris: The Games People Play.

In a bit of tangentially comic related event news, the Bay Area Opera Collaborative is presenting a production of Pagliacci. They’re taking this classic opera and infusing it with 1980s superhero flair. You can likely guess how they’ll portray the clown. Fun trivia: In the fifth episode of 1966’s Batman, the dynamic duo track the Joker to the opera house where the Gotham City Opera Company is performing Pagliacci. You have three more chances to catch this production: October 21-23. Tickets here.

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Box Brown in Conversation with Ed Luce
When: October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Booksmith
1644 Haight Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1441486402534710/

Box Brown Signing
When: October 19 at 12 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/159603427818451/

Box Brown Signing and Reading
When: October 19 at 4 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Public Library Main Branch
2090 Kitteredge on Berkeley
More info: http://www.escapistcomics.com/

7th Annual Superhero Street Fair
When: October 22 at 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: 250 Napoleon Street in San Francisco
More info: http://superherosf.com/

Hope Larson Signing
When October 23 at 11 a.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1785716035024702/

Ed Brubaker Release Event for The Fade Out
When: October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith
1644 Haight Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1730846033831406/

Raina Telgemeier Signing
When: October 29 at 11 a.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1069281953125724/

Halloween Comic-Fest
When: October 29
Where: Everywhere
More info: http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/Home/1/1/78/1138

Jonathan Case Signing
When: October 29 at 4 p.m.
Where: Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave. in Berkeley
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595313970771055/ 

Nicholas Doan Signing
When: October 29 (time TBD)
Where: Flying Colors Comics and other Cool Stuff
2980 Treat Blvd. in Concord
More info: http://flyingcolorscomics.blogspot.com/2016/10/halloween-comic-fest-saturday-october.html

The 2nd Annual SF Comics Fest
When: Nov. 2 – Nov. 5
Where: San Francisco
More info: http://bit.ly/sfcfpost1

Kevin Wada The Wicked + The Divine Discussion
When: November 12 (time TBD)
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
More info: http://fantasticcomics.net/

Chris Roberson Signing
When: November 13 at 1 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027881997329898/

Local Comic Shops Day
When: November 19
Where: Everywhere
More info: http://localcomicshopday.com/

Darick Robertson Signing
When: November 19
Where” Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/152517491843185/

Matt Sheean, Simon Roy, and Malachi Ward Signing
When: November 19 at 6 p.m.
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/995163667261783/

Bay Area Comic Events Update October 10, 2016

I’ve started a tinyletter! You can now receive this list in your email box so you never need to visit this website again. In a perfect world, this updated event listing will go out every Monday, but this is an imperfect world so it’ll on occasion not arrive on a Monday. What else can you find in The Shared Universe’s tinyletter? I don’t know. It’s an evolving idea. When relevant I’ll likely add Bay Area comic news (stuff like this) and possibly non-Bay Area comic news I find interesting. I only make two promises: to do my best to capture every upcoming event and only send out one tinyletter per week. Before we get to the event list you can sign up by popping your email address in the box below:

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The Outlaw Bible of American Art Release Party
When: October 11 at 6 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094193244021094/

Blacker Than Black Times Infinity Live Podcast
When: October 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Cape and Cowl Comics
1601 Clay Street in Oakland
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/383693192019921/

Marjorie Liu Q&A and Signing
When: October 14 at 5 p.m. (Q&A)/6 p.m. (Signing)
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
More info: http://bit.ly/liuberkeley

Marjorie Liu Q&A
When: October 15 at 3 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Public Library – North Branch
1170 The Alameda in Berkeley
More info: http://bit.ly/liuberkeley

Marjorie Liu Reception and Signing
When: October 15 at 6 p.m.
Where: Tr!ckster
2631 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley
More info: http://bit.ly/liuberkeley

Folio Books POP-Up Zine Fest
When: October 16 at 1 p.m.
Where: Folio Books
3947 24th Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/folio-books-pop-up-zine-fest-tickets-27532001959

Box Brown in Conversation with Ed Luce
When: October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Booksmith
1644 Haight Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1441486402534710/

Box Brown Signing
When: October 19 at 12 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/159603427818451/

Box Brown Signing and Reading
When: October 19 at 4 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Public Library Main Branch
2090 Kitteredge on Berkeley
More info: http://www.escapistcomics.com/

7th Annual Superhero Street Fair
When: October 22 at 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: 250 Napoleon Street in San Francisco
More info: http://superherosf.com/

Hope Larson Signing
When October 23 at 11 a.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1785716035024702/

Ed Brubaker Release Event for The Fade Out
When: October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Booksmith
1644 Haight Street in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1730846033831406/

Raina Telgemeier Signing
When: October 29 at 11 a.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1069281953125724/

Halloween Comic-Fest
When: October 29
Where: Everywhere
More info: http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/Home/1/1/78/1138

Jonathan Case Signing
When: October 29 at 4 p.m.
Where: Escapist Comics
3090 Claremont Ave. in Berkeley
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1595313970771055/ 

The 2nd Annual SF Comics Fest
When: Nov. 2 – Nov. 5
Where: San Francisco
More info: http://bit.ly/sfcfpost1

Kevin Wada The Wicked + The Divine Discussion
When: November 12 (time TBD)
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
More info: http://fantasticcomics.net/

Chris Roberson Signing
When: November 13 at 1 p.m.
Where: Comix Experience
305 Divisadero in San Francisco
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027881997329898/

 

Multiple Berkeley Events: Monstress co-creator Marjorie Liu at Fantastic, Trickster, and Berkeley Library

Monstress_01-1Marjorie Liu is returning to the Bay Area next weekend for a series of events related to the return of Monstress to comic shelves. Liu was last in the Bay Area in July as part of Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel Book Club. This time, she’ll be in the East Bay with stops at Fantastic Comics, Tr!ckster, and the Berkeley Public Library – North Branch.  In addition to her work in comics, Liu has published 19 novels of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Her itinerary is below:

When: October 14 at 5 p.m.
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
What: Fantastic will host a Q&A starting at 5 p.m. Liu will sign copies of her work from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786264408277668/

When: October 15 at 3 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Public Library – North Branch
1170 The Alameda in Berkeley
What: The library will host a discussion with the author
More Info: https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/monstress-author-marjorie-liu-north

When: October 15 at 6 p.m.
Where: Trickster
2631 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley
What: Reception and signing. Trickster will have an exclusive print from Liu’s Monstress co-creator Sana Tekada
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/651516955012133/

Relevant Links:
Marjorie Liu’s website
Majorie Liu on Twitter

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Bay Area Comics Signing and Reception: The Art of Mike Mignola at Trickster

hellboy_in_hell_5In November of 1981, The Comic Reader issue number 196 hit shelves. The cover featured three of the most iconic heroes from some of the most memorable stories of the early part of the Golden Age: The Spirit, Doc Savage, and Dominic Fortune. It was the first published cover of Mike Mignola who would go on to create some of the most memorable creator-owned stories in modern comics: Hellboy, Baltimore, BPRD, The Amazing Screw-On Head, and more.

On October 8, Tr!ckster, 2631 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley, will celebrate the art of Mike Mignola with a reception and signing. In addition to acting as a release party for Mignola’s Helboy in Hell, the final chapter in Hellboy’s two-decades-long story, the event also marks the fourth year anniversary of the Eisner-winning comic book boutique.

Tr!ckster will showcase Mignola’s art, provide BPRD artifacts courtesy of Skeleton Crew Studios, and make available a limited edition Mignola print.

The event starts at 6 p.m.

Bay Area Bugle: Bay Area Comic News Round-Up – October 5, 2016

This is a round-up of Bay Area comic news from the last few weeks.

A number of comic books related events and signings are happening in October. Signings include Mike Mignola, Marjorie Liu, Hope Larson and more. See my round-up here.

Writing for The Bold Italic, Mel Burke (of Mel Reads Comics) showcases Four Bay Area Comic Shops You Gotta See. Mentions include Cape and Cowl Comics, Isotope: The Comic Book Lounge, Mission: Comics and Art, and Flying Colors.

Bay Area graphic novelist and cartoonist Gene Luen Yang is the recipient of MacArthur Foundation Genius grant. The grant gives each fellow $625,000 to spend how they see fit. Yang is the author of American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, and is the current writer on DC’s New Super-Man.

Berkeley’s Doe Library’s Bernice Layne Brown Gallery is featuring an exhibit, Beyond Tintin and Superman: The Diversity of Global Comics, which focuses on how the comic book medium is used around the world. The exhibit includes comics from “Mexico, Egypt, Argentina, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Colombia, Poland, Israel and other nations.”  A video about the exhibit is below:

Steve Wozniak’s Silicon Valley Comic Con is preparing to return to San Jose in April of 2017. The tech and comics convention put general admission tickets on sale last month and has begun announcing guests.  Recent announcements include Buzz Aldrin, cast members from multiple iterations of Star Trek, Art Adams, Adam Savage, and more.

Berkeley’s Fantastic Comics is getting name dropped in articles discussing Greg Rucka’s recent clarification that Wonder Woman, for all intents and purposes, “must be queer.” In an interview with Comicosity the author said:

By the same token, going back to the question of sexuality on Themyscira, we spent a long time thinking about what this means. I did a talk at Fantastic Comics in Berkeley, California, where I said that no Amazon is going to look at another Amazon and say they are Amazoning wrong. Because that wouldn’t be paradise. The society accepts everyone in it. The requirement is, you’re here and you’re female.

Now, that opens up a separate question. For the purposes of Themyscira, as the Amazons experience it, and as we represent that experience, nobody looks at Io and says, “You’re too butch.” Nobody looks at Kasia and says, “You’re too femme.” Nobody says a dress is inappropriate. Nobody says, “Why are you wearing pants?” Nobody says you’re too heavy. Nobody says you’re too skinny, or not strong enough.

It has to be an inclusive and accepting society, for a number of reasons — paradise being one of them. But also because, Nicola, Liam, and I believe very strongly that Diana is beautifully and very actively inclusive.

That’s not to say Batman or Superman are not, but for Diana, it’s a very active inclusivity. That’s just part of what she is. Her arms are always open wide. There’s room for everybody. That’s an active part of her. I mean, Batman doesn’t have an issue, but he doesn’t spend his days thinking about how best can he understand his fellow man.

 

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