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
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/