Tag Archives | Mission: Comics and Art

Bay Area Local Comic Shop Day 2016 Round-Up

14632989_1527395257278545_2900092487732959837_nLocal Comic Shop Day is tomorrow (November 19)! We’ve done our best to collect information on signings around the Bay Area. Below is a listing of all of the shops that have made it known via social media or on websites if they’re taking part in Local Comic Shop Day. The majority of listed events appear to be along the East Bay Comics Trail with Fantastic Comics, Cape & Cowl, Flying Colors, The Escapist, Dr. Comics and Mr. Games, and Alameda Sports Cards and Comics all listing events. All we could find along the West Bay Comics Trail was an event at Mission but that doesn’t mean other shops aren’t participating. Check out our list of Bay Area comic stores if you want to call ahead or find a shop near you.

In addition to hosting creators, many of the comic shops around the Bay Area are providing Local Comic Shop Day exclusives including prints, pins, and covers. Again, check the comic store list for opening times.

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/


David Faroz Precht Signing
When: November 19 at 1 p.m.
Where: Dr. Comics and Mr. Games
4014 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland
What: David Faroz Precht will sign copies of his Tethered!
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1208200139254030/


Christine Villanueva, Vincent Kukua, and Nick Dragotta signings
When: November 19 at 1 p.m.
Where: Fantastic Comics
2026 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
What: Christine Villanueva, Vincent Kukua, and Nick Dragotta will be signing and sketching for visitors to Fantastic
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/290445474683787/


powered by TinyLetter


FCBD2016: Sam Sattin and Chris Koehler signing at Mission

Legend-Cover-2Mission: Comics and Art, 2250 Mission Street in San Francisco, will celebrate Free Comic Book Day by hosting a signing with Chris Koehler and Sam Sattin. Koehler and Sattin have created the most recent entry into the dystopian, animist genre of comics: Legend. In an interview with Comics Alliance, Sattin described Legend as “What if a biological terror agent wiped out most of humanity, and our domesticated animals were left in charge? How would our dogs and cats set about ruling and rebuilding the world? Legend is the story of animals uniting to fight mutant creatures and attempting to restore the world their masters destroyed.”

Living in the Bay Area under the ever-looming threat of  The Big One I often ponder the question “How would our dogs and cats set about ruling and rebuilding the world?” When I’m crushed to death during my commute through the Transbay Tube how will my dog and two cats survive? Will they overlook the differences between species and unite to rebuild the Bay Area as a canine/feline utopia? Would such a utopia be a dystopia for songbirds? Will my cats meet other dogs and finally realize my dog isn’t just a weird looking, spazzy cat?

I try not to think about being at home during the Earthquake apocalypse. I’ve heard too many reports on NPR about how much it screws up dogs when they’re forced to eat their dead owners so they don’t starve to death. And by too many reports I mean one. One NPR report about dogs eating owners was more than enough. Why did I read listen? And what’s the deal with cats apparently not showing any signs of psychological trauma after they eat their owners? (we all know the answer: the cats own us). I’m sorry I brought it up. Let’s get back to the main topic…

The Comics Alliance interview is a great read for insight into this series which drops on May 4. Sattin talks about being influenced by Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and Richard Adams’ Watership Down.

Koehler says his influences are a combination of “the heavy shadows of film noir, the lyrical movement of Miyazaki.” Both of those influences come out strongly in the Comics Alliance preview pages.

Mission will be open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on May 7. Mission is combining Free Comic Book Day with a fundraiser for 826 Valencia. 826 Valencia “is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.”

Mission: Comics and Art is on the move

Mission: Comics and Art will soon be on the move. The comic shop and art gallery will be moving from 3520 20th Street to 2250 Mission Street. Nearly two years ago Mission launched a successful Kickstarter campaign intended to raise funds for a new sign at the 20th Street location. Unfortunately, landlord issues came up preventing Mission owner Leef Smith from attaching the sign to the building. Smith noted on Kickstarter that while he loved the space it was an important moment because “the location in this building and the landlords here are not going to be conducive to further growth and the business will be better served by moving to a new location.”

One of the many benefits of moving to the new location is Smith will finally get his sign. The new location, previously occupied by Vimy Electronics, comes with a large box sign jutting out over the sidewalk. The location will help Mission: Comics and Art capture more eyeballs than ever.


Signing & Talk: Ales Kot at Mission Comics July 22

01-ales-kot.nocrop.w529.h861.2xMuch like the character on the cover of his new series, Wolf, Ales Kot is on fire. In recent months the creator of the critically acclaimed Zero has been taking the topics he deftly tackles in his writing straight to his twitter feed and acting as a blunt catalyst for some rather lively discussions. As highlighted in a recent article on Vulture, Kos has taken to using his rising star to shine a bright light on both the prevalence of white cis-gendered males in comics and the tendency for comics to buy into the military industrial complex.

This evening, you can discuss these issues and more when Kot visits Mission: Comics and Art at 3520 20th Street in San Francisco. The comic shop and art gallery will be hosting a signing and talk starting at 5 p.m. The first two hours will mostly be a meet and greet followed by the talk starting at 7 p.m.

Tumblr: Ales Kot
Twitter: @ales_kot


What: Signing and talk with Ales Kot
Where: Mission: Comics and Art
When: July 22 with signing/Meet and Greet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Talk at 7 p.m.

Opening Reception: “The Robot Life” – Sam Garland at Mission Comics

fatherobotSan Francisco-based illustrator Sam Garland will be the next featured artist in Mission: Comics and Art‘s gallery. The shop will be showing off original pages and illustrations from Father Robot and his solo project Fall Forward. Father Robot is a new graphic novel written by Kristopher White and illustrated by Garland. The story follows the first self-aware mech who’s convinced he’s the father of a young girl he’s been sent to rescue.  Garland will be signing copies of the graphic novel at an opening reception on September 7 at 7 p.m.


Mission: Comics & Art
3520 20th St, Ste. B
San Francisco, CA
(415) 695-1545
Website: www.missioncomicsandart.com
Facebook: MissionComics
Mon, Tue, Thu-Sat: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-8p.m.

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes