We’ve mentioned Comic Book Club, the “comics and comics” live talk show that Alexander Zalben, Justin Tyler and Pete LePage put on every week several times here — we’ve been a guest and been an attendee, and it’s a funny, lively evening. The format involves guests from both the comic book world and the live comedy world coming together to discuss the weeks comics, and if that sounds like it could be a mess, don’t worry — the well-informed and witty hosts keep things very entertaining.

The show is coming up on its one year anniversary, and have a big night with Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker and SNL’s Bill Hader as guests. More info and future shows below:

Comic Book Club, the live weekly comic book talk show, will celebrate its One Year Anniversary, with guests including Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Superbad), Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man), Ed Brubaker (Captain America, X-Men, Criminal), Matt Fraction (Iron Fist, Casanova), and more to be announced. The show will run December 18th, at 8:00pm; at The PIT, 154 W. 29th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). The show is sponsored in part by Midtown Comics.

The show was named a “Best of New York 2007” by The New York Press, which said: “the three fanboy pundits who host the weekly Comic Book Club—Alexander Zalben, Justin Tyler and Pete LePage—have stumbled on something that seems to have been lacking for the city’s comic book-obsessed. Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., they gather with comedians and industry professionals to dissect the latest promotional materials and the origin myths of various superheroes. Add to that quirky musical guests and you have the reigning kings of geekdom holding court for the masses.”

The New York Times says: “The audiences of comic-book aficionados, which have been growing each week since the show had its premiere in December, seem pleased. They laugh in the right places.”

The show is hosted by Alexander Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage, and has welcomed dozens of guests weekly, including: Joe Quesada (EIC Marvel Comics); Andrew W.K.; Scott Adsit (30 Rock); Perry Moore (Exec. Producer, The Chronicles of Narnia); Timmy Williams (IFC’s Whitest Kids U Know); Klaus Janson (Daredevil); Greg Pak (Hulk); Mike Oeming (Powers); Dan Slott (Spider-Man); Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison); Cecil Castelluci (Plain J.A.N.E.S.); Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex); Bill Willingham (Fables); and many more. Comic Book Club was recently featured as a panel at a sold-out panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

In the next few months, top name guests from the worlds of comic books and comedy will be stopping by the show. Confirmed as of press time are:

December 4: Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison); Rick Spears (Black Metal)

December 11: Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade)

December 18: ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW! Bill Hader (Saturday Night
Live, Superbad), Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers, Ultimate
Spider-Man), Ed Brubaker (Captain America, X-Men, Criminal), Matt
Fraction (Iron Fist, Casanova)

January 8: TBA

January 15: Nick Lowe (Editor, Marvel Comics), CB Cebulski (Loners)

January 22: Jim Starlin (Death of the New Gods)

January 29: TBA

Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets.com, or by
calling 1-800-838-3006. Industry Comps available on request.

You can learn more about Comic Book Club at myspace.com/comicbookclub3.


  1. I had the chance to check this show the last time I was down in NYC. Definitely a fun time (though it’s frustrating being the audience and wanting to jump in the arguments). They used to video everything and post it on their site. Hopefully they’ll get back to that, esp. for the anniversary show.