This week is slightly lighter in the lead-up to Christmas, but there’s still a lot going on, including appearances by Dame Darcy and Paul Dini, a book release from Matt Leines, and the Boom! Studios Christmas party. In the long run, it may be Monday’s event that is the most important though:

Monday, December 15

Santa Barbara, CA, 7 PMLance and Carla Hoffman benefit screening of Star Trek II


A benefit screening of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN to raise money for Carla Hoffman, former Newsarama blogger and manager of Metro Entertainment, and her husband Lance Hoffman, who were badly burned in Santa Barbara’s Tea Fire last month. In a poignant illustration of just how severely they were injured, The Santa Barbara Independent reported this weekend that it was a month after the accident before they were even fit enough to see each other again. Tickets to the screening are $15, or $25 with admission to a pre-movie reception at 5:45 PM, and are available from Ticketmaster.

Tuesday, December 16

San Francisco, CA, 7 PMTotoro Forest Project opening reception


The Cartoon Art Museum hosts an exhibition of artwork created for The Totoro Forest Project Charity Auction, which saw nearly 200 acclaimed animators, cartoonists and fine artists create illustrations and sculptures inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s classic MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO. The project raised money to preserve the Sayama Forest, which inspired Miyazaki’s film. Special guests at the opening reception include Pixar Animation Studios artists Dice Tsutsumi, Enrico Casarosa and Ronnie Del Carmen. The show runs through February 8, although the full exhibition will only be on display through January 18.

Tuesday, December 16

New York, NY, 7 PMBAT-MANGA crew at Rocketship


Brooklyn retailer Rocketship hosts BAT-MANGA designer Chip Kidd, photographer Geoff Spear and translator Anne Ishi for a slideshow and Q&A about the book which examines how the Caped Crusader was depicted in 1960s Japan. Kidd has designed a special one-night-only bookplates for those who get their books signed that night.

Wednesday through Sunday after the break!

Wednesday, December 17

New York, NY, 3 PM – 7 PM – Alex Simmons and Tito Pena at Jim Hanley’s Universe

Archie Comics writer Alex Simmons and colorist Tito Pena stop by Jim Hanley’s Universe to do a special holiday kids for the kids.

Wednesday, December 17

Dearborn, MI, 4 PM – LatePaul Sizer at Green Brain Comics


Paul Sizer celebrates the release of his graphic novel B.P.M. with a signing at Green Brain Comics. After the signing wraps up at 7 PM, local turntable prodigy DJ Konspiracy will be spinning records starting at 8 PM. Green Brain’s monthly Comic Jam, a gathering of local comic creators and fans with free snacks and improv drawing sessions, will also be the same night.

Wednesday, December 17

Los Angeles, CA, 6 PM – LateBoom! Studios Holiday Party


Boom! Studios celebrates the holiday season with a big bash at Meltdown Comics. Editor-in-chief Mark Waid (THE FLASH, KINGDOM COME), co-founders Andy Cosby and Ross Richie, and writer/musician Michael Alan Nelson will all be in attendance. Doors open at 6 PM, and the show gets underway at 8 PM. As there will be free beer (!) this is a 21+ event.

Wednesday, December 17

New York, NY, 7 PMBrooklyn Independents at Brooklyn Public Library

Cartoonists Cristy Road (BAD HABITS) and Matt Madden (EXERCISES IN STYLE) and critic Douglas Wolk (READING COMICS) present a slideshow and discuss alternative comics on a panel called “Brooklyn Independents: What’s Alternative About Alternative Comics?” at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Wednesday, December 17

Montreal, QC, 7 PM – Matt Leines at Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore


Artist Matt Leines releases his new hardcover book YOU ARE FORGIVEN from Free New Products at Drawn & Quarterly’s bookstore. A limited edition silkscreen print will also be released at the event, available only through D+Q.

Thursday, December 18

Portland, OR, 6 PMDame Darcy at CounterMedia


Cartoonist, illustrator, animator and writer Dame Darcy will sign copies of her newest book, the apocalyptic tale GASOLINE, and play sea shanties on a banjo at Portland bookstore CounterMedia.

Thursday, December 18

Burbank, CA, 1 PM – Dan Lauria at Emerald Knights


Actor Dan Lauria, who plays Commissioner Dolan in upcoming flick THE SPIRIT, will be signing free posters for the film at newly-opened retailer Emerald Knights (4116 W. Burbank Blvd).

Friday, December 19

Los Angeles, CA, 7 PM – 10 PMPaul Dini at Meltdown Comics


Fan favorite writer Paul Dini (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, JINGLE BELLE, LOST), signs at Meltdown Comics to celebrate the release of JINGLE BELLE: SANTA CLAUS VS. FRANKENSTEIN. Dini will sign items for fans who purchase the new Jingle Belle comic. There will also be eggnog and christmas cookies!

Saturday, December 20

Denver, CO, 6 PMJohn Porcellino and Noah Van Sciver at Kilgore Books


Denver indie cartoonists John Porcellino (KING-CAT COMIX) and Noah Van Sciver (BLAMMO) will make a joint appearance at Kilgore Books and Comics to celebrate the release of KING-CAT #69 and BLAMMO #3. There will be a signing and a discussion.

Posted by Aaron Humphrey.


  1. Gee, if only I were unemployed and have no responsibities in the syndicated television markets could I manage to sneak away and get some of these local LA area soirees.



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