This week’s events include workshops and a Linda Medley appearance at the Seattle Public Library, a birthday signing for Mike Oeming, and a new opera by Harvey Pekar! There’s also an event on Tuesday that should be of special interest to BEAT readers…

Tuesday, January 27

New York, NY, 8 PMDan Slott and Heidi MacDonald at Comic Book Club


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN writer Dan Slott and The BEAT’s own Heidi MacDonald will share the stage at this week’s installment of New York’s regular live comic book talk show at the People’s Improv Theatre! Admission is $5.

Check out the rest of the week’s events under the cut!

Wednesday, January 28

Seattle, WA, 6:30 PMComix Workshop with David Lasky and Greg Stump

As part of the Seattle Public Library’s month-long Comixtravaganza, Emerald City artists David Lasky and Greg Stump co-teach a workshop at the library’s Ballard Branch, where students will make and take home their own comic books. Art supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, January 31

Seattle, WA, 1 PM – 4:30 PMComixtravaganza Finale featuring Linda Medley

For the final day of their Comixtravaganza, the Seattle Public Library is hosting a full day of events at its main branch. Artist Davey Oil will teach a comic-making workshop at 1 p.m., then acclaimed Oregon artist Linda Medley (CASTLE WAITING) will speak from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., followed by “Comics, Live!”, an hour of mashed-up sound and animation by the Slide Rule Comic Strip Slideshow Players.

Saturday, January 31

Lynnwood, WA, 1 PM – 5 PMMike Oeming, Bryan Glass and Kirby Krackle at The Comic Stop

Mike Avon Oeming (POWERS, BULLETPROOF MONK) will celebrate his birthday with a signing at Lynnwood retailer The Comic Stop, accompanied by his MICE TEMPLAR co-creator Bryan Glass. After the signing ends at 4 p.m., the band Kirby Krackle will hit the stage for an hour-long set for the launch of their self-titled debut CD. The concert will be followed by an afterparty with food and drinks.

Saturday, January 31

Oberlin, OH, 8 PMLeave Me Alone! a jazz opera


Underground comic book author and icon Harvey Pekar makes his operatic debut at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Leave Me Alone!, an autobiographical jazz opera. A collaboration by two Cleveland natives, the opera combines a libretto by Pekar with music by saxophonist and composer Dan Plonsey. The performance at Oberlin College will be free to the public, and will also be streamed live online. Artist Joseph Remnant has illustrated a comic by Pekar to accompany the opera, and there is even a Leave Me Alone! Harvey Pekar ringtone for sale. Our legendary curmudgeon is really branching out!

Posted by Aaron Humphrey