Once again there is plenty going on in the world of comics this week, with Alison Bechdel touring the west, some of Marvel’s marquee writers chatting up New York’s Comic Book Club, an American Cancer Society benefit in honor of Michael Turner, and a handful of other exhibitions and signings, plus the Miami Book Fair, which is basically hosting its own mini convention this year …

Monday, November 10

Toronto, ON, 6 PM – 8 PMMarc Bell “Illustrated Cartoon Videos” at the Paul Bright Gallery


The Paul Bright Gallery hosts an opening reception for their exhibition of Marc Bell‘s cartoons of song lyrics, originally published in Vice magazine. Free and open to the public.

Monday, November 10 – Thursday, November 13

San Francisco, Berkely, Los Angeles and ChicagoAlison Bechdel signing tour


Alison Bechdel (FUN HOME) tours this week in support of her new comic strip collection THE ESSENTIAL DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR. She’ll give a talk, slideshow and book signing at Booksmith in San Francisco at 7:30 PM on Monday, sign books at the UC Berkeley Bookstore at 4 PM on Tuesday, make a presentation at Book Soup in Los Angeles at 7 PM on Wednesday, and stop by Women and Children First in Chicago at 7:30 PM on Thursday. Hit the links for more details.

The rest of the week after the break!

Tuesday, November 11

New York, NY, 8 PMBendis, Brubaker, Fraction and Katz at Comic Book Club

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This week’s session of the weekly live comic book talk show features Marvel scribes Brian Bendis (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN), Ed Brubaker (CAPTAIN AMERICA) and Matt Fraction (IRON MAN), and movie producer/comics writer Jeff Katz (BOOSTER GOLD). Admission is $5.

Wednesday, November 12 and Friday, November 14

Austin, TX, 5 PM – 8 PMDavid Mack gallery opening at St. Edward’s University

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The work of David Mack (KABUKI) will be showcased at an exhibition at Austin’s St. Edward’s University, which runs Friday through December 10. Two days prior to the gallery opening, he will sign books at Austin Books & Comics on November 12 from 7 PM – 10 PM. Then, on November 14, Mack will give a talk at at St. Edward’s at 5 PM, followed by a reception from 6 PM – 8 PM.

Friday, November 14

Cambridge, MA, 7 PM – Mia Kirshner at Harvard Books


I’m not completely sure what The L-Word actress Mia Kirshner’s role in creating the book I LIVE HERE was … she’s alternately listed as co-author and co-producer, and if you ever wondered what sort of book needs a co-producer, the publisher has dubbed it a “print documentary.” Hmm. The book looks at humanitarian crises and features graphic novellas by Joe Sacco (excerpted above) and Phoebe Gloeckner. Kirshner will discuss the book at Harvard Book Store, and be introduced by Joshua Rubenstein of Amnesty International.

Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16

Miami, FLComix Galaxy at Miami Book Fair International


The 25 annual Miami Book Fair features a focus on comics this year, with a poster by Art Spiegelman and a whole host of panel sessions aimed at teachers and librarians interested in comics on Friday, and talks by Scott McCloud, Francoise Mouly, Chip Kidd, Brad Meltzer, David Heatley, Mike Perkins and many others over the weekend. Exhibitors include Marvel, Diamond, Dark Horse, Tokyopop and NASCAR, which apparently makes comics as well. Check out the full schedule.

Saturday, November 15

Northridge, CA, 1 PM – 5 PMMichael Turner tribute at Golden Apple Comics


California retailer Golden Apple hosts a charity event for the American Cancer Society in honor of artist Michael Turner (WITCHBLADE), who passed away earlier this year. A benefit book will be available to purchase, and proceeds from food and games at the event will go to the ACS.


Saturday, November 15

Dallas, TX, 6 – 9 PMJames O’Barr at Zeus Comics


Zeus Comics hosts the first gallery show for James O’Barr, creator of THE CROW, featuring 30 drawings and paintings. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 15

Toronto, ON, 7 PMIgort and David B. at The Beguiling

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From across the Atlantic, Italian graphic novelist Igort (BAOBAB) and France’s own David B. (EPILEPTIC), will be appearing at Toronto retailer The Beguiling to promote the release of their newest books. The evening will include a slide presentation of each authors’ works, and on-stage discussion, and a Q & A session moderated by Beguiling owner Peter Birkmoe. Free and open to the public.

Posted by Aaron Humphrey.


  1. If memory serves, NASCAR participated in Free Comic Book Day this year. The book was readable, and the backstory somewhat plausible.
    Producer… I’m thinking she conceived the idea, contacted the creators, but someone else edited the book, since she would be busy with her day job.