The first few days of October are sort of a time of transition from SPX to Mid-Ohio-Con and the Long Beach Comic Con, with lots of cartoonists on the road, either migrating from Bethesda or to one of the bigger cons. As usual, there’s plenty going on that’s worth your time. Check it out, and use the comments section to let us know about any events we missed!

Thursday, October 1

New York, NY, 6 PM – 7 PMHans Rickheit on tour at Forbidden Planet


Cartoonist Hans Rickheit (CHROME FETUS COMICS) is touring the East side of the country to promote his new book THE SQUIRREL MACHINE, published by Fantagraphics. His first stop in October is at New York’s Forbidden Planet.

Thursday, October 1

Portland, OR, 6 PM – 10 PMNew Mutant exhibition


Floating World Comics presents an exhibit of original artwork by Zachary Baldus to celebrate the release of Marvel’s NEW MUTANTS #5, which is illustrated by Baldus. The Portland-based artist landed the gig after his contribution to Floating World’s exhibition of original renditions of Kitty Pryde caught the eye of a Marvel editor. This signing brings him full circle!

Thursday, October 1

San Francisco, CA, 7 PM – 9 PMFort Knox comic strip launch


FORT KNOX is a new syndicated comic strip, debuting nationwide next Monday, and Cartoonist Paul Jon will speak at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum about what it took to get his strip launched with the Washington Post Writer’s Group. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 1

Los Angeles, CA, 7 PM – 9 PMDavid Petersen at Secret Headquarters


MOUSE GUARD creator David Petersen will discuss his work and sign copies of his latest books at LA retailer Secret Headquarters.

Thursday, October 1

New York, NY, 7 PMKevin Smith at Barnes & Noble


Film director and erstwhile comics scribe Kevin Smith will make an appearance at New York’s Union Square Barnes & Noble to promote his new book SHOOTIN’ THE SH*T WITH KEVIN SMITH. He won’t be signing comics, just his two prose books.

Friday, October 2

White River Junction, VT, 5 PM – 7 PMJohn Porcellio at CCS


The Center for Cartoon Studies presents an exhibition of original artwork by John Porcellio to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his influential comics zine, KING-CAT COMICS AND STORIES. Porcellino will give a talk about his work, and sign copies of his latest book, MAP OF MY HEART.

Friday, October 2

San Francisco, CA, 7 PM – 9 PMBill Mauldin: A Life Up Front


The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes author Todd DePastino for a special presentation on the life and art of multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II cartoonist Bill Mauldin, an army infantry sergeant who rocketed to fame at age 22 with his wildly popular feature Up Front. Week after week, Mauldin defied army censors, German artillery, and General George Patton’s pledge to throw him in jail for insubordination to deliver his grim depictions of war to Stars and Stripes and hundreds of homefront newspapers. The presentation is based on DePastino’s book BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT. A $5 donation is suggested.

Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4

Long Beach, CALong Beach Comic Con


This year’s Long Beach Comic Con will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center from 3 PM – 7 PM on Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $25 per day or $45 for a weekend pass, and can be purchased online.

Saturday, October 3

Cambridge, MA, 2 PM – 4 PMHans Rickheit on tour at Million Year Picnic


Cartoonist Hans Rickheit (CHROME FETUS COMICS) continues his signing tour in support of his new book THE SQUIRREL MACHINE, with a stop at The Million Year Picnic.

Saturday, October 3

Round Rock, TX, 1 PM – 3 PMPixar comics signing


Writers Alan J. Porter (WORLD OF CARS) and Paul Benjamin (MONSTERS, INC.) will sign copies of the Pixar comics they write for BOOM! Studios at Williamson County retailer Rogues Gallery Comics & Games.

Saturday, October 3 – Sunday, October 4

Columbus, OHMid-Ohio-Con


The 29th annual Mid-Ohio-Con will be held in Exhibit Hall E of the Greater Columbus Convention Center from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for one day, or $25 for a weekend pass.

Posted by Aaron Humphrey


  1. Hey, what the hell happened with Smith’s LA area location of Secret Stash? I went over to the new location near the Fox Studios yesterday and they (a DVD rental store) told me he had abandoned ship.

    When the hell did this happen? Did he move it somewhere else?



  2. I’m doing 2 signings for Dolltopia (Rocketship and Giant Robot NY). There will be cupcakes and a doll contest (whoever brings the coolest made-over doll wins a free copy of Dolltopia)! And I’m signing dessert comics at the Chile Pepper Fiesta at Brooklyn Botanical Garden on Saturday afternoon! Details here:

    October 2nd, 8pm w/Matt Loux, Rick Lacy, and Phil Gelatt! Dolltopia / Saltwater Taffy 3/ Labor Days 2 release party @ Rocketship 208 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY

    October 3rd 12-3PM Chile Pepper Fiesta @ Brooklyn Botanical Garden (1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY ) at the chocolate chile pavilion – I’ll be selling and signing new posters! (sorry, no cupcakes at this event)

    October 3rd 6-8PM Dolltopia signing and party @GRNY 437 E. 9th st. NYC

  3. When the hell did this happen? Did he move it somewhere else?

    The store reportedly closed January 11th.

    But now the economic downturn has forced Laser Blazer to shut the doors. Here is a quote from Ron, the manager of Laser Blaser on Newsaskew:

    “We gave it our best shot and we’re sorry to see another great comic book shop leave L.A. It has been a pleasure taking care of all of Kevin’s fans. If you haven’t been in yet, it’s your last chance to see The Stash and say your goodbyes. All Stash merchandise will be discounted 20% until the final day.”

    The final day is January 11th. Here’s hoping that the West Coast Stash finds a new home someday, although I doubt it will happen. It’s a tough market, and I don’t think Smith is interested in having a storefront without a friend in charge. Also, in LA, its hard to compete with Golden Apple or the other great comic book stores.

  4. Heidi,
    Hi, I’m a supervisor at That’s Entertainment, a pop-culture, comic book store in Worcester, MA. Just wanted to add on that Hans Rickheit is coming to our store on his tour. Thanks.

    Cartoonist Hans Rickheit (CHROME FETUS COMICS) continues his signing tour in support of his new book THE SQUIRREL MACHINE……
    at THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

    Meet creator Hans Rickheit at That’s Entertainment!
    Monday October 5th (4-6pm)