APE is this weekend in San Francisco, but there are plenty of comics events between now and then across the USA and Canada to keep you occupied. Behold:

Monday, October 27

Philadelphia, PA, 5:30 PMCharles Burns lecture and Life in Boxes exhibition at U. Penn


The University of Pennsylvania opens a new exhibition of comic art and artifacts drawn from the collection of more than 5,000 books and 20,000 comics recently donated by alumnus Steve Rothman. The opening reception will be preceded by a lecture from award-winning cartoonist Charles Burns (BLACK HOLE).

Tuesday through Sunday after the cut!

Tuesday, October 28

Toronto, ON, 5 PM – 7 PMShaun Tan at The Beguiling


Australian illustrator Shaun Tan (THE ARRIVAL) heads to Canada for a signing of his new wordless graphic novel TALES FROM OUTER SUBURBIA at Toronto retailer The Beguiling.

Tuesday, October 28

Montreal, QC, 7:30 PMMarc Bell at Librairie Drawn And Quarterly


At this vernissage, featuring collaborations from Andrew Dick, Seth Scriver and Matthew Thurber, Marc Bell will launch his new book ILLUSZTRAIJUNS FOR BRAIN POLICE, which is limited to 150 copies and will only be available at Librairie Drawn And Quarterly.

Tuesday, October 28

New York, NY, 8 PMThe Comic Book Club at The People’s Improv Theatre

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New York’s weekly live comic book talk show returns for another session at The PIT, with hosts Justin Typer, Pete LaPage and Alex Zalben joined by comics industry pros from across the map. Admission is $5.

Wednesday, October 29

Dearborn, MI, 4 PM – 8 PMRob Worley at Green Brain Comics


Rob Worley , writer of THE REVENANT, will be signing the graphic novel collection of the series, which features art by Mat Santolouco.

Wednesday, October 29

New York, NY, 6 – 10 PM – THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY and BATTLEFIELDS signings at Jim Hanley’s Universe


Writers Stuart Moore and Joe Harris and artist Bill Sienkiewicz will be signing copies of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY, Volume 2, which features adaptions of the works of horror writer Thomas Liogotti from 6 – 8 PM. Then, from 8 – 10 PM, writer Garth Ennis and artist Russ Braun will be signing their new book BATTLEFIELDS.

Wednesday, October 29

Chicago, IL, 5 PM – 8 PMJeff Balke at Graham Cracker Comics

Artist and colorist Jeff Balke (CLUB VAMPIRE) will be signing books, including the Arcana Studios horror anthology Velvet Rope at Graham Cracker Comics.

Wednesday, October 29

New York, NY, 10 AM – 5 PMMAD Magazine exhibition at MoCCA


A one day only exhibition of classic MAD Magazine artwork will be on display at New York’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art. All of the 36 pieces feature mascot Alfred E. Neuman, and can be see at Heritage Auction’s website, where they are currently up for bidding.

Thursday, October 30

Rochester, NY, 7:30 PMArt Spiegelman at the Rochester Jewish Book Festival


Legendary cartoonist Art Spiegelman will be speaking about his new book BREAKDOWNS at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester as part of the city’s Jewish Book Festival.

Friday, October 31

New York, NY, 6:30 PMMcNally Jackson’s Literary Halloween Party

McNally Jackson Books hosts their second annual Halloween party featuring refreshments, a literary costume contest, and lots of signings and book readings. Stuart Moore, Joe Harris and Bill Sienkiewicz will be there to sign copies of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY Volume 2, and Moore will read from his upcoming dark fantasy novel BREUCKELEN. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 1 – Sunday, November 2

San Francisco, CAAlternative Press Expo 2008


APE moves to the fall this year, but remains in its longtime home, San Francisco’s Concourse. Special guests include Jessica Abel (LA PERDITA), Megan Kelso (THE SQUIRREL MOTHER) and Chris Ware (ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY). Admission is $10 for one day, or $15 for both days, and if you’ve kept your badge from San Diego this year, you can use it to get in for free.

San Francisco, CAAPE Party at the Cartoon Art Museum

On Saturday, from 8 PM – 11 PM, The Cartoon Art Museum hosts a special APE party commemorating the end of their Keith Knight art exhibition, and featuring readings from Jesse Reklaw (THE NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE), Trevor Alixopulos (THE HOT BREATH OF WAR), Hellen Jo, Olga Volozova, David King and Julia Wertz. Admission is on a sliding donation scale, from $2 to $20.

San Francisco, CAAPE Aftermath at Isotope


Bay-Area Retailer Isotope Comics will be hosting an after-party each night of APE. On Saturday, Top Shelf Press hosts a happy hour and a live art jam with Nate Powell (SWALLOW ME WHOLE) and Josh W. Cotter (SKYSCRAPER OF THE MIDWEST), followed by a ceremony for the winner of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics at 10 pm.

On Saturday, Dame Darcy will celebrate the launch of her new book GASOLINE with a live banjo performance on Isotope’s stage.

Posted by Aaron Humphrey.


  1. My new company, Antix Press, will be at APE (table 507). We’re premiering our first trade Dr. Grave: The Unholy Twelve, which features a cover by Guy Davis. Antix is also throwing a party on Saturday, Nov. 1 @ the Mars Bar, 798 Brannan St & 7th, 7-9pm. Visit our table for more info. Stone Brewing Co. is co-sponsoring and providing some excellent beer.


  2. I’ll be making a appearance at APE for the first time in three years with the first chapter in my four act mini-series, Deposit Man: Playgod along with cover artist Kori Thompson ( who paints mean looking skateboards ). Preview of the second issue will be available at the table; provided that Oliver gets done lettering up the new pages and making them look pretty.

    I don’t know my table number. You’ll have to look it up under Landescape Productions.

    Expect me to crash many parties and make a total ass of myself – which isn’t very difficult to do, when you go by the name of Cary Coatney these days. The tradition continues.