8/12: 54th NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium in New York, NY
The 54th NY Comics & Picture-Story Symposium, hosted by Bob Sikoryak, presents Nathan Bulmer and Connie Sun, two webcomic artists with very different approaches, at 7 p.m. in the Bark Room at Parsons The New School in New York City. Bulmer draws the daily humor webcomic Eat More Bikes and his work has been featured in Time Out NY, Boing Boing, The Comics Journal and more. Connie Sun is a self-taught cartoonist who also posts a daily webcomic at her website. The two will converse and share their work habits and differing philosophies when it comes to making comics. This event is free to the public. The Bark Room at Parsons The New School is located at 2 West 13th St., New York, NY 10011.
Writer Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Action Comics, Knight and Squire) will be signing copies of Wolverine: Hunting Season, the first collection of his new Marvel Comics series (with artist Alan Davis) from 6-8 p.m. at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore. In the series, Wolverine is faced with new challenges, such as a tense hostage situation and an ethereal enemy, that his usually method of problem solving (blunt force and ample use of his claws) can’t solve. This event is free to the public. The Forbidden Planet London Megastore is located at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR.
8/17: Darick Robertson Appearance and Signing in Annapolis, MD
Artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Happy!, Transmetropolitan) will be signing copies of his new creator-owned sci-fi series, Ballistic, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland. Ballistic, from Black Mask Studios, follows Butch, a bank robber and his living gun as they attempt to pull off heists in Repo City State, a “post-eco-apocalyptic” island made of garbage and “living technology.” This event is free to the public. Third Eye Comics is located at 2027-A West St., Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
Congressman and leading civil rights advocate John Lewis will be signing copies of March Book One, the first book in his graphic novel trilogy from Top Shelf, along with collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, beginning at 9 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Atlanta. March Book One chronicles Lewis’s struggles as a young man growing up in rural Alabama and how those hardships, along with meeting Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired him and others to organize and protest segregation, eventually leading them to the steps of City Hall. This event is free to the public, although purchase of the book is required. Barnes & Noble is located at 2900 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.
8/18: AUTOPTIC Festival in Minneapolis, MN
AUTOPTIC is a festival for independent comics and publishing, as well as music and arts from the local to international level, taking place on Sunday, August 18, at the ARIA event space in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Programming includes artist talks and retrospectives, art exhibitions, a zine creation workshop, an experimental animation screening and more. Comics guests include Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Lisa Hanawalt (My Dirty Dumb Eyes), Kevin Huizenga (Amazing Facts and Beyond!), Jim Rugg (Supermag), Lilli Carre (Heads or Tails) and more. This event is free to the public. The ARIA event space is located at 105 North 1st St., Minneapolis, MN 55401.