Comics creator and critic Frank Santoro will be presenting 'Frank Santoro: From Grid to Spread,' a lecture about his most recent work, Pompeii (Picture Box), at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 17th in the Will Eisner Room at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Pompeii centers on a philandering painter and his apprentice in the final days before Mt. Vesuvias' historic eruption. Santoro will discuss his method in creating the book, which emphasizes layout and composition as well as timing. This event is free to the public, RSVP recommended. The Will Eisner Room at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in located at Room 205, Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210.
To mark the beginning of Pittsburgh Indy Comics Weekend, comics creator, editor, and historian Trina Robbins will be hosting a special opening night presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20th at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Robbins has been a fixture in the underground comix movement since the 1970s, editing anthologies such as Wimmen's Comix, and later working on mainstream titles like Wonder Woman for DC Comics. She's also authored a number of books about comics including A Century of Women's Comics (Kitchen Sink), and most recently, Pretty In Ink (Fantagraphics). This event is $10, $5 for members. The Toonseum is located at 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Opening receptions for two exhibitions, 'Exploring Calvin and Hobbes' and 'The Force Meets the Immovable Object,' are taking place on Friday, March 21st from 6-8 p.m. in the Sullivant Hall at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, OH. The exhibits explore the decades-spanning work of two of the most revered comic strip creators, Bill Waterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, and Richard Thompson, creator of Cul-De-Sac. This event is free to the public, RSVP recommended. The Sullivant Hall at The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located at 1815 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210.
It's a comics explosion at MegaCon, one of the southeast U.S.'s biggest comic book conventions, taking place from Friday, March 21st to Sunday, March 23rd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Programming includes panels including 'All About DC,' World Building,' 'Spotlight on Bill Sienkiewicz,' 'Breaking into Indie Comics,' cosplay contests, screenings, gaming, and more. Comics guests include Stan Lee, Adam Kubert, Chuck DIxon, Greg Land, Amanda Conner, J. Scott Campbell, Mark Waid, Nick Bradshaw, Ron Marz, and many more. Single day tickets are $25 and 3-day passes are $60. The Orange County Convention Center is located at 9899 International Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819.
Celebrate self-published and creator-owned comics at the Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo (PIX), taking place all day on Saturday, March 22nd at the Federation of Teachers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The expo gives independent cartoonists and illustrators a chance to meet and share their work with fans and other creators. Comics guests include Farel Dalyrymple, Theo Ellsworth, Gary Groth, Ed Piskor, Trina Robbins, Tom Scioli, and Craig Yoe. This event is free to the public. The Federation of teachers is located at 10 S. 19th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203.