Bande Dessinée and Comics Roundtable
The French Publishers’ Agency and La Maison Francaise of New York University are hosting a roundtable discussion entitled “From Bande Dessinée to Graphic Novel: Drawing Two Traditions Together” on November 10 from 12:30 — 2:30 p.m. Panelists will include Dan Frank, editorial director of Pantheon Books, Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second Books, comics historian Thierry Groensteen and Sylvain Coissard of the Sylvain Coissard Agency among others. Lunch will be offered and the event is free to the general public, but an RSVP is required by November 6 in order to attend. The event will be hosted at La Maison Francaise of New York, located at 16 Washington Mews on the corner of University Place, New York, NY. An evening reception for the French participants will take place from 6:30 —8:30 p.m. at the French Publishers’ Agency located at 853 Broadway, suite 1509, between 13th and 14th Street, New York, NY.

Political Cartooning in New York City
The New York Center for Independent Publishing will be putting on a panel entitled “Political Cartooning in New York City” about the history of political cartooning in New York City, from Boss Tweed to the present day. Panelists will include Spy vs. Spy cartoonist Peter Kuper, New Yorker cartoonist Eric Drooker, New York Times contributor and cartoonist Tim Kreider, SVA faculty member and cartoonist Tom Hart and Parsons faculty member Bill Kartalopoulos. The event takes place today, November 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m, in the historic General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen building at 20 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for students.

Mike Mignola Named Guest of Honor at C2E2
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola will be a Guest of Honor at Reed Exhibition’s new pop culture convention C2E2, which is being launched April 16—18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Mignola joins cartoonists Jeff Smith, Alex Ross and others who will attend as Guests of Honor at the inaugural comics/pop culture show in Chicago.

Dr. Sketchy’s Does Secret Identity
Dr. Sketchy’s Life Drawing will co-host an event based on Craig Yoe’s hit book Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster on November 7 from 4 - 7 p.m. at The Slipper Club. The model Darenzia will portray poses inspired by the book. In addition Craig Yoe, author of the book, will be in attendance signing his work. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased upon entrance or This event is only open to people over the age of 21. The Slipper Room is located at 167 Orchard Street, New York, NY.

This Week @ The Beat
This week Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat, hosted by Publishers Weekly, addressed ways the Angloume Festival is actually like San Diego Comic Con, why comics creator R. Crumb's behavior is still shocking to some, the online evolution of the Comics Journal, and Publishers Weekly'sbest books of 2009, the fact that San Diego Comic Con 2010 is already beginning to sell out, a write up of Marvel Fest NYC 2009 and Chris Ware in the New Yorker.

This Week @ Good Comics for Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids has a review of G-Man: Learning to Fly, a review of NG Life, a roundtable on who decides what children may read, the 10/28 listing of comics suitable for all ages, and an all treats, no tricks themed links roundup by Brigid Alverson.