Our 12/28/2011 calendar of upcoming comics events.

1/5-1/6 Danny Fingeroth discusses Spider-Man at MLA & Signs Books in Seattle

The Comics and Graphic Narratives MLA Discussion Group will be holding a special discussion on the Material Culture of Spider-Man at the Room 606 of the Washington State Convention Center at the127th MLA Convention on Friday, January 6. The presentation will feature “Written in the Body: Spider-Man, Venom, and the Specter of Biopower,” by Ben Bolling of U of North Carolina, “Out of Character: Traces of the Real Spider-Man,” by Samantha Close of UC Irvine and “Tangled Web: Spider-Man’s Discontinuous Continuity,” by Charles Hatfield of CSU Northridge. Other comics events at the MLA Convention include "Why Comics Are and Are Not Picture Books" and "How Seattle Changed Comics." The event will take place at the Washington State Convention Center from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m., and admission is only available to registered members of the 2012 MLA Convention. The Washington State Convention Center is located at 800 Convention Place, Seattle, Washington.

Meanwhile, Fingeroth will also be appearing to discuss and sign his new book The Stan Lee Universe on Thursday, January 6 from 4-6 p.m. at Comics Dungeon located at 250 Northeast 45th St., Seattle Washington. The event is free to the general public.

1/7 Tony Millionaire Art Opening in Seattle

Cartoonist Tony Millionaire will appear at the opening of a new art exhibit showcasing his art from his work for the book 500 Portraits at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in Seattle on January 7. Millionaire will be signing the book and his other Fantagraphics published works at the event, which will feature the world premiere of the short live action film Everyone Loves Dinky Crow by Fantagraphics' own Larry Reid. The opening takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, and the exhibit runs until February 8 at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery located at 1201 South Vale St., Seattle, Washington. The event is open free to the public.

1/7 Kagan McLeod Infinite Kung Fu Book Discussion and Signing in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Infinite Kung Fu creator Kagan McLeod will appear at The Vault of Midnight on January 7 to discuss and sign his book. The event takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Vault of Midnight, located at 291 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI and is free to the general public.

1/28 Comics Out Loud featuring Louise & Walt Simonson, Bob Wiacek and More in New York

The Society of Illustrators in New York City will be holding a special discussion and live demonstration on comic book creation from start to finish on January 28. The event will feature writers Louise and Walter Simonson, inker Bob Wiacek, colorist Chris Sotomayor and letterer John Workman and will be presented by veteran comics editor Danny Fingeroth The event will take place at the Society from 1 – 5 p.m., and admission will be $40 for members, $50 for non-members and $20 for students. The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY.