Compiled by Kate Fitzsimons

Our 7/09/2012 calendar of upcoming comics events.

7/11-7/14 Trickster in San Diego, CA

On July 11-14, the second annual Trickster comics event will take place in San Diego and feature such comic creator guests as Matt Wagner, Jim Mahfood, Ed Brubaker and Scott Morse among many others. A parallel convention to San Diego Comic Con, Trickster is strictly focused on creator-owned comics. Trickster 2012 is free to attend, although it will host a number of paid, ticketed events including symposiums on storytelling, world-building and character building. Trickster will be held at 795 J Street, San Diego, California. Hours are 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. for all four days.

7/12, 7/14 CBLDF Welcome Party and Art Auction, San Diego, CA

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the non-profit devoted to protecting the free speech rights of comics creators, fans and retailers, will be fundraising during San Diego Comic Con with a star-studded party on Thursday, July 12 and a live art auction on July 14. The welcome party will take place from 8 – 11:30 p.m. at the Westgate Hotel and include comics celebrity guests including Amanda Conner, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Ben Templesmith and many others, a one-night only pop up shop from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and the premiere of Neil Gaiman t-shirts from Threadless. Suggested admission to the CBLDF party is $10-$20 for non-members, and the event is free to members. No Comic-Con badge is required to attend. The auction will include works by Paul Pope, Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla and Walt Simonson among many others and will take place at the Sapphire AB room in the Hilton Bayfront on July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Those not able to attend the auction in person may bid live online via ustream on the CBLDF channel as the event takes place.

7/19 "No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics" Release Party San Francisco, CA

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco will be celebrating the new Fantagraphics anthology "No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics" with a release party at the museum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Edited by Justin Hall, the new anthology collects a wide array of historic LGBT comics from the last 40 years. The release party will include live readings and signings from pioneering queer comics creators including MariNaomi, Burton Clarke and Mary Wings. The event is free to the public. The Cartoon Art Museum, located at 655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA.