Compiled by Kate Fitzsimons

Our 7/16/2012 calendar of upcoming comics events.

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.

7/21 Gotham Nights Event at the Toonseum, Pittsburgh, PA

The Toonseum comics and cartooning museum in Pittsburgh, PA, will be holding its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, July 21. Entitled "Gotham Nights" and Bat-themed in honor of the fact that the latest Batman movie was filmed in Pittsburgh, the benefit will include a silent auction of original comics art, rare comics and other items, music and refreshments, and a VIP reception at the Toonseum. The exhibit Pittsburgh as Gotham will be on display at the museum, which will remain open until 9 p.m. for Gotham Nights guests. Tickets may be purchased in advance through and admission is $50 for general admission, $125 for a VIP ticket and $200 for a VIP couples ticket. VIP tickets include a one year's membership to the Toonseum. The VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m., the main event, hosted at the Pierce Gallery, begins at 8 p.m. The Toonseum comics and cartoon museum is located at 945 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, the Pierce Gallery is located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

7/26 Nathan Fox "Pigeons from Hell" Book Discussion and Signing in New York, NY

Pigeons from Hell creator and artist Nathan Fox will appear at the downtown location of Midtown Comics in Manhattan on July 26 to discuss and sign Pigeons from Hell, which he co-created with Joe R. Lansdale and Dave Stewart. Fox will also give a live demonstration, with the resulting artwork raffled off among the attendees. The event is part of the store's monthly comics book club; admission is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. The event takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26. The downtown Midtown Comics is located at 64 Fulton Street, New York, NY.