Our 4/22/2013 calendar of upcoming comics events

4/25 Gabrielle Bell and Boulet Live at the Society of Illustrators in New York, NY

Acclaimed indepedent comics creators Gabrielle Bell and Boulet will appear live on stage at the Society of Illustrators in New York for round table discussion with academic comics librarian Karen Green about their lives and work. The two creators are known for their webcomics inspired by funny anecdotes from their lives. This event will take place on April 25 from 6:30-8:30. Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for members and $15 for non-members. The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd St., New York, NY.

5/1 Iron Man and the Avengers at 50 in New York, NY

Danny Fingeroth and the Soho Gallery of Digital Art will be holding a panel discussion about the influence of New York on comics and comic creators. The panel will feature Iron Man writer and veteran comics editor Denny O'Neil, Iron Man writer Matt Fraction, some surprise guests and the panel's presenter, DC Comics legend and comics historian Danny Fingeroth. This event will take place on Wednesday, May 1 from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance through www.brownpapertickets.com and $15 at the door. The Soho Gallery of Digital Art is located at 138 Sullivan St., New York, NY.

5/4 Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 4, is Free Comic Book Day. To celebrate and share the joy of comics, Marvel, DC, Disney, Archie, Dark Horse, Image and a host of independent publishers are offering a special selection of comics available for free at comic stores across the globe for one day only. Many of these comics, such as The Smurfs, Disney Fairies, Top Shelf Kids Club, Spongebob and Avengers Assemble / Hulk Agents of Smash are suitable for all ages, although there is also a healthy selection of more mature titles. To take part, simply go to your local participating comic shop - easily findable through this search engine - and request your free comic. Many comic book stores will be hosting events and comics signings to celebrate the day, and a listing of notable signings is available at the official site. No purchase is necessary. More information is available on the Free Comic Book Day site.