Our 4/29/2013 calendar of upcoming comics events

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.

5/11-5/12 Toronto Comics Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Comics Arts Festival, a two day comics art festival celebrating independent comics, particularly of Canadian origin, will take place on May 11-12 at the Toronto Reference Library. The festival will feature a wide variety of guests and a full slate of panels and programming. Guests include comics creators as Dash Shaw, Francois Mouly, Taiyu Matsumoto, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Gilbert Hernandez, Raina Telgemeier and Paul Pope among many others. The festival is open from 9-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday and admission is free. The Toronto Reference Library is located at 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada.