9/10: Brian Ralph Signing in San Francisco, CA

Cartoonist Brian Ralph (The Cave-In, Daybreak) will be signing copies of his new book Reggie-12 (Drawn & Quarterly) from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 at Mission: Comics & Art in San Francisco, CA. Originally appearing in the Asian culture magazine Giant Robot, Reggie-12 is a send-up/parody of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy and other classic Japanese cartoons, depicted in Ralph's spot-on throwback style in a handsome 12"x9" format. This is event is free to the public. Mission: Comics & Art is located at 3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco, CA 94110.

9/12: Frank Santoro and Anya Davidson book release party in Brooklyn, NY

Join cartoonists Frank Santoro and Anya Davidson for a double book release party for their new books, Pompeii and School Spirits at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Septemeber 4th at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, NY. Both Santoro and Davidson are leading voices of the alt comics scene and their new works (published by PictureBox) push the boundaries of sequential storytelling and will expand the mind of readers. This event is free to the public. Bergen Street Comics is located at 470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

9/14: Jim Lee Signing and Appearance in Concord, CA

Meet superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee on Saturday, September 14th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Flying Color Comics & Other Cool Stuff in Concord, CA. Lee first rose to prominence in the 1990s with his run on the record-breaking Uncanny X-Men and then shook the comics world with the founding of Image Comics where he worked on creator-owned titles like WildC.A.T.S.. Since then he's been one of the industry's most sought after artists, working on characters like the Fantastic Four, Batman and Superman. In 2010, Lee was named co-publisher of DC Comics, and his recent work has included Justice League and Superman Unchained. Tickets are $50 and include early admittance as well as entry into a raffle for original sketches. Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff is located at 2980 Treat Blvd., Concord, CA 94518.

9/14-9/15: Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD

Join the best and brightest small press creators for a two-day festival showcasing emerging and established talent from around the independent comics industry at the Small Press Expo (SPX) on September 14-15 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in North Bethesda, MD. Programming includes creator Q&As and showcases, symposiums on the impact of comics and the ins-and-outs of publishing in 2013, and the annual Ignatz Award ceremony recognizing extraordinary achievement in comics and cartooning. Comics guests include Rep. Jon Lewis (March), Jeff Smith (RASL), Peter Bagge (Woman Rebel), Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Rutu Modan (The Property), Gene Yang (Boxers & Saints), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve) and more. Single day tickets are $10, $15 for two days. The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is located at 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda, MD 20852.