Comics Event in LA: Week of 2/6/11

You don’t have to sit at home alone reading to get into comic books and graphic novels. There are always great events going on that celebrate the vitality and creativity of comics. Just here in Los Angeles, there are more events I can ever make. But I try, and so should you. You never know what you’ll discover.

Here are some local Los Angeles events coming up that celebrate the sequential art form.

This week:

Sunday, February 6 – Friday, February 18: Steven Daily‘s Gag Me With A Toon 3, the third annual art exhibit featuring local artists re-imagining and remixing classic ’80s Saturday morning cartoons, continues at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $0.

Wednesday, February 9: NEW COMICS DAY! Find your local comics specialty shop.

Wednesday, February 9, 5 PM – 8 PM: Aspen Comics Editor-in-Chief and writer Vince Hernandez signs copies of his new book Charismagic and writer David Schwartz signs copies of Fathom: Blue Descent at Collector’s Paradise, 7131 Winnetka Ave., Canoga Park 91306. Tickets: $0.

Wednesday, February 9, 8:30 PM: The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray (weekly comedy show) featuring stand-up comedians Eric Acosta, Matt Goldich, Andy Haynes, Natasha Leggero, and a video by Moshe Kasher and Brent Weinbach, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $8.

Wednesday, February 9, 10 PM: Comics podcast Bagged & Boarded with SModcastle’s Matt Cohen and Brendan Creecy with special guest Chris Hardwick of Nerdist.com has a live show broadcast at SModcastle, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038. Tickets: $10.

Saturday, February 12, 8 PM: Heart of Darkness comedy show featuring Greg Barris, Reggie Watts, Chelsea Peretti, and Sean Patton, with music by Dima and the Doctor Juchins, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $8.

The future:

Wednesday, February 16, 8 PM: Comics podcast Bagged & Boarded with SModcastle’s Matt Cohen and Brendan Creecy has a live show broadcast at SModcastle, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038. Tickets: $10.

Thursday, February 17, 7 PM – 9 PM: A panel discussion with screenwriter Dwayne McDuffie, executive producer Bruce Timm, director Sam Liu, casting director Andrea Romano, actor James Denton (“Desperate Housewives”) and others, will occur for the screening of All-Star Superman, the animated movie based on the comic of the same name by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, at the The Paley Center, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills 90210. Tickets: free for members.

Saturday, February 19, 8 PM: Grand Theft Audio with hosts Jake Belcher, Brant Thomas and Carl Kozlowski, and special guests Eddie Pepitone, Bil Dwyer, Merill Davis and Ford Austin, will have a live broadcast at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $8.

Tuesday, February 22, 7 PM – 9 PM: Writer/actor Felicia Day will be joined by some of her cast mates of The Guild, actors Vincent Caso (Bladezz), Amy Okuda (Tinkerballa), and Robin Thorsen (Clara), to sign copies of their graphic novel and season four DVD at Barnes & Noble: The Grove at Farmer’s Market, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles 90036. Tickets: Wristband with purchase of graphic novel or DVD starting at 9 AM that morning.

Wednesday, February 23, 6 PM – 9 PM: ReggiesWorld.com launch party with writer/director Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther) and special guests writer Dwayne McDuffie (JLA, Static), artist Denys Cowan (Black Panther, Batman Confidential), musician/comics creator Ziggy Marley (Marijuanaman), and actor/comics creator Eriq La Salle (25 to Life) at Golden Apple, 7018 Melrose Avel, Los Angeles 90038. Tickets: $0.

Wednesday, February 23, 8 PM: Comics podcast Bagged & Boarded with SModcastle’s Matt Cohen and Brendan Creecy has a live show broadcast at SModcastle, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038. Tickets: $10.

Saturday, February 26, 7 PM – 11 PM: Eat Your Art Out, the 4th annual group benefit art show presented by the Angel City Derby Girls returns with artwork by over 60 international artists, including Jim Mahfood (Stupid Comics), Jason Shawn Alexander and others, and music by DJ Day, for one night only at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $0.

Friday, April 1: Sweet Streets debuts a new art exhibit, Magical Girls: Art Inspired by Shōjo Manga, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046.

Saturday, April 9: It’s Mini-Comics Day! Celebrate Do It Yourself and make a comic in a day.

Have an upcoming comics-related event in the LA area? Know of one? Email me.

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