Comics Events in LA: Week of 2/13/11

If you’re interested in finding out more about comic books and graphic novels, a great way to discover new stories is to check out a local comics event. There’s a vibrant comics community here in Los Angeles, where you can meet artists, writers, publishers, and other readers.

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

This week:

Sunday, February 13 – 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 16: NEW COMICS DAY! Find your local comics specialty shop.

Wednesday, February 16, 8 PM: Comics podcast Bagged & Boarded with SModcastle’s Matt Cohen and Brendan Creecy with special guests writer Marc Andreyko (Torso, Manhunter) and True Blood actors Deborah Ann Woll and Michael McMillian, has a live show broadcast at SModcastle, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038. Tickets: $10.

Wednesday, February 9, 8:30 PM: The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray (weekly comedy show) featuring stand-up comedians Scott Thompson, Nick Flanagan, Brent James Sullivan, Ron FunchesNick Thune, and piano-pop band Don’t Stop or We’ll Die, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $8.

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.

Friday, February 18, 8 PM: Destructo: The Show from Beyond, a comedy show with Robert Selander, Sean Hart and Drennon Davis with special guest Mike Funt, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $6.

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.

The future:

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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