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 who are ready and willing to turn you on to some amazing material.
Here are some local Los Angeles events coming up that celebrate the sequential art form.
Monday, February 21 – Sunday, February 27: Henry & Glenn Gang Bang art show featuring Henry & Glenn Forever by The Igloo Tornado (Tom Neely, Gin Stevens, Scot Nobles and Levon Jihanian) and artwork by Eric Yahnker, Coop, The Clayton Brothers, Ed Luce, Johnny Ryan, Kaz and more, at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles 90027. Tickets: $0.
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: NEW COMICS DAY! Find your local comics specialty shop.
Wednesday, February 23, 6 PM – 9 PM: ReggiesWorld.com launch party and signing with writer/director Reginald Hudlin (Black Panther) and special guests writer Dwayne McDuffie (JLA, Static), artist Denys Cowan (Black Panther, The Question), writers Mike Benson and Adam Glass (Luke Cage Noir), musician/comics creator Ziggy Marley (Marijuana Man), actors/comics creators Eriq La Salle (25 to Life) and Rashida Jones (Frenemy of the State), and sci-fi authors Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep) and Steven Barnes (Lion’s Blood) 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.
Wednesday, February 23, 8:30 PM: The Meltdown with Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray (weekly comedy show) featuring stand-up comedians Andrea Savage, Rob O’Reilly, Alex Koll, Sheng Wang, and Matt Kirshen, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $8.
Thursday, February 24, 6 PM – 9 PM: Opening reception for DO/NO/GO, an exhibition of new work by artist Misha Hollenbach (Perks and Mini) in the Family Background Gallery showing until March 17, at Family, 436 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036. Tickets: $0.
Thursday, February 24, 8 PM – 10 PM: Visual Funk, the unveiling of Jim Mahfood’s art installation, at Winstons, 7746 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 90046. Tickets: $0 (21+ open bar)
Saturday, February 26, 12 noon – 6 PM: Otis College and CalArts Mini-Con, a mini-convention for minicomics created by the students of Otis College of Art and Design and the California Institute of the Arts, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $0.
Saturday, February 26, 1 PM – 3 PM: True Blood actors Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds) and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) will be signing copies of the graphic novel True Blood Vol. 1: All Together Now by Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner and David Messina, 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 starting at 9 AM that morning.
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 many others, and music by DJ Day, for one night only at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $0.
Wednesday, March 9, 8 PM: Comics podcast Bagged & Boarded with SModcastle’s Matt Cohen and Brendan Creecy and special guest, actor Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), has a live show broadcast at SModcastle, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 90038. Tickets: $10.
Friday, March 11, 8 PM: Timeline B, a CD recording show with stand-up comedian Sax Carr, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $0.
Friday, March 18, 8 PM: Destructo: The Show from Beyond, a comedy show with Robert Selander, Sean Hart and Drennon Davis, at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90046. Tickets: $6.
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.