Things To Do In New York And Philadelphia In July If You Like Comics (UPDATE)

Wednesday, July 16th


Forbidden Planet at 832 Broadway in New York will host writer Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts, Solar, Blackout, New Avengers Annual) at a signing for the launch of his new comic with Victor Santos from Boom!, Black Market  from 6:30 to 8:30PM.

Thursday, July 17th


Midtown Comics Downtown will host John Romita, Jr. in a signing of Superman #32 from 6-8PM to celebrate his work for DC Comics, and a number of incentive covers will be available for signing on that say.

Friday, July 18th

10487171_738700336168738_1726281896381011594_nLocust Moon Comics at 34 South 40th Street in Philadelphia will host a mega-signing in "An Evening with Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel, and Tom Scioli" at 7PM. They say: "Beat back the dog days of summer with one of the finest nights the Philly comics scene will see. Join us for an intimate celebration of these three cartoonists and their new books:Paul Pope's ESCAPO, Tom Scioli's TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE, and Dean Haspiel's FEAR MY DEAR. It's going to be a night to remember, folks. Be there".

Wednesday, July 23rd

10302645_792933740718558_490869410991513114_nAll three Midtown Comics locations in New York City will be celebrating Batman Day, the 75th Anniversary of Batman, on July 23rd. They say: "Help Midtown Comics Celebrate The 75th Anniversary of the Dark Knight! Batman Day is Wednesday, July 23, and Midtown Comics is excited to celebrate this monumental event! Batman fans of all ages can come to any of our locations and find Batman comics, toys, merchandise, apparel, and more! Best of all, we'll have a number of free Batman goodies from DC for you to enjoy! Holy Smokes, Batman! Find more info here.

The following items will be provided for FREE with comics scheduled to go on sale on July 23:

FREE · DETECTIVE COMICS #27 Special Edition, featuring a reimagining of the 1939 Bob Kane/Bill Finger original comic book, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by The New York Times #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer. Quantities are limited!

FREE · Batman shopping bag 12" x 16" x 4" featuring Batman 75th Anniversary artwork on one side and the Batman 75 logo on the reverse side!

FREE · Batman Graphic Novels bookmarks!

In addition, the following items are available for purchase. These items are scheduled to arrive in stores on July 23:

Only $.99 Cents each at Midtown · Batman paper masks spotlighting 4 varieties of the character's iconic looks from his 75-year history. Collect all four! You know that we'll be wearing them around!

Only $9.99 each at Midtown · Batman 75th Anniversary Capes produced by Rubies. Customers can purchase these limited edition Batman 75th Anniversary capes".

Wednesday, July 23rd


Dean Haspiel's Spectacular Disaster will be held on Wednesday, July 23rd at 7:30PM at Union Hall, Brooklyn. They say: "Join your host Dean Haspiel for a psychotronic salon featuring comix slideshows, spoken word, comedy, music, and a chance to win the Open Mic spotlight. Come and take your shirt off! Featuring: Dean Haspiel, Brooke Van Poppelen, Tim Hall, Thomas Attila Lewis and Katie Skelly. Plus, the Open Mic Spotlight: Think we're special? Nuh-uh. You can do it, too! Drop your name in the hat and be entered to win our coveted shine a light/open mic slot".

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00. Union Hall in Brooklyn is at 702 Union Street in Brooklyn, NY, 11215 You can pre-order tickets at:

Wednesday, July 23rd


The Little Nemo Kickstarter Closing Party will be held at Locust Moon Comics at 34 South 40th Street in Philadelphia at 7PM. They say: "Locust Moon Comics swells with gratitude and joy over the success of our LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM Kickstarter — come help us celebrate and make the final push towards our amazing stretch goal with a reception and who-knows-maybe-a-dance-party at the shop".

Thursday, July 24th

10351680_739524052752417_1489929348650621983_nDare2 Draw will be hosting another of their live drawing/competition events at the Society of Illustrators at 128 East 63rd Street in New York, with special guest Mentor Russ Braun from 6-9:30PM.

They say: "Come Dare2Draw with Mentoring Guest Artist Russ Braun! Russ will be talking to us about his career in comics and the changes he's seen. He'll also be sharing some secrets he's picked up along the way, throughout his career.  Bring your sketchbooks for an evening of live drawing with Dynamic Action Models. Contests & Give-aways, Demonstrations, Q&A and mingling with other cartoonists, our signature "Quick Draw" Contest and "The Re-Load", four ridiculously awesome "Quick Draw" prizes, all with Copic, Pentel and Sakura Art Supplies, action figures, TPB, more… FREE comics from Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash! Featuring 90 minutes of dynamic figure drawing, with live-action models & props and our signature Dare2Draw "Quick Draw" Contests, with all art done on Blue Line Pro boards. The pro art is auctioned for artists-in-need".

The cover cost is $15 online ($20 at the door) and tickets are available at:

Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th


Pete's Mini Zine Fest will start with a "kick off reading" on Saturday (from 7-9PM) and the Zine Fest will be held Sunday (from 2-7PM) at Pete's Candy Store at 709 Lorimer Street in Brooklyn, New York and both are Free Events.

They say:

"Summertime's approaching! That means Pete's Mini Zine Fest is coming up, the longest running zine fest in Brooklyn (that also happens to be held in a bar). The night before is the kick-off reading which happens to be the release party for We'll Never Have Paris zine's new issue, from co-organizer Andria Alefhi. That's July 25, 7-8:30pm. On Saturday July 26th come by and check out our superawesomefantastic zinesters, comic artists, and publishers this year:

Andria Alefhi (We'll Never Have Paris) —

Barnard Zine Library (Jenna Freedman)—

Ken Bausert (The Ken Chronicles)—

Anna Jo Beck (Biff Biff Bam Sock)—

Booklyn Inc. (Richard Lee)—

Rachel Burkot

Marguerite Dabaie (A Voyage to Panjikant)—

Displaced Snail Publications (Joseph Carlough)—

Alisa Harris (Urban Nomad)—

Katie Haegele (The La-La Theory)—

Mindy Indy (The Lucky Penny)—

Adam J. Kurtz (HOME-BREW)—

Sara Lindo (The Seeing-Eye Cat)—

Tim Nicholas and Annie Soga (Studium/Punctum shop)—

Morgan Pielli (Indestructible Universe)—

Purgatory Pie Press (Esther Smith) —

Rabid Rabbit (C. M. Butzer)—

Research and Destroy New York City

Bill Roundy (Bar Scrawl)—

Steve Seck (Monday Saddies)—

Teylor Smirl (Flightless Birds)—

So What? Press (Dave Kelly)—

Mark Z-Man (It's Raining Cats and Dogs)—

And featuring. amazing delicious snacks by Pamela Bowman!

Like our poster this year? Mindy Indy (who is also tabling) designed it!
Our fan page is here–like it if you like what we do:"

Saturday, July 26th


Midtown Comics Downtown in New York will host its "Not at Comic Con Party" on Saturday from 11AM to 9PM. They say: "We know not everyone can make it to San Diego Comic Con this year, so we're throwing a special party for all those who will still be in New York! Our annual Not at Comic Con event returns this year on Saturday, July 26th at Midtown Comics Downtown, and we already have some fun details to announce.

• Not at Comic Con Sale– 30% off everything at Midtown Comics Downtown only from 11:00AM to 12noon.
• 20% off everything at Midtown Comics Downtown from 12noon to 9:00PM.
Paul Kupperberg signing Life with Archie #36 from 2:00PM—3:00PM.
• Batman Day items will be available!

We'll also probably have NY Comic Con tickets to raffle off, as well as tickets to The Avengers Station at Discovery Center".

Sunday, July 27th


Escape Pod Comics at 302 Main Street in Huntington, Long Island, New York and Sparkboom will present Cosplay Sunday from 1-5PM. This is a free event with a suggested $5.00 donation.

They say: "FEATURING our very own LOCAL COSPLAYERS: Inochii / Nerdy Lolita, Mooseychan, Bree Faith (Brittany Lauda – Voice Actress), and more! And COSPLAYERS: KO Cosplay , Marie Grey, OTP Cosplay ( Wild Cat Cosplay and Stark Raving Cosplay) Cozpho Photography and (Toshi Salvino the) Dollfille. Also, our very own Maid Cafe and live DJ sets by M.E.M.E. and ORBiTER ( There will be $2 Raffles, a Photo Station and TWO FREE comics for everyone in costume!"

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Hannah Means ShannonAbout Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.
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