By Nikolai Fomich
From Free Comic Book Day celebrations to Wizard World to visits by Neil Gaiman and Neal Adams, here's your guide to the comic and geek-related events happening in and around Philadelphia during the month of May!
Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 31 – Graphic & Novel: A Showcase of Local Comic Book Artists, Visual Communicators and Storytellers
This exhibit will be curated by Chase Alexander and Gaby Heit and "will feature local talents of diverse aesthetics whose work shares the connection to the comic book (sequential art and design) medium; be it through visual communication and storytelling, and designs that feature the characters and stories that have influenced the pop culture landscape." The exhibit will open on May 1, and continues on throughout the month, "with related programming…to be announced."
Saturday, May 2, 11:00AM – Locust Moon's Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza!
Come by Locust Moon for a day filled with live music and free comics, featuring local Philly cartoonists Kelly Phillips, Dave Proch, Lindsey Wavrek, and others sketching for kids!
Saturday, May 2, 11:00AM – Atomic City Comics' Atomicon
Free Comic Book Day and the South Street Spring Festival join forces and become the first annual Atomicon! Featuring cosplay contests, all-ages workshops, DJs, free comics, and much more!
Saturday, May 2, 7:00PM – An Evening with Neil Gaiman at The Tower Theatre
Neil Gaiman (Sandman, American Gods) will be appearing at the Tower Theatre, located right outside of Philadelphia. Neil will "tell stories and read stories, answer questions, and in his own words "amaze, befuddle and generally delight. It will be fun and odd and not like any other evening with Neil Gaiman."
Wednesday, May 6, 5:00PM-8:00PM – Comic Book Legend Neal Adams appearing at Brave New Worlds Willow Grove
The legendary Neal Adams (Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) with be appearing at Brave New Worlds' Willow Grove location. He will be "selling prints and signing from 5-8pm on Wednesday, May 6th."
Thursday, May 7, through Sunday, May 10 – Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia
Philly's annul comic convention, Wizard World 2015 will host a wide range of guests – including comic creators Dan Slott, J. G. Jones and Peter David, actors Stephen Amell, Hayley Atwell, and David Tennant, and wrestlers Randy Orton, Sting and Diva Paige.
Saturday, May 30 – Alexandra Quarterly Release Party
Come celebrate the release of the new Alexandria Quarterly, a "curated portfolio of art and literature," at Locust Moon Comics!