Exhibition:  Charles Burns

Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Ave, opening Thursday November 7th, 5 - 7 pm, free

Charles Burns presents the unseen Nitnit issues 1-10, along with other rare self-published books and ephemera.  The Nitnit comics originate from the “X’ed Out” world as presented in Burns’s ongoing series of graphic novels, featuring our hero Nitnit, sort of a alternate-universe Tintin character also known as Johnny 23.  These rare items are for display only and not available for purchase.    

Screening:  Dash Shaw and Limited Animation

Spectacle Theater, 124 S. 3rd St., Friday November 8th, 8 pm, $5

Cartoonist and animator Dash Shaw (New School) presents an evening of “limited” aka “low budget” animation.  He’ll show and discuss some of his own work, like the Sigur Ros video and Sundance selection Seraph, the “fast slideshow” Blind Date 4, and others, plus a bonus cartoon that’s inspired him: the “best episode” of the anime Robotech!  Come watch some cartoons on a Friday night.  This is not to be missed!


Event:  Comic Arts Brooklyn

Book sales and signings, 11 AM to 7 PM

Mt. Carmel church, 275 N 8th St


Discussion:  City of Glass: It Was A Phone Call That Started It

The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Saturday November 9th, 11 AM , free

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the comics adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel City of Glass, Paul Auster, Paul Karasik (The New Yorker), David Mazzucchelli (Asterios Polyp), and Art Spiegelman (Maus) will come together for the first time ever to discuss the genesis of the adaptation of the book into illustrated form. The panel will be moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

With 20 foreign editions, this graphic novel has been cited by The Comics Journal as one of the “Top 100 Comics of the 20th Century.”  The story of how it came to be is filled with odd coincidences and connections not unlike a novel by Paul Auster, himself. Secrets about the book’s translation into comics will be deconstructed and revealed.

Discussion:  The New Generation: What We Like

The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Saturday November 9th, 12:30 PM, free

Moderated by Columbia University’s librarian for ancient and medieval history and comics Karen Green, four upcoming artists—Michael DeForge, Lisa Hanawalt, Joe Lambert & Katie Skelly—discuss specific works that inspired them to become cartoonists.

Interview:Jeff Smith: Pulled Apart

The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Saturday November 9th, 2 PM, free

Jeff Smith, whose graphic novel Bone set the world-wide gold-standard for all-ages comics,  deconstructs his comics to explain and illustrate his working process—from script to sketch, to breakdowns to pencils to finished ink work. Examples will include original pages from Bone, RASL, and a never-before seen premiere page from his mysterious new project: Tuki Save the Humans!  

Jeff will also give a live old-school style inking demonstration. This drawing will then be auctioned-off on the spot as a fundraiser for the Comic Book Defense League, of which Jeff is a board member.

Exhibition:  Heather Benjamin

Mishka Store, 350 Broadway, Saturday November 9th, 7 - 10 PM, free

Benjamin’s work is rooted in the darker recesses of your mind — and it shines a light on that darkness. Mishka is celebrating her work with an exhibition and exclusive shirt.  

Event:  CAB Official After Party

Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Saturday November 9th, 9 PM, $5

Blow off some steam after the show with live music by Jeff Lewis, The Marcellus Hall Band, and the mellow rockabilly sounds of the Susquhanna Industrial Tool and Die Co.