Monday, October 20, 2008

Vegas Comicfest Nov. 8th!

As if the first week in November wasn't going to be exciting enough with the election November 4th, four days later, on Saturday, November 8th, here in Las Vegas at the Clark County Library, the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival will be happening from 11am - 3pm! So if you've recovered from all of the celebrating from Barack Obama's huge win November 4th (and really I don't want to hear any malarkey about how I'm jinxing the outcome by stating this in advance or that things could still swing around, because this is the 21st Century so we should wash our hands of superstitions and with the idea that Obama's not going to win - if that's even a possiblity of happening at this point, then however bad people think things are now, multiply that by one hundred), here's details for LV Comicsfest:

Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival, November 4th (Saturday), from 11am-3pm, at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Rd., off of Maryland Parkway), free to all! The Vegas Comicfest is happening in conjuncture with the Vegas Valley Book Festival that kicks off Thursday night, November 6th, with a keynote address / presentation by Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Stardust, Coraline, and his just released new novel, The Graveyard Book) at 7pm at the theater within the Clark County Library. The theater within the library is pretty sizable, but Neil Gaiman's audience is pretty large as well, so they'll be passing out wristbands on a first come, first serve basis. On Saturday (November 8th), comic creator guests will include Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, Sloth) with his daughter, Natalia Hernandez, signing her comic book debut, The Adventures of Crystal Girl, Steve Niles (30 Days Of Night), Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League Unlimited cartoon and Justice League of America, the comic), Steven Grant (Badlands and Punisher), Gary Groth (publisher of Fantagraphics), Chris Staros (publisher of Top Shelf), and David Hajdu (author of The Ten-Cent Plague, a novel about the comic book content scare of the 1950's).

There'll be several different panels with the above mentioned creators from 11am - 3pm (Saturday, November 8th), as well as signings, free comic book movies at their cool theater, and a sales area representing Las Vegas comic book stores. Michael Chabon (author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a novel about American comic book roots), will be giving the closing keynote at 6pm in the theater (wristbands start at 5pm), so this is seriously the Las Vegas comic book event of the year and you'll be sad if you miss it (I'll be sad also if I don't see a lot of people at the fest sharing their love of comics with others)! I have flyers here at my store with more info (or if you just want to grab one to put on your refridgerator as a reminder) or you could go by the Clark County Library and they'll answer any of your questions you may have about the event.

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