The International Comic Arts Forum is “an annual academic conference dedicated to promoting the scholarly study and appreciation of comic art, including comic strips, comic books, comics albums and graphic novels, magazine and newspaper cartooning, caricature, and comics in electronic media.” Their next conference will be hosted by the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT the weekend of September 29th to October 1st. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at http://www.internationalcomicartsforum.org/2011-conference-info.html.
[Tip via Geek Mountain State]
Award-winning author Joe Haldeman will appear at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA on September 9th from 6:00-7:30pm, along with other authors from MIT’s Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. (Note that the museum itself is open for free from 5:00-8:00pm this evening.)
Join MIT author Joe Haldeman and other members of MIT’s Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies an evening of literature and conversation at the MIT Museum. Professor Haldeman will read from his latest work, Starbound, and discuss what it takes to become an award-winning science fiction author. Haldeman is a five-time recipient of both the Nebula and the Hugo Awards, the two most prestigious science fiction honors; in 2010 he received the Damon Knight Grand Master award from the Science Fiction and Science Fantasy Writers of America.
Get the details at http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar.html.
[Tip via Daniel]
Colin Meloy, best known as the lead singer of The Decemberists, has written a book called Wildwood, illustrated by award-winning artist Carson Ellis. The two of them will appear at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA on September 28th at 6:00pm in an event sponsored by Brookline Booksmith:
Pre-ordering a copy of Wildwood entitles you to one free ticket for our event with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis on 9/28 at 6pm at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. You may also purchase a second ticket for an additional $5 by calling the store at 617-566-6660. You must pay for your book when you pre-order to receive a ticket. Books will be available for pick-up in-store on August 30th. Tickets may be picked up at the store at any time after your purchase. If you have any questions or wish to order over the phone instead, please give us a call at 617-566-6660.”
Written by Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, and illustrated by award-winning artist Carson Ellis, this fantastical tale for teens and adults takes two friends into the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, magical land in the middle of Portland from which no one has ever returned. Strange, beautiful, and spellbinding. Come get lost in the Wildwood with us.
See http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/mainevent.html for more details.
The PortConMaine convention is hosting this year’s “A Steampunk Affair” on October 22nd from 4:30pm-10:00pm in Westbrook, ME. This event is “an evening of fine dining, Neo-Victorian fashion, dancing, artisans, and oddities.” See http://portconmaine.com/asteampunkaffair/ for more information.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for The Scarlet Letter, wrote some rather dark short stories as well. Literary historian Rob Velella will present some of these tales in “Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind” on September 3rd at 7:30pm at the Artists’ Exchange in Cranston, RI:
Nathaniel Hawthorne returns to life at the Black Box Theatre as literary historian and playwright Rob Velella takes on this chilling one-man performance. Portraying the character of Hawthorne, Velella will take the audience on a journey through these ominous tales, often delving into the dark realms of the human mind.
Velella promises, “the tales I’m reading qualify as sci-fi and horror.” Learn more at http://www.artists-exchange.org/.
Images Cinema of Williamstown, MA will be hosting a film series called “Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson’s Legacy”; a variety of events will take place from September 19th-25th, some of which will be visited by puppeteer Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo. Jim Henson would have turned 75 on September 24th, and one of the events will be a birthday party for him. Learn more at http://www.imagescinema.org/film_events/muppets-music-magic-jim-hensons-legacy.
[Tip via Alan of the Boston SciFi Meetup Group]
Neal Stephenson, author of such books as Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, and Anathem, will appear at the Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA on September 27th at 6:00pm to read from his new novel, Reamde. Tickets are required. Visit http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/events/mainevent.html to learn more.
UPDATE: New events added.
Rebekah Isaacs will present the new comic book series Angel & Faith at several upcoming events: