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HABIBI is on sale TODAY

Brian Hibbs

Well, at least at Comix Experience. It is a stunningly gorgeous monster of a book, and we are, as far as I know, the only comics store in San Francisco with copies on sale until at least next week. (Diamond isn’t shipping it yet)                   Please don’t forget that we have Craig Thompson IN PERSON next Wednesday, the 28th, from 2-4 PM. You can read more about that right here. I’d rush in for a copy of this — just on the flip through test it really looks like the graphic novel of the year — be the first person in San Francisco to buy a copy!   -B

Craig Thompson @ CE on 9/28

Brian Hibbs

It’s a mid-afternoon signing (from 2-4), but we’re shuddering with glee that we’ve got Craig Thompson coming to sign Habibi on September 28. You can find more information here! Hope to see you there! -B

May 14: Meet MariNaomi

Brian Hibbs

Comix Experience is very pleased to have local San Francisco cartoonist MariNaomi appearing on Saturday, May 14th, from noon to 2 PM.   MariNaomi is the author of Kiss & Tell: a Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, where she documents each and every romantic/sexual encounter she had until young adulthood. It is a gripping piece of work, set against the backdrop of San Francisco in the 80s and 90s.   Which means, if you’re a Bay Area resident, it’s even possible you’re in this book — at least one Comix Experience customer is!   Please join us on Saturday, May 14, from noon to 2 PM to celebrate this special book!  

Scott Allie and Kevin McGovern @ CE 10/21!

Brian Hibbs

On Wednesday, October 21st, from 5-7 PM, Comix Experience is pleased as punch to bring you an in-store appearance with EXURBIA co-creators Scott Allie and Kevin McGovern! Most of you probably know Scott Allie as the Editor Extraordinaire on such (awesome) books as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, CONAN, and HELLBOY, but he’s also an accomplished writer (THE DEVIL’S FOOTPRINTS, SOLOMON KANE: THE CASTLE OF THE DEVIL, and THE FOG, among others) EXURBIA is his newest book and it’s received great response from folks like Gilbert Hernandez, who wrote, “Exurbia boldly continues and transmogrifies the type of lunatic stories that only comics can do with any justice. Try as films and TV might, here is the real stuff. Bravo and yikes…  Read More…

Smidge more on Gaiman

Brian Hibbs

Here’s at least two bloggish posts about the Gaiman signing: First from Matt Maxwell, and the second from Seth Rosenblatt. The latter has this nice pic (if I’m linking correctly, at least) Also, here’s the photodump of pictures that Susan Riddle took. If you know of any other posts, please let me know! -B

Neil Gaiman is 32 flavors of awesome

Brian Hibbs

It was a very very nice event. Neil read from WHO KILLED AMANDA PALMER (which I overnight Saturday deliveried a case of copies in — I should have had THREE cases, damn it; I’ll be restocking those, for sure!) for about a half hour, then we did the signing itself. Despite the fact that he had lunch plans with Daniel Handler, he still took the time to talk to each and every person in line for five minutes or so, and did little head sketches for most of them. He was utterly gracious with his time and attention, and sat through scores of photos, and everything else. We were scheduled to end at 12:30, and, instead, wrapped at something closer…  Read More…

Neil Gaiman At Comix Experience, 7/19: the Facts

Brian Hibbs

(There’s a long, rambly story that goes with this, which you can find here, but just so as to not bury the lede…) Comix Experience is very proud to announce, as part of its ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, a rare San Francisco reading/Q&A/Signing with acclaimed author Neil Gaiman on Sunday, July 19th from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Later Edit: The event is now completely sold out, and we thank everyone for their interest and patience! -B

Neil Gaiman at Comix Experience, 7/19: The Story

Brian Hibbs

OK, so you all remember that 2009 is Comix Experience’s 20th anniversary, right? (April first, to be exact!) Those of you who are actually customers may also note that we didn’t exactly do anything special for it (like a party or something). This is because my plan was to do several events throughout the year to celebrate, probably culminating in that party on the Twenty-First birthday because, y’know, then she’s legal to drink and all. I’d actually been thinking about this for a very long time. How long? Well, it was way back on February 15th, 2006 (!) that I first emailed Neil Gaiman a message with the title “How Is Your 2009 looking?” Neil’s one of those Major League…  Read More…

And the Number One Reason I’ll Never Be A Paparazzi…

Jeff Lester

I was at Kevin O’Neill’s signing at CE Sunday night…with my camera…and asked the gracious and stylish Mr. O’Neill if I could take some photos…to which he graciously and stylishly agreed….and I barely took any photos at all. Because I am absurdly meek, and a FUGGIN’ IDJIT. Nonetheless: Here’s a shot of the man himself. (Obviously, I shoulda run it through some light adjustments on Picasa before uploading it.) We were shop number seven in four days on his tour, and the guy would do a sketch in anyone’s Black Dossier if they wanted. Really cool. I knew he wouldn’t be anything like his drawings, more than likely, but I was still somehow unconsciously surprised he wasn’t one of his…  Read More…

Extraordinary Gentlemen!

Brian Hibbs

I just want to say that Kevin O’Neill is a Prince Among Men — we had an absolutely wonderful signing with him last night, and he was extremely gracious with his time, given virtually every person who showed significant “face time”, answering their questions, and doing quick sketches for each and every person. What a class act! If you’re down in the San Jose area, Kev appears at Hijinx Comics today (Monday) from 5-8, then he goes to Las Vegas and Alternative Reality Comics [edit: and Comic Oasis, sorry, Derek!] on Tuesday to wrap up the tour. I suspect Jeff will be along before TOO long with pics of last night’s signing. We’ve got an EXTREMELY limited number of copies…  Read More…

From the A Jpeg is Worth A Thousand Blog Posts Dept.

Brian Hibbs

World War Wolk! Jeff brings you the photos!

Jeff Lester

(The nerd conundrum for the new millennium: who’s stronger, Annalee or Graeme?) Sorry these took so long to post; Douglas’s signing is at the start of my workweek and was followed immediately by my garage sale (which turned out great, by the way), and after the last nine weeks or so of six day workweeks when I finally got time off, I totally slacked. Of course, I’ve got no right to bitch after meeting Douglas Wolk–not only had the guy only been home 22 hours in the last month (the way he put it was, “22 hours total,” which leads me to infer they were non-contiguous hours), but he still had something like 11,000 words to write before(?) he left…  Read More…

Wolk this way!

Brian Hibbs

(I’m going to hell for that post title, I just know it!) This Friday, August 17th, from 4 to 7 PM, Comix Experience is very happy to host DOUGLAS WOLK, international bon vivant, Savage Critic, and author of the most excellent Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean   Join us for an afternoon of book signing, comics theory, continuity debate, and, unless I miss my guess, beer. Plus, since we’re in San Francisco, I’d say odds are frankly terrific that we’ll also have Jeff Lester and Graeme McMillan on hand (well, after they get off work), so four, count them four Savage Critics to pontificate! Be there or miss the most insider comics afternoon of the…  Read More…

Back From Vacation.

Brian Hibbs

Yeah, after the signing, I pretty much zoned out for a week solid. (Hopefully, you noticed.) After a whirlwind 72 hours consisting of the signing, APE, catching four movies with Robson, and getting my car broken into, my brain was little more than a piece of dry, unbuttered toast. So brain-dead was I that I couldn’t even find the new comics I bought from CE for five or six days. (The new Golgo and Drifting Classroom are tucked away in my bag for store reading today.) Anyway, I–oh, hey look! Comic book superstars! This is the best picture I took of our four signers from Friday, in part because it was a hard angle to catch all of them in…  Read More…

Reminder….

Jeff Lester

I keep trying to avoid that situation (which I know is nonetheless inevitable) where I’ll post pictures of the event next week and someone will say, “Hey, I didn’t know that was happening! Why didn’t you post a reminder or something? I even looked at your blog that Friday because I was in town for APE and I didn’t see anything!” If you’re in town around 5, stop by. It’s going to be a tremendous gathering of talent under one roof, and a great way to kick off your APE weekend.

Congratulations, but you can congratulate them yourself if you’re around tomorrow…

Brian Hibbs

Hey, look, the Eisner Nominations are out. And two names in particular stand out for me: Best Graphic Album—New American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second) Special Recognition Hope Larson, Gray Horses (Oni) Wow, wouldn’t it be great if the two of them appeared together at a signing along with Kevin Huizenga and Bryan Lee O’Malley? Like, tomorrow, between 5 and 7? I just wanted to get that in before Jeff did.

Eight Days Away….

Jeff Lester

It’s almost ready. Are you? Sorry for being so tardy with the posting lately. I sat down this morning to write a few reviews and found myself stuck: I spent over an hour typing sentences and deleting ‘em, typing and deleting in turn. Anyway, I have tentative plans to try liveblogging from the store tomorrow so hopefully that’ll work out a bit better. Lord knows there’s enough coming out….

Countdown to Awesome.

Jeff Lester

Less than two weeks until the signing? Holy Cow, that’s just crazy. Oh, and since I posted this on a Saturday, you can probably count on it showing up in the middle of this upcoming week (and probably next week as well, come to think of it.) Hope any of you inclined to show up will do so. It oughta be awesome.

Save The Date & Spread The News: CE’s Pre-Ape Signing for April 20, 2007!

Jeff Lester

Okay, this has been in the hopper for a while, but I didn’t get that gorgeous green light until just last week. We’re having a signing from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2007 and I think it’s a pretty big deal. Y’see, when this year’s guests at APE were announced, I kinda lost my mind. So many great guests this year! I went to Hibbs and begged him to get some sort of signing together which he consented to as long as I organized it. So if this post doesn’t make much sense, or seems quasi-unhinged, please understand: not only am I tremendously whacked out because this is the first signing I’ve ever organized, but–more importantly–the signing…  Read More…

Comics from 10/27

Brian Hibbs

Been a busy week around here — The Geoff Johns signing on Saturday (Thanks for coming, Geoff — you are a gracious and garralous man, and everyone who showed had a wonderful time), then Ben’s first Halloween on Sunday (well, OK, his second — but he was barely a lump for #1), and the order form is due tomorrow, but I have to get it done today because tomorrow we have to process the new comics… So, I still haven’t read a lot of last week’s comics yet! But I’ve read some, and there’s a few things I definitely want to say, so let’s get to what I do have…. Actually, first up, not a comic, but this week’s ENTERPRISE….  Read More…

Two Quick Public Service Announcements

Brian Hibbs

PSA Numero Uno: I’m sure most of you caught the announcement that Geoff Johns is going to be signing at CE from 4 to 7 on Saturday Octobert 30th. But some of you may missed it, so there it is. We hope you can make it. PSA Numero Two-o: If I was Hibbs I would have posted the shipping list doo-da that he does, but I’m not–I can only link to the Diamond site’s if you’re curious. But Rob Bennett informs me that we did not get in Superman/Batman #12 this week. He said that the East Coast did, the West Coast did not for quick brown reasons that jumped over the slow, lazy dog of my head. Just a…  Read More…