Dia de los Superheroes


What do you do when Halloween has passed, but you’re not ready to say goodbye to Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Bart Simpson, Finn the Human and other costumed heroes? Bask in their glory one more time at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 1), which will be celebrating its seventh year of bringing panels, bubbles and characters to the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Rd.).

Writer and illustrator Howard Chaykin will speak about his 40-year career in comics, which stretches from Marvel and DC to his more controversial work on the dystopian sci-fi series American Flagg! and sexy vampire story Black Kiss. Ben Saunders will give a lecture entitled “Batman’s Shadows: 75 Years of the Dark Knight,” which will discuss character development and key moments in the Batman saga. There will also be more hands-on workshops on drawing Star Wars characters, adapting stories into comics and, because no one wants to throw out those old Archies, crafts using old comic books (Whatever it is, we bet it’ll involve decoupage!)

Film screenings will include the 1989 Tim Burton Batman and the documentary She Makes Comics, about the history of women in the comic industry from the 1920s to today, while “nerd rock” artists will perform during the afternoon. In the courtyard, about 50 booths will be set up for comic creators to meet with fans; vendors will also sell books, toys and all manner of brightly colored, comic-related paraphernalia. Food trucks on-site mean you can linger through lunchtime. Superman would want you to. VegasValleyComicBookFestival.com.

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