Big Planet Comics
1520 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Past EventsMarch 3, 2018: Why Art? Signing
Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome Eleanor Davis for a reading from her new book, “Why Art?” on Saturday March 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. She will give a reading from the book at 6 followed by a discussion and signing of her works. Her books will be for sale.
What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) unpacks some of these concepts in ways both critical and positive, in an attempt to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve. A work of art unto itself, Davis leavens her exploration with a sense of humor and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.
Eleanor Davis has been honored by the Eisner Awards and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Her works include How to Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books, 2014), Libby’s Dad (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics, 2016), You & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and she contributed a short piece to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW (Fantagraphics, 2017). She lives in Athens, GA with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing. You can check out her work at www.doing-fine.com, and buy her mini-comics at www.littlehousecomics.com.April 10, 2017: Reading Without Walls Signing
Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and bestselling comic book creator Gene Luen Yang for a signing on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 PM!
Gene Yang is the creator of American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and the writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, New Super-Man, Secret Coders, The Shadow Hero, and many more. Gene Yang was recently appointed the fifth National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child A Reader.
As the National Ambassador, he has also started the Reading Without Walls challenge for all readers.
More information about Gene Yang’s books, his ambassadorship, and the Reading Without Walls challenge can be found on his website.
Readers are encouraged to bring their copies of Gene’s books to be signed, but copies will also be available for purchase at the event.Feb. 18, 2017: Ninja Mouse Signing
Big Planet Comics is excited to welcome local creator, JC Thomas, for a signing of his two books Ninja Mouse: Haiku and The Gates of Dawn on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.Aug. 28, 2016: Kingsway West #1 Signing
Writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Superman/Wonder Woman) appears at Big Planet Comics to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ Kingsway West #1 on Sunday, August 28th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM!
About Kingsway West #1:
“After thirteen years in prison, a Chinese gunslinger named Kingsway Law just wants to find his wife. But in a fantastical American Old West crackling with magic, monsters, and racist vigilantes, trouble just won’t leave him be. And in this case, trouble is a woman with a magic sword who needs his help.”