Desert Island

540 Metropolitan Ave.
New York City, NY 11211

Past Events

Nov. 1, 2018: Drawn to Berlin Signing

Ali Fitzgerald will be at Desert Island Comics in Brooklyn on Thursday, November 1st from 7-9m to celebrate the release of her new book, Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe.

During her eight years living in Berlin, Fitzgerald spent a year and a half teaching the craft of illustration to asylum seekers from countries like Syria and Afghanistan – people who have often been targets of bigotry and hatred in both their native and adopted countries. Her powerful graphic memoir chronicles her experience with these extraordinary students, telling both their stories and her own. Fitzgerald, an artist who has exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S., has had her comics regularly featured in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and McSweeney’s, and her book is a compassionate and intimate look at the empowering capacities of art, capturing the highs and lows of a decade in an ever-changing European metropolis.

Oct. 4, 2018: Art Comic Signing

Matthew Thurber launches his hilarious new graphic novel Art Comic with a performance, discussion, and book signing at Desert Island on Thursday, October 4th at 7 PM!

Art Comic is a blunt and hilarious assault on the swirling hot mess that is the art world. Sycophantic fans, duplicitous gallerists, fatuous patrons, and self-aggrandizing art stars: he lampoons each and every facet of the eminently ridiculous industry of truth and beauty. Part scathing condemnation, part irreverent appreciation, Thurber’s comics skewer the art world in a way only an art lover can.

Sept. 18, 2018: Penguins Signing

Join indie pop icon Nick Thorburn at 7 PM on Tuesday September 18th at Desert Island in Brooklyn for the launch of his new comics collection, Penguins. He will read and sign copies of the book.

Told almost entirely without words, Penguins is a series of interconnected short strips that are equal parts tragic, hilarious, and surreal. Don’t miss out!

Sept. 13, 2018: Come Again Signing

Nate Powell, the creator of SOUND OF YOUR NAME, ANY EMPIRE, SWALLOW ME WHOLE and the illustrator of the critically acclaimed and award winning MARCH trilogy, appears at Desert Island on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM to celebrate the release of his latest graphic novel COME AGAIN. Presented in conjunction with the Brooklyn Book Fest.

  • Shop Hours

    Sunday: noon - 7 p.m.
    Monday: noon - 9 p.m.
    Tuesday: noon - 9 p.m.
    Wednesday: noon - 9 p.m.
    Thursday: noon - 9 p.m.
    Friday: noon - 9 p.m.
    Saturday: noon - 9 p.m.