Calendar of Events

The second annual SF Comics Fest kicks off with a BANG! Below, you’ll find a week jam-packed with comics events every day of the week from Nov. 2 to Nov. 5. You can meet famous comics creators, get an in-depth look at San Francisco’s notorious comix underground scene, and even make some comics!

Scheduled events include workshops, signings, and talks at the Marriott Marquis, and comics retailers on both sides of the Bay.

Wednesday Nov. 2nd – MOAD: Ajuan Mance in conversation with Shawn Taylor


Join the Cartoon Art Museum and Black Comix Art Festival at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm for an evening with Bay Area cartooning sensation Ajuan Mance in conversation with Shawn Taylor, as part of the 2016 SF Comics Fest. Writer Shawn Taylor from Nerds of Color will chat with Mance about her latest projects in illustration, cartooning and writing, her creative process, her recent rise in popularity, and what she plans to achieve next.

By day, Ajuan Mance is a professor of English teacher at Mills College with an interest in African American literature, 19th-century American literature, US popular culture, the oral tradition in US literature, Black feminist thought, and African American art. By night, she has more recently become an illustrator, cartoonist and zinester. Her moving works of literature and art earned Ajuan Mance the title Guest of Honor at this year’s 2016 San Francisco Zine Fest.

Ajuan Mance’s publications include: Gender Studies, an autobiographical story of life as a Black, genderqueer nerd; The Little Book of Big, Black Bears, a tribute to queer Black men in the bear community; A Blues for Black Santa, explaining what it’s like when no one believes Santa is Black; 1001 Black Men, featuring portraits of Bay Area Black Men; and “Requiem for a Hot Comb,“ a story in the renowned queer diversity comics anthology ALPHABET.

On her 1001 Black Men project Ajuan Mance states, “I push past entrenched stereotypes to create images of Black men that reflect the wonderful complexity of African American lives–our history so deeply embedded in our present, our celebrations so often tempered by grief and, yes, the pleasure and danger we find in so many of the people, places, and activities that give us joy.”

Admission to the talk is $10 for the general public, $5 for students or seniors and free admission for Cartoon Art Museum and Museum of the African Diaspora Members. The talk will run approximately 90 minutes with a short reception with Ajuan to follow. The evening will also include access to MoAD’s exhibitions.

Wednesday Nov. 2 – Comix Experience Trivia + BYOB


Hey folks! TRIVIA & BYOB is back for November!

All kinds of questions about all kinds of stuff, with a prize for the winner of each round!

Thursday Nov. 3rd – How to protect your online privacy (while growing a fanbase)


Navigating the shoals of online privacy while making comic books is no trivial matter! In conjunction with the San Francisco Comics Fest, Comix Experience presents a panel on how to do just that.

Many of the tips we discuss will be useful for any professional or aspiring creative who is looking to communicate more safely online.

The panel will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes, plus time for audience questions after.

Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse, Monster of the Week)
Chuck Whelon (Strange Romance, Comic book guide to the Mission)
Nate Cardozo, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
and moderated by Seth Rosenblatt, Editor, The Parallax

Thursday Nov. 3rd – Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters!


This multimedia comedy show, “Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters” is a mix of stand up comedy and a slideshow of cartoons about superheroes, action movies, sci-fi, monsters and secret agents.

If you’re a fan of Stark Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Batman, Spiderman, Game of Thrones and time travel: DO NOT come to this show. These things are irreverently mocked and dissected by a pro. Mike’s done the show at various theatres, comic book conventions, libraries and comedy festivals.

The show is part of SF Comics Fest 2016
Partial proceeds benefit theCartoon Art Museum here in SF!
Tix: $10

Mike Capozzola is a Bay Area based Stand Up Comedian and a published cartoonist (MAD Magazine, Ted Talks, WIRED, Best of McSweeney’s). He’s on the Advisory Board of The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. He produces and hosts the annual “Comics 4 Comix” comedy event there.

Also appearing: comedian Tirumari Jothi, a Bay Area comic, cartoonist, graphic designer, and giant nerd.
You can find him online with his YouTube sketch group, Red Claw Entertainment, or live with his LIVE sketch group, the Worst, or on his stand up showcase Odd! at Oddjob Bar.

Friday Nov. 4th – Just Draw: Stress and the End of Stress for Cartoonists


How do you combine storytelling, teaching, modern neurology and mindfulness into drawing comic books? Long time comics vet Mark Badger will show his work and explore how to develop creativity and keep it alive and when things don’t go the right way. He’ll show how he has integrated diverse elements into his own drawing and reinvigorated his work over the years and explored different styles and content.

Badger has drawn assorted superhero comics from Batman: Jazz and Run Riddler Run to Spiderman Online for AOL and Marvel, among others during the 80’s and 90’s.The super heroes were often confronted by unusual issues such as jazz, racism, gentrification, sweat shops, and unions along with confronting the more usual threats of giant robots, dastardly villains and monsters. His online comics led to game and web development along with teaching ActionScript and HTML for 15 years. He’s returned to comics now and is currently adapting William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and working on Abstract Kirby, which melds his lifelong interests of Jack Kirby, storytelling and abstraction.


Friday Nov. 4th – SOME THING Comic, Drag Show and Dance Party
Drink up at The STUD (399 9th St near Harrison) and celebrate the unique intersection of cultural influences shared among today’s Bay Area cartoonists, drag performers and comics fans for a night of graphic stories….get it?

Featuring a two dimensional cast:
David More
VivvyAnne ForeverMORE
Dottie Lux
Zachary Jupiter
Punky Pebbles
Per Sia
Dean Disaster/Dean DeeLeit
Tori Snow

Saturday Nov. 5th – SAM: Storytelling Across Media


San Francisco Comic-Con presents, in association with San Francisco Comics Fest, SAM, Storytelling Across Media, a one-day symposium for aspiring writers and artists, as well as professionals, interested in the art of storytelling.

Admission is FREE, but online registration is encouraged. Seating in all symposium events is limited.

SAM is not your traditional comics convention. There is no Exhibit Hall or Autograph Area. SAM is all about storytelling, through a series of talks and workshops about how to tell a story in various media, including comics, gaming, animation, movies, and more. It explores the similarities and differences in telling stories through different media and focuses on the craft of telling a story through creator lectures and workshops. Special guests for this event are writer Rick Remender (Captain America, Black Science, Low) and comics creator/animation artist Stephan Franck (Silver).

SAM’s preliminary slate of programs (subject to change) include:

* Cartooning 101
* Cartooning 102
* Parent and Child Class
* Bay Area Comics & Illustration History with Last Gasp
* Diversity and Representation in Storytelling
* Interactive Design with Telltale Games
* Spotlight on Stephan Franck
* Storytelling For Game Development
* Spotlight on Rick Remender
* Comics and VR Storytelling
* Storytelling in Editorial Cartooning

A complete list of programs, along with information on how to register online to attend them, will appear on this website approximately 10 days before the event.

The SAM event is the culmination of San Francisco Comics Fest, a celebration of comics culture past, present, and future, with a commitment to its community’s history, influence, and education. Festival events—including workshops, signings, and talks—start Wednesday, November 2 and will be held in locations across the Bay Area.

San Francisco Comic-Con is part of the San Diego Comic Convention family of events. SDCC is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture

Want to see what we’ve done before? Here’s our inaugural calendar from 2015.