January 27, New York, NY: SUPERMAN AT 75
A birthday party for the first and greatest comic book superhero. Have a piece of birthday cake, and meet author Larry Tye, former DC Comics publisher Jenette Kahn, Superman writers Denny O'Neil and Jim Shooter, and more. 1:00 PM at the Center for Jewish History. Tickets are $25, and include a copy of of Larry Tye's book, Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero (which retails for $27)!
February 16-17, Annapolis, MD: SUCCESS IN THE WORLD OF COMICS SEMINAR
Are you an aspiring cartoonist, trying to get into syndication or animation, or make a career as a freelance cartoonist? Learn from those who have been there, and have your own work appraised by professionals. Tickets are $375, and selling fast, so reserve soon!
March 20-24, New York, NY: IT'S A BIRD... IT'S A PLANE... IT'S SUPERMAN
The New York City Center presents a reading of the short-lived 1966 musical comedy by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie), as part of its Encores! series. Note that this is not a full performance, so there will be no sets, costumes, or wire-harness flying scenes like there were in the original. The play itself, though, is a great piece of sixties camp, and the original cast album is available on CD from Amazon and elsewhere. Ticket prices vary depending on date, time, and section.
May 18-19, East Meadow, NY: EMCON III
The East Meadow Public Library hosts its third annual convention for fans of anime (Japanese-style animation) and manga (Japanese-style comic books). This has been a popular event for the past two years, and its reputation is spreading. Come in costume or in plain clothes, talk with artists, watch anime movies, get a drawing lesson from manga creators Kelly Gordon and Jen Scrimenti, see a martial arts demonstration, and meet with other lovers of the art. FREE!