Cartoonist Bill Griffith will make appearances at a ToonSeum fundraiser Friday and at the Pittsburgh Indie Comix Expo Saturday.
Friday: The ToonSeum presents “45 Years of Zippy the Pinhead: An Evening With Cartoonist Bill Griffith” at Bricolage Productions, 937 Liberty Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 atwww.eventbrite.com; more at www.toonseum.org or 412-232-0199.
Saturday: Mr. Griffith will be at the featured guests table throughout the day of the Pittsburgh Indie Comix Expo, except for a free drawing class he will conduct from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, South Side. He also will speak about his graphic novel, “Invisible Ink,” at 7:30 p.m. as part of the evening events at PIX. John “Derf” Backderf (“Derfcity”) and Kazimieras “Kaz” Prapuolenis (“Kaz’s Underworld”) are among the other speakers on the evening program. All PIX events are free; 10 S. 19th St., South Side (exhibition: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; programs: 7:30-11 p.m.). More at pixcomics.blogspot.com.
Upcoming ToonSeum events:
Monday: The ToonSeum and Point Park University will offer a free lecture and panel discussion featuring cartoonist Keith Knight, creator of “The Knight Life,” “The K Chronicles” and “(th)ink.” The presentation, ”Red, White, Black and Blue: An Evening With Cartoonist Keith Knight,” will be followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Knight, Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers and PG editorial writer and book editor Tony Norman. The event is 7 p.m. Monday at Point Park, University Center, GRW Theater, 414 Wood St., Downtown.
April 23: KA-BLAM!, the annual fundraiser benefiting the ToonSeum, returns to the Teamsters Temple Banquet Hall, 4701 Butler St., Lawrenceville, from 8-11 p.m. April 23. With the theme “CAUSE-PLAY” (like cosplay), guests are invited to attend in costume as their favorite pop-culture characters for the event, featuring live entertainment, celebrity Pictionary, costume contests, professional comic artists sketching, food and beverages and a silent auction. Tickets: $40, $75 for VIP entry, and $125 for VIP couples at www.eventbrite.com.