When: Sat., Jan. 31, 1:30-4 p.m. 2015
Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon is one of the East Bay’s most beloved authors. He’s famous for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000), a novel that chronicles the lives of two immigrant brothers who get rich by creating a comic book character called The Escapist. Back in 2013, Chabon announced that he would make his first foray into comic book writing by contributing to Casanova: Acedia, the fourth volume in the critically acclaimed Casanova series. The series was thought up by writer Matt Fraction and artists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. It follows a sly thief-for-hire named Cass Quin, who gets thrown into different dimensions of time and reality, along with various dangerous situations surrounding the evil international spy organization, E.M.P.I.R.E, which is run by his father. In Acedia, Quin finds himself stuck in Los Angeles with no memory of his past. The volume will feature a series of backup stories written by Chabon and illustrated by Bá. The long-awaited first issue of the volume will finally be released at the end of January. To celebrate, Fraction and Chabon will be at Escapist Comic Bookstore (3090 Claremont Ave., Berkeley) on Saturday from 1:30–4 p.m.