A recent study about parole decisions informed us that judges were far more likely to grant favorable outcomes for prisoners early in the day, before they became mentally fatigued by all the tough calls they needed to make each day. When it comes to Litquake, the annual literary festival featuring 163 events and more than 850 authors, we feel this decision-making fatigue simply from looking at the schedule.
A brief sample of Sunday's events alone include an appearance by comedian and author Michael Ian Black; Pitchapalooza, where 20 writers get one minute to pitch their book; an event called "Sin and Syntax;" and a reading that celebrates the art of procrastination. On top of all that, Litquake is hosting a mini museum crawl downtown (or "Words and Pictures: A Cultural Stroll through Yerba Buena," if you want to get official about it) with the Museum of the African Diaspora, Cartoon Art Museum, California Historical Society, YBCA, and the UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center.
In order to save your mental faculties, we're simply telling you to go to this: "Drawn Out Stories: Comic Book Art and Artists" featuring some of our favorite, local illustrators, like Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee), MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Résumé, Ages 0 to 22), and Chelsea Martin (Heavy-Handed), plus New York-based artists Gabrielle Bell, Tom Kaczynski, and Noah Van Sciver, and graphic novelist Thien Pham. Learn about how comics have transgressed the funny pages to become political, erotic, cheeky, serious, ranking right up there with literary masterpieces. As Paul Madonna once put it, in one of his gorgeous, ethereal cityscapes, "You know exactly what you have to do."
"Drawn Out Stories" starts Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission (at Third St.), S.F. Admission is $10-$12.
Also, shameless plug alert: I'm doing Muni Diaries' Litcrawl Haiku Battle on Oct. 13. Come.
Here's MariNaomi reading/showing her work, "Sleep Deprived."