November 2nd – November 8th

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Halloween! The best holiday of all for those of us who want to dress up in awesome costumes all the time but are held at bay by the strictures of a society that can’t hope to grasp our magnificence. We’re just saying we don’t get why a Dr. Doom costume isn’t considered “workplace appropriate”. There are a multitude of workplace uses for power gauntlets, you fools!

We hope our dear readers were able to attend one of the excellent Comic Fest events at Modern Myths or Comics N’ More. Or both of them! They seemed like fun, but we were too busy getting ready for a Halloween party. It was a fun time, and we played that most Halloween-appropriate of games: Space Cadets Dice Duel.

Hey we know it’s no longer Halloween, but if you’re still interested by spooky things, you should check out the comic Eerie PD. It’s done by a couple of very nice locals, and it’s just updated with two pages to celebrate the eeriest of holidays!

You can also now pre-order a comic of the absolutely excellent work by local artist KC Green, Graveyard Quest. Simply go to a comic shop near you and order it through Previews, code NOV151548! As is standard for a lot of works by KC Green, it’s absurdist and funny at the same time as it manages to be distressing and emotionally affecting. We really can’t recommend it enough. Plus the cover is awesome.

Actually KC makes the pitch best:

I did Graveyard Quest! You should help out and preorder them however you can! Go to your comic book store and yell and scream up and down until they order graveyard quest! Me me, i wanna quest in the Graveyard, you say! Me! I wanna go to hell and find my dad! I wanna get a mole and make him me friend! me! I do! Well just get your crap over to a comic book store and tell the employee there that you just gotta have the quest! The Graveyard QUest! Go and tell the owner of the store to give you the Graveyard to Quest through! Tell them, tell them! Let them know your feelings, open up to the stranger at the comic book store! Let them know! Let them know!!

As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!



Monday, November 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
NaNoWriMo Write-In Session
Writing a novel in a month? Is it the second day and you’ve woken up realizing that oh shoot writing is actually immensely difficult? Then hang out and recharge with fellow writestronauts at the Forbes!
Friday, November 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 2:45pm
Art Journal Study Group
Art journals are a time-honored tradition for keeping cool ideas in a place where they’re easily accessible. Come experiment with new ideas and develop your artistic vision with Laura Curran, an artist who has been creating, teaching, and publishing for over 30 years!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 5:00pm
NaNoWriMo Write-In Session
By this session you’ll probably already have the first three novels in the Seditious Chain series all locked up, so it’s more about editing and negotiating publishing rights than anything.
Saturday, November 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Gallery for a Night
This will feature art from a variety of local artist in addition to the ever-popular Themed Baskets! We’ve been leaving our baskets un-themed like fools all this time! Tickets are $20 and there’s a raffle for an iPad.

Board Games:

Saturday, November 7th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00am
Malifaux Tournament
Malifaux! It’s a miniatures game. We’re super bad at figuring out the salient differences in miniatures games but Malifaux looks pretty neat, kind of horror-influenced. Registration is $12, prizes will be awarded in store credit for 1st, 2nd, and best painted.


Tuesday, November 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
UMass PRess Reads at the Jones Library: Carla Panciera
Author Carla Panciera will read from her prize-winning book “Bewildered”, published by the UMass Press! Her stories focus on themes such as the desire to belong, the need to heal, and the fear of what happens next.
Wednedsay, November 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00pm – 7:00pm
First Wednesday Speaker Series
Ruth Owens Jones will share her book “Harvesting History”, a reflection of the rich history of farming around the Connecticut River Valley! We’re pretty sure it was about 100 years of cussing at all the rocks and then everyone moved West.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Writing about Health, Medicine, and the Body
Bodies are fascinating and terrifying. At this event, three writers will explore the strange geomtry of the human body on scales from the minisculre to the well… person-sized. Topics will include the genome, disease, and the challenges of caregiving.
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Archer Mayor, “The Company She Kept”
At the height of a brutal Vermont winter, a woman’s body is found haning above the interstate. Joe Gunther and the VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) get to work. Spoiler alert: the killer is a maple tree. Author Archer Mayor will read and sign his newest novel!
Thursday, November 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Sonia Nieto, “Brooklyn Dreams”
A leader in the field of multicultural education looks back on her formative experiences as a student, activist, and educator. The book chronicles her experience as a teacher in the first bilingual public school in NYC. She will read and sign!
Saturday, November 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00am
Karin Lefranc, “I Want to Eat Your Books”
Debut picturebook author Karin Legranc visits the store for some post-Halloween fun! Her book is about a zombie that devours books instead of brains! Attendees will get some snacks and do some crafts. Also, yoga!


Thursday, November 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
After School Comic Book Club
For kids in grades 3-5! They’ll be discussing “Little Robot” by Ben Hatke and “Cleopatra in Space” by Mike Maihack. It will be educational and adorable. Participants will create their own comic, too! Plus, snacks.
Sunday, November 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Comic Creator’s Jam
Are you a comic creator? Are you a creator of one of the integral parts of a comic? Perhaps you’re a wordsmith, a pencil-fist, or an inkromancer? Talk to other folks in the business about the business!


Tuesday, November 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup for people who create things out of the mystic threads we choose to refer to as ‘code’. Mostly web-related stuff, but they’re happy to talk with anyone who mostly types on a computer for fun or profit.


Saturday, November 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 10:45am
Forbes Library Tour
Forbe Library is a pretty nice place with a lot of useful stuff in it. Come see all that stuff in that place! Registration is required, and you can do so here.


Thursday, November 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Indie RPG Night
A great time with nice people! Indie RPG Night is your chance to try out new, interesting, often locally developed games. Every time we have attended has been awesome!
Friday, November 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Star Wars RPG
The Star Wars extended universe is a complex interchange of ideas that definitively do not work if you look at them too long. Add your own set of awesome laser-sword fights to the pile with the RPG!
Friday, November 6th – Sunday, November 8th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00pm
Magestry Final Autumn Game
Interested by LARPing? Come visit a magical real just in time for their Halloween-equivalent spooky nondenominational holiday! The season finale will be packed full of spookiness, and it’s FREE for volunteer staff. The event is $30 for first time players!


Saturday, November 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30pm – 3:00pm
The Victorian Lady: Dressing from Corsets to Gloves
History, also known as “the sweet science”, at the Jones! Kandie Carle presents a look at the fashion, life, and etiquette of the Victorian Era. She’s also going to dress in actual vintage undergarments, clothing, and accessories! She’ll tell you about the past in a manner you won’t wish to past up!

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