To do: Todd Klein signing in Philadelphia

East Coast comics fans who are looking for something to do the night before MoCCA Festival could do far, far worse than the party and signing being held Friday evening for multiple award-winning letterer and designer Todd Klein at at Locust Moon Comics and Movies in Philadelphia.

The event will begins at 7:30 p.m. at the store, located at 4040 Locust St., near the University of Pennsylvania campus. Check out the press release after the break.

On April 8th Locust Moon Comics will be hosting a party and signing with Todd Klein. By all accounts the most celebrated letterer in the history of American comics, Mr. Klein has won the Eisner Award for Best Letterer fifteen times in the award's eighteen year history, along with eight Harvey awards and many other commendations.

Mr. Klein worked closely with Neil Gaiman as letterer for the entire run of the legendary Sandman series. His gift for creating memorable yet easy-to-read fonts and balloons helped give the Sandman its unique voice.He is also an accomplished logo and book designer, having served in this capacity for the award-winning line of ABC books created by Watchmen creator Alan Moore.

Locust Moon will be hosting a celebration of Todd Klein's career, where fans can meet the man and get their books signed in his inimitable print. Food & wine will be provided, along with high spirited conversations on lettering, comics and art.

Locust Moon Comics is a retailer, art gallery and small press located in West Philadelphia. Since opening their doors in April 2010, they have become a hub of the local comics & art community, hosting many readings, signings and book release parties with a diverse cross-section of artists and creators including Farel Dalrymple, Bob Schreck, Steve Walker, Box Brown, James Comey, J.G. Jones and the Philly Comix Jam. The store features a deep and diverse collection of comics and graphic novels with a special emphasis on independent and creator-owned work, as well as high-quality art prints, imported and limited-edition toys, and a vast selection of rare and out-of-print DVDs.

More than a comic shop, Locust Moon is quickly becoming an epicenter for vital, rising voices in the rapidly developing world of graphic fiction and sequential art. Co-owners Joshua O'Neill, Chris Stevens, and Justin Postelwaite are themselves comic creators and writers, and the gallery-style walls of their store are adorned with their own works-in-progress, illustrated by such celebrated talents as Jae Lee, Arthur Adams, Farel Dalrymple, G.B. Tran and Senk Chhour. In addition to their diverse slate of events which includes movie screenings, costume parties and concerts, Locust Moon hosts monthly "Drink & Draw" evenings that have become mainstays of the local comics world, cross-pollinating an astonishing variety of voices from the rich and fertile Philadelphia creative community, from mainstream and independent artists to sculptors, animators, puppet-makers, illustrators, print-makers, writers and publishers.

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