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The 15th Annual Buffalo Comicon Takes Place This Sunday

In the fall of 1969, Queen City Bookstore, one of America’s first comic book shops, opened in Buffalo. The three generation family owned and operated business is the city’s oldest running bookstore and its owner Emil Novak would surely bleed comic book ink if you cut him.

News Feature

Where the Sun Don't Shine

by Jim Heany, Investigative Post

Enough with the hype. Let’s talk facts about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week that the state will spend $750 million to bring SolarCity to Buffalo to build the hemisphere’s largest solar panel manufacturing plant.

Beer Feature

Good for What Ales You

by Erik Wollschlager

This summer Buffalo became synonymous with two things: growth and great beer, the kind of beer that makes a place a destination. Our local brewery explosion has drawn the attention of craft beer lovers and craft beer writers.

Art Scene

Michael Mararian's Kinder Kavalcade at Hallwalls

by Patricia Pendleton

Pre-Photoshop manipulated images at CEPA

by Jack Foran

Recent paintings by Hayley Carrow at Ro

by J. Tim Raymond

Theater Week

Theatrically Speaking

by Anthony Chase

A brief roundup of current stage productions

Classical Music Notes

James Piorkowski's new compositions for guitar and beyond

by Jan Jezorio

The Montante Center on Main Street at Canisius College will host the first of a pair of concerts consisting of recent works by James Piorkowski, a SUNY distinguished professor at Fredonia State College, which will appear on a soon-to-be released CD titled NINE Live on the Centaur record label.

Music Feature

MxPx Frontman Mike Herrera Talks About His Life in His High School Band

by Cory Perla

When Mike Herrera started MxPx in high school he never thought his band would still be together 22 years later. That’s not for a lack of hard work, and that’s not to say the 37-year old musician hasn’t considered ending the band.

Film Reviews

The Zero Theorem

by M. Faust

God Help The Girl

by M. Faust

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Listings (Friday, October 3 - Thursday, October 9)

Film Now Playing

Featured Events

See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: the Tokimonsta, performing at The Waiting Room on Monday, October 6.


Sabres Say They Want to Win Now

by Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell

The marketing and sales pitch is pretty explicit—the Buffalo Sabres’ front office has truncated the word “suffering” and replaced it with the word “blueprint.”

Letters to Artvoice

Living in Amherst is hazardous to your health

by Michele F. Marconi

Legislators disrespect seniors

by Frank Kolbmann

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when Pepeijn Bruins, 13, called on them to help him grieve over his pet rat, Ratjetoe, who had to be put down because of cancer. Having heard of the inventors’ work, Pepeijn asked if they could please have Ratjetoe stuffed and turned into a radio-controlled drone.


Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): When Jimmy Fallon was a senior in high school, he received a weird graduation gift: a troll doll, one of those plastic figurines with frizzy, brightly colored hair.