Books with Pictures 1100 SE Division St. #103 is a different kind of store carrying a wide range of books, super hero comics, indie comics, kids’ picture books, all-ages comics, LGBT comics, small-run handmade comics and events with live authors!

Two big events this month:

Saturday, December 8, 6 pm – Cartoonist Maria Frantz appears in person for the early release of her debut graphic novel, The Chancellor and the Citadel. There will be food, original art, and Frantz will sign  copies of her book.

Saturday, December 27, 6 pm – Artist, illustrator and writer Melanie Stevens premieres WaterShed, Volume 1: PostModern, the pilot for a graphic novel series. It’s a love and death story about America through the lens of race where its protagonist finds herself oscillating between three time periods.

Melanie Stevens

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IMAGO THEATRE’S ZOOZOO returns for the holidays with bugeyes, insomniac hippos, arrogant anteaters, introverted frogs, paradoxical polar bears, acrobatic worms and tricky penguins. Recommended for all ages, the play this year includes  the premiere of The Magic Cloth, created in collaboration with puppeteer and designer Michael Curry. December 7 through January 6. The show is recommended for ages 3 and older. Tickets at Imago box office, 17 SE 8th Ave., 503.231.9581 or at Ticketswest.com with no online ticket fee.

ROLL-UP STUDIO + GALLERY’s  Books & Boxes – ten artists’ on book arts and assemblage. Featured are Poppy Dully, John Simpkins, Marilyn Stablein Kathy Kuehn, Bill Dean, Barbara Tetenbaum, Anna Daedalus, Kerry Davis, Judy Vogland, and Leo Wayman. Reception is Friday, December 7, 5–9 pm at Roll-Up Studio + Gallery, 1715 SE Spokane St. through December 22. See rollupspace.com.

DAVID MAMET’S SPEED THE PLOW, continues at Shoebox Theatre, 2110 SE 10th Ave. presented by Asylum Theatre. This dark comedy explores conflicts between art and commerce and the importance of storytelling, complicated by power struggles of greed, loyalty and sexual politics. Onstage through December 23, Thursday – Saturdays 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 at asylumpdx.org.