This weekend, comic book fans from across the region will converge on Western New York for two events highlighting the work of prominent local artists, writers and others from across the comics world.

On Saturday, the Central Library (1 Lafayette Square) will host its fourth annual Comics Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The featured guests at the festival will be East Aurora-based comics artist Graham Nolan, the co-creator of the "Batman" villain Bane, and Buffalo indie comic artist Kyle Kaczmarczyk. The event will include Nolan's talk "Working in Comics" at 12:30 p.m., Kaczmarczyk's presentation about creator-owned comics at 2 p.m., a 3 p.m. panel discussion and a talk about stereotypes and the rise of the black comic movement by University at Buffalo professor John Jennings. The festival is free. For more information, call 858-8900 or visit

The Buffalo Comicon, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Marriott Inn (1340 Millersport Highway), will also feature Nolan and Kaczmarczyk, along with a bevy of other comics artists and experts. Learn more at 833-6220 or Tickets are $4 to $7.

– Colin Dabkowski