Family Books, the ever-inspiring and wallet-sucking “curated” book, record and cassette store in the Fairfax District, will be hosting Matt Groening in a comic signing to honor the publication of Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #15, an issue of the series guest edited by Family co-owner Sammy Harkham. Harkham, who created and edits Kramers Ergot, an annual compendium of America's finest comic artists, hand-selected a dozen-odd crazies to draw the issue, and, if the pictures below (and at Family's blog) are any indication, it looks promising. The signing will take place at Family on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

Participating artists include some West Coast Sound faves: Dan Zettwoch, Ted May, Paperrad's Ben Jones, Kevin Huizenga, and Harkham (his series, Crickets, is a quiet, almost zen-like experience). Given the scope and vision behind the Simpsons project, it'll surely be worth your while to check it out.

Among the highlights, according to Family's blog: “Harkham and Ted May (INJURY) pull out all the stops for a tragic monster tale of unrequited love, bad karaoke, and body snatching at Moe's Bar. Ben Jones (Paper Rad) does the comic of his life with an epic tale of how bootleg candy being sold at the Kwik-E-Mart rapidly spirals out of control into an Invasion of The Body Snatchers-like nightmare of a Springfield filled with cheap bootleg versions of familiar characters. And nobody does squishy, sweaty, and gross like up and coming cartoonist Jon Vermilyea (MOME), who outdoes himself with “C.H.U.M.M.,” a C.H.U.D.-inspired parody featuring everybody's favorite senior citizen, Hans Moleman!”

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