For more than 60 years, cartoon legend Gahan Wilson has delighted readers in such publications as Playboy and The New Yorker with his twisted cartoons about vampires, serial killers, and graveyards. Tonight the master of the macabre will appear at the Strand to discuss the release of Nuts, the complete collection of the cartoon he published in the National Lampoon’s “Funny Pages” section during the ’70s. A comic look into the agony of childhood, Nuts follows a sweet lad called “The Kid” as he endures the trials and tribulations of school, camp, and creepy relatives. Jesse Pearson, former editor of VICE magazine and contributor to The Comics Journal, moderates the discussion.

Thu., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., 2011

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