This isn’t the first time the unholy trio of the graphic novel has toured — Philly’s Free Library alone has hosted five events with the Ware/Burns/Kidd team. Expect mature themes, based on the new books that Ware (eerie, shadow-box-like Building Stories, out last week) and Philly native Burns (darkly psychedelic X’ed Out sequel The Hive, out today) are bringing. The night’s moderator, Reading-born Chip Kidd, is famed for his book-cover graphic designs, but is also a graphic novelist himself, most recently with this summer’s Batman: Death by Design. “I don’t have to worry, because all Charles and Chris have to do is present their new books and I’m home free,” says Kidd. His take on his pals’ books? “The Hive and Building Stories, prospectively, are both masterpieces, in my humble view as editor and fan.”
Tue., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m, Free Library, 1901 Vine St., 215-686-5322, freelibrary.org.