The year 1904 was a momentous one for St. Louis, with the World's Fair and the Summer Olympics both showing off what was then the fourth largest city in America. St. Louis was growing rapidly, and a few lucky beer families were making money hand over fist. Carlos Gabriel Ruiz and Jim Mosley return you to that golden age in their new independent comic book, The Baron Age. It's a crime story about a small-time gang that does the dirty work for one well-known family of brewers, busting heads by day and partying with the glitterati at night. Ruiz and Mosley celebrate the release of their comic with a launch party and signing from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble (8871 Ladue Road; www.facebook.com/BNLadue). Admission is free, and copies of the first issue will be available for purchase.
Price: free admission