While theater-goers watch a comic book-based movie about a Norse god who smashes things with a hammer this weekend, a different kind of comic book will be celebrated in Williamsburg. Comic Arts Brooklyn is having its first festival Saturday at Mt. Carmel Church and The Knitting Factory, replacing the now defunct Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival.

Don’t expect to find many superhero comics at this convention, unless they’re being presented subversively. The event, which is being programmed by New Yorker cartoonist Paul Karasik, focuses more on comics as art with a capital A. If you’ve ever been to nearby Desert Island comics store, who unsurprisingly are the ones presenting the convention, expect similar fare this weekend. The highlight, at the Knitting Factory at 11 a.m. Saturday, will be a discussion about the illustrated adaptation of Paul Auster’s “City of Glass,” featuring Karasik, Auster, David Mazzucchelli, and Art Spiegelman (the Pulitzer Prize winner who, don’t you know it, created the Garbage Pail Kids).

In addition to the panels and programming, dozens of artists and small presses will be at Mt. Carmel Church from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.to exhibit their wares. Union Pool will host the 9 p.m. afterparty.