Last night's opening of the Stumptown Comics Fest was a fun, low-key, relaxed time, and I believe that today will be even better! The Comix Apocalypse proved, once again, that Portland has the best cartoonists in the country, as we defended our honor against contestants from the Other coast, California, and points in between. Congratulations Team Portland!
A few small announcements:
Sadly, Phil Foglio and Matt Fraction won't be joining us at the Fest this year. Phil had a last minute conflict arise, and Matt is honoring a prior commitment to appear at a show in Kansas City. I'm hoping they'll both be able to join us again next year.
It looks like internationally-known comics-brainiac superstar Scott McCloud will be joining us today! In a surprise visit, Scott, probably best known for Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and his latest, Making Comics, will be taking a detour from his ongoing 50-State Tour to come check out Stumptown. You can most likely find him wandering the hall, or resting with friends Jenn Manley Lee and Barry Deutsch at table 77.
Second, our official photographer this year, Joshin Yamada, has started a flickr group for the Stumptown Comics Fest, and has already posted a bunch of pictures from yesterday as well as from the awesome pre-Fest party thrown by exhibitors Steve Lieber and Sara Ryan. So, if you've been taking pictures, please feel free to post them here, and if you know who someone is in one of the pictures, help us label them!