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2010's Guest List, part 1!
This year we're excited to have another stellar lineup of Special Guests from all corners of the comics industry!
Creator of the Eisner-nominated comic Billy Dogma, as well as the force behind webcomics collective ACT-I-VATE, Dean Haspiel will be joining us for his first time at Stumptown as our Special Guest of Honor. Dean's work has ranged from superhero comics for Marvel and DC, as well as collaborations with such underground luminaries as Harvey Pekar, FranÃ§oise Mouly, and Jay Lynch.
Batton Lash created the long-lived legal duo Wolff & Byrd: Counselors of the Macabre in 1979, and the pair have appeared in magazines, newspapers, comic books, graphic novels and for the last few years in their own online comic. Batton also created the classic crossover comic, Archie Meets The Punisher, and has since written several longer stories for Archie Comics, as well as the regular Radioactive Man comics for Bongo Comics. But it's his self-publishing efforts with Exhibit A Press that have made Batton a convention staple on both coasts.
Several previous exhibitors are also returning this year as Special Guests, including Stumptown regular Graham Annable, Lucy Knisley, and Theo Ellsworth, whose insanely detailed artwork has made his graphic novel 'Capacity' a critical success, and who contributed the fantastically mind-bending artwork for this year's Fest poster!
Look for more Special Guest announcements in the coming weeks!
SCF2010: Call for Volunteers!
Want to join in and help us with this year's Comics Month events? Sign up now to volunteer! Help is needed in many different areas, from promoting events, distributing flyers, coordinating floor events, setting up and tearing down panels and workshops, and assisting Exhibitors and Guests at the Fest. You'll have the opportunity to meet and help some of the greatest cartoonists and comics artists ever to assemble in Portland, and for your trouble, you'll receive a Volunteers Badge that will guarantee you entry to the Fest when you're not busy helping us out!
Signing up to volunteer is a simple, one-step process. Just fill out our handy on-line form, specifying your ability and your availability, and our Volunteers Coordinator will get in touch to let you know where and when your help is needed.
Trophy Awards: Submit Your Works Now!
The 4th annual Stumptown Trophy Awards are currently accepting submissions from artists, writers, illustrators, and self-publishers exhibiting at this year's Stumptown Comics Fest. The Fest takes place April 24th & 25th in Portland, OR, and the deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2010.
Trophies will be awarded in the following six categories:
DIY: For self-published, hand-made works
Design: For overall publication design
Writing: For exemplary writing, and compelling narrative
Art: For illustrations that clearly help the story
Web Comic: For comics and art which appeared initially online
Debut: For works making their worldwide debut at this year's Comics Fest
A seventh trophy, the Mystery Award, will be given at the discretion of the organizers of the awards.
To submit your work for this year's Trophy Awards, begin by filling out the submission form located online at http://www.stumptowncomics.com/awards. A $5 submission fee is required for each category in which you wish to submit a work for consideration, and a copy of the work must be sent to:
P.O. Box 40343
Portland, OR 97240-0343
or (if the work is digital) emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, before the April 15th deadline. All eligible works will be added to the ballot to be distributed to attendees at the Stumptown Comics Fest on April 24th. Votes will be collected throughout the day and tallied, and the Trophies will be awarded at the after party being hosted by Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, OR.
The After-Party is a tradition dating back to the very beginnings of the Fest, and has been hosted at Cosmic Monkey Comics since 2006. This year's party and Trophies Ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 24th starting at 8pm. The Trophies will be presented by Stumptown's own Shannon Wheeler and Carolyn Main, along with radio, film and comics Geek CelebrÃ©, Bobby 'Fatboy' Roberts (co-host of the local Cort and Fatboy radio show). After the Trophies Ceremony, be sure to stick around for the infamous Comic Art Battle, where Stumptown cartoonists square off, trading jibes, swipes, and ink-stained blows, competing for fabulous prizes and the adoration of the beer-addled crowd!
Inquiries about the Trophy Awards should be directed to email@example.com.
SCF2010 Exhibitors List
The Exhibitors List for this year's Fest is now available, and I am simply amazed by the tremendous response we've already received! Nearly 100 tables are already registered with only ten weeks left until the show! We're continuing to receive bundles of registration packets in the mail, and we'll continue to confirm tables on a first-come, first-served basis. We won't be releasing any additions to the list until we can definitely confirm additional tables, though, so if you're sending in your form, and don't see your name on the list in the coming weeks, please don't panic! We just want to be absolutely sure that we've got room for everybody before we confirm any more exhibitors.
And that's not to say you shouldn't send in your registration forms, either! All registrations received over the available tables will be placed on the waiting list, and will have guaranteed space at next year's Comics Fest! So, get that form in now, kids! Time (and space) is running out!
SCF2010: More of the Best!
Every year, the comics-loving residents of Portland, Oregon have one major event that they look forward to, and that event is the Stumptown Comics Fest. This year, on April 24th and 25th, Stumptown will bring the best creators, artists, writers, and publishers from all over the comics spectrum to the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel for a weekend-long celebration of the comic arts. The Fest will close out an entire month of events around the Rose City designed to display the depth and artistry of the comics medium.
Stumptown is excited to announce a variety of Special Guests and events this year, starting with appearances by Batton Lash, creator of the long-running Supernatural Law; Brooklyn-based artist and community organizer Dean Haspiel is the driving force behind the online-comics collective Act-I-Vate, and he'll be here with several other Act-I-Vate artists to regale us with tales of the early days of the group; Local artist Theo Ellsworth (whose visually stunning and critically-acclaimed graphic novel 'Capacity' debuted in 2008) will also be joining us as a Guest, and provides artwork for this year's poster. The Panel schedule for 2010 includes a presentation by Kate Beaton talking about her insanely popular historical humor comic Hark! A Vagrant!. Continuing the Stumptown tradition of providing access to the best comics industry resources, we'll also be hosting another round of Portfolio Reviews with editors and art directors from top local publishers Top Shelf Comics, Oni Press, Dark Horse Comics, and Fantagraphics Books. Additional exciting Event and Guest announcements will be made in the coming weeks leading up to the Fest.
Registration of new exhibitors is currently open for this April's Comics Fest, but after early pre-registration following last year's event available table space is limited. Interested exhibitors should download the registration form (available now at stumptowncomics.com/registration) and send it in with payment before the March 24th deadline.