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Additional 2011 Fest Guests!

Randy EmberlinRandy Emberlin, with thirty years in the comics industry and best known for inking Amazing Spider-Man, GI Joe, Doctor Strange, Alien Legion, Ghost and recently the Left Behind series for Wildstorm. A Portland local, Randy shares his expertise with the next generation, teaching After School Drawing Classes for students in the greater Portland/Beaverton metropolitan areas and two summer art camps for 2011, The Cartooning and Comic Book Art Camp and The Animation Art Camp. Learn more about him at www.randyemberlin.com.

Sarah GliddenSarah Glidden, 2008 winner of an Ignatz Award for her travelogue mini-comic How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, later published in color as a Vertigo graphic novel. Brooklyn-based Sarah is currently working on a graphic novel project tentatively called Stumbling Towards Damascus, about the process of journalism and the way in which news is gathered and reported. Visit Sarah's site at www.smallnoises.com.

Gary MartinGary Martin, best known for his how-to books The Art of Comic Book Inking and partnership with Steve Rude on The Moth and Nexus. His career as a freelance comic book inker and writer spans over twenty years, working with Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and Disney on such titles as Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men, Batman, Star Wars and Mickey Mouse. Recent works include writing an eight volume graphic novel series for Zondervan publishing, Son of Samson. See Gary's latest art at http://sky-boy.deviantart.com/.

Erika MoenErika Moen, free-lance cartoonist, author and illustrator of DAR and member of Portland's Periscope Studio. Fresh from her first international book signing in London, Erika's recent project is a collaboration with Jeff Parker entitled Bucko, described as a 'dick and fart joke murder mystery' launching February 1, 2011 at www.buckocomic.com. Erika holds a self-designed degree in Illustrated Storytelling from Pitzer College. Read more about Erika at www.erikamoen.com.

Benjamin MarraBenjamin Marra, Brooklyn-based creator of The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire and Fiction), Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse and founder of TRADITIONAL COMICS and co-founder of the underground illustration and design journal MAMMAL. Benjamin holds a B.F.A in Illustration from Syracuse University, where he also studied at their art program in Florence, Italy. He received an M.F.A. in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Check out Benjamin's blog at benjaminmarra.blogspot.com.

Posted January 31, 2011 at 8:26 AM | Permalink
2011 Exhibitor List is growing!

Today we started adding all of our confirmed exhibitors to the Exhibitors List! There are seriously over 100 great creators on the list already, from Stumptown veterans and locals to new artists we're happy to be introducing to Portland, with more still to come! Check back over the coming weeks to watch the final exhibitor list continue to grow!

If you've got a Twitter account, you can also keep up with the goings-on of these exhibitors by following our Stumptown 2011 Exhibitors List! We don't have twitter info for all of our exhibitors yet, so that list will be evolving too. If you're one of our 2011 Exhibitors and want to be listed, send a tweet to @stumptowncomics and let us know!

Sadly, I also have to announce that Kurt Busiek will not be joining us in 2011 due to a schedule conflict. We were glad to have him stop by our 2010 show to sign for the CBLDF, and we hope to have him back again in 2012!

Posted January 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM | Permalink
Project Mayor-Man: Design a Winning Costume, Help Bring Portland's Mayor to the Stumptown Comics Fest

Setting the stage for a quest of epic proportions, Mayor Sam Adams is scheduled to attend Stumptown Comics Fest 2011, and he needs the city's help to make sure he appears in a suitable superhero alter ego!

Operating as code name: PROJECT MAYOR-MAN, the minds behind the Stumptown Comics Fest and the Alter Egos Society have teamed up to clad our good sport of a mayor in proper attire, and they seek the creative minds of Portland to help design the right costume concept.

"Portland's designers are up to this challenge," said Benja Barker, founder of the Alter Egos Society. "This challenge will highlight the incredible creative talent we have in Portland, from the fashion industry to the visual arts community and beyond."

The quest to design our mayor's original superhero costume will begin February 1 and run through the month, with submissions closing on February 28.

Attendees will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the costumed mayor as well as purchase prints featuring Mayor Sam Adams in his original superhero costume, with proceeds going to benefit the local non-profit p:ear, which provides services for
homeless and transitional youth.

The winning designer will have free access to all Stumptown Comics Fest events, with additional prizes to be announced.

The top PROJECT MAYOR-MAN designs will be announced March 7th, with the winning costume design turned over to the talented costumers of the Alter Egos Society for fabrication.

More information and contest details will be posted as available at www.alteregossociety.com and here at stumptowncomicsfest.com.

Posted January 22, 2011 at 9:20 AM | Permalink
Stumptown Comic Arts Awards 2011 Open for Submissions

The Stumptown Comics Fest, the largest creator-focused comics convention in the Pacific Northwest, is now accepting submissions of comic work for consideration by our judges for the 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards. Publishers and creators interested in submitting work should include one copy of each title to be considered, accompanied by an official Entry Submission form which can be downloaded from the Stumptown Comics Fest website by clicking this link.

Categories for this year's awards include Best Artist, Best Writer, Best Cartoonist, Best Letterer, Best Colorist, Best Publication Design, Best Small Press, and Best New Talent. Any work published after April 2010 will be eligible, and digital comics (meaning any comic published either online or for mobile devices) are also eligible for any category by following the instructions on the submission form. No submission fee will be required or collected for the 2011 Stumptown Comic Arts Awards. Submitters may not submit more than five distinct works per category, but works may be submitted in any number of categories.

Entries must be postmarked no later than the submission deadline of February 25, 2011 to be considered, and should be mailed to this address:

Stumptown Comics Foundation
Comic Arts Awards 2011 Submission

P.O. Box 40343
Portland, OR 97209-0343

In a departure from previous years, all work submitted will be subject to consideration by a jury of industry professionals. The jury will issue a final ballot in March 2011, which will be available as a pdf download for voting by any and all professionals, fans and readers of the comic arts. The votes will determine the final winners of each category, which will be tabulated and awarded at the Awards Ceremony to be held during the Stumptown Comics Fest on April 16 & 17th 2011 in Portland, Oregon.

Any questions about the Comic Arts Awards should be directed to the Director of the Comics Fest, Indigo Kelleigh at Director@stumptowncomics.com.

Posted January 11, 2011 at 12:00 AM | Permalink
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