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Stumptown Comics Fest 2012 Flickr Group

Well, another Comics Fest has come and gone, and all we're left with are memories... And a ton of photos! Courtesy of our volunteer photographers Joshin Yamada and Glenn Peters, as well as local photojournalist Deborah Lipski! The Official Stumptown Comics Fest 2012 Flickr Group already has over 200 photos of exhibitors on the show floor from this weekend, and that number will only grow with your contributions!

Go check it out here, and relive the magic!

Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:02 AM | Permalink
Stumptown Comic Arts Awards 2012 Winners

The Stumptown Comic Art Awards 2012 were presented last night in Portland, OR. In a packed-room ceremony following a bustling first day at the Stumptown Comics Fest, host Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts presented the awards to the winners. Nominees in each category were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of comics industry professionals, journalists, and retailers, and then voted on by the comics-reading public. This year's categories and winners are:

Best Artist
Jonathan Case
, Green River Killer

Best Writer
Brandon Graham
, Prophet

Best Cartoonist
Jaime Hernandez
, Love and Rockets

Best Letterer
Stan Sakai
, Usagi Yojimbo: Fox Hunt

Best Colorist
Dave Stewart
, Hellboy: House of the Living Dead; Chimichanga

Best Publication Design
, Tyler Crook and Keith Wood

Best Anthology
Lies Grownups Told Me
edited by Nomi Kane, Jen Vaughn, Caitlin M.

Best Small Press
Fugue #1 by Beth Hetland

Best New Talent
Jonathan Case, Dear Creature, Green River Killer

Reader's Choice
Vic Boone by Shawn Aldridge, Geoffo Panda

The awards again featured Beastlies sculptures created by Leslie Levings of Beastlies.com

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees of the inaugural Stumptown Comic Arts Awards!

Posted April 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Drink and Draw with Peter Bagge at Bridge City Comics! Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Map)
Date: Fri, Apr. 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In celebration of the release of Peter Bagge's newest comics series, RESET, Dark Horse Comics and Bridge City Comics present the 2012 Stumptown Comics Festival kickoff event -- a Friday night Drink and Draw for visiting and local artists, publishers, and all festival-goers!

Bagge will be in attendance as the guest of honor with copies of RESET#1 to sign, and party guests will be provided with complementary art supplies to draw to their hearts' content. This Drink and Draw event is a fun and casual way for festival participants to get the weekend off to a friendly and inspired start. Snacks and drinks will also be served, complements of Bridge City, Dark Horse, and Ninkasi Brewing.

Admission to this event is free, and the drawing starts at 7 pm. Bridge City Comics is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland.

Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:29 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Stumptown Comics Festival Fundraising After Party! Location: Jupiter Hotel 800 E. Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214 (Map)
Date: Sat, Apr. 28, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Oni Press and Stumptown Comics invite you to join us for the Stumptown Comics Festival After Party hosted by Bobby Roberts of the Cort and Fatboy show on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00pm at the Jupiter Hotel!

It's a full night of music, art, beer, and fun inspired by comics and the awesome people who love and make them! All attendees and guests with badges admitted to the party for free, open to the public for $5 Admission. Proceeds benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Independent Publishing Resource Center's Dylan Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund and Stumptown Comics.

The party features the presentation of the Stumptown Comic Arts Awards, a rare live musical performance by Stumptown special guest Mike Allred and his band The Gear, and the annual Stumptown Comic Art Battle hosted by Paul Guinan! Plus beer by Ninkasi Brewery!

This is THE social event of the festival weekend, so don't miss your chance to party down Stumptown style!

Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Gridlords! First comics reading at The Waypost Location: The Waypost 3120 N. Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Map)
Date: Fri, Apr. 27, 2012
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Readings by Theo Ellsworth, Jesse Moynihan, Malachi Ward, August Lipp and Maria Sputnik

Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Stumptown Comics Fest After Party at Pony Club Location: Pony Club Gallery - 625 NW Everett St. #105, Portland OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Sun, Apr. 29, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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The Pony Club Gallery will be hosting its annual Stumptown Comics Fest after party! Come to the gallery Sunday afternoon after a full day of exploring all the great comics to enjoy some artwork, refreshments and good cheer.

The Ghost Show will be hanging during the after party; a group show featuring new work celebrating spectres, spirits, and all the things that linger inbetween. Featuring ghostly art by some of our favorite illustrators: Andrice Arp, Julia Gfrörer, Theo Ellsworth, Zack Soto, Jen Tong, B.T. Livermore, Jason Graham, The Pony Club Members, and lots more!

Posted April 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Stumptown Comics Fest 2012 Location: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE ML King Blvd. Portland, OR 97232 (Map)
Date: Sat, Apr. 28, 2012 - Sun, Apr. 29, 2012
Time: Sat. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The 9th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest is set to be the best yet! With special guests like Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai and multi-talented artist and writer Mike Allred (Madman, iZombie), this year's celebration of comics in the city of Portland shouldn't be missed. Other esteemed guests include award-winning writer Kurt Busiek, rising-star artist Chris Samnee, and respected creators like Pete Bagge, Nate Powell, and many more!

Fans and professionals will also have a variety of panels to attend, like a writing class with Marvel's Brian Michael Bendis, a discussion of comics and politics with activist Bill Ayers, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors, Portland Mercury's Sarah Mirk and others, plus several workshops including one with Eisner nominated creator Jeff Lemire. Weekend passes to the Stumptown Comics Festival at the Oregon Convention Center are only $12 and include access to the Oni Press afterparty on Saturday, April 27th at the Jupiter Hotel.

Posted April 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Marvel Movie Marathon Location: Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema 1510 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR (Map)
Date: Thu, May. 3, 2012 - Fri, May. 4, 2012
Time: 2:15 pm - 2:30 am

Get your Avengers going with a full-day marathon of Marvel Movies, featuring screenings of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, leading into a midnight premiere of the much-anticipated Avengers 3D! Only at the Lloyd Center 10 & Imax! And the best part is, all 5 movies come at a single ticket price of only $35!


  • Iron Man - 2:15 pm
  • Iron Man 2 - 4:45 pm
  • Thor 3D - 7:15 pm
  • Captain America 3D - 9:30 pm
  • The Avengers 3D - 12:01 am
Posted April 21, 2012 at 1:13 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Comics Underground - April Location: The Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204 (Map)
Date: Thu, Apr. 26, 2012
Time: 8:00 pm
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Comics Underground is a curated, staged reading where creators read from their own comics, with images projected above them!

Performers provide their own soundtracks, sound effects, live music--whatever they want, really. It's in a bar, it's informal, and past events have featured everything from live guitar accompaniment, to broken-window sound effects (courtesy of a bottle scrounged from behind the bar), to audiences cheering work made by both professionals and five-year-olds with crayons.

And it's all free!

Participating in this edition of Comics Underground:

• Writer and artist MICHAEL ALLRED is the Eisner-nominated creator of the iconic Madman, not to mention The Atomics and Red Rocket 7. He's also the lead singer and guitarist for the Gear, and he might--just might--be performing some music at Comics Underground.

• Writer JEN VAN METER is the creator of the much-loved series Hopeless Savages, published by Portland's Oni Press. She's also written for Dark Horse, Marvel, and DC. Van Meter will be presenting--wait for it--new Hopeless Savages material.

• Writer and artist JONATHAN CASE recently drew the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Green River Killer. He'll be presenting material from his first graphic novel, Dear Creature, which Kirkus Reviews called "a funny, bizarre, unexpected pleasure."

• Writer JOE KEATINGE used to be known as the co-editor of the Eisner-winning anthology Popgun. More recently he's made a name for himself as a writer, thanks to his work on Glory and Hell Yeah from Image Comics. Keatinge will take this opportunity to share a series close to his heart: CC Beck's Captain Marvel.

This time around, Comics Underground will coincide with the highly regarded Stumptown Comics Festival. Following Comics Underground on Thursday, April 26, the Stumptown Comics Fest will take over various venues throughout Portland from April 28-29, celebrating independent creators and offering panels, workshops, and parties.

More info about the event, including rundowns of past installments, can be found at comicsunderground.com.

Posted April 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar HENRY & GLENN FOREVER & EVER and NURSE NURSE RELEASE PARTY Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Fri, Apr. 27, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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It's the moment the world has been waiting for: the return of everyone's favorite musclebound punk/metal romantic odd couple, Henry and Glenn. Over the course of three short stories, our metaldude heroes love, fight, hang out at the spa with Lars and James, squabble about property values with friendly satanist neighbors Hall and Oates, and work out their differences in therapy. It's hardcore. It's hilarious. It's a true testament to the power of love to overcome even the biggest, manliest egos of our time.

"Henry & Glenn has such huge potential, and perhaps a sequel could tackle the idea more thoroughly" -Punk News

What if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig were a gay couple who lived together? --Vice Magazine

The bigger the fan of each of these guys you are, the bigger the laugh. --Maximum Rocknroll

Goes beyond the tired and obvious bromance genre. --Carrie Brownstein, NPR

An unauthorized work of fantasy [like] the 'official' personas of Rollins and Danzig. --LA Times

Posted April 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Free Comic Book Day with TFAW Location: Things From Another World, 4133 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97214 (Map)
Date: Sat, May. 5, 2012
Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), the annual event in which participating comic shops give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores, returns Saturday, May 5, and Things From Another World is where you'll find all of the action! Doors open at 9 am at TFAW's Portland, Milwaukie, and Beaverton stores. Make sure to stop by for special free comics--while supplies last--as well as amazing signings, big savings, and more. The comics retailer will also offer free comics online at TFAW.com.

"Free Comic Book Day is an opportunity for us to reach out to the community and offer entertainment the entire family can enjoy--and afford," said TFAW Senior Director of Retail Operations Andrew McIntire. "This is a great event that we look forward to every year."

TFAW has an incredible slate of comic book creators signing at their Portland and Beaverton locations, including several artists from this year's official FCBD comics, like Ben Bates (Sonic the Hedgehog), Jonathan Case (The Guild), and Steve Lieber (Alabaster). Plus, meet Terry and Rachel Dodson (Uncanny X-Men), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), Amy Mebberson (Strawberry Shortcake), Jeff Parker (Hulk), Chris Samnee (Captain America & Bucky), and the Witch Doctor team, Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner!

May 5 also kicks off TFAW's astonishing Mega Sale, both in stores and online. Customers will save 50-70% on comics, graphic novels, toys, statues, and more. In stores, customers will also enjoy incredible savings on all back issues, including hundreds of issues new to each location.

As a special bonus, Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion will "patrol" at the Beaverton TFAW, while the pirates from PDX YAR will invade the Portland and Milwaukie locations--and demonstrate their sword-fighting skills. Get the complete schedule below, and see you May 5!

About Things From Another World:
Founded in 1979, Things From Another World is the premier retailer of comics, toys, collectibles, and pop-culture geek goodness, both in Portland, Oregon and online at http://www.TFAW.com.



Starting at 12:01 am PST: Customers will have at least two FCBD comics placed in their in-stock purchases, while supplies last.


9:00 am: Doors open!
12:00-2:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:

  • Jonathan Case - Artist for Dark Horse Comics' The Guild FCBD book
  • Terry and Rachel Dodson - Artists for Uncanny X-Men and Defenders
  • Emi Lenox - Creator of EmiTown
  • Steve Lieber - Artist for Alabaster, featured in Dark Horse's FCBD books
  • Jeff Parker - Writer for Hulk and Thunderbolts
Plus: The pirates of PDX YAR.


9:00 am: Doors open!
2:00-4:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
  • Ben Bates - Artist for Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog FCBD book
  • Amy Mebberson - Artist for Strawberry Shortcake and Muppets
  • Chris Samnee - Artist for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Serenity
  • Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner - Writer and artist for Witch Doctor
All day (while supplies last):
Free Starbucks coffee for customers starting at 9:30 am!
Demos and giveaways from Game Trader.
Free cookies from Subway.
Plus: Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion.


9:00 am: Doors open--enjoy free coffee from Spring Creek Coffee House, while supplies last!
10:00 am: Trackers Earth will demonstrate how to shoot a bow and arrow like Hawkeye! (Note: foam arrows only.)
12:00-4:00 pm: Live-action Heroclix.
All day: Kids' art table.
Plus: The pirates of PDX YAR.
Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar DREAD PATHS TREAD: THE ART OF BENJAMIN MARRA Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Thu, Apr. 26, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Benjamin Marra visits from Brooklyn for a very special art exhibit and to celebrate the release of two new comics. First up from Traditional Comics is the debut issue of his new series, Lincoln Washington Free Man.

It's 1868, the hostile period succeeding the American Civil War. When the freed slave Lincoln Washington shows up in the small South Carolina town, Butchergrass, with coin and a deed to a plot of land the locals are none too happy about it. In particular, Jasper, the son of a wealthy plantation owner. Lincoln, accused of a crime he didn't commit, must draw on centuries of racial injustice to give him the power to fight his enemies and defend his inherently human right to freedom! Witness the beginning of this Reconstructionist-Era action epic!!

Floating World has also teamed up with Traditional Comics to publish a broadsheet newsprint (15" x 22.75") edition of Benjamin Marra's American Psycho.

Employing Raymond Pettibon's aesthetics and inspired by the movie "American Psycho", these 28 illustrations "seem almost mathematically calculated to haunt the eyes they meet: whether it's the sublimely balanced blacks and whites or the point-of-impact axe to neck shots." - Matt Seneca, Comics Alliance

Both books make their Portland debut at this event. The artwork will be on exhibit during Stumptown weekend, until Sunday April 29th.

Posted April 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM | Permalink
STCF2012: Full Panels & Workshops Schedules

This year we're pleased to be offering 4 full rooms of panels and workshops, operating throughout the entire weekend during Stumptown, including a couple 'Extra Special, Extra Hours' panels:

At 6pm on Saturday, as the Fest is wrapping up, don't forget to hang around for an extra hour to catch The Not-So-Late Late Show with Oni Press! Oni's Cory Casoni hosts this comic book talk show, featuring local guests and comics artists, and special musical guest Delta!Bravo!

Then be back at the hall at 12:00pm sharp on Sunday for our 2-hour memorial tribute to Jean "Moebius" Giraud! This retrospective of the work of French master Moebius will be moderated by Joe Keatinge and Ian McEwan, and will feature interviews with Scott Allie and Mike Allred about their time spent working with Moebius. The panel will kick off with a screening of a rare documentary, Moebius Redux, directed by Hasko Baumann.

See the full schedule here!

Posted April 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Chicks Dig Comics Release Party w/ Jen Van Meter, Sara Ryan + more! Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Map)
Date: Fri, Apr. 20, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Chicks Dig Comics Release Party on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 6pm - 9pm! This event is free to the public. In attendance to sign autographs will be local authors Jen Van Meter, Sara Ryan, Erica McGillivray and Rachel Edidin. Copies of the book will be available for sale ($14.95) during the event.

Chicks Dig Comics, editors Lynne M. Thomas (Hugo-Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords) and Sigrid Ellis bring together essays by award-winning writers and artists who celebrate the comics medium and its creators, and who examine the characters and series that they love. Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) describe how they entered the comics industry. Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil) reveals her superhero crush, while Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) confesses to being a comics junkie. Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) sings the praises of 1970s horror comics, and Seanan McGuire (the October Daye series) takes sides in the Jean Grey vs. Emma Frost battle.

Other contributors include Marjorie Liu (Dark Wolverine), Rachel Edidin (Dark Horse Comics), Jill Pantozzi (Newsarama), Kelly Thompson (Comic Book Resources), and SF/F authors Sara Ryan, Delia Sherman, Sarah Monette, and Elizabeth Bear. Also featured: an introduction by Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and exclusive interviews with Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Louise Simonson (Power Pack), Greg Rucka (Queen & Country), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise).

Posted April 9, 2012 at 1:07 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Geeklesque Saves the World! Location: Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside, Portland, OR (Map)
Date: Sat, Apr. 28, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Assemble your team, light up the burly signal, and charge up your power ring! Critical Hit Burlesque invites you to celebrate comic book superheroes and comic strip classics with Geeklesque Saves the World! Saves the World is an all comics-themed show, with acts based around superheroes and comic adventurers of all sorts.

Presented at the Bossanova Ballroom (722 E. Burnside), Saves the World will be a two show engagement, with performances starting at 7:30pm and 11:00pm on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Hosted by the Mad Marquis, Saves the World will feature a selection of new and familiar Geeklesque performers, including:

Baby Le'Strange
Sophie Maltease
Lizzy O'Boom
Lady Stockholm
with fusion bellydance by Elise
and joining us from Epic Win Burlesque in New York City: Mary Cyn!

Thanks to our many fine sponsors for supporting our show:

Guardian Games
Spartacus Leather
Purrfect Pineapples, cruelty free lingerie
Billy Galaxy Vintage Toys and Collectibles
Bridge City Comics
PortLUG, the Portland Lego Users Group
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade
Bricks Cascade 2012


Saturday, April 29, 2012
1st show: doors at 6:30pm / show at 7:30pm
2nd show: doors at 10:00pm / show at 11:00pm
21+ only

General Admission $12 advance / $15 at the door
Reserved Balcony Seating $20 advance (not available at the door)
$35 VIP reserved seating in the front section and two drink tickets! (advance sale only; not available at door)

Pre-sale tickets available

Art by Derek Tall

Posted April 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM | Permalink
STCF2012 Exhibitor Map

Just in time to start making your plans for the Comics Fest, here's a handy map to help you find all your favorite artists in attendance! We've also finished assigning all of the tables, and they're now listed on our extremely full Exhibitors List! Looking forward to the Fest on the 28th & 29th!

Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar The Davenport Project at the Jack London Bar Location: Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR (Map)
Date: Tue, Apr. 24, 2012
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One hundred years ago this May, the RMS Titanic's last victim died from pneumonia. W.R. Hearst cartoonist Homer Davenport caught his death after illustrating the survivors' tragic tale. An incredibly lucky, creative and productive life was cut short. Caricaturist, author, Arabian horse breeder and out-spoken freethinking spiritualist, he defied all expectations. Save the two that mattered most: from a dead mother barely remembered from the age of three, and a father's life-long intellectual mentorship. The Davenport Project was created to stimulate interest in this unique Oregonian, one of the most successful artists this State has ever produced.

In the decade of the 1890s, just before the dawn of a new century, American society was going through a transition, from the gilded age of robber barons and monopolistic trusts, into the progressive era, a time known for great social reforms. From horses and trains to automobiles and airplanes. Change was everywhere.

Through it all, Oregon cartoonist Homer Davenport was there, wielding his pen to spray a steady stream of caustic caricatures onto the notables and notorious of the global political scene. In 1898, he published his first of four books, consisting of over 80 of these cartoons. He went on to publish a second collection of cartoons, as well as two non-fiction works, the latter of which he documents his own "acquisition expedition" to the Ottoman Empire for the purpose of importing pure bred Arabian horse breeding stock.

Silvertonian and Davenport historian Gus Frederick will present a visual overview of Davenport's life and art. Frederick is the author of the 2006 annotated edition of Davenport's 1898 collection of cartoons, as well as "Silverton" from Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. He is currently working on a documentary of Davenport.

Posted April 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Permalink
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