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Stumptown Comics Festival Announces Exhibitor Registration for 10th Annual Event

Portland, Oregon - October 30, 2012 -- Registration for booth and table space for the 10th Annual Stumptown Comics Festival is now open to artists and publishers looking to exhibit at the creator-focused event running April 27-28, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center.

As previously announced, Fables creator Bill Willingham will be a special guest of the festival. Also joining as guests are artist of War Is Boring and political cartoonist Matt Bors, Nobrow Press illustrator and Birchfield Close creator Jon McNaught, Boilerplate and Frank Reade creators Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, Mara artist Ming Doyle, Wild Children writer Ales Kot, and many more creators to be revealed soon.

The 10th anniversary of the Stumptown Comics Festival marks a notable shift for the independent event with the selection of several new chairpersons to the organizing board, but continues to embrace the strong tradition of creator-focused programming that volunteers have cultivated over the last decade.

Stumptown Comics Festival will also begin the curated selection process soon and provide feedback to any creators who may want tips for how to be selected to exhibit in the limited space. Similarly, the yet-to-be-released convention floor will be laid-out in a more equitable fashion than standard conventions to be more accommodating to creators of all types.

Pricing for the 2013 Stumptown Comics Festival is as follows:
-$170 for an Artist's Table
-$350 for an Exhibitor Booth ($60 option for addition table)

Additional Exhibitor Badges that allow entry to the convention hall before and after public hours are available for $30 (limit of 2), and Two Day Attendee Passes are available for $15 each.

To see the complete exhibitor form, please visit: http://www.stumptowncomics.com/registration_2013.php

More details about guests, awards, and special events will be release in the coming weeks in order for creators and publishers to better prepare for their 2013 exhibition plans.

About Stumptown Comics, Inc
Entering its tenth year as an organization, the annual Stumptown Comics Festival has been a staple of Portland, Oregon's vibrant comics community that's home to artist collective like Periscope Studios and Tranquility Base, along with publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, Top Shelf Productions, and Oni Press. Overseen by a board of professionals in the industry, Stumptown Comics, Inc. has progressed thanks to the valuable time of efforts of its volunteers.

Posted October 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM | Permalink

Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St, Portland OR
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 6-10pm

The new Prophet series by Brandon Graham has been one of the most exciting comics in the past year. The epic sci-fi series highlights Brandon's cosmos-building concepts as well as artwork from a team of awesome artists including Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis, Farel Dalrymple, and Brandon Graham himself. October 4th, we will display original artwork from the latest issue, Prophet #29 and celebrate the book release with artist, Farel Dalrymple and colorist, Joseph Bergin III.

Farel's new comic It Will All Hurt is updated regularly on the Study Group Comics website. He is currently working on a new original graphic novel called The Wrenchies, which will be published by First Second books.

Location: Sequential Art Gallery + Studio, 328 NW Broadway #113, Portland OR 97209
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 6-10pm

Sequential Art Gallery welcomes back digital painter John C. Worsley, and his latest exhibit, "Rag Doll Blues: Parts and Pieces". The exhibit is a sequential narrative based on the deconstructed final art for "Rag Doll Blues", the newest album by Portland band Dead When I Found Her. The exhibit opens on First Thursday, October 4th, with an artist's reception from 6pm-10pm.

As Worsley explains, "A digital painting can be comprised of dozens of layers." Worsley has rearranged the art for the album into tradi tional comic book panels and added DWIFH lyrics as text. "For this series, the panels consist of visible and invisible layers alike taken from the original work and pushed out past the bounds of the finished frame." Worsley likens the finished result unto a fevered dream rather than a traditional comic.

John C. Worsley divides his time between professional video game design and programming, independent digital illustration, and electronic music. "Rag Doll Blues: Parts and Pieces" will close on Saturday, October 27th, at 5pm.

Posted October 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

Bridge City Comics proudly presents a trio of excellent in-store events!

Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland OR 97227

Date: Friday, October 5, 2012
Time: 6-9pm

First up is the Bucko HC Release Party on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 6pm-9pm! This event is free to the public. In attendance to sign autographs will be Bucko writer Jeff Parker and artist Erika Moen. Copies of the book will be available for sale ($19.99) during the event. This event is free to the public.

After discovering a dead body in an office bathroom, hungover job interviewee Rich "Bucko" Richardson becomes suspected of the murder. What he thinks is a quest to find the real killer turns into a weeklong romp through the wilds of Portland, Oregon, complete with bike-mounted cover bands, steampunk Makers, Juggalos, SuicideGirls, meth heads, so much absinthe, and an entire city made of books. After taking the Internet by storm, Jeff Parker and Erika MoenÕs dirty, funny murder mystery is now the most hilarious book in comic shops!

Date: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Time: Starts at 4pm

Next, an in-store appearance on Sunday, October 7 by nerd rapper Random, aka Mega Ran (starting at 4pm). He made an appearance in the store with Adam WarRock last year. Check out his music here if you've never heard him before! -- http://megaranmusic.com/album/mega-ran

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 6-8pm

And finally, the Drama Release Party on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 6pm - 8pm! This event is free to the public. In attendance to sign autographs will be Drama writer/artist Raina Telgemeier. Copies of the book will be available for sale ($10.99) during the event, as well as copies of her other works.

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of SMILE, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!

Posted October 3, 2012 at 3:46 PM | Permalink
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