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2013 Stumptown Comics Fest Guest Profile - Ales Kot

Ales Kot small.jpgEvery Wednesday, join us as we highlight and celebrate a guest for the 2013 Stumptown Comics Festival. This week we turn our attention to Ales Kot.

Ales Kot is the writer of the critically acclaimed short graphic novel Wild Children with art by Riley Rossmo (Cowboy Ninja Viking), as well as the new series Change with art by Morgan Jeske (also appearing at the 2013 Stumptown Comics Festival). Kot was recently named "Best New Creator of 2012" by USA Today, and announced two new projects with Image Comics coming in 2013 - Zero, which will feature a different artist on each issue, and The Surface with Langdon Foss (Get Jiro). His upcoming short with DC Comics titled Batman: Fly will feature art by Ryan Sook (Zatanna, X-Factor, B.P.R.D.). You can learn more about Ales Kot on his website: http://www.aleskot.com/ (Photo credit: Zoetica Ebb)

Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM | Permalink
2013 Stumptown Comics Fest Guest Profile - Boulet

Boulet.jpgEvery Wednesday, join us as we highlight and celebrate a guest for the 2013 Stumptown Comics Festival. This week we turn our attention to Boulet.

Boulet honed his natural-surrealist style at the Graduate School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France. In June 2001, Boulet released his first work, Raghnarok, Tome 1: Dragon Junior. A lighthearted tale of a young dragon, his mother, and grandmother, Raghnarok and it's follow-up books found praise for Boulet's whimsical, yet honest approach to children's literature. In 2004, he became one of the first French cartoonists to start and maintain an ongoing webcomic series. A series that continues to this day and as of December, 2012 has seen seven complete printed volumes. In addition to his ongoing series and books, Boulet is a frequent contributor to the magazines Tchô and Psikopat. Stumptown Comics, Inc. would like to extend a special thanks to the French Consulate in helping to finance Boulet's appearance in Portland and the 2013 Stumptown Comics Fest. You can learn more about Boulet and his work at http://english.bouletcorp.com/.

Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM | Permalink
Exhibition Announcement Update

Unfortunately, due to some technical hiccups with our site, we were unable to send out exhibition notifications on the scheduled dates of December 15 - 17. We would like to apologize for any confusion this may have caused you. We are currently correcting the issue and fully intend to notify all applicants as to their status by the end this week, on December 21. Thank you again for your understanding and patience.

Kaebel Hashitani
2013 Fest Director

Posted December 19, 2012 at 8:01 AM | Permalink
Stumptown Comics Festival Announces 2013 Special Guests

Organizers of the 10th Annual Stumptown Comics Festival are proud to announce an extended line-up of special guests that will make the event a terrific celebration of comics and their creators at the Oregon Convention Center, April 27th and 28th, 2013.

Current special guests appearing at Stumptown Comics Festival 2013 include:

Shawn Aldridge (Vic Boone)
Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel, Frank Reade)
Matt Bors (War Is Boring, debuting Life Begins at Incorporation)
Boulet (The Bouletcorp) [Appearance sponsered by the French Embassy]
Becky Cloonan (Demo, American Virgin, Victor Von Doom, WOLVES)
Ming Doyle (MARA)
Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday)
Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius)
Phil Foglio (Girl Genius)
Sina Grace (Li'l Depressed Boy)
Paul Guinan (Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel, Frank Reade)
Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl)
Morgan Jeske (Change)
Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode)
James Kochalka (American Elf, Superf*ckers)
Ales Kot (Wild Children, Change)
Jon McNaught (Dockwood, Pebble Island, Birchfield Close) [Appearance sponsored by Reading Frenzy & Nobrow Press]
Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Out Foxed)
Erika Moen (DAR!, Bucko)
Tradd Moore (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode)
Bill Willingham (Elementals, Fables)

More guest announcements will follow, as well as an list of exhibitors approved for the curated event. For more information, please visit: http://www.stumptowncomics.com/

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 and efforts of its volunteers.

Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM | Permalink
2013 Stumptown Comics Fest Guest Profile - Ming Doyle

Ming_Doyle.jpgEvery Wednesday, join us as we highlight and celebrate a guest for the 2013 Stumptown Comics Festival. This week we turn our attention to Ming Doyle.

Graduating with a BFA in 2007 from Cornell University, Ming Doyle first gained the attention of the comic book world with her stellar costume redesigns for the site Project: Rooftop. Her nuanced blending of Western character work with traditional Chinese calligraphy brush strokes creates a visual style that garnered her work in the popular anthologies Popgun, Outlaw Territory, and Comic Book Tattoo for Image Comics. In 2009, Doyle partnered with writer Kevin Church on the popular weekly web comic series The Loneliest Astronauts and is currently in talks with a major publisher for physical publication. Ming Doyle brings her 2012 to a close as she works with writer Brian Wood with the release of Mara, a six-issue miniseries from Image Comics. You can learn more about Ming Doyle and her varied work at http://mingdoyle.tumblr.com/

Posted December 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM | Permalink
2013 Stumptown Comics Fest Guest Profile - Becky Cloonan

becky_cloonan.jpgEvery Wednesday, join us as we highlight and celebrate a guest for the 2013 Stumptown Comics Festival. This week we turn our attention to Becky Cloonan.

Multiple Eisner award nominated artist, Becky Cloonan, has been a rapidly rising star within comics for over a decade. Her breakout success occurred in 2004 with the critically acclaimed 12-issue series Demo, Vol. 1 for AiT/Planet Lar. Cloonan's highly expressive character work makes her an artist in demand as her art finds its way into comics of all genres. She has done work for Image Comics, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, where she reunited with Demo writer Brian Wood to relaunch Conan the Barbarian. Cloonan made headlines in 2012 when she penciled Batman #12 for DC Comics, becoming the first woman ever to act as sole penciler in the character's 73 year history. She is currently self-publishing The Mire, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011's, Wolves. You can learn more about Becky Cloonan and her work at http://inkandthunder.blogspot.com/

Posted December 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM | Permalink
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