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April Comic Book Events!

The Art of "HELHEIM" with Joëlle Jones
Phone: 503-916-9293
Date: Month of April
Location: Sequential Art Gallery, 328 NW Broadway #113, Portland, OR

Sequential Art Gallery proudly presents the Art of "HELHEIM", by Joëlle Jones. will be displaying original pages and variant cover art from her new series "Helheim", written by Cullen Bunn.

Set in the late 6th Century, "Helheim" blends vikings, witchcraft, and undead monsters into a deliciously violent and horrifying mystery. Following her work on DC/Vertigo's "Madame Xanadu" and Dark Horse's "House of Night", Jones is no stranger to the fantasy genre. With "Helheim", Jones is producing the finest work of her career. In the recently released first issue, Jones expertly depicts the cold northern lands of the vikings, as well as the gore and mayhem of fierce battle, all with her recognizable-yet-clearly-evolving drawing style.

Since her debut in "12 Reasons Why I Love Her" with collaborator Jamie S. Rich, Jones has assembled an impressive body of work ("You Have Killed Me", "Popgun", "Fables", "Ultimate Spider-Man"), with several major publishers (Oni Press, DC/Vertigo, Marvel, and Dark Horse), and worked with other acclaimed creators (Matt Wagner, Brian Michael Bendis, Janet Evanovich). In 2010, she co-created "Spell Checkers" with Rich and Nicolas Hitori de. You can learn more about Jones at her website, www.joellejones.com, and follow her on Twitter, @Joelle_Jones.

The Art of "HELHEIM" will be on display throughout the month of April, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. The exhibit will close at the end of the tours on Sunday, April 28th.

Art of "HELHEIM" exhibit will be part of the Stumptown Comics Fest's Art Gallery Tours on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th. The Fest offers limited-seating guided tours of several Portland galleries, all featuring exhibits by illustrators and comic book artists. The tours are free to Fest attendees.


David Chelsea One-Man Show at Fotoeffect Gallery
Date: Month of April
Location: Fotoeffect Gallery 625 NW Everett St, #107, Portland, OR, 97209

The show features original art and thumbnail sketches (at very reasonable prices) from several recent comics stories published by Dark Horse; SNOW ANGEL, THE GIRL WITH THE KEYHOLE EYES, THE KIDS MOVIE, and a still-in-progress story, SANDY & MANDY. Stop by and have a cup of wine or a nibble of cheese on your way to one of the many other galleries taking part in Portland's First Thursday gallery event. Copies of SNOW ANGEL, the newly published comic, MAY be available to buy.

Many thanks to gallery owners Vilem Stosek and Kristina Koenig, and to Kaebel Hashitani of Stumptown for setting it all up.



Task Force Rad Squad #1 release and signing with Caleb Goellner and Ryan Hill
Wed. April 17, 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St, Portland OR

Earth's legit-est teenage protectors have vanquished evil and are settling into sleep mode... until their new mentor accidentally unleashes a fresh batch of cosmic monsters, forcing them to engage evil once again as Task Force Rad Squad.

Task Force Rad Squad #1 is a 32-page, full-color calamity by writer Caleb Goellner, artist Buster Moody and colorist Ryan Hill that introduces readers to three teens with radditude, their substance-addled "mentor" and the weary AI known as PhRANCIS. Powered by the specious cosmic tech of an extinct Space Wizard civilization, the team has inherited a universe of messes that they rightfully resent having to mop up. But who knows? Maybe their struggle to protect Earth from sentient birthday cakes and hot garbage will wind up teaching them the true meaning of friendship? Maybe??? Seriously, we have no idea!

"Task Force Rad Squad is hilarious, bizarre, and made of 100% butt kicking radditude."
--Sam Humphries, writer of Our Love Is Real, Sacrifice and Uncanny X-Force

Caleb Goellner is a blogger based in Portland, OR. He's originally from Kansas City, where he first met Buster Moody, colorist of Bayou and Screamland: Death of the Party. The duo bonded with Portland illustrator Ryan Hill, artist and colorist of the Dark Horse Comics Avatar: The Last Airbender Free Comic Book Day 2013 issue, over a shared love of tokusatsu, manga and LEGO. Task Force Rad Squad is the trio's first team-up in an ongoing war against space monsters.



RELISH book release and signing with Lucy Knisley
Date: April 18, 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St, Portland OR

Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe--many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

"Lucy Knisley's delightful drawings don't just tell great stories, they're a crystal-clear how-to guide to everything worth doing in the kitchen. Step aside, Joy of Cooking."
--Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

Lucy Knisley was born in New York City, raised in Rhinebeck, NY, and educated in Chicago. She has come home to roost in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where she can be closer to her mom's cooking. Her comics about life, food, travel and her adventures have gained her a devoted audience on the Internet, and she is now doing food comics for the magazine Saveur, who just sent her to Africa. Lucy's first book, French Milk, is a travelogue about a trip to Paris. Relish is her most recent work.


Comics: Book Buzz
Date: April 24, 2013
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Multnomah County Library Central Branch, U.S. Bank Room, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland OR 97205

What are the editors and publishers of this year's graphic novels talking about? The comics that they want to get into the hands of readers? The newest from your favorite artists and from some up-and-coming new talent? Come to Comics Book Buzz to find out! Join Michael Martens from Dark Horse, Tom Shimmin from Oni Press and Brett Warnock from Top Shelf Comix as they share the titles for adults and children they see their colleagues reading, talking about and promoting. They'll have a nice selection of galleys and fun raffle items! If that isn't enough ... special appearance by not one, but two comics creators: Joshua Williamson and Vinny Navarrete who will be promoting their new books Sketch Monsters V1 & V2! Presented in connection with the Stumptown Comics Festival.



NerdNightOut: Joseph Scrimshaw and The Doubleclicks
Date: April 24-25, 2013
Time: 9:00-10:30pm
Location: Funhouse Lounge - 2432 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Join Portland's own Doubleclicks and Minnesota's Joseph Scrimshaw for an evening of geek-themed music & comedy, sponsored by The Jupiter Hotel! Held at Portland's wonderful Funhouse Lounge, which has cabaret-style table seating, a bar and snacks.

The performers of the evening are:
· Joseph Scrimshaw: Hilarious geek-flavored comedian from Minneapolis.
· The Doubleclicks: Portland's local nerd-folk-sister-duo.

Doors open at 30 minutes before the show. There will be food & drinks available. Show runs Wedneday and Thursday, with the Thursday show starting at 7:30pm



Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends book release and signing
Date: April 24, 2013
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St, Portland OR

Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends: A Collection of Unsolved Mysteries, contains thirty-two true stories of strange disappearances, cold case murders, and unexplained phenomena. These stories come from around the world and range from the familiar, such as the grisly unsolved murder of "The Black Dahlia," to the forgotten, like the mysterious substance that once fell from Washington skies. Check out Hic & Hoc's first anthology for these tales and many more creepy, baffling, bona fide mysteries.

Bio info:
Portland-based editor Emi Gennis, known for her own macabre historical and true crime comics, has pulled together the work of over thirty talented cartoonists from five countries for this collection. The book includes work by the following artists: Aaron Whitaker, Andy Glass, Bobby Mono, Box Brown, Danielle Chenette, Duncan, Doug Slack, Emy Bitner, Evan A, Graham Kahler, J. T. Yost, Jackie Roche, Jason Bradshaw, Jenn Woodall, Julia Gfrörer, Lizz Lunney, Melinda Tracey Boyce, Mike Roy, Nate McDonough, NickSou?ek, Nikki DeSautelle, Noah Van Sciver, Owen Heitmann, Phillip Sevy, Simon Moreton, Sabin Calvert, Sam Alden, Sam Spina, Sarah Benkin, Steve Seck, Tod Parkhill, and William Cardini.


Cactus Country: New Drawings by Kevin Uehlein
Date: April 25, 2013
Time: 7-9pm
End Date: Late May
Location: Vintage Design Collective, 7126 SE Milwaukee ave

Cactus Country is a series of new colorful drawings by cartoonist Kevin Uehlein (Sweatpants Kid, Dumbass Dog, Visions of the Aporkalypse, Guardrail).  An odd collection of characters make their way through a mountainous desert landscape, encountering strange vistas, fearful beasts, and a natural disasters. Drawn in Ink on Bristol Board, colored with color pencils and inkwash in a limited red and blue palettes.



Bill Willingham Fables signing at Portland TFAW
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013
Time: 5:00pm until 7:00pm
Location: Portland Things From Another World, 2916 NE Broadway St. Portland, OR

Fables writer Bill Willingham visits the Portland TFAW April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. to sign his multiple Eisner Award-winning series! Meet the man behind Vertigo's long-running, legendary series: copies of Fables comics, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers will be available for purchase.

SIGNING POLICY: Get anything purchased at TFAW (with receipt) signed! Outside items (not purchased at TFAW) limited to three per customer.

Immediately after the signing, segue into the Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party from 7 p.m. until ??? Stumptown Comics Fest, the Northwest's most respected independent comic book convention, takes place April 27 and 28, and TFAW is proud to start things off in style. Meet and mingle with special guests from the Fest, enjoy free food and beer (21+ with ID), and enjoy a night of conversation, nerdery, and music!



Passing Time with Jon McNaught
Date: April 26, 2003
Time: 6-9PM
Location: ONE GRAND GALLERY 1000 E Burnside Street, Portland, Oregon 97214

RECEPTION FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH, 6-9PM: Reading Frenzy is pleased to present UK artist, Jon McNaught, for a one weekend exhibit coinciding with the 10th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest. Passing Time is a collection of suburban landscapes and everyday vignettes, which provide a deeper exploration of the environments of McNaught's comics; from the windswept shores of Pebble Island to the suburban streets of Dockwood. These prints are loving tributes to ordinary places, from bus stops, to empty beaches, based on quiet corners of Britain. This show collects together screen prints, lithographs, and linocuts, alongside selected original artwork from Dockwood.

Jon McNaught lives in Bristol, England where he works as a printmaking instructor at the University of the West of England. He is the author of the graphic novellas Birchfield Close, Pebble Island and the recently released Dockwood, for which he was awarded the Prix de Revelation which "recognises the work of an author's early artistic career" at the 40th Festival International de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme.

"There are few younger comics artists with whom I feel a genuine aesthetic kinship, but the radiant and glowing Dockwood is Jon McNaught's loveliest argument yet for the beauty of just being alive. It's a gem." -- Chris Ware

Special thanks to Nobrow, Stumptown Comics Fest, and One Grand Gallery.



Stumptown Kick Off Party
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013
Time: 7:00pm until ??
Location: Portland Things From Another World, 2916 NE Broadway St. Portland, OR

Planning to attend Stumptown Comics Fest at the Oregon Convention Center April 27 and 28? Start the celebration right at the Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party April 26 at the Portland TFAW from 7 to ?? Meet and mingle with guests from the Fest, enjoy music by Switch from Dangerous Kids and Bobby Roberts, and consume free food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID). Portland's Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will provide video games for the party!

Before the party, get mythic at our Portland TFAW's signing with Stumptown Comics Fest guest Bill Willingham, creator of the Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series Fables, from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is courtesy of Stumptown Comics Fest, who brought Willingham to Portland for the signing and convention.

Enjoy an evening of music and conversation, pose in front of the green screen, and enter to win prizes from Portland Retro Gaming Expo, OryCon, Ground Kontrol, Dark Horse Comics, Wonder Northwest, TFAW, and more April 26 at the Portland TFAW!



Dash Shaw's NEW SCHOOL Tour
Date: Thurs, May 2, 2013
Time: 6:00pm 10:00pm
Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St, Portland OR

The creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Bottomless Belly Button and Bodyworld hits the road in support of his new graphic novel, New School, as well as the one-shot comic book, 3 New Stories. At Floating World, Dash Shaw will be signing copies of his new books before their wide release, with a gallery full of original artwork and presentations of his animation works (including the Sigur Rós video, "Seraph").

New School is a full-color, classic coming-of-age story that encapsulates the current generation, both trapped and enthralled by pop culture. Shaw dramatizes the story two brothers, one moving to an exotic country where an ambitious new amusement park recreates historical events and the younger one who goes to find his brother after years of little contact. New School is unlike anything in the history of the comics medium: at once funny and deadly serious, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new.

Dash Shaw lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently writing and directing an animated feature film, The Ruined Cast.


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