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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.

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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.

http://www.dchelsea.com/wp/?p=3805

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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.

http://www.taskforceradsquad.com/

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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.

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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.

https://multcolib.org/events/comics-book-buzz/7810

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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

https://www.facebook.com/events/549865901701776/

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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.

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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.

http://kevinuehlein.wordpress.com/events/

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/494745710573119/

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/221907677955538/

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/342913475809716/

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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.

http://www.floatingworldcomics.com/main/2013/03/25/may-2-dash-shaws-new-school-tour/

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OCTOBER FIRST THURSDAY EVENTS

PROPHET BOOK RELEASE & ART EXHIBIT by FAREL DALRYMPLE
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.

RAG DOLL BLUES: PARTS AND PIECES EXHIBIT by JOHN C. WORSLEY III
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
MULTIPLE EVENTS AT BRIDGE CITY COMICS

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

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

EVENT #1: BUCKO HC RELEASE PARTY with JEFF PARKER and ERIKA MOEN
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!

EVENT #2: MEGA RAN PERFORMANCE
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

EVENT #3: DRAMA RELEASE PARTY WITH RAINA TELGEMEIER
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
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.

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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!

Showtimes:

  • 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.

TFAW'S FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SCHEDULE

ONLINE AT 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.

PORTLAND TFAW, 4133 NE SANDY BLVD. PORTLAND, OR 97214:

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.

BEAVERTON TFAW, 4390 SW LLOYD AVE. BEAVERTON, OR 97005:

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.

MILWAUKIE TFAW, 10977 SE MAIN ST. MILWAUKIE, OR 97222:

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
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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JOIN CRITICAL HIT BURLESQUE IN PROTECTING THE WORLD FROM EVIL DOERS!

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
Burlesquire
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

SHOW DETAILS

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
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
icon-nav_calendar SHARKNIFE 2: DOUBLE Z book release party with Corey Lewis Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Thu, Apr. 5, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Ceasar Hallelujah & friends return in this EPIC sequel to 2005′s Sharknife: Stage First!

Sharknife has fought 100 battles and its time to level up! But at what cost? Will he face defeat at the hands of his nemesis, Ombra the Orcasword? Who is Daring Hallelujah? And who are the SCARS of REXIMUS? Find out in SHARKNIFE: DOUBLE Z! Complete with new villains, new heroes, and new transformations!

Corey Lewis will be down from Seattle to celebrate the book release and present an exhibit of original artwork. Thursday,

Posted March 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar First Thursday with Tony Morgan and Mike Dringenberg Location: Groove Suite, 440 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Thu, Apr. 5, 2012
Time: 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Tony Morgan and Mike Dringenberg present... Works on Paper

Prints, Drawings, Tittlebats, Snarks, Honeybadgers, and Other Bestiary Miscellania for your various divrs. amusement.

A rare Portland appearance, Groove Suite is honored to be showing the works of these fine artists.

Posted March 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar JOHNNY WANDER book signing with Ananth Panagariya & Yuko Ota Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Wed, Mar. 28, 2012 - Wed, Mar. 28, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Johnny Wander is slice-of-life comics about life after college, striking out on your own, living with your friends, moving to a new city - all the moments in between the adult stuff, as seen through a lens of whimsy. Johnny Wander Vol. 1: Don't Burn the House Down came out in September 2010, followed up by Johnny Wander Vol. 2: Escape to New York in December 2011. It updates twice a week and can be read online at johnnywander.com.

Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar TFAW Geek Trivia at the Kennedy School Location: Mcmenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, OR (Map)
Date: Tue, Apr. 3, 2012 - Tue, Jun. 26, 2012
Time: Every other Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Things From Another World's Geek Trivia is going strong with hosts Cort & Fatboy! If you haven't made it out yet, come to the McMenamin's Kennedy School and discover what hundreds of geeks already know--it's the most exciting (and controversial) trivia game in town! Doors open at 6:30 (or earlier), and the game starts at 7:00!

Prove your geek cred, experience authentic nerd rage, and watch (or take part in!) Street Fighter tie-breakers every other Tuesday at the Kennedy School. We give away hundreds of dollars in prizes from TFAW as well as other nerdy local businesses, so form your team (up to five people), or take on the ultimate challenge and play solo!

21+ unless accompanied by parent or guardian, R-Rated event (language).

Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Avengers VS X-Men LAUNCH PARTY Location: Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd Ste 1, Portland, OR 97214-3969 (Map)
Date: Tue, Apr. 3, 2012
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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The Battle begins at Excalibur! Join us for the Official Portland Launch Party for AvX!! This Tuesday evening, get AvX #1 at Portland's #1 destination for comic book adventure!

Our special guests are some of the talent responsible for this blowout battle royale between our favorite heroes:

-->AvX co-writer MATT FRACTION (Casanova, Invincible Iron Man, Defenders, Fear Itself)

-->Marvel talent scout/writer/editor CB CEBULSKI

These two gentlemen are among the top talents responsible for all the action and excitement that comes out of The House of Ideas, you won't want to miss out on hearing them discuss their work and what goes into creating such a giant comics event such as AvX!

We polled our customers, and your voice was loud and clear, Excalibur is officially an X-MEN ally in this melee! Stop by for exclusive goodies!

It's ON!

Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:26 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar The Storm in the Barn Location: The Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway at Main St., Portland, OR (Map)
Date: Sat, Apr. 28, 2012 - Sun, May. 20, 2012
Time: Saturdays at 2pm and 5pm, Sundays at 2pm
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A world premiere play based on a graphic novel, and featuring orginal music composed by local band Black Prairie.

It's 1937 and the Kansas dust swirls as far as the eye can see. Eleven-year-old Jack and his family struggle to survive the Dust Bowl. With no rain clouds on the horizon, the future is grim.

Bullied, not big enough to work, and a disappointment to his father, Jack feels useless in the face of hardship--until he discovers a sinister figure with a face like a thunderstorm. Is it just "dust dementia"? Or has he found a way to pull the town out of desperation?

Both tall tale and thrilling historical fiction, The Storm in the Barn--with original music by Portland band Black Prairie--captures the spare, muted, ethereal mood of the award-winning graphic novel.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar "Ghost Town" by Emi Lenox Location: Sequential Art Gallery + Studio, 328 NW Broadway #113, Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Thu, Mar. 1, 2012 - Sat, Mar. 31, 2012
Artist Reception: Thu, Mar. 1, 2012, 6:00 to 10:00 PM

For the month of March, Sequential Art Gallery will be hosting local artist Emi Lenox... and just in time for the release of her book EmiTown Volume 2!

Ghost Town, art by Emi Lenox
Opens: First Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6-10pm
Closes: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Open Thursdays 3-7pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, or by appointment

Lenox has created nine original art pieces especially for her "Ghost Town" show, done in watercolor and ink. The exhibit will also include original pages from EmiTown Volume 2, the second print collection of Lenox's autobiographical online comic, coming in March from Image Comics. Please join us for the artist's reception on First Thursday, March 1, from 6-10pm to check out this wonderful local talent!

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Emi Lenox is a comics creator widely known for her online autobiographical comic, EmiTown. Her work can also be seen in Mike Allred's Madman and Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth. Basically, she's just a nutty girl with the case of the munchies and a deep fond love for comics, cats, bassets, and iPods.

Posted February 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar EmiTown Vol. 2 Release Party with Emi Lenox Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Map)
Date: Fri, Mar. 9, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our EmiTown Vol. 2 Release Party on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 6pm - 9pm! This event is free to the public. In attendance to sign autographs will be local author Emi Lenox. Copies of the book will be available for sale ($24.99) during the event.

Emi Lenox's day by day autobiographical sketch journey continues in the second volume of EmiTown! Life gets serious in year two with complications of a relationship, the loss of a job, and the excitement of a blooming career. Widely acclaimed for her different approach to diary comics, Emi illustrates each day with humor and brilliance.

Emi once again teams up with Image Comics to publish the second volume of EmiTown! This hefty volume clocks in at 400 pages (much like the first volume) and both this and copies of EmiTown Vol. 1 will be available for purchase!

About the Author:
Based out of Portland, Oregon, Emi Lenox is a comic creator widely known for EmiTown which has been released into a printed collection by Image in Dec. '10. She has also had work in Mike Allred's Madman and Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth. She is currently working on the second collection of EmiTown. Basically, she's just a nutty girl with a case of the munchies and a deep fond love for comics, cats, bassets, and ipods.

Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar KING CITY book release party with Brandon Graham Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Fri, Mar. 9, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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AT LAST!
The long-awaited collection of the complete KING CITY series is here!

Joe is a catmaster, trained to use his cat as any tool or weapon. His best friend Pete falls in love with an alien he's forced to sell into green slavery, while his ex Anna watches her Xombie War veteran boyfriend turn into the drug he's addicted to. King City, an underbelly of a town Run by spy gangs and dark dark magic with mystery down every alleyway.

All 12 hard-to-find issues collected in a 400+ page graphic novel. Brandon will be at Floating World from 6-9pm to sign books, sell art and meet fans.

LISTING INFORMATION:

WHO: Brandon Graham
WHAT: King City book release and signing
WHEN: Friday, Mar. 9th, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

BIO INFORMATION:

Brandon Graham initially made a name for himself with such revered classics as Pillow Fight, Perverts of the Unknown, Universe So Big, October Yen, Escalator, Multiple Warheadz and the Eisner nominated series, KING CITY. This year Graham relaunched Rob Liefeld's, PROPHET, with artist Simon Roy, as part of 2012's Extreme line.

Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Oregon History Comics: Vol. 1-10 Release Party Location: Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209-3114 (Map)
Date: Sun, Mar. 4, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us March 4th at Powell's Books for the public release of Oregon History Comics: Vol. 1-10. Writer Sarah Mirk will present a brief slideshow about the project, followed by a round of history trivia (with prizes for the winners!). Meet some of the participating artists and check out and purchase original artwork made for the comic series, which will be on display for one-night-only.

From women's suffrage in Oregon to the tragic Vanport Flood to the legendary all-ages venue, the X-Ray Café, Oregon History Comics presents oft-dry histories in an exciting and accessible format -- through bold illustrations from some of Portland's best and brightest comics illustrators. Whether you're a history buff or just a casual comics reader, you'll find value in this box set as a way of learning more about why Oregon is the way it is today.

Collected in the set are:
Faces of Lone Fir Cemetery -- Sarah Mirk
Life and Death of the X-Ray Cafe -- John Isaacson
Dead Freeways -- Don Barkhouse
Portland's Black Panthers -- Khris Soden
The Streets of Chinatown -- Harry Lau
Voices of Celilo Falls -- T. Edward Bak
The Vanport Flood -- Nicole Georges
The Lives of Loggers -- BT Livermore
Votes for Women -- Suzette Smith
Oregon Bikes -- Shawn Granton

Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar GLORY vs HELL YEAH art exhibit & book signing Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Thu, Mar. 1, 2012 - Sat, Mar. 31, 2012
Author Reception with Joe Keatinge: Thu, Mar. 1, 2012, 6-10pm
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Floating World Comics celebrates the release of Joe Keatinge's two new comic series, GLORY and HELL YEAH. We are also proud to present an exhibit of original artwork from GLORY by Ross Campbell and HELL YEAH by Andre Szymanowicz.

LISTING INFORMATION:
WHO: Joe Keatinge, artwork by Ross Campbell and Andre Szymanowicz
WHAT: GLORY and HELL YEAH double book release and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday Mar. 1st, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

Artwork on display until March 31st.

BIO INFORMATION:

Joe Keatinge is the writer of HELL YEAH and GLORY. Co-writer of BRUTAL. He also writes about comics for France's Comic Box magazine. Editor of the Eisner & Harvey award-winning anthology PopGun and One Model Nation.

GOING OUT IN A BLAZE OF GLORY
GLORY #23 marks writer Joe Keatinge's and artist Ross Campbell's bold revival of the Rob Liefeld-created superheroine. Glory has returned to Earth -- this time, not to save it but to live as a human among humans. And there are two young women there who have been waiting for her.

Keatinge and Campbell bring a euro-comic-meets-indie sensibility to the superhero comic. This sensibility is most visible in the art by Campbell, who is known for his realistic and varied depictions of women in his books Wet Moon and Shadoweyes, but also present in the inclusion of new characters Riley and Gloria, through whom the reader gets to know the god-like warrior princess.

"Seeing such a different take on the superhero genre succeed has me thrilled," said writer Keatinge. "Glory is an atypical heroine and I'm very thankful there's such demand to see what we do with her."

THE LAST GENERATION OF HEROES IS HERE!
Twenty years ago, the first-ever superheroes debuted without warning and forever altered our global culture! Now, the generation born in their wake fight to claim their place in a world evolved beyond them! Written by Eisner & Harvey award-winner JOE KEATINGE and illustrated by ELEPHANTMEN and POPGUN's ANDRE SZYMANOWICZ, HELL YEAH combines the over-the-top excitement of the original Image Comics launch with modern, innovative storytelling.

Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Graphic Novel Reading Club: March 2012 Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave, Phone: (503) 282-5484 (Map)
Date: Thu, Mar. 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Join us on the second Thursday of every month for Portland's first Graphic Novel Reading Club! We meet at Bridge City Comics at 7pm (directions). Bring a chair and something to drink, if you'd like!

The very first Graphic Novel Reading Club (GNRC) was held on October 27, 2005 and we've been doing it every month since. It's a great opportunity to talk in-depth about comics and graphic novels. Every session, we discuss a book that we've previously chosen. We tend to pick new books two months out in order to give people time to buy, borrow or get them from the library so that they may be thoroughly read and digested for that book's session.

We have a wide range of people join us every month for the GNRC; Male, female, young (well, 21+), old, those who have read comics for years and those folks brand new to it! We also read books from every genre so there's always something new and interesting to discuss. It's not just the latest super-hero exploits! The books we've read include mysteries, science fiction, autobiographical, fiction, historical and much more.

SELECTION FOR March 8, 2011:

PYONGYANG: A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA TP
Famously referred to as one of the "Axis of Evil" countries, North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today, even after the death of Kim Jong-il. In early 2001 cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few Westerners to be allowed access to the fortresslike country. While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa for a French film animation company, Delisle observed what he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered; his findings form the basis of this remarkable graphic novel.

Posted February 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Walking Dead Season 2 Returns Location: Hollywood Theatre 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212-5336 (Map)
Date: Sun, Feb. 12, 2012
Time: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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It's back! Part 2 of The Walking Dead Season 2 returns February 12, and you can watch it for FREE on the big screen at the Hollywood Theatre, courtesy of Things From Another World.

Join hosts Cort & Fatboy for the second half of AMC's zombie epic! This is a 21+ event, because the Hollywood Theatre now serves beer! Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. There's plenty of room for everyone--see you there!

Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Cosmic Monkey Valentine's Sale Location: Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 Ne Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97213-2564 (Map)
Date: Sun, Feb. 12, 2012 - Tue, Feb. 14, 2012
Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm every day
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Celebrating 5 years in our current location on Valentine's Day, Cosmic Monkey will have a lovely sale!

50% back issues, 25% off everything else! Hold items, candy, soda, and consignment items are excluded as always.

Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Joe Sacco at the Portland Central Library Location: Portland Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland, OR (Map)
Date: Sat, Feb. 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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We're excited to announce a rare hometown appearance by our International Man of Mystery, Joe Sacco!

He will be a guest at the Portland Central Library on Saturday, February 18th, where he will discuss his internationally acclaimed works, like Safe Area Gorazde and Palestine, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Our friends from Floating World Comics will be on site to sell these titles so you can have them signed by Joe after the discussion!

Tickets for this event are free, and will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. Space at programs is limited, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Portland Central Library is located at 801 S.W. 10th Avenue in lovely downtown Portland, and this event will take place in the U.S. Bank Room. Do not miss it!

Posted February 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Between Gears Release Party w/ Natalie Nourigat Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave, Phone: (503) 282-5484 (Map)
Date: Fri, Feb. 24, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Between Gears Release Party on Friday, February 24, 2012 from 6pm - 9pm! This event is free to the public. In attendance to sign autographs will be local author Natalie Nourigat. Copies of the book will be available for sale ($19.99) during the event.

This honest, autobiographical account of a college senior's life will transport you to the land of Jell-O shots, term papers, job interviews, road trips, and sanguine optimism in the face of uncertainty and change. Trade paperback collects the comic in its entirety, with 30 pages of new material!

Come help us celebrate Natalie's impressive accomplishment of not only having her first book published, but having it published by Image Comics, the comics industry's third largest publisher! Beverages will be provided and there may be cookies! No Jell-O shots, though.

About the Author:
Natalie Nourigat was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She went to college at the University of Oregon and majored in Japanese with a minor in business. She wrote her senior thesis for the Clark Honors College on sequential art and storytelling in comics. Natalie interned at Periscope Studio in 2008 and was delighted to join the studio in 2011. She works alongside some of the best writers and artists in comics. Natalie is studying French and hopes to visit France with her mom in 2013. She enjoys travel, piano music, Ghibli movies, martial arts, and coffee.

Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:08 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Greg Rucka Signing & Release Party Location: Hollywood Things From Another World, 4133 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (Map)
Date: Wed, Feb. 29, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to announce an action-packed event at its Portland, OR location: Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka will sign his newest book, Punisher HC Vol. 1, February 29 from 7-10 p.m. This is a free, all-ages event with complimentary food and beer (21+ with ID).

For Frank Castle, death comes easy--life is where things get complicated. As New York City's body counts continue to rise, the city's streets are teeming with more criminals than ever. The Punisher has returned with everything's he's got to serve his own brand of justice . . . but can he survive the darkness stored in his own arsenal?

"We've wanted to do an event with Greg Rucka for years," said TFAW Marketing Manager Elisabeth Forsythe. "His Punisher series offered the perfect opportunity. It's been a huge hit with our customers, and we're excited to have him at our store."

Greg Rucka is one of the most acclaimed creators in comics today, and the writer behind Stumptown, Queen & Country, Batwoman: Elegy, and more. Winner of multiple Eisner Awards, Rucka has also been honored by the Harvey Awards and GLAAD. Don't miss out on your chance to pick up the first chapter of his epic Punisher series and get it signed February 29!

Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Main Entrance, a Carolyn Main exhibition Location: Sequential Art Gallery + Studio 328 NW Broadway #113, Portland, OR 97209 (Map)
Date: Thu, Feb. 2, 2012 - Sat, Feb. 25, 2012
Artist Reception, First Thursday: Thu, Feb. 2, 2012, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sequential Art Gallery is excited to host Portland native Carolyn Main's first solo exhibition of her art, entitled "Main Entrance". We gave Carolyn carte blanche over the gallery space, and this is what she came back to us with...

The works presented will include varied renderings of couplings, both romantic and lewd, and a collection of prints. This will also be the premier of Carolyn's brand new pixel animation sequence, titled "Burn it Down (extended 3 minute cut)".

Reception will be 6-10pm on First Thursday, February 2nd, with wine, beer, and snacks. You can also pick up a pair of the artist's Zombie blood splatter panties, just in time for Valentine's Day! Some content in this show may be considered "mature".

Carolyn Main is an award winning animator and Internet authority on dick jokes (her words). The prolific artist is known for her cutting humor and flourish. You may recognize her art from Portland's weekly alt newspaper, The Mercury, or from the cult hit comic strip Sex Wizards. Visit her website to check out more of her art: www.carolynmain.com.

Opens: First Thursday, February 2, 2012, 6-10pm
Closes: Saturday, February 25, 2011
Open Thursdays 3-7pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm, or by appointment

Posted January 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Original artwork by Emi Lenox & Natalie Nourigat Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Phone: 503-241-0227 (Map)
Date: Thu, Feb. 2, 2012 - Wed, Feb. 29, 2012
Artist Reception & Print Release: Thu, Feb. 2, 2012, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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This February, Floating World is proud to exhibit original artwork by local artists, Emi Lenox and Natalie Nourigat. Each artist will display pages from their two new books, EmiTown Vol. 2 and Between Gears, which will be released later in the month by Image Comics.

Emi and Natalie have each created a brand new archival print which will also be available at the show.

Art on display until Feb. 29

BIO INFORMATION:

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Emi Lenox is a comic creator widely known for EmiTown which was released into a printed collection by Image in Dec. '10. She has also had work in Mike Allred's Madman and Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth. She has just finished working on the second collection of EmiTown. Basically, she's just a nutty girl with a case of the munchies and a deep fond love for comics, cats, bassets, and iPods.

http://emitown.blogspot.com/

Natalie 'Tally' Nourigat, is a sequential artist living in Portland, Oregon. Natalie graduated from the University of Oregon's Clark Honors College in 2010. Her first book, Between Gears, is about to be published by Image Comics. She is currently working on a new graphic novel and a children's book series. She appeared in Image Comics' anthology 'This Is A Souvenir' in 2009 and is a member of Periscope Studios.

http://natalienourigat.com/

Posted January 25, 2012 at 1:10 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Frank Santoro's Comic Book Layout Workshop Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Phone: 503-241-0227 (Map)
Date: Thu, Feb. 9, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Why do some comics read easier than others? Is it the story, the cartooning or the page design? Frank Santoro will demonstrate how some cartoonists such as Hal Foster and Herge used visual harmonies and structures in their page designs much like classical oil painters. Discover the similarities between visual and musical harmonies and how some of the great cartoonists used dynamic symmetry like a map to organize their stories.

Also, after the talk, Frank will lead an informal FREE workshop focusing on formats available for the comic book maker in 2012. Everyone is welcome. Come see what Frank Santoro's Correspondence Course is all about - or come on down just to argue with Frank - maybe even buy a book and get it signed.

Frank Santoro is the artist behind the acclaimed comic books Storeyville and Cold Heat. His work has also appeared in Kramers Ergot. He has exhibited his drawings and paintings internationally. Based in Pittsburgh, Santoro is well known for his visionary colors and evocative sense of place.

http://franksantoro.tumblr.com/

http://www.tcj.com/layout-workbook/

Posted January 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Frank Reade Book Launch Event: AIR Location: Hollywood Things From Another World, 4133 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (Map)
Date: Wed, Feb. 22, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Before Jules Verne's flying machines and H. G. Wells's spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Starting in the nineteenth century, Frank Reade magazines were the world's first science fiction periodicals. Now Frank Reade and his progeny are back in a new book: Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention! To celebrate the launch of this stunningly designed book, authors Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett--of Boilerplate fame--are hosting a series of events that any Reade family member would be proud to attend.

The events will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays in February, at three Portland comic book stores. Each will have a different theme--Land, Sea, and Air--the three realms Frank Reade explores in his electric vehicles. The authors will also display each of the three model vehicles Guinan himself built for the Frank Reade book, which are rarely shown in public. Attendees will have the chance to talk with the authors and get books signed, as well as meet local steampunks (Land), pirates (Sea), and superheroes (Air).

BONUS: There's a prize at the grand finale event! The first ten attendees who make it to all three events and get their "Land, Sea, and Air" passports stamped will receive a print of an original Frank Reade engraving signed by both authors, plus custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate "gold coins" (which will also be available for purchase).

Publishers Weekly predicts Frank Reade will "satisfy even the hardest to please of readers" and praises it as "a stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world."

Posted January 25, 2012 at 12:57 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Frank Reade Book Launch Event: SEA Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave, Phone: (503) 282-5484 (Map)
Date: Wed, Feb. 15, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Before Jules Verne's flying machines and H. G. Wells's spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Starting in the nineteenth century, Frank Reade magazines were the world's first science fiction periodicals. Now Frank Reade and his progeny are back in a new book: Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention! To celebrate the launch of this stunningly designed book, authors Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett--of Boilerplate fame--are hosting a series of events that any Reade family member would be proud to attend.

The events will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays in February, at three Portland comic book stores. Each will have a different theme--Land, Sea, and Air--the three realms Frank Reade explores in his electric vehicles. The authors will also display each of the three model vehicles Guinan himself built for the Frank Reade book, which are rarely shown in public. Attendees will have the chance to talk with the authors and get books signed, as well as meet local steampunks (Land), pirates (Sea), and superheroes (Air).

BONUS: There's a prize at the grand finale event! The first ten attendees who make it to all three events and get their "Land, Sea, and Air" passports stamped will receive a print of an original Frank Reade engraving signed by both authors, plus custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate "gold coins" (which will also be available for purchase).

Publishers Weekly predicts Frank Reade will "satisfy even the hardest to please of readers" and praises it as "a stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world."

Posted January 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Frank Reade Book Launch Event: LAND Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Phone: 503-241-0227 (Map)
Date: Wed, Feb. 8, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Before Jules Verne's flying machines and H. G. Wells's spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Starting in the nineteenth century, Frank Reade magazines were the world's first science fiction periodicals. Now Frank Reade and his progeny are back in a new book: Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention! To celebrate the launch of this stunningly designed book, authors Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett--of Boilerplate fame--are hosting a series of events that any Reade family member would be proud to attend.

The events will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays in February, at three Portland comic book stores. Each will have a different theme--Land, Sea, and Air--the three realms Frank Reade explores in his electric vehicles. The authors will also display each of the three model vehicles Guinan himself built for the Frank Reade book, which are rarely shown in public. Attendees will have the chance to talk with the authors and get books signed, as well as meet local steampunks (Land), pirates (Sea), and superheroes (Air).

BONUS: There's a prize at the grand finale event! The first ten attendees who make it to all three events and get their "Land, Sea, and Air" passports stamped will receive a print of an original Frank Reade engraving signed by both authors, plus custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate "gold coins" (which will also be available for purchase).

Publishers Weekly predicts Frank Reade will "satisfy even the hardest to please of readers" and praises it as "a stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world."

Posted January 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Graphic Novel Reading Club: February 2012 Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave, Phone: (503) 282-5484 (Map)
Date: Thu, Feb. 9, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Join us on the second Thursday of every month for Portland's first Graphic Novel Reading Club! We meet at Bridge City Comics at 7pm (directions). Bring a chair and something to drink, if you'd like!

The very first Graphic Novel Reading Club (GNRC) was held on October 27, 2005 and we've been doing it every month since. It's a great opportunity to talk in-depth about comics and graphic novels. Every session, we discuss a book that we've previously chosen. We tend to pick new books two months out in order to give people time to buy, borrow or get them from the library so that they may be thoroughly read and digested for that book's session.

We have a wide range of people join us every month for the GNRC; Male, female, young (well, 21+), old, those who have read comics for years and those folks brand new to it! We also read books from every genre so there's always something new and interesting to discuss. It's not just the latest super-hero exploits! The books we've read include mysteries, science fiction, autobiographical, fiction, historical and much more.

SELECTION FOR February 9, 2011:

20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 01
Failed rock musician Kenji's memories of his past come rushing back when one of his childhood friends mysteriously commits suicide. Could this new death be related to the rise of a bizarre new cult that's been implicated in several other murders and disappearances? Determined to dig deeper, Kenji reunites with some of his old buddies in the hope of learning the truth behind it all.

Posted January 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Seattle Graphic Novel Panel with Megan Kelso and After-Party Location: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 South Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108 (Map)
Date: Sat, Jan. 28, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Fantagraphics is proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2012 Graphic Novel Panel, held by the Seattle Graphics Arts Guild!

On Saturday, January 28th, join us at the Seattle Design Center in Georgetown for a discussion on creating, publishing and marketing the graphic novel.

Panelists include Fantagraphics artist Megan Kelso, as well as Matthew Southworth (Stumptown), Brandon Jerwa (Battlestar Galactica, Highlander, G.I. Joe), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), and Chuck Messinger (owner of Comic Evolution, Editor-in-Chief at Creative Edge Press).

Led in conversation by moderator Mark Monlux (The Comic Critic Presents Seldom Seen Films), they'll discuss:

Writing: structure, how to write a graphic novel, what tools you need to market your ideas.

Artwork: developing a storyboard, what to consider ahead of time, existing guidelines, examples, good & bad

Publishing & Marketing: establishing business, marketing, and production plans, how publishing is changing.

This event is open to the public, and you can get your tickets here. The Graphic Novel Panel runs from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Seattle Design Center [ 5701 6th Avenue South, Plaza Building, Suite 370 ].

And then join us for the after-party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery from 4:30-6:00 PM. It'll be a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists, and discuss what you've learned from the panel!

Fantagraphics co-sponsors this event with Emerald City Comicon and AIGA Seattle.

Posted January 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Ladies Night at TFAW: Q&A With Women Creators + Drink & Draw Location: Hollywood Things From Another World, 4133 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212 (Map)
Date: Sat, Feb. 4, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Following the positive response to Drink & Draw Like a Lady: West, hosted with the blessing of original event creators Lucy Knisely and Hope Larson, Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to announce the debut of Ladies Night on Saturday, February 4. This female-only event will kick off with a Q&A featuring notable local women connected to the comics industry, including Colleen Coover, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cat Farris, Alison Hallett, Emi Lenox, Jen Van Meter, and Dark Horse Comics Executive Editor Diana Schutz, with a Drink & Draw to follow. Complimentary food and beer/wine (21+ with valid ID) will be provided.

"We had such a great response to Drink & Draw Like a Lady, and personally, I really enjoyed getting to know other women who love comics," said TFAW Marketing Manager Elisabeth Forsythe. "I'm especially excited about our guest speakers, a group of writers, artists, and editors who are a neat cross-section of the local community."

Do you make comics, love reading comics, or just want to learn more about comics? Come spend the evening with Periscope Studio artists Colleen Coover (Gingerbread Girl) and Cat Farris (Legend of Larsha 2), writer/artist Emi Lenox (Emitown), comic book writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Supergirl) and Jen Van Meter (Avengers Solo), Portland Mercury Arts Editor Alison Hallett, and Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz on February 4.

TFAW is also offering 10% off everything in the store during the event. The Q&A will begin promptly at 7 p.m., followed by a Drink & Draw and socializing!

Posted January 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Graphic Novel Reading Club Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave, Phone: (503) 282-5484 (Map)
Date: Thu, Jan. 12, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Join us on the second Thursday of every month for Portland's first Graphic Novel Reading Club! We meet at Bridge City Comics at 7pm (directions). Bring a chair and something to drink, if you'd like!

The very first Graphic Novel Reading Club (GNRC) was held on October 27, 2005 and we've been doing it every month since. It's a great opportunity to talk in-depth about comics and graphic novels. Every session, we discuss a book that we've previously chosen. We tend to pick new books two months out in order to give people time to buy, borrow or get them from the library so that they may be thoroughly read and digested for that book's session.

We have a wide range of people join us every month for the GNRC; Male, female, young (well, 21+), old, those who have read comics for years and those folks brand new to it! We also read books from every genre so there's always something new and interesting to discuss. It's not just the latest super-hero exploits! The books we've read include mysteries, science fiction, autobiographical, fiction, historical and much more.

SELECTION FOR January 12, 2011:

SIXTH GUN VOL. 1 TP
During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun. the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.

Posted January 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Cosmic Monkey Kids Comics Club Location: Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR, Phone: 503-517-9050 (Map)
Date: Sat, Jan. 7, 2012 - Sat, Feb. 11, 2012
Time: Weekly, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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All Kids Ages 8+!

Held every Saturday from 3-5 PM, this workshop is taught by local cartoonist Ryan Alexander-Tanner!

3-4 pm is the Comics Reading Club! 4-5 pm is the Comics Art Class!

Sessions are structured flexibly to accommodate both new and returning students each week!

$5 admission, parents welcome.

Posted January 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS Documentary Screening Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Phone: 503-241-0227 (Map)
Date: Fri, Jan. 6, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us and special guests, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick (close friends of Warren who are featured in the film) for an exclusive screening of the new documentary by Patrick Meaney, WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOSTS. We will have DVD copies of Meaney's previous film for sale, GRANT MORRISON: TALKING WITH GODS.

http://www.warrenellismovie.com/

The film features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given, and spans his life, from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child, to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation of Red. Along the way, Ellis's acerbic wit and core belief in humanity comes across like never before.

Complimenting Ellis's own words are interviews with his artistic collaborators, friends and admirers from across all media, including actress Helen Mirren, Director Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), comedian Patton Oswalt, Adult Film Star Stoya, Musician Claudio Sanchez (of Coheed and Cambria), comics writers Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Antony Johnston, and futurist Jamais Cascio. Ellis's comics collaborators like Marvel Comics CCO Joe Quesada, artists Darick Robertson, Ben Templesmith and Phil Jimenez also provide insight into Ellis's mind and creative workings. The film features numerous ambient interludes that spotlight Ellis's prose and writing from both his online columns and his comics.

Posted December 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar 500 PORTRAITS exhibit & signing with Tony Millionaire Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Phone: 503-241-0227 (Map)
Date: Thu, Jan. 5, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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This January 5th we are proud to present a book signing and art exhibit with Tony Millionaire for his new book, 500 Portraits.

500 Portraits collects for the first time over two decades of portrait work by the beloved and award-winning creator of Drinky Crow's Maakies, Sock Monkey and Billy Hazelnuts. Tony Millionaire's gorgeous fountain pen illustrations, which mingle naturalistic detail with strong doses of the fanciful and grotesque, include the famous (Bob Dylan), the infamous (Abu Ghraib soldier/model Lynndie England), the fictional (Yoda), the animal kingdom (a cockroach), and everything in between. Literary figures (Hemingway), literary characters (Don Quixote & Sancho Panza), Hollywood legends (Steven Spielberg), comics icons (Hergé) and historical figures (Hitler) also figure prominently.

Many of these 500 portraits were created for The Believer, the magazine founded by Dave Eggers that Millionaire has helped define visually with his signature portraits of interview subjects in every issue since the magazine started. But it also includes dozens if not hundreds of illustrations from various other publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Ephemera Press Historical Maps, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

Posted December 21, 2011 at 9:41 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar Friday April 25th Party at Guapo Comics Location: 6416 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR 97206 (Map)
Date: Fri, Apr. 25, 2008
Time: 8:00 PM

This Friday, April 25th Guapo Comics and Books is having their third annual Stumptown party and reading!

Details swiped from their page:


We're putting this one together with local publisher Sparkplug Comic Books. Nine awesome mini-comics artists from around the country will be giving multimedia readings from their comics. It will also be a book release party for "Nerd Burglar" a FREE anthology of Portland artists put together by Sparkplug and fellow local publishers Tugboat Press and Teenage Dinosaur. There will be free cupcakes provided by awesome local bakery Sweetpea, as well as beer, snacks, and more. The Maisie Kukoc award will also be giving out for mini-comic excellence. This is a $400 prize.

Artists reading include: Jason Shiga, Austin English, Liz Baillie, Theo Ellsworth, Julia Wertz, Sarah Glidden, Minty Lewis, Rina Ayuyang, and Trevor Alixopulos.

The party starts at 8pm. I promise, you'll be bragging to your friends that you were there!

Posted April 25, 2008 at 10:43 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar April is Comics Month! Date: Tue, Apr. 1, 2008 - Wed, Apr. 30, 2008

April is Comics Month in Portland, and we're bringing the party!

To champion and support the newly proclaimed Portland Comics Month, the Stumptown Comics Foundation has catalogued a staggering number of comics-related events in the Portland metro area for the entire month of April, culminating in the Fifth Annual Stumptown Comics Fest!

We've got signings by area talent, art shows opening at several galleries, readings at libraries, a 24-hour-comic challenge, a super-hero-themed pub crawl, and a freaking opera! Too many items to list individually, read the whole list here! If you're in the Portland Area, try to get out and see why April is Comics Month here!

And our extra special thanks to Mayor Tom Potter, Grace Uwagbae, Pollyanne Birge, and everyone else at City Hall for helping make this official!

Posted April 2, 2008 at 8:05 AM | Permalink
icon-nav_calendar 24-HOUR COMICS DRAWPOCALYPSE Location: Cosmic Monkey Comics (Map)
Date: Sat, Apr. 5, 2008 - Sun, Apr. 6, 2008
Time: 10 AM - 10 AM

Hey, Portlanders! This event is being coordinated as part of the all-out cultural assault that is The Month Before Stumptown (previously known as April):

24 HOURS!
24 PAGES!
1 ARMY OF CARTOONISTS!
1 UNFORGETTABLE EVENT!

Announcing the return of 24-Hour Comic Day... Stumptown style! At 10
AM on Saturday, April 5, cartoonists from all over Portland and beyond
will converge on Cosmic Monkey Comics for a marathon of comic-book
magic. Will YOU be one of them?

A 24-hour comic is exactly what it sounds: one complete comic story
(24 pages) completed in 24 hours. Writing, drawing, lettering, and if
you're really ambitious, coloring -- it's all gotta be done on the
spot. Similar to the ever-popular National Novel Writing Month, it's
an opportunity to celebrate your art form, get your creative juices
flowing, and enjoy the rare opportunity to have some company working
alongside you!

"But what," you ask, "will make THIS 24-hour comic event special?" How about:


  • LIVEBLOGGING 'round the clock by the tireless staff of Cosmic Monkey
    Comics and Top Shelf Productions!

  • a gaggle of ADORING FANS and curious passers-by who will be on hand
    to cheer you on and watch the magic unfold!

  • MAD REFRESHMENTS to keep you fueled and power you through that
    particularly stubborn page!

  • FELLOW CARTOONISTS drawing right alongside, ready for some mutual inspiration!

  • SPECIAL GUESTS including the legendary JIM VALENTINO and 24-Hour
    Comic world record holder DAVID CHELSEA (who will create his
    staggering TENTH 24-hour comic before our very eyes)!


With still more to be announced as we get closer.

So... CARTOONISTS! Ink-slingers and pixel-pushers alike! Step on up
and join the action!
Will you be exhibiting at the Stumptown Comics Fest (April 26-27)?
Need a kick in the ass to produce some comics in time for the show?
Here's your chance!

Respond to cosmicmonkeycomics -at- earthlink.net or 503-517-9050 to RSVP!
Space is limited (we're capping it at 20 artists), so respond ASAP!

APRIL 5
10 AM TO 10 AM
COSMIC MONKEY COMICS (5335 NE Sandy Blvd)
24-HOUR COMICS DRAWPOCALYPSE

Posted March 22, 2008 at 11:12 PM | Permalink
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