Stumptown Comics Fest 2006
Oct 21, 2011
The Stumptown Comics Fest was started almost on a whim when a small group of Portland-area cartoonists lamented the lack of local convention-style outlets. While there were certainly other comic book shows in town, there weren't any that gave much attention to the artists themselves. The dream was to design a festival with the creators as its focus, rather than dealers and work-for-hire publishers.

Art Battle '04!
Using local resources, the first Festival was pulled together in just 4 months, thanks to the largely volunteer group at its nexus. It was hosted on a rainy June 6th afternoon by the Old Church, a non-profit organization whose goal is to preserve, well, an old church. The church was the beneficiary of the raffle held at the festival. All 22 exhibitor tables sold out for a full house (most of them being shared by several creators).

Cartoonists came from not only from here in Portland, but from all over the country as well - from as far out as San Francisco, Seattle, and even Detroit, Michigan, and all of the exhibitors in attendance reported it to be an excellent experience. Even with little time to promote the show, the Fest still saw a respectable attendance of 150 comics fans, and garnered favorable press from the local arts weeklies. We were also host to the second ever Comic Art Battle, put together by Portland expatriat Ezra Claytan Daniels.

The second Stumptown Comics Fest, in 2005, moved to a larger venue. The 5800+ square foot Smith Memorial Ballroom on PSU campus (also home to the 3-day Portland Zine Symposium) held over 80 tables, almost four times as many as were at the previous Fest. We also nearly quadrupled the number of exhibitors, and played host to over triple the number of attendees.

2006 brings us to another new, larger space, at the Oregon Convention Center, where our goal remains, as ever, to take over the world with comics. Help us, won't you?
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Stumptown Comics Fest 2005
Stumptown Comics Fest 2005
The reports are in on the Stumptown Comics Fest 2005!

Please visit any of the following fine write-ups and photo streams for a look back at the second annual Stumptown Comics Fest!
...or, visit the 2005 website archive:

Stumptown Comics Fest 2004
Stumptown Comics Fest 2004
Visit any of the following fine write-ups for a look back at the first ever Stumptown Comics Fest!
...or, visit the 2004 website archive: