Stumptown Comics Fest - 2009
Schedule of Events
April 8, 2009
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Saturday: Panels | Workshops | Portfolio Reviews | Parties
Sunday: Panels | Workshops | Portfolio Reviews | Parties
Comics to the People! • Gallery Tours
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Saturday Panel Schedule, Oregon Room
11:00-11:45am Spotlight on Gail Simone
Join author Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Secret Six) and Dark Horse editor Rachel Edidin in a discussion of Gail's work and career. Q&A to follow.
12:00-12:45pm Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Join artist Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL, Power of Shazam) and CBLDF's Charles Brownstein in a discussion of Jeff's work, influences, and future projects. Q&A to follow.
1:00-1:45pm Spotlight on Jim Valentino
Join writer & artist Jim Valentino (Shadowhawks, A Touch of Silver) and Paul Guinan (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers) for a discussion of Jim's comics work and involvement with the Hero Initiative. Q&A to follow.
3:00-4:45pm Dr. Sketchy's Burlesque Life Drawing
Dr Sketchy PDX is the only place in town where models, art, and booze willingly collide with cabaret! We provide life drawing models in elaborate dress that love standing still for you! Because, really, who ever said life drawing couldn't be sexy?! Starter art supplies included!

Saturday Panel Schedule, Alaska Room
12:00-12:45pm Spotlight on Keith Knight
Cartoonist Keith Knight (The K Chronicles, (Th)ink), Knight Life) leads a Stumptown-only version of his master class for aspiring cartoonists, "Cartooning is Serious Business".
1:00-1:45pm Spotlight on Carla Speed McNeil
Join writer and artist Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, Pendragon) and critic Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) in a discussion of Carla's cult epic Finder and her approach to designing visually compelling characters.
2:00-2:45pm Spotlight on C. Spike Trotman
Join rising webcomics star Spike Trotman (Templar, AZ) & Dylan Meconis (Bite Me!) for a look at the hilarious and frequently inappropriate residents of the imaginary town of Templar, where giant statues of Jimmy Carter rub elbows with cults devoted to ruthless honesty.
3:00-3:45pm Spotlight on Hellen Jo
Join cartoonist Hellen Jo (Jin & Jam) and Guapo Comics owner Jeremy Tiedeman for a demonstration and discussion of Hellen's quirky comics and illustration work. Audience Q&A; to follow.

Saturday Workshop Schedule, Idaho Room
10:30-11:45am Kids Comics Workshop
Comics artists spend their whole lives trying to recreate the work they made when they were kids. At Stumptown's Kids Comics Workshop, kids can get together, share ideas, and prove that their work is the best. Moderated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner, a dumb grown-up. Parents welcome!
12:00-1:00pm The How, the Why: Mini-Comics!
Presented by Mini-Comics Dump Truck and Stumptown Comics Fest! Learn about mini-comics. How & why you should make your own. Get tips and tricks on the process.
2:00-2:45pm Art and the Small Business
Learn about the basics of starting your own artistic business from Dylan Williams (Sparkplug Comic Books/The Bad Apple), Theo Ellsworth (Capacity), and Jason Leivian (Floating World Comics/Diamond Comics). A short workshop in the essential ideas of starting and running an artistic business as a retailer, publisher or creator. Beginners are encouraged, and old hands as well.
3:00-3:45pm Writing for Comics
A panel discussion exposing and exploring the different approaches—from "thumbnails" to full scripts—of writing comics. With Trevor Alixopulos, T Edward Bak, Vanessa Davis, Derek Kirk Kim, and Joey Sayers. Moderated by Jesse Reklaw.

Saturday Portfolio Reviews, Main Floor
11:00-11:45am Steve Lieber — Artist, Periscope Studios
12:00-12:45pm Bob Schreck — Editor, DC/Vertigo
1:00-1:45pm Jamie S. Rich — Writer/Editor, freelance
1:00-1:45pm Joëlle Jones — Artist, freelance
2:00-2:45pm Philip Simon — Editor, Dark Horse Comics
3:00-3:45pm Diana Schutz — Executive Editor, Dark Horse Comics
3:00-3:45pm Jim Valentino — Artist, freelance
4:00-4:45pm Bob Schreck — Editor, DC/Vertigo
4:00-4:45pm Gail Simone — Writer, DC Comics
5:00-5:45pm Shawna Gore — Editor, Dark Horse Comics

Saturday Parties
7:00pm Cosmic Monkey Comics
The Stumptown Comics Fest's annual Trophy Awards Ceremony (8pm), Comic Art Battle (9pm), and jam-packed social shindig. Join us! MC'd by KUFO-FM's Fatboy.


Sunday Panel Schedule, Alaska Room
11:00-11:45am Teaching Comics
Join The Center for Cartoon Studies teacher Robyn Chapman and fellow comics educators (including Diana Schutz, Alec Longstreth and Jesse Reklaw) for a seminar on the many ways that cartooning can be taught to different ages and skill levels. Any creator who has broken out in a sweat when asked 'Can you talk to my class about comics?' will come away with some great tips on how to build basic lesson plans, lectures and workshops.
12:00-12:45pm Editing for Comics
Join veteran editor-at-large Bob Schreck, Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz, and comics writer Jeff Parker (X-Men: First Class, Agents of Atlas, Mysterius the Unfathomable) for a discussion on how comics titles are edited, what aspiring writers need to know about working with editors, and how comics editing and publishing are changing.
1:00-1:45pm Spotlight on Craig Thompson
Ticketed event. Join comics artist Craig Thompson (Goodbye Chunky Rice, Habibi) and critic Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) for an exclusive preview discussion of Craig's forthcoming new novel, Habibi. Q&A to follow. Seating limited to 50 people, tickets are $3 each to Fest attendees and free to CBLDF members on first-come-first served basis at CBLDF table #24, free to benefit dinner patrons..
2:00-2:45pm Jeff Smith on Jeff Smith
Ticketed event. Intimate and exclusive presentation on the creative process, created and presented by special guest and renowned comics artist Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL). Seating limited to 50 people, tickets are $3 each to Fest attendees and free to CBLDF members on first-come-first served basis at CBLDF table #24, free to benefit dinner patrons.
3:00-3:45pm Erika Moen & Lucy Knisley
Join cult-favorite cartoonists Lucy Knisley (French Milk) and Erika Moen (DAR!) for a no-holds-barred talk about the joys and pitfalls of making autobiographical comics, dealing with everything from sexual identity to proper cheese selection, and a sneak preview of their collaborative comic, Drawn to You.

Sunday Workshop Schedule, Idaho Room
11:00-11:45am Why So Serious? Why We Hate To Love The Joker
From his first appearance in 1940 to Heath Ledger's mesmerizing film portrayal of the character in 2008, The Joker is arguably the most interesting and enduring character in mainstream superhero comics. Join PNCA comics studies professor Trevor Dodge for a multi-modal lecture and discussion exploring the philosophical, political and literary lineage of a character who personifies the darkest of human desires, and in doing so, ironically liberates us to imagine our world anew.
12:00-1:30pm Your Legal Rights: Protecting and Profiting from your work
An overview of the US copyright and trademark laws and how it applies to comics. What is fair to use under copyright and what might not be fair. What's parody and satire and a little about the difference between homage and getting licenses (permissions). What is really means to "Get it in writing" and knowing what you are signing. You have rights under the law— don't give up more than you want or have to. Portland attorney Kohel Haver.
2:00-2:45pm Expanding Comics
Get a dose of true out-of-the-box thinking from Daniel Duford: comic artist, muralist, sculptor, and professor at PNCA.
3:00-4:45pm Instant Graphic Novel
Join us in a collaborative effort to write and render a complete comic story in a single afternoon! Learn some plot construction tricks in the process, and see the final results posted online. Presented by PNCA graphic novel instructor Neal Skorpen.

Sunday Portfolio Reviews, Main Floor
11:00-11:45am Randy Stradley — VP Publishing, Dark Horse Comics
12:00-12:45pm Steve Lieber — Artist, Periscope Studios
12:00-12:45pm Bob Schreck — Editor, DC/Vertigo
1:00-1:45pm Jamie S. Rich — Writer/Editor, freelance
1:00-1:45pm Joëlle Jones — Artist, freelance
2:00-2:45pm Philip Simon — Editor, Dark Horse Comics
3:00-3:45pm Diana Schutz — Executive Editor, Dark Horse Comics
3:00-3:45pm Jim Valentino — Artist, freelance
4:00-4:45pm Gail Simone — Writer, DC Comics
4:00-4:45pm Bob Schreck — Editor, DC/Vertigo
5:00-5:45pm Shawna Gore — Editor, Dark Horse Comics

Sunday Parties
7:00pm Backspace
Backspace (115 NW 5th Ave) — "Dead Dog" Stumptown after-party to close out the Fest weekend
7:00pm Pony Club Gallery
After-party location #2. 21+
7:30-9:30pm Cosmic Monkey Comics
Dr. Sketchy! Burlesque life models pose for budding artists. All-ages appropriate, low-stress atmosphere, and door prizes. Some art supplies available, but it's best to come prepared. $5 admission

COMICS TO THE PEOPLE! • GALLERY GUIDED TOURS
FREE! with paid admission to the Fest
Sign Up at the Registration Table (Ask one of our friendly volunteers)
Limited Seating (up to 6 per tour); First Come, First Seated
Minors must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian

Tour Schedule*, for both Sat & Sun:
Tour 1: 11:30am-1:30pm
Tour 2: 12:30-2:30pm
Tour 3: 2-4pm
Tour 4: 3-5pm
*Times subject to change

Tour Stops
"Comics to the People! An Exhibition of Comic Book & Cartoon Art", featuring Stumptown Comics Fest artists. Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway
"David Mack: The Alchemy." Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
Camilla d'Errico (Tanpopo), Ippei Gyoubu and J. Shea. Compound Gallery, 107 NW 5th Ave
Renée French (The Ticking), Lance Simmons (Wurd Reader), Jason Overby (Jessica), Tim Root (Nerd Burglar), and Mike Bertino (Pinwheel). Pony Club Gallery, 625 NW Everett #105
"2" by Natalie Phillips. Vorpal Space, 328 NW Broadway #117
"Lady Parts" by Erika Moen (DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary) and Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Bite Me!). Sequential Art Gallery, 328 NW Broadway #113. 18 and Over Recommended.


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