Official Press Release
The Stumptown Comics Foundation is delighted to announce that later today, Mayor Tom Potter will declare this April Portland Comics Month. The proclamation officially recognizes both the cultural importance and creative influence of this vibrant art form on the entire city.
Portland has deep roots in the comic-book publishing world, as it is home to scores of comics industry professionals and to three of the nation's most prominent independent comics publishers (Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, and Top Shelf Productions). Moreover, the local comics community has seen sizable growth in the past few years, further bolstering the Rose City's defining ties to the creative arts and industries.
To champion and support 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. The current list is below; further information, additional events, and running updates are soon to be had at www.stumptowncomics.com/comicsmonth. Join us in this month-long celebration of sequential art-culminating in the Stumptown Comics Fest and Free Comic Book Day!
The Stumptown Comics Foundation is a nonprofit organization established both to promote comics and cartooning art and to celebrate the medium's rich culture in Portland, Oregon. Our Fifth Annual Stumptown
Comics Fest will be held on April 26th-27th, 2008, at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232. Hope to see you there!
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Portland Comics Month–April 2008 Events are "all ages" unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, 4/1-Bridge City Comics's (3725 N Mississippi) 3rd anniversary celebration and sale, 6-8pm
Dark Horse Presents #9 goes live on myspace.com
Thursday, 4/3-10th birthday celebratory cake-off @ Independent Publishing Resource Center (aka IPRC, 917 SW Oak #218), 7pm judging
First Thursday gallery shows:
Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, Postage Stamp Funnies) show @ Backspace (115 NW 5th), 7ish
"Portland Draws II" @ Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th), 5-7pm
"Masters Reborn" with piece by Christy Road (Indestructible) @ Compound Gallery, 7pm reception
Nicholas Gurewitch (Perry Bible Fellowship) & Tony Millionaire (Maakies, Sock Monkey) show @ Floating World Comics (20 NW 5th #101), 6-10pm
"The Magik Show" @ Pony Club (625 NW Everett #105), 6-10pm
"Meanwhile …: An Exhibition of Comic Book Art" @ Portland Center for the Performing Arts (1111 SW Broadway)
Kenny Mencher show @ sequential art gallery (328 NW Broadway #113), 6-10pm
Friday, 4/4-Too Much Coffee Man Opera: The Refill opens @ PCPA's Brunish Hall Theatre (1111 SW Broadway), 8pm ($24-29). Sponsored by Dark Horse Comics. Info and tickets at www.pcpa.com
Rose City Rollers comic release party @ Cosmic Monkey Comics (5335 NE Sandy Blvd), 6-9pm
Saturday, 4/5-24-Hour Comics Challenge hosted by David Chelsea (David Chelsea in Love) @ Cosmic Monkey Comics, 10am start. Sponsored by Cosmic Monkey and Top Shelf Comics.
Sunday, 4/6-24-hour Comics Challenge concludes at 10am
Lou Rowan (My Last Days) reading @ Powell's City of Books (1005 W Burnside), 7:30pm
Monday, 4/7-Marjane Sartrapi (Persepolis) lectures @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (1101 SW Broadway), 7:30pm ($5-26). Portland Arts & Lectures. Info and tickets at www.literary-arts.org
Tuesday, 4/8-Discussion of Harvey Pekar's The Quitter @ Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook), 6:30-7:30pm. Session full, but join waiting list at www.multcolib.org/events (18+)
Thursday, 4/10-Rose City Rollers comic signing @ Bridge City Comics, 6-8pm
Saturday, 4/12-"Alter Egos: New Recruits" costumed pub crawl, 6pm-late. Heroes start @ R. Palate (219 SW 6th), Villains @ Crown Room (205 NW 4th); no recognizable characters please. Alter Egos Society & Drunken Rampage (21+)
T Edward Bak (Service Industry) reading @ Guapo Comics & Coffee (6416 SE Foster Rd), 9pm
Sunday, 4/13-Portland Comic Book Show @ Exhibit Hall in Rose Quarter's Memorial Coliseum, 10am-5pm ($7 for 8+). Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) talks at noon, Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) at 2pm
Monthly "Comics and Coffee" event @ IPRC (917 SW Oak, #218), 5-8pm
4/13-4/19 is National Library Week! Check out www.multcolib.org for events at a library near you.
Monday, 4/14-"Web Self-Publisher" class @ IPRC, 6:30-9pm ($25-40). Registration info at www.iprc.org
Wednesday, 4/16-David Hajdu (The Ten-Cent Plague) reading @ Powell's Books on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne), 7:30pm
Thursday, 4/17-Monthly Art Spark discussion @ Living Room Theaters (SW 10th & Stark), 5-7pm. RSVP at www.portlandartspark.com (21+)
Saturday, 4/19-Monthly Portland Drink 'n Draw @ Madison's (1109 SE Madison), 8pm (21+)
Sunday, 4/20-Final performance of TMCM Opera: The Refill @ PCPA's Brunish Hall Theatre, 2pm ($24-29). Info and tickets at www.pcpa.com
Stumptown Trophy Award nominations close @ Midnight
Tuesday, 4/22-KBOO's "Words and Pictures" show, featuring Mike Richardson (founder of Dark Horse Comics). Airs @ 9:30am on 90.7 FM
Zinester Readings @ IPRC, 7pm
Wednesday, 4/23-T Edward Bak (Service Industry) signing @ Floating World Comics, 7-8pm
Thursday, 4/24-Art show reception @ Floating World Comics, 7-9pm. Nicholas Gurewitch to attend.
Sparkplug Comics members Jason Shiga (Bookhunter), Elijah Brubaker (Reich), and Aron Nels (Xeric Grant recipient) reading @ Central Library (801 SW 10th), 4-6pm
Friday, 4/25-Stumptown Fest pre-party, Maisie Kukoc Award Ceremony, readings, and book release @ Guapo Comics & Coffee, 8pm
Jen Sorensen (Slowpoke) reading @ Powell's City of Books, 7:30pm
Saturday, 4/26-Stumptown Comics Fest @ Doubletree Hotel (1000 NE Multnomah, by Lloyd Center), 10am-6pm ($6/day, $10/wknd). Info and tickets at www.stumptowncomics.com
Stumptown Trophy Awards Ceremony & Comics Art Battle @ Cosmic Monkey, 8pm and 9pm
Sunday, 4/27-Stumptown Comics Fest @ Doubletree Hotel, 10am-6pm ($6)
Stumptown "Dead Dog" After-Party and "The Magik Show" closing night @ Pony Club
Wednesday, 4/30-Closing night for shows @ Compound Gallery, Floating World, IPRC
May Bonus Days!
Thursday, 5/1-First Thursday gallery shows:
Christophe Blain (Isaac the Pirate) reading from 7-8pm, Diamond Comics and Witch Doctor release party @ Floating World Comics, 6-10pm
Nicole Georges (Invincible Summer vols. 1 & 2) show, book release party, and signing @ Reading Frenzy (921 SW Oak), 6pm
Devon Devereaux & Sean Hemak show @ sequential art gallery, 6-10pm
Saturday, 5/3-Annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ your local comics shop! More info at www.freecomicbookday.com
More events, info, and running updates at www.stumptowncomics.com/comicsmonth
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