We’re a little late getting around to running this great announcement, but 2008 is really going to have a hard time being bested as “The Year of the Comic” when April has been proclaimed Comics Month in the city of Portland, OR. That’s real civic recognition! What would Wertham say?
Mayor Declares April 2008 “Portland Comics Month”
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!