The Stumptown Comics Fest unfolds this weekend in Portland, one of the premier events on the indie comics circuit, and what with the Mayor declaring it “Comics Month” in PDX, you know this is Comicstown, USA. The show takes place at the Doubletree Portland Lloyd Center. Panels can be viewed here, with spotlights on guests such as Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel and Craig Thompson. Others in attendance will include everyone from Kate Beaton to Kurt Busiek, so a full panoply of Portland’s comics folk will be veiwed.
Tonight;’s big event is the kickoff party above. Tomorrow it’s the Stumptown Trophy Awards (see next post):
Other people doing things:
Tom Neely who is debuting the above awesome book.
Northwesterners unite! Fantagraphics will be heading down I-5 tomorrow to take part in the Pacific Northwest’s premiere art comics event, The Stumptown Comics Fest! Staffers Jacq Cohen and Tony Remple — both former Oregonians — will be on hand all weekend to answer your questions and sell you some books. We’ll have a few new releases on hand as well as signings with Dame Darcy and T. Edward Bak (MOME). Also, our own Jason T. Miles will also be in town for the show, pimping his Northwest-centric zine concern, Profanity Hill. Come check it out!
Saturday April 24
Mike Allred 12PM-1PM
Paul Pope 1PM – 3PM
Kurt Busiek 3PM – 4PM
Sunday April 25
Mike Allred 12PM-1PM
Craig Thompson 2PM-4PM and possibly beyond.
Paul Pope 4PM-6PM
Dark Horse Comics – Schedule of Events – Stumptown Comics Fest
Saturday, April 24th:
12:00pm – 1:00pm — The Book of Grickle creator Graham Annable
2:00pm – 3:00pm — Too Much Coffee Man creator Shannon Wheeler
(The first ten people in line will receive a free copy of Postage Stamp Funnies!)
3:00pm – 4:00pm — Creepy and Supersized artist Lukas Ketner
(The first ten people in line will receive a free copy of MySpace Dark Horse Presents Vol. 3!)
4:00pm – 5:00pm — Portfolio Reviews with Dark Horse Editors
Sunday, April 25th:
12:00pm – 1:00pm — Star Wars and Supersized artist Ron Chan
(The first twenty-five people in line will receive a free copy of Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic #42!)
1:00pm – 2:00pm — Dr. Horrible and Troublemaker artist Joëlle Jones
3:00pm – 4:00pm — Finder creator Carla Speed McNeil
4:00pm – 5:00pm — Achewood creator Chris Onstad
5:00pm – 6:00pm — Portfolio Reviews with Dark Horse Editors
Our call for debuts was met by scant response — whether because a) we were so late on it b) Portlanders don’t promote or c) most likely, Portlanders don’t know about the Beat! Anyway, Indigo Kelleigh reminded us that he’ll have a new mini, L’il Minotaur.
Also, artoonist Alexis E. Fajardo will debut his new Kid Beowulf graphic novel “Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland” this weekend at Stumptown. The festivities begin Friday night at the Portland based coffee-shop, GRENDEL’s, where a release party will take place for the new book, including a signing/slideshow, raffle and coffee so good it’ll rip your arm off (the event is free and open to the public)! At the fest, Fajardo will be exhibiting at the Bowler Hat Comics table, and will appear on the “Comic for Young Readers” panel on Saturday with cartoonists Raina Telgemeier and Hope Larson.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.