One of a number of impressive comics events this weekend, the annual The International Comic Arts Forum kicks off today in Portland, OR and runs until Saturday. Primarily a scholarly conference where papers on various aspects of comics around the world are presented, this year’s event will also feature locals such as Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick and foreign guests Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba as well as comics scholars from many locations. The schedule is in the above link — it’s actually free to attend.
In addition to the presentation of papers, several films will be screened, and comics from Russia and Finland will be examined. Sounds like a good time.
Here’s a more general overview of ICAF. It takes place at the University of Oregon’s White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Street.