Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Signing: Richard Starkings at Cosmic Monkey 07/08

Award winning letterer Richard Starkings,creator and writer of the Image comic Elephantmen! ( ) Richard will be doing a signing at Cosmic Monkey on Thursday July 8th from 11-7pm. He will also be handing out a Free Comics to any one who wants one. 

It will be a busy day on July 8!!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dr Who Legos against Super Killers

The boys built Dr Who Legos to play with.   The each buit their own tardis.  Gannon's Matt Smith Dr Who is the best with hair in his eyes and everything.   We have Kellan made the 8th Dr.   After they were built there was an attack.   The alien old people from the current season.

Monsters of Web Comics 2.0 06/21-07/25

Comic Art Exhibit at PNCA; Jordan Schnitzer Print Exhibit

The reception is on Thursday, July 8, 6:00 pm.    It will some of the best and boldest comic art.  Including work by Kate Beaton, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Dorothy Gambrell, Shaenon K. Garrity, Jenn Manley Lee, Dylan Meconis, Erika Moen, Chris Onstad, Spike aka Charlene Trotman and Dirk Tiede.    It sounds fantastic.

Address: 1241 N.W. Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209

This is the press release

x-men @ TFAW july8

Hollywood Things From Another World Celebrate the release of X-Men #1 at our X-Men Day Party July 8! The first 50 customers per store to purchase $25 or more will get a FREE limited-edition X-Men #1 gatefold print by Paco Medina!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The secret history omnibus. Volume one, from the dawn of time to 1917

I just ran into the The secret history omnibus by Pécau, Jean-Pierre..   I had to read it I am big fan of secret history stories. 

This is the synopsis from the publisher.
Four immortal brothers and sisters are entrusted with ivory cards in the dawn of prehistory by a dying shaman, and told never to use the cards together. Four immortal brothers and sisters, four archons, leaping through time, consumed in an epic struggle to influence and shape the history of Western civilization. From Moses' challenge to the Pharaoh to the origin of the Grail myth; from the Pope's extermination of the Cathars to Nostradamus' travels in Italy; from the Spanish Armada and the Great Fire of London to Napoleon's conquest of Egypt; and finally to the Angel of Mons appearing over the trenches of World War I. A secret occult history of the world told in seven chapters. Collects the first SECRET HISTORY series in preparation for the second, coming in 2010
The Rune stones were the Chalice, the Lance, the Sword, and the Shield.     The characters battle through time to get all the rune stones.   There is plenty of backstabbing and double crosses as history unfolds.    My favorite might be the fire of London.

The Signing with Taki Soma and Michael Avon Oeming

This was a great signing.  I took Kellan and Gannon they had a great time.  Gannon brought his sketchbook to show Micheal Avon Oeming.   Gannon and Kellan had a great time. 

TFAW did a fantastic job putting this thing together.   This is the first time I was in the Hollywood store.   I really liked the layout.   And kellan found 1000 things to put on his x-mas list.  I think he liked the DCU Origins joker two pack the best.

We had a great time.   We then went to Jazzkat which had live music and a party.  The food was fantastic.

I found an Manga I liked Pluto by Osamu Tezuka

I almost never read Manga. I read the description, it sounds fantastic. I try it out. I cannot connect with and give up. This happens every 6 months or so.

And then there is the Manga I think sounds great, like Lone Wolf and Cub. But there at 33 volumes to read. Yikes...I give up.

But I started my Manga Trial again with Pluto by Osamu Tezuka. This was fantastic. Without any spoilers. There was a robot murdered. And there were several stories about the investigation.   All of the stories were really interesting and engaging. Check it out.

I ordered the next one...from the library.   Can't wait.

Jurassic Park: Redemption by Bob Schreck

IDW Publishing  announced the launch of Jurassic Park: Redemption.   Normally I would have been so-so on this type of title.   But after listening to the interview with Bob Schreck.    I really want to check it out. 

Bob Shreck's earliest jobs in comics was art director at Comico.  For much of the 1990s Schreck was an editor at Dark Horse Comics, and went on to found Oni Press in 1997. Then he went over to work as an editor at DC Comics, where he worked on the Batman comics and the All Star titles.

 Check it out.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Signing: Matt Fraction @ Floating World Comics 07/08

I am really excited about this new color re-release of Casanova.    I think it will be really cool.  Come check it out.

Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men, Invincible Iron Man, Thor) will be appearing at Floating World Comics on July 8th from 5 - 8pm to launch the color re-release of Casanova

Check out Sif by kelly sue deconnick

It sounds awesome.   Support Portland Artists.   Sounds like Beta Rea Bill comes to Earth and needs Thor's Help.   Sif takes his place.  Butt kicking can begin now.

She has a Zantanna short in Girl comics #3.  Which I will be picking up.

 kelly sue deconnick

In using these internets you learn a lot about the general population

They have relationship problems.  Are pregnant, have a hernia and issues with their ipod.

Oh...we have a problem.....

Look out Doctor Who fans.  Look what NASA found in the middle of the Milky way at the constellation Sagittarius.   Does anyone have a Tardis we can investigate this with.

Thanks to the posters on Gallifrey Base.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dr Who and Companions !!!

This is the best of both worlds Jesse Hamm over at Periscope Studios has Drawings of the Doctor  and the companions for Sale.

Monday, June 21, 2010

I love Agents of Atlas

It is written by our very own Jeff Parker.      It is fantastically written and drawn.    It is action packed and steeped in marvel history.

It got something for every one.
  • killer robot.  
  • an alien genius
  • a goddess
  • undersea royalty
  • A guy from the 50's
  • A dragon
  • An ape with a machine gun
 Sadly it has been.  Canceled.  More than once...

Here is a cartoon

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Doctor Who

The saw the last two episodes back to back. Wow. That is must see. I love the new doctor.
  1. Question from my wife: Would a Bamboo Knitting Needle kill a vampire, ie Spike or Angel.. 
  2. If the answer is No: Would a spike made of a Woody Shrub. Ie Rhododendron 

Feeling depressed and without purpose.

Feeling depressed and without purpose.   There is a pharmaceutical for you.
SCRIPT: Grant Morrison
ART: Bryan Hitch
COVER DATES: August 1988


FOLLOWUP: Comics Workshop @ Cosmic Monkey.

Gannon and Kellan just got back from their class at cosmic monkey.  They fell asleep in the car.    The first session was Intro Comics.  They looked at a bunch of different comics.    Learned about the components that make up a comic.   Both of them came home with their own comic.   They had a great time and are really excited about the next lesson.

Highly recommend.

Thanks Katy and Blue.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Events at the Portland Art museum

With the R.Crumb exhibit there are ton of really cool comic events going on at the Museum.   Demostrations, Sundays there are artists at the museum informally discussing there inspirations, and other events you should checkout.

The Link

Friday, June 18, 2010

Comics Workshop for Kids! 6/20

Cosmic Monkey has announced that they will be hosting comic workshops for kids every Sunday at their store! Comics are made fun and simple in this series of 8 summer workshops from Katy Ellis O'Brien and Christina "Blue" Crow. Continuing students will have their work published in a collection and receive a copy to take home. Only $10/session or preregister for all 8 workshops for $70! Please call 503-453-5839 or email

Signing: Alex Robinson June 26

At Cosmic Monkey there is signing and appearance.

Alex Robinson is a comic book writer and artist. He is best known for his work on Box Office Poison, Tricked, Too Cool To Be Forgotten, Lower Regions and A Kidnapped Santa Claus. The majority of his works are by local publisher Top Shelf Productions.

He currently lives in New York City with his wife Kristen and their pets, Krimpet and Wrigley.

He will be signing copies of his books at Cosmic Monkey Comics June 26th from 12-2pm.

Books Store - Comics

I was bouncing around these internets and I came across a comic bookstore I didn't know about.   

Gnu-To-You Books-N-Things is a small family owned used bookstore in the Cultural District of Downtown Portland, Oregon. We sell thousands of books of all genres, as well as comic books, magazines, and a small selection of unique jewelry items.

1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 274-9790

Artist Demonstration - July 17 Nicole Georges

Nicole Georges

Saturday, July 17
2:00 P - 4:00 P
Prominent Portland-based comic artist Nicole Georges will demonstrate her art in the Schnitzer Sculpture Court and will talk with visitors about the art of comics, graphic novels, and zines.
Free for members or with Museum admission.

Drawing Workshop - Aug/7

Graphic Novels and You

Saturday, August 7
12:00 P - 3:00 P
Delve into the wide world of graphic novels in this interactive, hands-on workshop. Start the experience with a private docent-guided introduction to the R. Crumb exhibition. Then join comic artist Nicole J. Georges, author and illustrator of Invincible Summer, for a discussion of the latest nonfiction graphic novels and the process of creating a graphic novel. Sketch out your own ideas and receive feedback and advice.
$28 members, $35 non-members. Online registration is required. Limit of 12 participants per workshop. For adults and teens age 15 and up.

This sounds cool.   I am going to go.  See you there.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Survivors - on BBCAmerica

This was a fantastic show, tragically cut short.    It should have gone for three season and only it was only on for two.  The premise was a virus killed 90 percent of the world's population.  This is the story is about the the survivors and their trials and tribulations.   

I finally found the Survivors book which was written in the 70's by Terry Nation.   It was not to be found anywhere.   We ordered in from Powell's international Warehouse, who knew.     Hopefully we can get some closure to the series.

Hopefully my wife can learn to forgive BBC....  without violence.

Portland Comic Show - Nov 14, 2010

I have never been to this show.  But I know people like it.    I will let you know more as it the date gets closer.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Abslom Daak- Dalek Killer

I have become slightly obsessed with finding Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer  Book.   Here is the senerio convicted of 23 crimes his choice was being vaporized or being a Dalek Killer in the Dalek Wars.    This was originally collected in the Doctor Who Weekly Magazines.   By  Steve Moore and Steve Dillon.    Oh yeah he has a chainsaw sword.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

artMOB presents “Hometown Superhero: Mike Richardson

Date: June 18-23, 2010

The exclusive comic art collection of Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson." This exciting one-of-a kind comic book art show is collaboration with Dark Horse Studios, Milwaukie Arts Academy and the City of Milwaukie. The event will feature original comic art boards and memorabilia from some of the most well known comic book artists in the world! 

JC Lillie Performing Arts Center
11300 SE 23rd Avenue Milwaukie, OR

Grand Opening      June 18
VIP Night                June 19   with Todd Herman Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber

For more info:  Artmob

Signing: Taki Soma and Michael Avon June 26

There is a joint signing at TFAW by comic book creators Taki Soma and Michael Oeming at their Hollywood store at 4133 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97214 Saturday, June 26 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

In addition to signing their works, Oeming will be offering sketches for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Hero Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need.

from CBR

There is an interview with Colleen Coover local portland artist from Periscope Studio.   This is over at
David Wasting Paper

Artist Demonstration - Craig Thompson June 19

Portland Art Museum

Saturday, June 19
2:00 P - 4:00 P
Prominent Portland-based graphic novelist Craig Thompson will demonstrate his art in the Schnitzer Sculpture Court and will talk with visitors about the art of comics, graphic novels, and zines. A graphic novelist best known for his 2003 work Blankets, Thompson has received numerous awards for his work. Since 2004, Thompson has been working on Habibi, a new graphic novel to be published by Pantheon Books. The book is influenced by Arabic calligraphy and Islamic mythology.
Free for members or with Museum admission.
This program is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Monday, June 14, 2010

BOOM! Studios debuts IPAD Comic App

This should be  pretty good it is based on the comiXology reader technology.  Which Marvel is using as well.  Boom has a lot of great Comics But for kids like Muppets, Wall-E, Incredibles and Uncle Scrooge.  And also stuff for adults like 28 Days  Later and Incorruptible.

Updated:  I said the Fraggle comic from Boom, it is from Archaia.  It is awesome as well.  Why cannot Muppets and Fraggles live together....?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Assignment Livy: Fables...

My wife loves to read.   But not Trades or Comics.    Except for Zombies.    She is caught up on her Walking Dead and 28 Days Later.

I will be assigning her various Graphic Novels.   And we will get her feed back and post it here.  Current assignment Fables Vol1 and Vol2.  We'll see how it goes.   This one of the classics for getting people into comics.   I already told her it does get really good until "March of the wooden soldiers". And then it get really good.     Hopefully she connects with these classic characters.   Big Bad wolf, snow white and other assorted fables.  She loves books so she should love fables.    I am hoping to get her to Jack of Fables and the American Fables.
TOTAL SCI-FI Online says Persons Unknown is going to be good.    A TV Mystery in 13 Episodes.  I will try it out.   Let you know...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Portland Art Museum is having an R. Crumb exhibit Check it out.

Friday, June 11, 2010

I think John Siuntres needs to come to Portland everyone he interviews is from there. Make the move...Parker, Bendis..

Star Wars

A little World cup action. My boys approve

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Going Old School

Tried Twitter, Tried Facebook. I think we are going to go Old school and create a blog about comics. For Portland.