Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's On Like Donkey Kong!!!

Portland Crowne Plaza Hotel
8,500 square feet of classic video game goodness
Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, 2010

Tournments, Arcade Play, Speakers, Parties... Donkey Kong, Missile Command, Atari 2600

Sunday: (And don't forget Geek Trivia)
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - TFAW presents the Geek Trivia Contest

Monday, August 30, 2010

Shinichi Moriyama’s “Portland’s Best Outsider Haunts”

Opening: First Thursday, September 2, from 6-10 p.m.
Runs: Every Saturday, Sept 2-25 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113,

Denied !!! No Kahn for you !!!

Me and Olivia got a babysitter.   And packed up for nerdtastic adventure downtown to see Trek in the Park at the Bagdad.      We got down there at 7:20 and the line went out the Bagdad around the block, around the parking lot and it looks like even further.   We ended up heading back home....-(

Pixels by Patrick Jane

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scooter Cannonball Run

Gannon, Kellan, and I went to the Zinefest and found out about the Scooter Cannonball Run.  I think this sounds pretty awesome and partly scary.    Since Portland has a big Scooter community I thought I would bring it up.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Holiday Ale Festival Dec 1-5

I know it is still summer.   But as Beer Season winds down I had to choose which last beer festival to choose.   I think we are going to go to the Holiday Ale Festival.   We do love our winter brews.

Holiday Ale Festival:
  Pioneer Courthouse Square; free admission, $20 taster package includes required tasting mug, program and tickets. www.holidayale.com

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Walking Dead premier at the Bagdad on 10/31

 Sunday, October 31 at 10PM

Things From Another World (TFAW) brings you The Walking Dead at McMenamin's Bagdad Theater to be hosted by local celebrities Cort & Fatboy.   The special 90-minute series premiere will air  for free  at the Bagdad.  

There will be prizes will be given away during the event, provided by Image Comics and TFAW.    Prizes will also be awarded for the best Walking Dead-related costume.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dave Cooper's "Bent" signing @ cosmic monkey 10/10

SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 5-7PM
Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 Northeast Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 517-9050

Monday, August 23, 2010

Great Books I read on vacation

Pluto   -   This a manga that is a must read.     I am NOT a manga reader, but I try a manga once a year or so.    I was referred to Pluto by Naoki Urasawa.   It is a Science fiction robot mystery.    It is loosely based on components of Astroboy.  The mystery, storytelling, and art are great.   As soon as I finish a volume, I order the next.   It doesn’t have 50 Volumes like many manga, and has a set end, so it is not so daunting.

Irredeemable – Holy cow! Mark Waid!      I have owned this book for awhile and a kept putting it off.    But once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.   The basic story is what if Superman went bad.   I really enjoyed the fast paced, frenzied storytelling in this book.    The other heroes try frantically to get ahead of an all powerful hero.    If you love superheroes you should read this, if you hate superheroes you should read this.   It is a hugely emotional story.    I already ordered vol 2-3.  And now I am going to check out Incorruptible,   about a villain gone good.

RASL by Jeff Smith– Pocket Book (1-7)   I loved this book.   Another Sci-fi book.     This didn’t feel like Jeff Smith at all, it reminding me more of Terry Moore’s Echo drawn by Paul Pope.   It is really fast paced multi-dimensional chase story.    

Sweet Tooth – Jeff Lemire – To be honest; I wasn’t sure I would like this.   But I really did.   Lemire does such fantastic job with building engaging characters and interesting worlds.   The biggest surprise to me was how much Gannon and Kellan became interested in this book.  Gannon started reading it on his own.

A Whole New Mind – Daniel Pink – This is a book, so far, is about the mind and the differences between the Left Brain and Right Brain thinking.   It tries to help us understand the mind, and moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual age. 

Kahn!!! Double Feature

Atomic Arts will performing “Space Seed” one last  time on August 29th at the Bagdad Theater in Portland.   This is the performance from Trek in the Park.   From what I have seen, on the YouTubes,  it looks awesome.

"After the performance we will be screening a special Trek selects reel curated by Bobby “Fatboy” Roberts AND STAR TREK II-WRATH OF KHAN!!"  It says on the Atomic-arts site.  So it should be good.

McMenamin’s Bagdad Theater
3702 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Doors 7:00, Show 8:00
21+  (Please Note)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wonder Woman Day 2010 on 10/24

 I used to go to Excalibur Comics; and I went to Wonder Woman Day last year.   They had a huge variety of art and people in.     It is really an event not to be missed.    Plus it is Diana's 70th Birthday.

Larry Marder of Bean World @ FWC on 8/25

I met Larry Marder at Stumptown a few years back and picked up a couple of issues of Bean World.    Now Dark Horse reprinted much of the Bean world.     It is a something you should check out.

WHO: Larry Marder
WHAT: Book signing
WHEN: Wednesday, August 25th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Back from Vacation at Steen's Mountain

I was in eastern Oregon at our annual family camping trip. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Read Comics in Public on 08/28

On Jack Kirby's Birthday, everyone should celebrate by Reading comics in public.    Since it is International Read Comics in Public day.   We should go ahead and do it.


Knitting and Comics

I am sure there is an interesting venn Diagram in relation to Comics and Knitting, especially up here in Portland.    My wife is a mad Knitting machine and enjoys some Walking dead.     She came across this article on Fiber Arts profiling Stephanie Brandt.   She is the publisher of Hand knit heroes.  

Monday, August 09, 2010

Kumoricon: Anime Convention @ 09/04-06

On Labor Day Weekend 2010 the Kumoricon will begin.   This is Oregon's largest Anime convention.  There seems to be a lot going on.    I have never been.   But I usually don't know until it is over.

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Lego Universe

My wife, Olivia, is Beta testing Lego Universe, the MMOG.      We are having a great time.     We will say more when we can.

Saturday, August 07, 2010


I went to the release party at Things From Another World for the comic Murderland.    Olivia and I  went and had a great time.   Listened to fantastic music, met some great people from Portland comic scene.   I purchased and read Murderland.    I really enjoy stories where the strong female characters.  The main character, a woman called Method gets involved in a mystery set in Baltimore.    I really like David Hahn's clean art style, but  I have not learned who the "Arabber" is yet.     I will pick up more of the series.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Steve Lieber at PAM on 08/14

Artist demonstration and talk in Schnitzer Sculpture Court at the PAM.  This is free with admission.

Steve Lieber is a comic Illustrator and founding member of periscope studio.   His work includes WhiteOut, Underground, and work in Detective Comics and Hawkman.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Street angel

I met Jim Rugg at ECCC picking up Afrodisiac.   I suggested to try out Street angel which I loved.       There are a lot random  of ninjas in this world.     I think that would be a great story. "Rise of the Ninjas"   Don't forget to pick up Rambo 3.5 by Jim Rugg out now .

This is short video based on the GN from film makers in australia.