Thursday, March 31, 2011

09/24 - Jet City Comic Show

Jet City Comic Show
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
10am to 6pm
Seattle Center Exhibition Hal
299 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Guests include
Chris Bachalo
Dan Brereton
Brian Churilla
Matthew Clark
Sean Dietrich
Justin "Moritat" Norman
Greg Rucka
Matt Southworth
Eric Trautmann
Shane White
More to be Announced!

04/13 - Mike Russel & David Walker Signing @ Bridge City

David Walker will be signing for Darius Logan: Super Justice Force And Mike Russell will be signing for The Sabertooth Vampire' Season One and   Cort and Fatboy and the Buried Unicorns.  

Darius Logan: Super Justice Force was written because David Walker felt there was not enough quality books for older teenage boys. His hope is that anyone who enjoys two-fisted tales of action and adventure will be entertained by it.  The first 25 chapters of Darius Logan: Super Justice Force have been serialized on this site for FREE. You can purchase the entire book on the signing.
Mike Russell is a writer and cartoonist for The Oregonian, where he reviews movies and books and also draws "CulturePulp" -- a "journalism comic strip" in which he renders Portland cultural events (and himself) in cartoon form.

His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Willamette Week, The Portland Mercury, In Focus Magazine, The DVD Journal, Bookslut, and a handful of comic books.
(He's also the writer of the "Star Wars" fan comic "Jaxxon's 11," and edits the "Serenity" fan-comics collective "Serenity Tales.")

You can also find his film writing and comics online at

Bridge City Comics
April 13 - 6:00--8:00
3725 North Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97227-1158
(503) 282-5484

503-282-5484  |  3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227    

04/13-14-15 April Comics Week – Carla Speed McNeil, Benjamin Marra, Jeffrey Brown

Mark your Calenders!!!
April is comics month in Portland and Floating World Comics has got a week packed full of events leading up to the Stumptown Comics Fest weekend.

WHO: Carla Speed McNeil
WHAT: FINDER art exhibit and book signing
WHEN: Thursday, April 13th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101

WHO: Benjamin Marra
WHAT: Art exhibit and book signing
WHEN: Thursday, April 14th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101

WHO: Jeffrey Brown
WHAT: Book release and signing
WHEN: Friday, April 15th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
Wednesday, April 13th – Carla Speed McNeil will present original artwork and discuss her award winning series, FINDER. She self published this critically acclaimed series for over a decade and the book has acquired a cult status as “the best book you haven’t read”. She has found a new home at Dark Horse Comics who just released the massive FINDER LIBRARY VOL. 1, and FINDER: VOICE the newest chapter in the series.

Thursday, April 14th – Benjamin Marra is flying in from Brooklyn for a very special art exhibit and book signing. Marra is the creator of NIGHT BUSINESS, GANGSTA RAP POSSE, and INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC ADVENTURES OF MAUREEN DOWD #1 (a work of satire and fiction) which received media coverage from both Fox News and Huffington Post on the same day. Marra was recently published by Marvel Comics in their alt-comix anthology, STRANGE TALES II.

Friday, April 15th – Jeffrey Brown is one of the most popular alternative cartoonists working in comics. Well known for his autobio relationship comics, he has also branched out with hilarious superhero parody comics, and a series of super cute cat comics. Top Shelf will be publishing the second volume of his awesome Transformers parody, INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS, which will debut at this book signing.


Carla Speed McNeil - Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Now, Carla Speed McNeil's Eisner Award-winning series comes to Dark Horse with the original graphic novel Voice.

In a society defined by its intricate network of clans, Rachel Grosvenor has grown up an outcast, straddling worlds. Now, her quest for admission to a highly exclusive clan sends Rachel spiraling into the dark underbelly of Anvard and a paradox that holds the key to her future: How do you find a Finder?
  • Rising star Carla Speed McNeil has been nominated for seventeen industry awards, winning five times, since 1998!
  • Voice won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic.
  • "Completely fascinating." -Warren Ellis
  • "Finder is, bar none, the best SF comic being published today." -Strange Horizons

Marra's comic book work has drawn comparison to mainstream masters Jim Steranko and Paul Gulacy as well as underground comix legends R. Crumb and Spain. His work exists beyond the cutting edge of independent comic books and operates within the cut itself.

Marra's illustration work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, The Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration and the Art Directors Club. Some of  his clients include Playboy, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Marvel Comics, Vice, Nylon, Widen+Kennedy and McCann-Erickson.

Jeffrey Brown - After growing up in Michigan, a 25-year-old Jeffrey Brown moved to Chicago in 2000 to pursue an MFA at the School of the Art Institute. He splashed onto the comics scene with the self-published relationship memoir Clumsy, which earned praise from cartoonists and readers alike, and was eventually picked up by Top Shelf. Many acclaimed graphic novels followed, establishing Brown as both a hyper-sensitive chronicler of bittersweet romance (Unlikely, Any Easy Intimacy) and a deadpan master of absurdist humor (Incredible Change-Bots, Sulk, I Am Going to Be Small).

Additional projects include: directing a music video for Death Cab for Cutie; the autobiographical collections Little Things, Funny Misshapen Body, and Undeleted Scenes; and the observational books Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. The prolific Mr. Brown lives and works in Chicago.

Floating World Comics
20 NW 5th Ave #101, Portland, OR 97209
Store hours: Everyday 11-7pm

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What I am excited about!

Thanks to bleeding cool I am looking forward to Nick Pitarra and Jonathan Hickman new book Red Wing from Image.   Check on Nick's blog for the first few pages.      

Here is a Nick Pitarra Iron Fist vs Plant Man.   He is participates in the Ten Ton Studio Challenge.


Doctor Who Trailer

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

04/15 Drink & Draw Like a Lady

Press Release from TFAW:

Drink & Draw Like a Lady returns to Portland for a second year Friday, April 15 at the Hollywood

Things From Another World TFAW
4133 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

This is a very special women-only event! All ladies–whether they create comics, love comics, or just want to learn more about them–are invited to take part in some female positivity, as well as complimentary hors de’oeurves, beer, and wine (with valid I.D.).

04/07 - Stumptown Cartoonist Show

A celebration of cartooning and illustrative storytelling

Premiering April 7th, 2011 at the Pony Club Gallery in downtown Portland, OR, the Stumptown Cartoonist Show! Join us in celebrating cartooning and illustrative storytelling.

WHO: Trevor Alixopulos, Andrice Arp, Sean Christensen A.B.T., Farel Dalrymple, Jason JFish Fischer, Julia Gfrorer, KC Green, Chuck Groenink, Meg Hunt, John Isaacson, Amy Kuttab, Brian Lee, Phil McAndrew, Jed McGowan, BT Livermore, Katy Ellis O'Brien, Jesse Reklaw, Zack Soto, Hopskotch Sunday, Corey Thompson, Sophie Yanow and more!

WHEN: Opening Thursday, April 7th, 6pm – 10pm, Stumptown Comics Fest Afterparty Sunday, April 17th, 6pm – 10pm, Closing May 1st

WHERE: Pony Club Gallery 
625 NW Everett Street
#105 Portland, OR 97209

04/15 - Stumptown bash coming soon to Guapo!

gcpostFor the SIXTH year in a row Guapo Comics is hosting a tie-in party. 

Guapo Comics
6350 Southeast Foster Road
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 772-3638
Date: April 15th at 8pm
This features a reading, an art show, and the Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration. There will be food and drinks.   Last year's winner was Sarah Oleksyk.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Questions 33: Justin Zimmerman

Justin Zimmerman is a nationally recognized filmmaker and professor.  He created 2006 documentary Fireland about the Golden Age Nursing Home fire which took place on November 23, 1963 in Fitchville, Ohio killing 63 residents.   He is a Theater Arts Adjunct faculty for Portland State.   He just completed directing, shooting and editing the annual Wonder Woman Day Documentary released on Jan. 12.  

Justin Zimmerman is currently writing The Killing Jar,  an action packed horror story set in a small Colorado town.  He is also writing Other Worlds, a series of one-shots with lead artist Mike Lawrence.

Doug Dorr:    What projects are you working on currently?
In the comic world, I’m writing and publishing a couple independent books. The Killing Jar is an ongoing title with the great Russ Brown and Other Worlds is a series of one-shots with lead artist Mike Lawrence and a variety of other visual talents. Talk is cheap, so check ‘em out!

The Killing Jar is on Facebook here:
Other Worlds is on Facebook here:

I love comics, but they’re my hobby. I’m a working filmmaker, a professor and a screenwriter through Bricker-Down Productions®.

DD:   What is your writing process?
I need quiet and I need a clean and organized space. When I’m writing – when it’s going well, anyway – it’s like I’ve jumped into the ocean. I try to stay submerged in that world as long as possible before I have to come up for air. When I’m interrupted it’s so jarring that it’s almost impossible for me to get back to where I was before. So I need to make time for the discipline!

DD:   What is your process working with the artist?
I’ve played around with different forms of scriptwriting for different artists, but I come back to the screenwriting credo over and over…action and dialogue with as little direction as possible. I prefer to break down the pages into panels, which is obviously different than traditional screenwriting. I also usually include a partial or full script in each of my books.

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
I love Warren Ellis. There’s always something interesting in a Warren Ellis comic.

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
I love getting people hooked on comics. In fact, I love giving comics away. There’s a comic for everyone! Recently, I’ve gotten friends and family hooked on Savage Dragon, The Walking Dead, Chew, Sweet Tooth, DMZ, Supergod, Old Man Logan, Watchmen, The Tale of One Bad Rat and The Secret Six, just to name a few.

DD:   What skill would you like to learn?

DD:   What's the most important thing you've learned?
Life isn’t fair.

DD:   Do you have a collection? If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
I have a small collection of comics – a couple moderately valuable – but I read ‘em to this day. I just read The Walking Dead #1. I remember buying it in a small comic shop in Ohio. I have every issue of Savage Dragon. I’ve been reading that comic for almost half my life! I have a couple pieces of original art – a Norm Breyfogle painted Batman and a Jae Lee piece from the first Gunslinger book. Nothing too crazy.

DD:   What was your first comic  book convention?
The first comic book convention I ever attended was back in Ohio a couple decades ago. I was in line to get Mike Mignola’s signature on his Dracula book. The guy in front of me had one too, only his was in the polybag to keep his trading card mint or something. Anyway, I got up to Mr. Mignola and handed him my worn copy. “Yours isn’t in the bag,” he said. “I like to read mine,” I replied. Just being honest. He smiled at me and drew me a little picture on my book. Never forgot that.

DD:   Do you have a collection? What is your favorite genre of Comics?
I tend to like more independent, creator owned fare, but I’ll read anything. Literally.

DD:   Do you have a collection? Do you have an IPad? If so what do use it for the most?
Because so much of my professional life is multimedia related, I want to keep away from it in my personal life as much as possible. I don’t even text. I will say, too, that I will be sad to see print go, if it truly does. I love holding a comic in my hands and I love going to Excalibur and Guapo comics every week to pick up my books. But I like the tactile nature of the medium…that’s part of my film methodology too. My last project was shot on the RED, but I still shoot 35mm stills and 8mm and 16mm motion picture stock when and where I can.

DD:  What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
Favorite TV show is Deadwood by a landslide. Hoop Dreams and anything by Errol Morris rule the film world for me. And let’s throw some video games in there too! ActRaiser, Shadow of the Colossus, the original Silent Hill, Beyond Good and Evil, Psychonauts, Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Battlefield for the multiplayer win!

DD:  How does the Portland comic culture shape your work?
What’s interesting is that I had no idea Portland was the comic book capitol of the world when I moved here. I started making comics because I love comics and it was a new mode of writing. It was only after a year of work that I got involved with Stumptown and some of the local fests. And then…BAM! Talented people everywhere!
 One of the greatest things about Portland’s comic scene is Wonder Woman Day, which takes place at Excalibur Comics, one of my local shops. Once a year they auction off original images of Wonder Woman and the proceeds go to Portland domestic violence shelters and charities. We’re talking tens of thousands of dollars every year! I can’t draw a stick figure, so I particpate by creating short docs to help spread the word. It’s such an amazing event and it truly represents what’s so special about Portland’s comic culture.
Here’s the WWD 2010 doc:
Here’s the WWD 2009 doc:

DD:  What was your first comic convention?
Somewhere in Ohio. See Mike Mignola story above. Oh, and Dave Dorman signed my Aliens: Tribes book and drew a creature for me. It was AWESOME!

DD:   What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Meeting people who read my books or who are going to read my books! Writing is an isolated event…talking about the work is always a lot of fun.

DD:   If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
Why wouldn’t I be doing comics?

DD:   Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
I love SE Portland so I’m all about Tani’s, Tom Yum, Mezza’s and the Delta!

DD:   How long have you lived in Portland and what made you choose Portland?

Four years now, I think. Portland is my favorite city. I made a concerted effort to get here. And here I am!

DD:   What is your favorite part of Portland?

Excalibur comics! Fubonn! The Zoo! (I don’t know…there are a lot of cool things happening here. That’s why it’s a great city.)

DD:   Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
I don’t know, but as soon as I figure it out, I’m going there.

DD:   Would you like to write for another media? Or write a character from another media? What would you explore?
I DO write for other media, which is cool, but I’d love to take a crack at a branching video game script, which I’ve never done, or a great character from my youth, like Robocop. No, I’m not kidding. ROBOCOP!

IPRC New kickstarter project

And it is not for a  yeti research station program.    It is a campaign to raise $5000 for the Media Action Project on Kickstarter. Funding from Kickstarter will help us bring MAP to more than 1000 teens between now and April 2012. It will also help us purchase materials and pay for printing costs for thousands of student zines.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Portland selects Mayor Superhero - Samdroid

Project Mayor-Man is was created by Stumptown Comics Fest and The Alter Egos Society, and  sponsored by comics retailer Things From Another World.    The contest was to design a superhero costume, and it will be fabricated by the craftspeople of The Alter Egos Society.   The costume will be worn by the Mayor on April 16th at the comics fest, held at the Oregon Convention Center

The winner has been selected  Manny McIvor of Portland
Above is the winning design, earning tickets to Stumptown Comics Fest and a cash prize.    His costume, named “Samdroid”, will be fabricated by The Alter Egos Society.  

The costumed Mayor will pose for pictures with fest attendees at the Alter Egos Society booth from 3-4pm to help raise money for p:ear, a local non-profit whose mission is to mentor homeless youth. 

Many super designs were submitted, including “Comic Man” by first runner up Mara, a 5th grade member of the Sunnyside Comic Club.

Monday, March 21, 2011

3/26 Geeklesque

Critical Hit Burlesque is proud to present: GEEKLESQUE!

Category: Performance
Venue/Location: Guardian Games, 303 SE 3rd Ave, Phone: 503-238-4000
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 8:00 PM

$8 gets you all this, and more! One night only, Saturday, March 26, 2011! Doors open at 8pm! At Guardian Games, Portland's grandest game store! 21 AND OVER ONLY!

Get ready for an evening of sultry superheroines!... villainous vixens!... and fantastic flirts! It's burlesque and geekery at its finest! Comics, video games, RPGs, movies... no geek theme is safe from a sparkling burly twist! Featuring performances by:

Baby Le'Strange
Hai Fleisch
Infamous Nina Nightshade
Satheara Sin
Kai Lani Mathur
Lizzy O'Boom
Lana Louche
Tokyo Rose
Sophie Maltease
and fusion bellydancing by Elise
Hosted by the Mad Marquis de Maltease! And featuring antics by the crew of PDXYAR!

Raffle and trivia, too!... with fabulous prizes from our sponsors Floating World Comics, Hot Lips Pizza, Hollywood Vintage, and PDXYAR! And don't forget pin-up art for sale by Karina Dale!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

03/24-27 Gamestorm

Don't forget about Gamestorm!

Hilton Vancouver Washington
March 24th through 27th, 2011
This is the full schedule.

There are a ton of different games being played, from Munchkin and Pokemon to Ninja Burger.     Here are just the zombie related games: Zombies, Zombinion, Zombinion - Entrails, Zombinion - Genocide, Savage Worlds: Zombies vs. The Marines, Game Lab Play Test 14: Zombie City (Kevin Long), Zombie State, Invasion from Outer Space / Last Night on Earth: Zombie Overrun,  Give Me The Brain
Check it out there, is something for you.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dr McNinja

Read Dr McNinja

Questions 32: Farel Dalrymple

Society of Illustrators Gold Medal-winning cartoonist Farel Dalrymple has been producing his own comics since 1999 after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  He was the artist on omega the unknown (marvel), with writer Jonathan Lethem; and Bizarro World with writer Dylan Horrocks (DC).   Farel’s own comic book, Pop Gun War (Dark Horse), was originally published with the help of a Xeric grant. Farel is a co-founder, associate editor, and contributor to the comic book anthology, Meathaus.   

He is working on his next book, The Wrenchies, for First Second Books.   The Wrenchies are children in a post-apocalyptic future. They are all orphans along with the rest of the children in that future. The wrenches are also an older group of 21st century superheroes. They join forces in the future to overcome the evil Shadowsmen that are controlling the post-apocalyptic world.

“Farel Dalrymple is one of the finest young draftsmen to quietly sidle into comics in a long time. And one of the field’s most gifted storytellers.” — Walter Simonson

Doug Dorr:   What projects are you working on currently?
the Wrenchies for first second.

DD:  What is your artistic Process?
i usually draw in pencil, ink with a brush and/or pen then color with watercolors. then scan and post.

DD:  When are story illustrator, how involved are you in the writing?
depends on the project. if it is my own story i do it all.

DD:  What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
go go monster by Taiyo Matsumoto

DD:  What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
3 shadows by cyril pedrosa

How involved are you with the illustration, the look and feel, of the books you write?
depends on the company i am working for but usually as much as i am allowed to be

DD:  What skill would you like to learn?
how to play the guitar

DD:  What's the most important thing you've learned?
how to draw. i am still learning.

DD:  Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
i have a small collection of books and records i cherish but nothing that would be really impressive to others. i try not to stockpile a lot of things
DD:  What is your favorite genre of Comics?
anything good

DD:  Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.

DD:  What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
any star trek tv show. david lynch movies

DD:  How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work
it is an inspiration to work harder

DD:  What was your first comic convention?
san diego comic con in 88 or 89?

DD:  What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
hanging out with fellow creators

DD:  If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
maybe a fine artist painter guy?

DD:  Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
the farm on burnside.

DD:  How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
5 years. i had friends here and it seemed pleasant.

DD:  What is your favorite part of Portland?
all the trees and good green things.

DD:  Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
i still haven't been to the hot springs

DD:  Would you like to Illustrate for another media? or conversely, how would you feel about Illustrate a comic of a character from a different media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
sure. i haven't drawn doctor who yet. i'd love it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Breakfast of the Gods

Some how I missed this.   The Breakfast of the Gods is an story of epic proportions.    There has a been an attack on the people of Cerealia, the king and wizard are missing.    Can our heroes stave off the destruction.    You will have to see.  The web comic has been bound and is available from BOTG.      One of my favorite lines is "Crunch hired me because I am the best at what I do."

Kelly Sue DeConnick will be writing Supergirl!

Starting on with June’s Supergirl #65, Kelly Sue DeConnick, ChrisCross and Marc Deering will take a three-issue turn on the series.    Kelly Sue DeConnick (Osborn, Sif and Rescue) on the writing details with ChrisCross (THUNDER Agents) and Marc Deering on art, with Mahmud Asrar on covers. 

This is the solicit:
Co-ed of Steel? Supergirl goes undercover on a college campus to help Lois Lane uncover the truth behind a string of recent student disappearances! What they uncover, though, leads Supergirl directly into a confrontation with one of the DCU’s deadliest villains!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Emerald City Con Recap

First of all it  seems to be true;   Bendis signed a dog.     I certainly hope this will not be a new trend.

Emerald City Con is fantastic convention with the top professionals from across the US and around the world.   This is convention is a well run and a great opportunity for fans and creators and publishers together and discuss what is going on.   This year has great group of celebrity guest including  William Shatner, Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, John Noble and many more.   

There was a Live painting benefit at local bar Noc Noc.     At this event was Jim Mahfood, Ben Templesmith, Camilla D'Errico, Scott Campbell, David Mack, Ray Fawkes, Chris Haley, Rebecca Woods, Pete Woods, & Lar DeSouza.  According to the Multiversity guys this was a ton of fun/Sheer Madness.

Boom:   Kids Boom has become Kaboom but sadly the the Pixar properties are going to be no longer be published by BOOM.    But there will be more Disney, hopefully much more Double Duck.   (Gannon’s favorite by far).    Also coming up in Boom proper is releasing Planet of the Apes and Hellraiser

Concert at Hardrock CafĂ© with KRACKLEFEST all-star finale staring Kirby Krackle, @h2awesome, and @eugewarrock.   These guys are off the hook.

Persicope    -  Most of the members of Periscope Studio were there.

  • I spoke to Ron Randall about his own sci-fi creation Trekker.     He hopes someday have time to work on a new Trekker novel.  

  • Jonathan Case Dear Creature has been released.  

  • I spoke Rich Ellis, and encouraged a fantasy webcomic crossover between other members.

  • Tranquility Base – Lisa Eisenberg, Sarah Oleksyk, Indigo Kelleigh, Joe Keatinge  Joe Keatinge is working with Frank Cho on the super assassin series Brutal and as editor 50 Girls 50. Joe Keatinge is also writing an article for the French magazine Comic Box. And also sitting there was Nate Simpson with his NONPLAYER art. It was approved by Moebius, Geof Darrow, Frank Quitely and Frank Cho, Why aren’t you ordering it now!

    Comic Twart – Six of the Comic Twart Collective were at ECCC.    They did a live drawing at a panel, the choice was Conan.   These six illustrations were auctioned at the convention.    It was amazing meeting these high caliber artists and watching them illustrate.   It was great learning about how these artists from across the country used social media and technology to create community and a fantastic art blog.   The twarters that were there were Andy Kuhn, Tom Fowler, Nathan Fairbane, Mitch Gerads, Evan 'Doc' Shaner, Chris Samnee.   They seem to be great friends.   I spoke with a bit about Andy Kuhn Firebreather his new comic and the series. 

    Adam WarRock played at the Kracklefest.   I was finally able to meet Euge.   He was a previous host of the podcast WarRocketAjax with Chris Sims.   He is on a cross-country tour playing concerts at various comic shops.   He was also the moderator at the comic twart live drawing panel.      Hopefully soon we here some nerd rap in Portland soon. 

    Frank Cho – There may be another Jungle girl story.   Babes, dinosaurs and Nazi’s can’t be bad.   

    Ron Marz   -  He is currently working on the Artifacts Mega Event with TopCow.    I asked about CrossGen comic series Sojourn, he was the writer for this series.    But as of this time, Sojourn isn’t going to be revived.  Someday,  he will take the lessons he learned writing fantasy and create a new epic.

    Sal Abbinanti had his new work on Atomika.   The last issue is going to the printer.  It looks fantastic.   It is just finishing up and trade should be out shortly.

    Michael Alan Nelson   -   He is the writer of the zombie story 28 Days Later.     His new series Hexed just came out in trade.  It is a great story with the great Emma Rios and a Paul Pope cover.   You won’t be disappointed.

    I met Malachai and Ethan Nicolle of Axecop fame.   If you haven’t tried it you should.   It is sheer madness.   

    I was able to meet the team behind.  Project London.   This started as a low cost Sci-fi mini film and prequel graphic novels were  developed.    It looks really cool.

    The next volume of You Have Killed Me is on its way, from Jamie S Rich and Joelle Jones

    Spoke With Micheal Oeming and Taki Soma, of Rapture, about the green light for Powers.  And the release Bendis’s/Oeming Takio.   Also Daniel Berman of God Complex another Oeming work .
    I also spoke with Brubaker for a while about Iron Fist.    He has a desire to do some more with Iron fist.   He is currently working on the next Criminal: The Last of the Innocents.

    I spoke with Mike White of the new strip Amity Blamity.     His Amity Blamity book will be coming out soon.   Amity Blamity was very influenced by Bloom County, one of my childhood favorites.
    Random news from the internet and beyond.

    Marvel news
    • The Doctor Strange mini by Waid might be connected to Fear Itself
    • Captain America will be 30 page stories for $3.99 starting next month.
    • Agents of Atlas will return in Fear Itself: The Home Front 
    • Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli have "a very large project coming in the fall" of 2011
    • All the X-Men books are moving towards "something" that will become clear by 2012.  The almost all pieces are out on the table.
    • Iron Fist will be around in Fear Itself.   There are "plans" for the Runaways - when this will happen or what they are, no one is saying... but according to Bendis during the Architects panel, they are there
    • This weekend there has been a lot of talk of “Space Knights.”   Here's a direct quote from Brian Bendis that got no further explanation: "In Avengers #12.1 drawn by Bryan Hitch -- it's almost double-sized for $2.99 coming out in April… Space Knight."   
    • Nick Spencer is now a Marvel Exclusive writer.   The details of that seem a little “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey”
    DC (and Vertigo) news
    • I read there will be another Wednesday Comics, with creative teams to be announced at a later date "on the same level of talent as the first round"
    • There are plans for Dwayne McDuffie's Milestone characters
    • Love And Rockets‘ Gilbert Hernandez is to draw a guest issue of iZombie.
    • Cowboys, a graphic novel by Gary Phillips and Brian Hurtt is out in June from Vertigo Crime
    • Darwyn Cooke will draw a story in House Of Mystery #36
    • Joe The Barbarian‘s Sean Murphy says he has new book coming out that was originally rejected due for being too edgy, but is now approved.
    • Bill Willingham has a new novel from Tor coming out next year called. 
    • Babe The Miniature Blue Ox will get his own one-shot
      Dark Horse news
      • Mike Mignola will be once again drawing Hellboy
      Other news
      ·         Everyone loves Phoenix Jones.  Especially when he gets Tazered

      Wednesday, March 09, 2011

      03/25 Stumptown Release Party w/ Greg Rucka and Matt Southworth! @ BridgeCity

      Stumptown Signing Event Well it is here,   Stumptown the Rockfordesqe detective story about a female P.I. in Portland.  Copies of Stumptown will be available for purchase during the signing.

      In addition, Bridge City Comics is teaming up with Stumptown publisher Oni Press to produce a limited edition print, featuring brand new Stumptown artwork (created by series artist Matt Southworth), for sale only at this event!

      Date and time: Friday, March 25, 2011 from 6pm-8pm
      Location: Bridge City Comics,
      3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR

      Monday, March 07, 2011

      04/07 - I Madman Micheal Allred signing and Art Show @ FWC

      Well it has begun.   April is Comics month in Portland.    We can start with a Floating World Comics book release and art exhibit with Madman creator, Michael Allred.  Michael Allred is currently writing the popular Vertigo zombie adventure, IZombie

      This signing is a Book release for Madman Atomic HC, an oversized collection of over 1000+ pages, collecting the entirety of THE Atomics and his recent Image series, Madman Atomic Comics. Also being released is the Madman Giant-Size Super Ginchy Special.  This new issue features an epic new Madman tale by Mike Allred as well as backup stories by Matt Kindt, Emi Lenox and Tonci Zonjic.

      WHO: Michael Allred
      WHAT: Madman Giant-Size Super Ginchy Special book release and art exhibit, (plus surprise special guests and karaoke party!)
      WHEN: Thursday, April 7th, 6-10pm
      WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101

      03/17 Tasty Shorts Film Festival

      Some students at Ai are hosting the first annual Tasty Shorts Film festival.  Anyone with a film that is under 10 minutes is encouraged to submit and come out for a night of good short films.
      Clinton Street Theater
      2522 Southeast Clinton Street
      Portland, OR 97202-1239
      Thursday, March 17 * 7:00pm - 9:00pm

      03/16 Comic Book Club

      The Comic Book Club was created by Erik Henriksen for those who love comics and/or drinking.   Please join the crew at Floating World Comics and then on to Blitz Pearl.

      March 16, 6:00 -10:00
      Floating World Comics 
      20 NW 5th Ave #101
      Portland, OR 97209
      (503) 241-0227

      Questions 31: Dustin Weaver

      Dustin Weaver was born in Alaska, and moved to Portland in 2006. He has worked on a many prestigious comics projects including X-men, Star Wars, King Kong, and Jodi Picoult’s NYT best selling novel The Tenth Circle.    He is a member of Periscope Studio and contributes to their sketch blog.  He worked with writer Jeremy Barlow on the western "They'll Bury You Where You Stand" which was just published in Outlaw Territory Volume 2.     He is currently working with Jonathan Hickman on the amazing S.H.I.E.L.D series which gives us the secret history of the organization.  The first trade was just solicited last month.

      Doug Dorr:   What projects are you working on currently?
      I am working with writer Johnathan Hickman on S.H.I.E.L.D. for Marvel Comics.

      DD:   What is your artistic Process?
      My process is constantly evolving. It used to be that I would draw a fairly detailed print-size layout of each page. Then I would photocopy that layout to 11 by 17 and light box it onto comic art board. Then I'd finish it up. Nowadays, I'm drawing my layouts slightly larger than print size, but not by much, then just inking the layout. After that I'll scan it and clean it up a little in Photoshop. I'm on a steady path towards fussing over things less and less.

      DD:   When you're a story illustrator, how involved are you in the writing?
      To date, my involvement in the writing has been none to very little on just about everything I've worked on. The only story that I've had a significant impact on the writing end of things has been a western called "They'll Bury You Where You Stand" that I did with writer Jeremy Barlow. That story has just been published in Outlaw Territory Volume 2.

      DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
      I would recommend the work of Osamu Tezuka, both to comics fans and non comics fans, but especially to comic creators. Tezuka has been called "the god of manga," but he's more than just that. I think he's probably the greatest comic creator there's ever been. I wouldn't be surprised if his work is one day taught in schools. It took reading a few of his books before I really understood how great his stuff is, so give it a chance to sink in. I would recommend his Phoenix series. Also Ode To Kirihito, MW, and Ayako are really fantastic.

      DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
      I have recommended the manga series Death Note to a lot of non comic readers and it has almost never failed to hook them in. It's got a great premise, it's one of the smartest cat and mouse stories I've ever seen, and it's highly addictive.
      I've also had good success recommending Akira, The Saga of the Metabarons, and just about anything by Dan Clowes.

      DD:   What skill would you like to learn?
      I don't know. I'm actually not into learning skills. I like HAVING skills but not learning them. I don't have the patience. If I could just know how to play the piano that would be GREAT!, but learning to play the piano seems so horrible to me. That's why I draw. Drawing is something you can do as you learn. You don't even realize you're learning, you think you're just doing... Actually, come to think of it, I'd like to learn how to make comic books. I can see that happening. The piano thing, not so much.

      DD:   What's the most important thing you've learned?
      Wow! That's kind of a big question. Do you mean in my career or in life? I'm actually not sure on both counts. In life I feel like I want to say something about understanding that almost everyone is not too different than me in that they have doubts and insecurities and want to feel accepted and that I should reach out and give them what I would want to have given to me. That I should treat others the way I would want to be treated. Maybe that seems like an important  lesson for me because I've never really learned it. It seems I learn it over and over again and the lesson always slips away. I think I just want to be treated a certain way and I don't want to treat others that same way. I don't know why. Fear probably. As for my career. That's also a tough one. I'm going to have to say, don't draw naked. Unless you're really used to being naked, it can just be too much of a distraction. Really slows your productivity down.

      DD:   Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
      I'm not really the collector type in that I don't seek out obtaining items for the sake of a collection. I am a fan of certain creators and will seek out their work and buy it if I think I'll want to look at it again and again and reread it. But I'm also cool with borrowing books. So yeah, I have a collection but the things in it that I value most aren't necessarily hard to come by or worth much. That said, the things that I'm currently most excited about in my possession are The Katsuhiro Otomo Anthology books 1 and 2 that I recently got.

      DD:   What is your favorite genre of Comics?
      I don't have a favorite genre of comic. It doesn't matter to me if it's superheroes, crime, space opera, horror, or romance, if it's a good comic, I'm capable of liking it.

      Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.
      I do not have an iPad. I also don't have an iPhone. I don't have face book and I don't do twitter. I have a little flip phone with no internet. I try to keep my computer away from me and only ever use it to e-mail the people I'm working with and look up reference for stuff I'm working on. I'm not a technophobe or anything. I'm just afraid that I'll become addicted. It's happened to me before. I'll post something or put some kind of comment out there and become obsessive.  "Has anyone commented on it? Now has any one? How bout now? How many people read my blog? How do I get more? When is this person going to respond to me? OH feed-back. It's positive. It's not enough. I need more. Maybe if I comment on other peoples stuff more they'll comment on mine. I'm going to reread what I wrote as if I were this person so that I can imagine what they think of it. This person likes what I wrote. What did they like about it? I need more!"

      I never really get what I want out of it. Ultimately, all of it leaves me feeling disappointed and hours of my day are gone.

      DD:   What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
      My Favorite TV shows of all time are Mr. Show, The Prisoner, Twin Peeks, Aeon Flux, Kids in the Hall, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Arrested Development. I enjoyed Lost but I can't see myself going back and rewatching any of it. I'm currently getting caught up with Mad Men and I just finished watching the fourth season of Big Love and I'm enjoying those. I always like Community and 30 Rock whenever I catch those. I think An Idiot Abroad might be the best travel show ever and I generally like what Ifc is doing lately.

      I haven't really gotten to see many movies lately. What I have been into lately are podcasts. They are perfect for listening to while I work. My editor, Nick Lowe turned me onto Radio Lab and Dan Carlins's  Hardcore History. I'm also really liking a lot of the comedy shows like WTF with Mark Maron, The Nerdist, Comedy Deathray Radio, and the Pod F. Tompcast. The Ricky Gervais Show might still be the gold standard.

      DD:   How does the Portland comics culture shape your work?
      As a member of Periscope Studio here in Portland, I'd say the culture has had a big impact on me, at least the culture of Periscope Studio anyway. I don't know about the comic culture that exists outside of the studio. Even though there are a lot of creators in this city it's kind of an insular activity. It's something you do hunched over a table or staring at a glowing screen all alone in some hole.  

      DD:   What was your first comic convention?
      I went to the San Diego Comic Con in 97 for one day as a fan. I brought some art to show publishers. I sat in line and got a portfolio review from the editors at Wildstorm. It was really cool. It wasn't till 05 (I think) that I attended as a professional with a table. That was also at San Diego.

      DD:   What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
      I do enjoy doing sketches for people. The pressure of having to come up with something, draw it relatively quickly, and in front of people is kind of exhilarating. I normally hate anyone looking over my shoulder as I work, but in that setting I'm okay with it. It's also great to see people in the industry that I don't ever get to see and hang out with. 

      DD:   If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
      The cop-out answer is that I'd do something like story boards or video game designs. Making movies is another cop-out answer. Another kind of cop-out answer is that I'd be a bum. I've left myself no back up plan, so I would be screwed. I'd be living with my parents and working as a paperboy like Chris Elliot in Get A Life.
      All of these sorts of answers I see as not really wanting to give the subject much thought. But I'm going to try to really answer the question. In a hypothetical world where comics don't exist nor do any jobs where drawing is involved, what would I have done? I remember thinking that acting would be something I would like to do, but I don't see that working out. I actually think I might have pursued a career as a stand up comic. I've always been a stand up comedy fan. When telling people what I do for a living, I wouldn't have to say almost anything different. "I'm a comic artist." "I'm a comic." Almost the same. The wardrobe is the same. I wouldn't have to go buy suits. And I also think there is a similar sensibility between comic fans and creators to comedians and comedy writers.
      So there you go. I bet that's the longest answer to that question you've gotten.

      DD:   What comics do your kids like?  What was/is your favorite character?
      I have one kid who is only 17 months old. So she's not really into comics. She does like looking at that Yo Gabba Gabba board book comic that Oni put out.

      As for my favorite character. I think my favorite characters to draw are still Wolverine and Batman, same as when I was a kid. But my favorite comic character is probably Kaneda from Akira. He's one ballsy juvenile delinquent.

      DD:   Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
      When friends are in town I like to go to Pine State Biscuits or The Jam on Hawthorne for breakfast. For lunch, maybe a food cart like Brunch Box, La Jarochita, or get a Schnitzelwich from Tabor, the Czech  cart. All of which are conveniently right in front of Periscope Studio.  For dinner, I don't know. There are a lot of great places to go. One that maybe people don't know about is Sparky's Pizza on Belmont.

      DD:   How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
      I have lived in Portland for over 3 years now. I moved here because I was living in Oakland, CA, I had lived there for only a year, I had broken up with a girl, there was nothing left for me there, and I was wondering what I would do. I was thinking that I could stay in the bay area or maybe move to Seattle where my best friend D.J. lives. I was working for Dark Horse at the time and that year at Comic Con I was hanging out with Dark Horse people and they convinced me that Portland was the place to be.

      DD:   What is your favorite part of Portland?
      I like all of Portland. If I have to get more specific than that, I'd say I like Southeast Portland, Even more specific I'd say I like the neighborhoods around Hawthorne and Belmont. More specific than that? I don't know, Yamhill St. More specific? The corner of Yamhill and 33 Ave. Even more specific 10 paces south east from the north east corner. Specifically 2.5 feet above the ground. There inside that cubic inch of space is the nexus of the universe. If you sit in that spot long enough something will happen. I don't know what but I bet it will be really special.

      DD:   Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
      I don't know. There are a lot of places I haven't been, but I don't know that I'm particularly wanting to see something more than another.

      DD:   Would you like to Illustrate for another media? Conversely, how would you feel about Illustrating a comic of a character from a different media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
      Well, I do like comics and I would rather draw for comics than for any other media. If I were to do a comic of a character or property from another media, I might like to do a Twin Peaks comic. I don't think Aeon Flux has really been done properly in comic form. I could get in touch with my cartoony side and do a Mario Bro. comic. Maybe an adaptation of Crime and Punishment. Oh, I'd like to do a Where's Waldo comic in the style of Tintin set in the 40's and have Nazi's tracking him all around the world. "Vere is Valdo? You vill tell us vere he is." There are probably a lot of things I'd like to do.

      Sunday, March 06, 2011

      04/06 Fear itself - Matt Fraction Signing @ TFAW

      Marvel’s next event launches April 6 with Fear Itself #1, the first of a seven-part miniseries by Marvel Architect Matt Fraction and artist Stuart Immonen (New Avengers, Nextwave).   The marvel heroes will have to address there fears in this earth-shaking, world-changing, mega-event that will rock the Marvel Universe to its core for years to come.     Come get your copy and now.

      There will be a Q and A with Fraction starting at 7:00 p.m., followed by the signing.  Copies of Fear Itself #1, including the special blank variant edition, will be available for purchase, as will related titles Fear Itself: Home Front #1 and Fear Itself Spotlight.

      Wednesday, April 6 from 7 to 10 p.m.
      TFAW Hollywood location
      4133 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR.