Thursday, June 30, 2011

Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones comic will hit shelves starting in September. Dynamite will begin publishing the adaptation of Game of Thrones, the interiors will be provided by Tommy Patterson from a script by fantasy novelist Daniel Abraham (The Long Price of Quiet).    Mike S. Miller (The Imaginaries, Martin's The Hedge Knight series) and Alex Ross will provide covers.
Thanks to Mtv Geek

Monday, June 27, 2011


We just got back from disneyland.  Kellan went from "Who Stich?" to "Stich Rules the world."   We had a fantastic time.    Disneyland is super fun.   But you got to have a plan.   And be prepared to be on the move.

Friday, June 24, 2011

07/14 Geek Girl Awesome: w/Marian Call & the Doubleclicks @ Bridge City Comics

Who Geek Girl Awesome: w/Marian Call & the Doubleclicks

Thursday, July 14, 2011
7:00pm - All Ages


Courtyard @ Bridge City Comics (map)
3725 North Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR

Other Info Join us in the courtyard at Bridge City Comics for a full concert of Geek Girl Awesome by Marian Call and The Doubleclicks! Free for all ages, though a $10-15 artist donation or CD purchase is appreciated if you enjoy it and you're able.

Marian Call is a traveling geek songstress from Anchorage who sings about zombies, Firefly, BSG, and the difficulties of finding fresh produce and normal-ish men in Alaska. For more info, listen for free at or meet her on Twitter @mariancall.

If you like DR Who and you like art check out

Francesco Francavilla's Art Blog.   After every DR Who episode; he has an amazing image up.    This is one of them.
This one is from "Day of the Moon"

07/07 - Papercutter Signing @ FWC

WHO: Greg Means (editor), Graham Annable, Elijah Brubaker, Lisa Eisenberg, Jonathan Hill, Sarah Oleksyk, Jesse Reklaw, Bwana Spoons, Joey Alison Sayers (not in attendance), Aron Steinke,
WHAT: Papercutter #16 book release
WHEN: Thursday, July 7th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101


Papercutter #16 is the latest issue in Tugboat Press's long running anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists. This issue features a darkly compelling cover story by Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), that follows the life of a middle school science teacher as his noble ideals about his profession start to crumble around him. Liz Prince (I Swallowed the Key To My Heart) returns with a brief look at the inner workings of her mind and finds it's all to be pretty cool actually. Alexis Frederick-Frost (The Courtship of Miss Smith) wraps up the issue with a lush tale of a hunter who finds some of her prey to be adorable. Additional art by Nate Beaty.

09/24-25 - Retro Gaming Convention

I went to this with the boys and it was a ton of fun.    There was a huge free gaming area and I got to play some classic video games I played as a kid.    Which I got to introduce to the boys,  The boys totally love dig-dug.   

This year's theme is Sega Genesis. Anyone familiar with that classic, early-90's game console will recognize the iconic package design from the Genesis clamshell game case in the flyer.

The stylized "Portland Retro Gaming Expo" at the top of the flyer is based on the logo for the side-scrolling shooter Gunstar Heroes released in 1993 for the Sega Genesis and Megadrive platform.

Look for flyers at retailers across the greater Portland metro area including Gamer's Edge, Ground Kontrol, Video Game Wizards, Billy Galaxy Vintage Toys, CD Game Exchange, Game Trader, Things From Another World and many more.

09/24 - Jet City Comic Con

Saturday, September 24, 2011
at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (on Mercer Street)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

07/13 - Ghost Rider #1 signing with Matthew Clark @ TFAW


TFAW's Hollywood location
4133 NE Sandy, Portland, OR
July 13 from 7 to 10 pm

June 22, 2011, Portland OR--Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to announce a release party for Ghost Rider #1 with local artist Matthew Clark. Portland-area comics fans are invited to join us at TFAW's Hollywood location at 4133 NE Sandy, Portland, OR, July 13 from 7 to 10 pm. Guests are invited to meet the artist and get their copies of Ghost Rider #1 signed while enjoying complimentary food and beer (with valid ID). Copies of Ghost Rider #1 will be available for purchase at the signing, including the blank variant.
"Ghost Rider has long been a staff favorite at TFAW," said TFAW Senior Director of Operations Andrew McIntire. "We’re absolutely thrilled to see Matthew’s kinetic, immersive style grace its pages, and we’re pleased to have him as our guest of honor at our release party."

Ghost Rider #1 marks the return of Johnny Blaze, the Spirit of Vengeance, and a brand-new host, following the events of Marvel’s Fear Itself saga. As the Marvel Universe reels from the chaos unleashed in Fear Itself, the stage is set for everyone’s favorite embodiment of hell on wheels to ride forth and set the world on fire! Can an unsuspecting populace survive the aftermath? You’ll have to pick up a copy to find out!

Artist Matthew Clark has had a long and impressive career in the comics industry, having worked for Harris Comics, IDW, DC Comics, and Marvel. He has lent his considerable talents to a score of titles, including Outsiders, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans, and now Ghost Rider. Matthew is also a founding member of Portland, OR-based Mercury Studio.

About Things From Another World:
Founded in 1979, Things From Another World is the premier retailer of comics, toys, collectibles, and pop-culture geek goodness, both in Portland, Oregon and online at

07/01 Witch Doctor #1 Release Party w/Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner @ BridgeCity

Bridge City Comics announced the Witch Doctor #1 Release Party w/Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner on Friday, July 1, 2011 from 6pm – 8pm! This event is free to the public.

Come help Bridge City Comics celebrate these two Portland locals and hear them tell their amazing story of how, out of all of the self-publishing comics being produced today, they were hand-picked by Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) to launch his new imprint at Image Comics, the third largest comics publisher in America!

They will have copies of Witch Doctor #1 on sale for $2.99 a copy. Autographs are free!

In addition, Bridge City Comics is teaming up with Seifert and Ketner to produce a limited edition print, featuring brand new Witch Doctor artwork (created by series artist Ketner), for sale at this event! Prints are $5 each.

Bridge City Comics is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave in North Portland. Please call 503-282-5484 or e-mail for more information.

About Witch Doctor:
Meet Vincent Morrow, a doctor looking for a vaccine... for the apocalypse! In this stand-alone first issue, a family needs Dr. Morrow's help with their son's illness: Demonic possession. But when Morrow attempts an experimental cure, he discovers the boy's disease isn't all spinning heads and pea soup - it's like nothing you've seen before! Horror gets a brain transplant in WITCH DOCTOR, the book WARREN ELLIS calls 'Mental.' "

11/11-12 Underland Press Conference

Coming up is the Underland Press Un-Conference, which will be held Novemeber 11th and 12th here in Portland, and promises to provide aspiring writers:

1) A primer on the business side of publishing, so you know what editors are thinking.
2) An inside account of how our pro guests have succeeded.
3) A one-on-one with a pro to listen to your pitch and your plan
4) A one-on-one strategy session to help you build your plan
5) Free coffee, free beer, and free lunch
6) Resources to help you succeed
7) Plenty of time for socializing and for building up your industry contacts

The “pro guests” referenced to above are: Jeff VanderMeer, Elizabeth Hand, Matthew Hughes, Brian Evenson, Ann VanderMeer, Scott Allie, and Ms. Blake.
Registration is limited to 40 participants, of which only 35 spots remain. Get the full details and reserve your spot here.
Image credit Underland Press.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

06/29 VIC BOONE #1 Release Party! @ Bridge City Comics.

I love Vic Boone you should check it out and meet Shawn Aldridge @ Bridge City Comics.

Wednesday, June 29 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
3725 N Mississippi Ave

Come down and pick it up.   It is set in a futuristic Portland from local comics writer Shawn Aldridge!

“The story in a nutshell; a powerful industrialist has been murdered and all evidence points to his lover, the lovely Nina Hunt; the wife of the world's most powerful man. She believes her it is her husband behind the murder and is framing her. She seeks out leather wearing, motorcycle riding private eye Vic Boone to uncover the truth and prove her innocence. But it won't be all that easy as the forces behind the crime have the means of controlling events. In no time at all, Boone is assaulted by robotic bodyguards, ends up being seduced by his client and left the next morning with a dead body in his shower stall.”

Bridge City Comics is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave in North Portland. Please call 503-282-5484 or e-mail for more information.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

06/22 - David Hahn’s All Nighter Release Party @ Cosmic Monkey

Image Comics is soliciting David Hahn’s ALL NIGHTER, a story about punk rocker and petty thief Kit Bradley, whose life is complicated by the reemergence of a former lover and the disappearance of a girlfriend.

Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, Oregon

David Hahn (All Nighter, Suicide Girls)
Paul Tobin (Spider Girl, Ginggerbread Girl)
Karl Kesel (Final Night, Hawk & Dove)

Date: June 22nd
Time: 3:30-6:30


Part One: STEALING COINS Kit Bradley is a 20 year-old art student and petty criminal who knows it’s time to leave her delinquent past behind, but isn’t ready for the responsibilities of adulthood. Her social headquarters is an all night diner, and while trying to put the off on an on-again-off-again boyfriend, she runs into an old flame, and an enigmatic loner named Martha, who alters Kit’s life forever. Created by Eisner and 
Ignatz Award nominee DAVID HAHN.

06/23 Bucko Live!! with Parker and Erika

Jeff Parker and Erika Moen will be reading a selection of Bucko live at the Jack London Bar on June 23rd along with Sarah Oleksyk, Jim Hill, and Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg.

Comics Underground (facebook info)

June 23rd, 7:30-10:30
The Jack London Bar
529 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR

06/24 Boilerplate Opening with Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett @ TFAW


June 8, 2011, Portland OR--Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to announce an art opening and book preview with local artist Paul Guinan and writer Anina Bennett, who will be special guests at this year's Comic-Con International. Portlanders can meet them--without traveling to San Diego--at TFAW's Hollywood location at 4133 NE Sandy, Portland, OR, June 24 from 7 to 10 pm. Guests are invited to view an extraordinary collection of pieces while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine (with valid ID).

The art show will feature a selection of prints and a rare display of toys and artifacts from Paul and Anina's Emperor Norton Award-winning book, Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel, which was recently optioned by J.J. Abrams (Star TrekLost). The exhibit will also include a sneak preview of artwork from their upcoming book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, the chronicle of a family of steampunk inventors. In addition, Paul will present the first public showing of an elaborate model of Frank Reade's electric battle-wagon, Valiant, which he built for the new book. Copies of Boilerplate will be available for purchase and signing.

"Boilerplate is such a fantastic book, and Paul and Anina's attention to detail in bringing the world of Boilerplate to life is incredible," said TFAW Marketing Manager Elisabeth Forsythe. "We're proud to be displaying these exceptional pieces."

Boilerplate is a fictional "historical" book about a mechanical man, a prototype soldier, that's built during the 1890s and has adventures around the world up through World War I. Featuring Guinan's extraordinary artwork incorporated into real-life photos--for example, Boilerplate meets Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa--Boilerplate is so authentic, many people have been convinced that the robot actually existed.

Writer Anina Bennett is is a recovering comic book editor, having previously shepherded titles such as Star WarsNexusGrimJack, and Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor for First Comics and Dark Horse Comics. She and Paul created the Eisner-nominated science fiction series Heartbreakers, one of the first comics to feature clones and female action heroes. Visit them online at

Multimedia artist Paul Guinan started out at First Comics, retouching the first manga translation published in the U.S., Lone Wolf and Cub. While at First, he co-created Cargonauts, a precursor to Firefly. Paul also co-created Chronos for DC Comics and was lead background artist on the animated series Stan Lee's Stripperella. He is a founding member of Portland's own Periscope Studio, the largest comic book studio in North America.

About Things From Another World:
Founded in 1979, Things From Another World is the premier retailer of comics, toys, collectibles, and pop-culture geek goodness, both in Portland, Oregon and online at

I am back from disneyland...

From Periscope Studios' Dustin Weaver

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

06/11 Katy Ellis O'brien Book Release at Guapo Comics

Katy Ellis O'brien's new coloring book “Creature Colors” will be released next Saturday, June 11, and to celebrate the occasion Guapo Comics & Coffee will be hosting an all-ages coloring party with contests, prizes, and free sample pages to color. Kid-friendly snacks & beverages will be served, and copies of “Creature Colors” will be available for $5 each.

6350 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon 97206

This free event takes place from 5-8pm.
See you there!

07/14 PDX Eisner nominees to convene at Powell's Books on Hawthorne

Portland has a reputation as being a center of comics talent, with a wide range of expertise that ranges from mainstream comics to 'zines. Some of the biggest names in the industry make their home here, and this year's Eisner Award nominations include four Portland residents: Greg Rucka, Barry Deutsch, Laura Hudson, and Shannon Wheeler.

The four will be convening at Powell's Books on Hawthorne to talk about Portland's comics community and their own projects. Held on July 14 from 7-10pm, the event is one week before Comic-Con International, during which the Eisner Award winners are announced.

Greg Rucka has two Eisner nominations: Best Short Story for "Post Mortem" in I Am An Avenger #2 and Best Limited Series for Stumptown, which takes place in Portland.

Barry Deutsch's debut graphic novel Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword is nominated for Best Publication For Teens.

Laura Hudson is nominated for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism for her comics news website ComicsAlliance.

Shannon Wheeler received his Best Humor Publication nomination for I Thought You Would Be Funnier, a collection of cartoons submitted to New Yorker magazine. Wheeler's book was accidentally left off the intial ballot, prompting publisher BOOM! Studios to make the book available online for free.

Facebook members can RSVP on the event page. Comics professionals can vote for the Eisners online through June 13.

06/16 Signing with Paul Hornschemeier @ FWC

 Somewhere in the Midwest, Amy Breis is going nowhere.
Amy has a job she hates, a creep boyfriend she’s just dumped, and a best friend she can’t reach on the phone. But at least her (often painfully passive-aggressive) mother bought her a pink unicorn sweatshirt for her birthday. Pink. Unicorn. For her twenty-seventh birthday.
Gliding through the daydreams and realities of a young woman searching for definition, Life with Mr. Dangerous showcases acclaimed cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier’s gift for deadpan humor and dead-on insight with a droll aftertaste—an unlikely but welcome marriage of the bleak and the hopeful.

WHO: Paul Hornschemeier
WHAT: LIFE WITH MR. DANGEROUS book release and signing
WHEN: Thursday, June 16th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101

Paul Hornschemeier was born in 1977 in Cincinnati, reared in rural Georgetown, Ohio, and began self-publishing his experimental comics series SEQUENTIAL in college. Graduating with a degree in philosophy, he moved to Chicago and began his series FORLORN FUNNIES producing the graphic novels MOTHER, COME HOMETHE THREE PARADOXES, LIFE WITH MR. DANGEROUS, and the short story and illustration collections LET US BE PERFECTLY CLEAR and ALL AND SUNDRY.
Hornschemeier’s work, translated into multiple languages, has won international acclaim and awards, including honors at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He currently resides in Chicago, where he is still at work on FORLORN FUNNIES as well as various illustration, prose, and film projects.

06/08 ANYA’S GHOST with Vera Brosgol @ FWC


Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part . . .

Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century.

Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs.

Or so she thinks.

Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol.

WHO: Vera Brosgol
WHAT: Anya’s Ghost book release and signing
WHEN: Wednesday, June 8th, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101


Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, and emigrated with her family to the United States as a child. She has a degree in Classical Animation and currently works as a storyboard artist at Laika, Inc. Her work can be seen in the recently released Coraline.