Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Portland Questions 42- Jesse Hamm

Jesse Hamm has been publishing his own comics since his teens.   His background includes evreything from illustrations, storyboards, and design work for textbooks to  commercials, theatrical productions, and magazines.   He has also had an occasional teaching assignments and assistant work on numerous comic books.   He is a member of Periscope studios.

Jesse's first credited mainstream comics work is Good As Lily, a graphic novel written by Derek Kirk Kim.  Good as Lily was showcased online by New York Magazine as an example of "the best the exploding comics world has to offer."

Also, check out his art blog for a variety of illustrations.    

What projects are you working on currently?
My current paying assignments are boring and/or NDA, but on the side I just began a sketch blog called "Cartoon Redheads," featuring drawings that I plan to collect into a photocopied sketchbook. The selection is limited to characters who are red-headed, female, and have appeared mainly in animated media. I'm trying to include characters from as many different studios as possible, so that everyone will have a chance to sue me when I release the book.

What is your artistic Process?
 For stand-alone pictures, I think up an image that represents a mood I want to communicate, then I hunt around for photos of the featured objects, seen from approximately the same angles I envisioned. Then I collage the photos together in Photoshop according to my rough idea, flip the image upside down (to objectify it as a collection of abstract shapes), and adjust and crop everything until it meshes into a composition I like. Then I flip it right-side-up and sketch the scene once or twice or more, for practice, until I feel like I've absorbed the relevant imagery. Then I put the photo reference away and draw the scene "for real," relying on memory and my sketches to keep it fresh. I continue to refine the lines until I'm happy with all the shapes and how they intersect, and with the characters' expressions, etc. This drawing will end up really messy, so I then trace it cleanly onto another sheet of paper, using a lightbox. I scan the resulting drawing, increase the contrast to sharpen the lines and eliminate smudges, and add tones or color as needed. My process for comics panels is similar, though I spend less time on each step, and there's a stage where I plan out the action and how it will lead from panel to panel.   

As the artist what is your interactions with the writer?
 I read the script, thumbnail it, and approach the writer with any resulting questions. (Often, contradictions or obscurities will crop up during the thumbnail stage. How does the spy answer his cell phone if he's holding a gun and a whiskey? Etc.) Once those are answered, I proceed with the art.  

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
 IDW's Winterworld is a recent one-shot trade that didn't garner the attention it deserves. It's like a snowy version of Road Warrior -- good, solid adventure material of a caliber sometimes seen in movies and almost never seen in comics. Zaffino's ability to bring alive a fictional world through pictures is unsurpassed. I think the tone and the genre were too "Eighties" to land the book on bloggers' hotlists, but any serious fan of the medium should check it out. 

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
Batman: Year One is a good bet. It's self-contained and told in a simple, straight-forward fashion, the story is engaging and the art can't be beat.   

What skill would you like to learn?
 Milt Kahl is a hero of mine, so I'd like to learn some hand-drawn animation. I've started toying with animated gifs; we'll see where that leads.

What's the most important thing you've learned?
 In art? I've learned that you have to settle on one crucial thing in an image -- a mood or object or event or whatever it happens to be -- and then position everything else in a way that supports that one thing. That process of identifying the crucial thing, and then sublimating everything else, seems to be the secret of good picture-making. I guess that goes for life, too.

Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
I have a comic collection, but it's nothing fancy. Some of my "bootlegged" Xeroxes are hard to find. A few hundred pages of Alvar Mayor, for example.

What is your favorite genre of Comics?
I'll read anything, but I prefer comics that could not have functioned without imagery. Arzach, for instance, wouldn't survive a transition to prose or radio. To be effective in those media it would have to become a different animal, even with the plot intact. Whereas you could convert something like Locas to prose without losing the heart of it. Comics that carry most of their weight on their verbal side don't attract me as much.    

Do you have an Ipad? 

What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
 Watership Down is my current favorite film. It strikes a strong balance between naturalism and myth. I also like the broad spectrum of morality in its characters, from heroic to wicked and all points in between. Most other films seem to either divide everyone into Good Guys and Bad Guys, or lump everyone into a grey middle ground that ignores the reality of heroes and villains. It's hard to acknowledge those extremes without oversimplifying.   
TV-wise, I like the '70s seasons of All Creatures Great & Small. The show's '80s relaunch was schmaltzy, but the original seasons struck a perfect balance between cool naturalism and warm sentiment. Like the best of John Ford.

How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work
 I get tips and feedback from others at Periscope Studio, which is nice, and local stores & libraries give me access to a wide variety of interesting art.
What was your first comic convention?
 My first con was at a little hotel in some rural town. They charged two dollars admission, and the dealers' room was smaller than most people's living rooms, with about ten tables crammed in there like a refugee camp. That kind of set the tone for most of my subsequent dealings with the industry. Later, when I was 14, I attended the Wonder-Con and the San Diego Con, and those were a lot more impressive.

What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
I like perusing Artists' Alley, thumbing through originals and small-press sketchbooks, meeting artists and watching them sketch. That's the only remaining convention experience that the internet hasn't co-opted, aside from pricey snack-bar food. One July a couple of years ago, I tried "attending" the San Diego Con online, just by following people's online updates and such. Between Amazon, Etsy, YouTube and Twitter, it's practically the same as actually going. Chat with cartoonists, ogle costumes, listen to panel discussions, buy sketches and rare books -- all without leaving your bedroom!

If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?

Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
No. I like sprawling restaurants with big cushy seats and mezzanines and a nice view, but Portland restaurants are all cramped, like you're eating in someone's foyer. That said, if you're ordering in, I recommend Lonesome's Pizza.

How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
I've been here for six years. My wife and I liked the climate and the culture.

What is your favorite part of Portland?
I love browsing Powell's Books and the downtown library, and I enjoy touring the nearby Columbia River Gorge.

Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
Haven't been to the zoo, yet. That's next on my list.

Would you like to write/Illustrate for another media?   Or write a character from another media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
I'd love to write a remake of the Star Wars prequels. If George Lucas is reading this: trust me, George -- I can fix them for you. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sparkplug Sale to help Dylan Williams @ FWC

Dylan is a great guy, sadly he is ill.   We can help by buying some the amazing Sparkplug comics that are coming out.   Floating World is putting on a sale August 29th – 30th.   There will be art show at FWC to help pay for Dylan's medical care.

--Press Release --

Dylan Williams would never ask any of his friends to do a benefit like this. Not his style. Sorry Dylan, I know you said no gifts, but your friends love you too much and you’re just going to have to accept this present.

A few days ago Tom Spurgeon and others sent out a call for people to support Dylan by buying Sparkplug Comic Books. When I heard how serious the situation was I felt shock and sadness. Felt a little helpless, then I think yesterday we all got the same idea at the same time. Gotta do something to help our friend. Jim Rugg emailed me last night about putting together an art fundraiser show which
I’ll start organizing this weekend and I’ll have more info on Monday.
In the meantime we’re going to have a benefit sale at Floating World next Monday and Tuesday, August 29th – 30th.

We’re going to donate 100% of our proceeds from those two days to Dylan’s medical care. We’ll have a special section of Sparkplug books for you to check out but the sale includes everything you buy on Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, August 26, 2011

09/01 - CASANOVA Art Show and Floating world Grand OpeningSigning @FWC

Note the dates on this changed the art exhibit and Grand opening are on Sept 1 and the Matt Fraction signing is on Sept 14.
(Press Release)


Floating World Comics reboot. It was like Flashpoint with ladders for about three days while we moved from one side of the Goldsmith building to the other. Now the dust has settled. Some of it is still there.

Recently voted “Favorite Comic Shop” in the 2011 Portland Mercury Reader’s Poll, we’ve expanded into a bigger and better location. Same building; we’ve moved just a block away to the corner of NW 4th and Couch (400 NW Couch St).

Grass Hut will be joining them and gaining a lot more square footage. Previously known as “the record store of comics stores” because of the way we sold books, we will finally be selling actual records. Paul Anson (from Discourage Records) is selling new and used vinyl as Landfill Rescue Unit.

To celebrate, they are proud to host a book release party and art exhibit with multiple Eisner award winner, Matt Fraction. Casanova: Avaritia is the long anticipated third volume in Matt Fraction’s acclaimed creator owned series. The world’s sexiest and savviest superspy is back, killing his way from dimension to dimension in a high-stakes, action-packed adventure. The true identity of megasuperdupervillain NEWMAN XENO is now known to Casanova Quinn and E.M.P.I.R.E. – which means our man Casanova is now a pan-dimensional killer with one target hiding in an infinitely complex sprawl of realities.

Original art from the Casanova series by Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon will be on display until Sept. 30th.

WHO: Art show with work by Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon (not in attendance)
WHAT: Floating World Grand Opening and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, September 1st, 6-10PM

WHO: Matt Fraction, artwork by Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon (not in attendance)
WHAT: Casanova book release and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, September 14th, 6-10PM
WHERE:  Floating World Comics
                 400 NW Couch St.
      Portland, OR 97209

Bio info:

Matt Fraction – Matt Fraction is a recent PDX implant that, aside from CASANOVA, writes FEAR ITSELF, THE MIGHTY THOR, and the Eisner-Award winning INVINCIBLE IRON MAN.

Friday, August 19, 2011

09/14 - Buffy Season 9 Q&A and Signing With Georges Jeanty @ TFAW

Date:  September 14 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Hollywood Things From Another World
4133 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon

-- Press Release --

August 19, 2011, Portland OR--Things From Another World (TFAW) is celebrating the premiere of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 series from Dark Horse Comics with artist Georges Jeanty and editor Scott Allie. Come to the Hollywood Things From Another World at 4133 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR, September 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for a no-holds-barred Q & A and signing. Guests will receive a free Buffy swag bag from Dark Horse with the purchase of Buffy Season 9 #1 (while supplies last) and enjoy free beer (with valid ID) from Columbia River Brewing Company, with food from Clean Plate Catering.

"Georges is phenomenally talented, and we were thrilled when he announced he would continue as series artist for Buffy Season 9," said TFAW Marketing Manager Elisabeth Forsythe. "Plus, he's just a lot of fun to hang out with."

What's in store for Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith? Get your questions ready for a Q & A with Jeanty and Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie at 7:00 p.m. sharp, followed by a signing with complimentary food and beer.

"We wanted to offer something special to our Buffy fans at this signing," said Dark Horse Events and Community Manager Kari Yadro. "The swag bags we'll be giving out include exclusive goodies that are usually only available at conventions, including the ultra-popular Buffy paper dolls!"

Georges Jeanty is the acclaimed series artist for Dark Horse Comics' incredibly popular Buffy Season 8 and 9 comics, the official continuation of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series overseen by Joss Whedon himself! Don't miss this special event Wednesday, September 14 at the Hollywood TFAW.

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

About Dark Horse Comics:
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, Serenity and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as one of the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.

10/07 - Habibi Release Party with Craig Thompson @ Bridge City Comics

WHAT: Habibi Release Party with Craig Thompson
WHEN: Friday, October 7 from 6pm - 9pm
WHERE: 3725 N. Mississippi Ave.

Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Night with Craig Thompson and Habibi on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6pm - 9pm! This event is free to the public. Craig will be in attendance to sign autographs but offering sketches will be at his discretion.
Come help us celebrate the long-awaited release of Craig Thompson's long-form masterpiece, Habibi! Craig took the world by storm with his 2003 592-page semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Blankets. And now he's outdone himself with Habibi, a 672-page story of two children bound together by chance, who grow together, then apart, as they struggle to find a place for themselves in the world.

Bridge City Comics will have copies of Habibi on hand for purchase during the event ($35), as well as a special, limited event-only sale on Craig's Blankets graphic novel ($15 during the event, regularly $30 while supplies last).

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 Habibi: Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth--and frailty--of their connection. At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.

Spiderwoman by Sho Murase

Spiderwoman by Sho Murase

Please check out Sho Murase.   She has some amazing work on her site. 

Kids Comics Club @ Cosmic Monkey

Cosmic Monkey's Kids Comics Club!
Every Saturday 3 to 5PM!
All Kids Ages 8+!
1st Hour is the Comics Reading Club!
2nd Hour is the Comics Art Class!
Sessions are structured flexibly to accommodate both new and returning students each week!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

08/27 - I Like Comics End Of Summer Hullabaloo!

I Like Comics End Of Summer Hullabaloo!
Saturday, August 27th 10 AM to 7PM
   I Like Comics
   2101 E. 4th Plain Blvd
   Vancouver, WA 98661
   2101 E. 4th Plain Blvd., 98661    google map | yahoo map
Special guests:
Jeff Parker (X-Men: First Class, Thunderbolts, Fall Of the Hulks and MORE)
Karl Kesel (Superboy, Captain America, Marvel Apes and MUCH MORE)
Up and coming inker Dan Prado!!!
(More expected to be added as well)
Bar-B-Que! Meet & greet! Signings!
And of course, AWESOME one-day sales!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jet City Comic Con

I will be at the Jet City Comic Con.  It sounds like a ton of fun.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

08/19 Deco Distilling - SIP AND SHOP


Deco Distilling

7th Ave 


August 19 4-7pm

This FRIDAY Deco Distilling, Pacific Pie and Vie de Boheme are partnering to welcome WestCoast JuJu by hosting a Sip and Shop from 4-7pm.
Please come visit us and enjoy a special cocktail in honor of our new neighbor, discounts on pies from Pacific Pie and a Trunk show at the beautiful Vie de Boheme featuring WestCoast JuJu skirts and jewlery by Linda Drew Designs.

Come down and enjoy free samples, special discounts and Deco Distilling's very own SE cocktail, featuring our coffee rum (aka "Portland in a Bottle").

Monday, August 15, 2011

08/20 CSTS Serenity Returns with Artist Patric Reynolds

Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog will be play at the Hollywood Theater.
Location:  Hollywood Theater.
4122 N.E. Sandy Boulevard, Portland
Date:  August 20th.   Doors open at 7 pm. 
Can’t Stop the Serenity returns for its 6th year in Portland, sponsored by the PDX Browncoats, Things from Another World, and Dark Horse Comics. Joss Whedon’s fan favorite, Serenity, will be on the big screen again, joined by another fan hit, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog. This year’s screening marks the return to the Hollywood Theatre on August 20th.

The PDX Browncoats will be joined this year by special guest, Patric Reynolds, artist for the one-shot comic, Serenity: Float Out. Patric will be discussing his work, as well as taking questions submitted prior to the event via Twitter (use hashtag #CSTSPDX) and the PDX Browncoats Facebook page, and from the audience.

Can’t Stop the Serenity (CSTS) is a unique opportunity to indulge your geeky side while doing some good. Since 2006, fans have organized worldwide screenings of Joss Whedon’s Serenity to raise funds and awareness for Equality Now in their work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world.  The Portland’s event will also support Raphael House and National Alliance on Mental Illness – Multnomah. A portion of the money raised at this year’s CSTS will go to supporting these organizations.

As part of this year’s screenings, the Browncoats will be collecting in-kind donations for Raphael House. There is a high need for lip and foot cares items such as lip balm, nail files and clippers, and foot creams. A complete list of all suggested donations can be found at their website under Personal Care. Your generous donations are worth up to three raffle tickets on the day of the screenings. The continued support of community donations makes their programs possible. The current state of the economy means that costs for providing food, clothing, and personal items to the survivors and their children living in shelter has risen dramatically.

Serenity and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog both play at the Hollywood Theater, 4122 N.E. Sandy Boulevard, Portland on August 20th. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Buy your tickets now in the PDX Browncoats General Store.

Update: Guest artist is:   Patric Reynolds, artist for the one-shot comic, Serenity: Float Out. Patric will be discussing his work, as well as taking questions submitted prior to the event via Twitter (use hashtag #CSTSPDX

Friday, August 12, 2011

09/17 - The BooYah Strikes Back - Geek in the City Listener Party

Saturday, September 17 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Guardian Games
303 SE 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR

After a two year absence, the much loved and feared BooYah Awards returns with a vengeance!

Saturday, September 17 from 8pm to 11pm, Guardian Games will host the greatest damn listeners party about geeks and 3D explosions of all time!

Thrill to all-new awards like "Most Gratuitous Ass-Shot" and "Michael Bay Award of Explosion Awesomeness"!

Chill to a very special live segment of Fun With Race!!
Shake at the horrors of Pirate Games with PDXYar!!!
Contests - Beer - Scott Dally!!!!

The event is 21 and over, no cover to attend, but Guardian Games sells beer and games - So open those wallets!

Keep listening to Geek in the City Radio for more events and details.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - The BooYah Strikes Back!

09/07 - JLI#1 Release Party With Aaron Lopresti @TFAW Beaverton

Wednesday, September 7 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Beaverton Things From Another World
4390 SW Lloyd Ave.
Beaverton, Oregon

Mark your calendars--TFAW is throwing a release party for Justice League International #1--one of the highly anticipated series from DC Comics' The New 52 relaunch--with renowned artist Aaron Lopresti Wednesday, September 7 at our Beaverton location. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and beer (with valid ID) and get the chance to meet and ask questions of one of DC's legendary artists.

In Justice League International #1, Batman, Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen, and Rocket Red are charged with promoting unity and trust--but can they reach that goal without killing each other first?

During his 18-year career, artist Aaron Lopresti has been in demand for both cover and interior work, due to his lush, dynamic style. His art has graced the pages of Wonder Woman, Uncanny X-Men, R.E.B.E.L.S., Justice League: Generation Lost, and many more.

This will be TFAW's first after-hours signing at our Beaverton store, which is just a short walk from TriMet's Beaverton Central MAX Station. Plan your trip at!

Interview With Jonathan Case about Dear Creature

Jonathan Case’s graphic novel Dear Creature is coming out in October from Tor Books.     It was a Staff Pick in July's Diamond Comics Previews magazine.  

From product website: Deep beneath the waves, lives the creature named Grue.  Grue has found Shakespeare's plays in cola bottles and, through them, a new heart.  A chorus of crabs urges him to reconsider.  Now he yearns to join the world above.  Rising from a brine of drive-in pulp and gentle poetry, Dear Creature is the love story you never imagined!

I enjoyed this book.  Jonathan Case has a really dynamic style and real talent creating expressive faces.  The clean line work and fantastic compositions enhances the creature's story; of love and trying to fit in a world where you don't feel you belong.    

Dear Creature is available to preorder from Jonathan’s online store (with special numbered editions), your favorite comic shop (SKU JUL111244) or any of your favorite booksellers.

Doug Dorr:   Why and when did you decide to make a monster love story?
Jonathan Case:   I liked the idea of elaborating on the classic monster dilemma: I'm unique and alone, and want to find love. That theme is pretty consistent in monsterdom. Everyone thinks of themselves as a monster sometimes, so it's easy to put yourself in their shoes.
DD:  What made you decide to use Shakespeare as a catalyst?
JC:    I grew up with an appreciation for theater. My dad loved literature and Shakespeare, and took our family to see plays every year. I ended up a theater major in college, too. My senior project was a play about a sea mutant who found unlikely love in the arms of a woman, and the whole thing was written in verse. That was the genesis of this book.

DD:  Why did you set this in the 60’s?
JC:    A lot of reasons... It was an era that produced a bunch of monster beach movies, and a lot of other great film that's close to my heart. Fellini, Hitchcock, and Bergman were big influences, and I liked the idea of mashing the spirit of those things up with the Z-grade monster stuff. I was also a product of my parent's culture. They grew up in that era, and since I was home-schooled most of my life, I absorbed their outlook and mannerisms  way more than a normal kid.

DD:   What is your favorite moment of the book?
JC:   I think it's the scene where the monster takes his love interest to see a drive-in movie, and they watch West Side Story from a hilltop. That movie came out around the time the book is set, and features its own reworked Shakespeare theme, so it was kind of a perfect backdrop.

DD:   Which Character in the book do you most relate to?
JC:   The monster.

DD:   Which Comics did you read as a kid?
JC:   I read mostly the funny pages. Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side were favorites.

DD:   Who are your influences as writer and artist?
JC:   Writing-wise: Shakespeare, Larry McMurtry, Bill Watterson, and a lot of movie scripts, especially older ones.

Art-wise: Bill Watterson again, Windsor McKay, Alex Toth, Auguste Rodin, and the film directors I mentioned.

DD:   Is this your first book you have written?
JC:   Yep! Unless you count 'Whale's Christmas', written and drawn when I was 5. Even then, I was all about the sea!

DD:   Living on a boat as child must have been an influence on this book.  What was it?
JC:   Definitely the themes of isolation- yearning for someone or something that's similar to you (there weren't many kids around the boating community, and I was introverted anyway). And just being in the water all the time. Getting to know your local oceanic flora and fauna. I also used our boat as inspiration for the Marietta's interior.

There's a certain cross-cultural thing that happens in the boating community that really impacted me too. People from all walks of life and corners of the world intersecting in one unexpected place, and living life together. That was the richest part of growing up on the boat. I think some of that might come through in the book too, in the characters' voices.

08/13 Archie Literacy Tour @ BridgeCity

BridgeCity is hosting the Archie Literacy Tour this Saturday, August 13th! Folks from Archie Comics will be on hand to give out Archie Grab Bags, talk to fans and to run a few workshops on how to make comics!

Writers David Rojas and Shawn Kerr will be here around 11am and will stay until everyone has gotten a grab bag! Make sure to come down, get an autograph and get some Archie Comics! 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

08/26 - Guapo to Close it doors

After six years, one of Portland's comics shops will be closing on August 25th. Guapo Comics and Coffee, located in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, had an emphasis on zines and mini-comics in addition to mainstream monthlies and trade paperbacks.  Please check out there Facebook page.

They will be hosting a closing sale and "Adios" party on Friday, August 26th. The party and sale will begin that Friday at 6PM. They would like to celebrate one last time, say goodbye, and figure out how to keep in touch. The sale will continue through August 28th and possibly later.

Back from Steen's Mountain

Every summer we visit Steen's Mt in Eastern Oregon.    It was a fantastic break from things.   

Checkout Delilah Dirk - The Turkish Lieutenant

Check out  Delilah Dirk - The Turkish Lieutenant an online Graphic Novel.    I have love the art on this webcomic.

Monday, August 01, 2011

09/03-05 Kumoricon


On Labor Day weekend (September 3-5, 2011) thousands of people who lovingly refer to themselves as otaku (a Japanese word normally used to signify a nerd or geek, which has been adopted by the anime community) will gather together for a convention that will now span two hotels in downtown Vancouver, WA: The Hilton Vancouver Washington, and the Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay.

For three days there will be games, dances, panels, guests, and lots of friends getting together to talk about and celebrate one thing that connects them all—anime. Whatever your flavor, whatever your fandom, the convention is a place to join up with like-minded souls in the area and experience it all, together. We also have video games, tabletop tournaments and tons of contests with great prizes!


Kumoricon 2011 takes over downtown Vancouver, spanning two prominent hotels in the area: The Hilton Vancouver Washington and the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. With ample meeting space and the beautiful Esther Short Park located just across the street from the main convention area, Vancouver, Washington has opened its doors and hearts to anime fans for Labor Day weekend! Our two hotels are located a short, 3- to 5-minute walk apart.

08/21 'Trek in The Park "Mirror, Mirror" with Galaxy Quest @ Bagdad

Hopefully I can make this one, arrive early.
Enjoy this live performance of the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" followed by a showing of 1999's "Galaxy Quest."

Location: Bagdad Theater
3702 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd,
Phone: (503) 467-752
Date: Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Atomic Arts' Trek in The Park "Live on Stage" presentation of Mirror, Mirror
Followed by a screening of Galaxy Quest

Doors open at 7:00 pm; Performance begins at 8:00 pm
Admission: $6 per person - Click here to buy tickets online ($1.00 fee)
21 and over only

Atomic Arts Trek in The Park "Live on stage"

Trek in the Park RETURNS! For their 3rd summer show, they present the classic tale of an alternate reality Starfleet in MIRROR, MIRROR!
A bizarre transporter malfunction sends Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Scotty to a savage parallel universe where the peacekeeping Starfleet is replaced by an evil Empire that believes assassination and revenge are the means of command! This summer, Kirk and his crew must race against time, space and an Enterprise bent on brutality to save the final frontier in both universes!
Portland actors accompanied with live music and effects bring this classic piece of television to life!

Galaxy Quest (PG, 1999)
The sci-fi television series Galaxy Quest, which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's annoyance), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sgt. Chen, and Tommy Webber as child gunner Laredo. Seventeen years after the show last aired, it lives on in the hearts of its rabid fans. However it lives on in infamy for its stars, who have not been able to find meaningful acting work since. Their current lives revolve around cashing in on however those roles will afford, which usually entails attending fan conventions or worse, such as shopping mall openings. Only Jason seems to relish his lot in life, until he finds out that his co-stars detest him because of his superior attitude as "the Commander"...