Holy cow, folks! What a weekend! Stumptown Comics Fest was fantastic! Thank you to everyone who came by to show support or purchase some books from the amazing artists exhibiting. Before I launch into Stumptown details, a couple quick announcements:
I have started a (hopefully) ongoing podcast with Justin Fah of In This Issue Podcast, where we analyze older comics that we find interesting or declare “must read’s”. The first one was released this week. Check it out as we discuss Green Lantern: Willworld, drawn by one of my favorite artists, Seth Fisher. Click below or subscribe to In This Issue podcast on iTunes:
REVIEWS & SUCH
Those fine folks over at Spandexless saw fit to finish up the Gary series with another kind review:
They also took the time to explore one of my older Simon comics, “Mercy”
Now on to the wacky exploits at STUMPTOWN…
Manning the table with me was my trusty sidekick (and younger brother) Logan.
He also helped create the newest Simon comic, which we had available at the show.
I did a few throughout the weekend, including this Simon piece.
I’d like to think this is just our first collaboration.
Speaking of Brandon Graham, I geeked out at how he one-upped Simon Roy’s signature on my
Prophet TPB. Farel Dalrymple also added his own touch. Dirty fellows.
including Mr. Jack Bracken, who did this wonderfully racy poem for me.
Reid Psaltis took a time out to show me around Portland’s very own IPRC. Cool joint!
And of course, there was much food and drink to be had. From left to right/top to bottom:
Broder, Pacific Pie (x2), Little Big Burger, Biwa, Blue Star Donuts, Lardo’s, Teardrop, more Blue Star.
Not pictured: Bunk, Luc Lac, Pine State Biscuits, Wurst
I’m not great about taking pictures, so you’ll have to look through the Stumptown Tumblr to find more shots of me and other exhibitors.
In the 11th hour, I was invited to participate in the famous Art Battle at the Stumptown afterparty, hosted by Ezra Clayton Daniels! My team was doomed to lose as we were the ‘away team’ vs. the Portland home team. But we gave it our best shot, fighting through language barriers (I’ve never had to explain auto-erotic asphyxiation to a frenchman before), shake-weights, and insults. Really, I thought including Robocop in our G.I. Joe team drawing would ensure our win. But hey, it was all in good fun.
I had an awesome trip. Special shout out to The Con Crew: Josh Shalek, Neil Brideau, Reid Psaltis, Kenan Rubenstein, & Jack Bracken. Finally all of us in one place! Couldn’t ask for a better group of creators to share a convention with. Also it was great to see the incorrigible Beth Hetland, the lovely Nomi Kane, and the edgy Ezra Clayton Daniels.
I have some BIG announcements coming in my next post. So stayed tuned next week for the details!
This weekend is the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo! This is shaping up to be an awesome show and I’m excited to be a part of it. You can find me at O2B:
If you are in Chicago, please come on down and say hi! I’ll have all my work for sale, plus some new cube prints!
In the meantime, I wanted to share some recommendations for comics you should be reading:
PROPHET by Brandon Graham & Simon Roy: Not much I can say about this one that hasn’t been said already. It’s fantastic. Who knew this terrible terrible character could be used for good? Even better, they have been running back-up stories, featuring some awesome indy guys. Speaking of…
EXPANSION by Matt Sheean & Malachi Ward: I’ve mentioned this book before. It is the best science fiction comic out right now. You get flavors of Twilight Zone, Bradbury, and Kirby in this gorgeous book. I must be onto something, as these gents are contributing a back-up story to the aforementioned Prophet! You can find Expansion on the above linked blogs.
CYCLES by Beth Hetland & Kyle O’Connell: This book is not out yet, but can be pre-ordered through Hetland’s website. Apparently, this is what I think about it: ”Hetland and O’Connell have crafted a comic as funny and thrilling as it is smart and skillful. Cycles is a deftly told tale of whimsical machinations that entertains from the first panel to the thrilling climax. Read this now!”
FLEX MENTALLO by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely: OK this is an older book, but they just released a gorgeous deluxe edition about a week ago. I’m betting it’ll be scarce soon. This book is the wacky-type of Morrison (think Seaguy), with some early Quitely art. Quitely is easily one of the best artists working in mainstream comics in the last ten years and he’s totally free to draw craziness here. Thanks to Sean Dove for putting this book on my radar back in the day.
So I don’t want to hear anyone say “there’s nothing good out right now”! I also guarantee that if you come down to C2E2 this weekend, you’ll discover some more amazing comics!