Wizard World Offers Free Admission to ComicsPRO members in Portland This Weekend

February 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Oregon

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Wizard World, ComicsPRO Partner in Portland

ComicsProAs fortune would have it, the 10th annual ComicsPRO Annual Meeting and Wizard World are taking up residence in Portland at the same time… ComicsPRO at the Hilton Portland Thursday through Friday and Wizard World at the Oregon Convention Center Friday through Sunday.

The two organizations share a deep love of comics and the comic book industry, and are pleased to be partnering on initiatives to benefit each other.

Wizard World has offered all registrants at ComicsPRO, the trade association for comic book retailers, a complimentary entry in to Wizard World Portland this weekend, a chance for the professional retail organization’s members to meet up with creators, exhibitors and fans. Wizard World is excited to learn about the programs and advocacy that ComicsPRO continues to provide to the industry.

ComicsPRO attendees need just show their meeting credentials at the Wizard World Exhibitor Registration area to receive admission.

OR – Frank in the 3rd Dimension Release Party

000000-woodringCartoonist Jim Woodring appears at Floating World Comics for the Frank in the 3rd Dimension release party and exhibit on Thursday March 3, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM!

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This is your chance to see Frank as you’ve never seen him before.

Not the stark black-and-white Frank. Not even the glorious fully-painted Frank. No, this is Frank in the third dimension: about as real as you can get him outside of an Ionescoian theatrical performance (which could be next — watch your local theatre listings). Frank and Frank’s world are already hallucinatory, but seeing him in the most technologically advanced and artistically crafted 3-D ever produced is an experience that has to be savored to be believed. This is not your dad’s 3-D comic where you don red and blue-lensed glasses and the drawing looks like a few layers of cardboard cut-outs. Uh-uh. The 3-D process for Frank in the 3rd Dimension involves creating more than 150 layers per drawing in order to round and “sculpt” each image into full, volumetric 3-D. The results are mind-staggering. Frank in the 3rd Dimension is a series of Jim Woodring’s loveliest pictures — 32 anecdotal visual vignettes, dioramas, moments pickled in time (and now “space”) to be mused and mulled over.

Jim Woodring will be here to sign his new book and we will display 3D prints as well as projected images from the book that can be viewed with 3D glasses for a one of a kind immersive experience.

Jim Woodring’s cartoons chart a course through some of the most surreal imagery ever seen in any artistic medium, drawing visions from the realms of the subconscious to create a graphic world of dreams. But while his work may speak in the language of dreams, Woodring’s life has often led him into nightmare territory.

As a child, Woodring was plagued by both schoolmates and by waking nightmares accompanied by “voices” — a condition which would haunt him through childhood and much of his adult life. After enduring drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness, he worked as an animator for several major studios. At the same time, Woodring worked on his own cartoon visions, self-publishing them in minicomic format.

In the mid-’80s, Woodring was introduced to publisher Gary Groth by mutual friend Gil Kane (who worked with Woodring at Ruby-Spears), and Groth agreed to publish Woodring’s work. In 1987, Woodring quit animation and moved with his wife Mary and son Max to Seattle, where they live to this day. In addition to his critically acclaimed comics and books, Woodring also works in canvas painting and 3-dimensional objects, many of which have been featured in gallery exhibitions from Seattle to New York.

Jim’s work has taken him around the world, from Australia to Alaska to Oslo, and has garnered him numerous awards, including an Artist Trust Gap Award in 2003; a United States Artist Fellowship (with Bill Frisell) in 2006; a 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship; an Inkpot Award at the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego; a Rasmuson Foundation and Artist Trust one month residency in Homer, Alaska in 2010; and most recently, The Stranger named Jim their 2010 Literature Genius.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

OR – Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood Release Party

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Cartoonist Kaz appears at Floating World Comics on Friday Feb. 12, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM for the Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood release party!

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Floating World Comics is excited to host a release party for Kaz’s new Underworld omnibus collection – From Hoboken to Hollywood! Kaz will join us to sign books and celebrate the release of his new book.

In addition to his career as an Emmy-winning writer for animation (Cartoon Network’s Camp Lazlo, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants), Kaz has been unleashing his id and corrupting generations with his Harvey-nominated weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992. Underworld hilariously depicts sordid doings in a surreal city, stuffed with almost-parodies of famous comic strip characters, a healthy dose of cigarette-smoking cats, cute little saccharin-cuddly creatures, media- damaged kids, and much more — all destined for a sardonic smashing in typically acerbic Kaz fashion. Kaz’s strip runs in many American alternative weeklies such as the New York Press and the SF Bay Guardian. The Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood will be the first ever omnibus collection of the very best of the strip’s 23-year run, with annotations, photos, and other surprises from the author (along with a foreword by Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell).

Kaz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1959. During the 1980s he studied comics under Art Spiegelman and contributed to the early issues of Raw magazine, eventually releasing his first anthology collection, the oversized (and now out of print and highly sought-after) Buzzbomb, with Fantagraphics Books. In 1991 he started the weekly self-syndicated comic strip: Underworld. Fantagraphics began collecting Underworld into book form in April of 1995, with five collections released to date. Sidetrack City and other Tales, a collection of longer comic strips, was published by Fantagraphics in 1996. The Underworld comic strip has been nominated for a Harvey Award four times.

Kaz is married to Linda Marotta, a horror literature critic and expert. They make their home in New York City while Kaz splits his time between there and working in the Los Angeles animation industry.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

OR – Flat Earths Exhibition

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Brian Chippendale presents an exciting new exhibition at Place Gallery in Portland, Oregon. “Flat Earths” offers new work by Brian Chippendale created as the resident artist at Kahnaway in early 2016, and consists of a series of collages on wood using painting, drawing, and found imagery. See above for a preview of some of Brian’s awesome work, or stay up to date on it by following Brian on instagram: @chimpendale.

That’s not all: the night the exhibit opens, the good folks at Floating World Comics will be selling copies of Brian Chippendale’s much anticipated D+Q book Puke Force at the event, a few days before it hits stores!

Head to the gallery space at 1905 NW 23rd Pl in Portland, OR, on Thursday, February 11th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for opening night! The show will be running through February 12th and February 13th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and then until the 21st by appointment.

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Place Gallery
1905 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

OR – Late in the Day Signing

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Broadway Books is thrilled to welcome back Portland’s grand dame of the literary world, Ursula K. Le Guin, who will read from her newest collection of poetry, Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014, published by PM Press. The reading will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 24th.

Le Guin is a remarkably prolific writer, even given the fact that she is in her 80s. She has published twenty-one novels (including her 1969 breakthrough novel, The Left Hand of Darkness), eleven volumes of short stories (including the 2014 Oregon Book Award winner The Unreal and the Real, Volumes 1 and 2), four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, a guide to the essentials of the writer’s craft – of which she knows a thing or two.

Le Guin was born in Berkeley and grew up in a family of academics and writers. She moved to Portland in 1958 when her husband, the historian Charles A. Le Guin, took a position at Portland State University, and they raised their three children here.
She has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards, the PEN-Malamud, the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Oregon Book Award, and the Library of Congress Living Legends Award. In 2014 she was presented the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, where she took the world by storm with her bold truth-telling about the over-commercialization of literature: “I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river.” The video of Le Guin’s speech became an internet sensation, making her for a time, as she likes to put it, “as popular as Maru the cat.” [Good news: that speech is reprinted at the end of her new collection of poems.]

Her new collection, , seeks meaning in an ever-connected world, attempting to give voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless.

Broadway Books
1714 Broadway Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232
(503) 284-1726

OR – Jonesy #1 Signing

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Meet writer Sam Humphries at Portland TFAW on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Sam will be visiting Portland and signing the first issue of his newest series, Jonesy from BOOM! Studios. Jonesy is the story of a teenager with the power to make anyone fall in love. Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch–it doesn’t work on herself.

Humphries is best known his recent work on Marvel’s Star-Lord and Ultimates comic book series, but rose to fame with his self-published work with Our Love is Real and Sacrifice. The premiere issue of Humphries’ new series will be available for purchase at the event, as well as a selection of his other work. The first 30 people to purchase Jonesy #1 at the event will receive a free lithograph.

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-4693

OR – Dark & Bloody #1 Release Party

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Writer Shawn Aldridge and artist Tyler Crook appear at Bridge City Comics on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 6:00 to celebrate the release of The Dark and Bloody #1!

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Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 282-5484

OR – Comics Squad: Lunch Signing

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Matthew Holm, co-creator of Babymouse and Squish, appears at A Children’s Place Bookstore on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to talk about comics and sign books.

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A Children’s Place Bookstore
1423 NE Fremont St, Portland, Oregon 97212
(503) 284-8294

OR – Harrow County Signing

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Things From Another World is excited to announce a signing with Harrow County creators Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook at the Portland TFAW comic book shop on Friday, February 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The horror comic book series launched last year and quickly sunk its teeth into fans across the world.

Published by Portland’s own Dark Horse Comics, the horror series has garnered praise from critics and fans alike. This is a unique opportunity to meet writer Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Aquaman, The Sixth Gun) and artist Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D., The Sixth Gun) and get issues signed by both creators.

Free food and beer (21+ with valid ID) will be provided during the event. The first 30 people at the signing will get a free lithograph with any purchase.

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-4693

OR – Power Man & Iron Fist #1 Signing

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Writer David Walker appears for a signing at the Portland TFAW on Wednesday, February 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to celebrate the debut issue of POWER MAN & IRON FIST!

The new ongoing Power Man & Iron Fist comic book series promises cameos by old friends, new thugs, and a flurry of fists. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet the creator behind DC’s Cyborg, Dynamite Entertainment’s Shaft, and the new Power Man & Iron Fist February 17 at the Portland TFAW!

Copies of Cyborg, Shaft, and the debut issue of Power Man and Iron Fist will be available for purchase at the signing. The first 30 people at the signing will get a free litho with any purchase.

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Things From Another World
2916 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-4693

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