OR – Baggywrinkles Launch Party

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Join cartoonist Lucy Bellwood at Floating World Comics on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm for a rollicking book release party celebrating the launch of BAGGYWRINKLES: A LUBBER’S GUIDE TO LIFE AT SEA!

Lucy Bellwood is a cartoonist and illustrator working out of Helioscope Studio in Portland, OR. When not writing and illustrating her educational, autobiographical sailing comic Baggywrinkles, she draws comics for Symbolia Magazine, The Nib, and Cartozia Tales. Baggywrinkles is a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood’s time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy’s comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and informative adventure.

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

OR – Terra Flats Release Party

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Floating World Comics and Press Gang are excited to host a release party for our newest publication, Terra Flats, by Jason Fischer on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM. This new ongoing series follows two friends navigating the challenges of life and love in the big city. Broken Frontier praised the debut issue as a “manga-flavored fantasy-comedy (that sees Jason) growing into his own highly individualized voice.” Jason will exhibit original art from the book and also produce two exclusive prints just for this show.

“Hex In The City”
Introducing the captivating Vee and her best friend Pony, a sweet and powerful demon. When Drake the vampire and Komo the dragon compete for Vee’s affections, spells and sparks start to fly! Romance meets magic in this enchanting new series about living and working in the big city!

In 2013 Jason Fischer worked as an art assistant to Bryan Lee O’Malley on his newest graphic novel Seconds. His previous comic projects include Seconds Helping, Burgermancer, and Junqueland.

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

OR – I Can’t Guess Release Party

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Daria Tessler and Dylan Jones appear at Floating World Comics on Thursday July 7, 2016 from 6-9pm for the I Can’t Guess art show and release party!

Press Release:

In addition to their recently published books, Daria Tessler & Dylan Jones are making a collaborative art zine out of a vast assortment of bits and pieces.

Dylan also will have a new zine called I Can’t Guess made for the show, in addition to his new book The Longer You Stare the Fatter I’m Guilty, published last month by Gridlords. Dylan Jones has led a shoe mouth face floppy dagger dinger across an array of pages with his dextrous limbs’ pinwheel pineal dialogue. His new book will no doubt leave a zipper-length void in midmouth just as you grew wanting.

Daria Tessler’s most recent book, Three Magical Recipes from the Book of Secrets of Albertus Magnus, was published by Perfectly Acceptable Press. Dig out your parents’ glassen vessel and catch thyself a rearmouse – Daria Tessler illuminates three recipes from Alchemist-in-Chief Albertus Magnus’s Book of Secrets… One spell-binding four-color Risograph booklet.

Dylan Jones is an artist originally hailing from New Hampshire. Jones probably draws for more hours, makes more art and animates more objects than anyone alive or dead. It’s hard to imagine Jones sleeping ever, and his work makes one believe that he likely only loosely does something resembling sleeping, with eyes agape at all times. A meditative existence, so to speak. His work is methodical, pulling at all of the items in view, all of our mundane surroundings, and showing us how people can inhabit these the way Jones will inhabit your psyche. Jones’s work is the field of fantasies for persons who have seen too much, and it is the nightmares of the blissfully ignorant.

Born in Finland, Daria Tessler has been popping out of a jack-in-the-box at the cranking of dawn’s sunburned hand to the music of unknown worlds. A master silkscreener and master artist, Tessler has pulled as many visions she has screens. Her expert use of color will make you believe you are seeing hues that your eyes couldn’t previously register. Her linework and patterning is the most pleasant waft of wispy air, filled with pollen and pines, brushing over you. Each inhabitant of Tessler’s work wears on them a blissful quality of anxiety, a state of mind. You are doing yourself the greatest favor by stepping out of your body and into her body of work. Her book Music of Changes will be out soon from Latvian publisher kus! as part of their mini kus! line.

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

OR – Hot Dog Taste Test Signing

000000000_lisa-hanawalt-hot-dog-taste-testLisa Hanawalt appears at Floating World Comics on Friday, June 24th, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM for the Hot Dog Taste Test release party and presentation.

Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva­ stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. Join the James Beard Award­ winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman as she presents a selection of food­ related excerpts from Hot Dog Taste Test.

Lisa Hanawalt is an artist living in Los Angeles and is the production designer/producer of the Netflix original series Bojack Horseman. Hanawalt has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, and textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a James Beard Award–winning quarterly food column for Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with the comedian Emily Heller. Her first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes.

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

OR – Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam Signing

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Press Release:

Born in mini-comix and made popular by Tumblr, Simon Hanselmann’s comics embody the angst of being an aging 20-something. In the wake of the New York Times Best-Seller Megahex, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam follows Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their roommate Owl, and Werewolf Jones as they all struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug dependency, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other.

Debuting this April 7th at Floating World, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam is the graphic novel anthem for people who are trying to find their place in the world. Collecting all of Hanselmann’s contributions to Vice.com, the Ignatz Award-nominated short story “St. Owl’s Bay,” and other surprises, Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam will add additional color and background for fans of Megahex. We will have original art from the book on display all month and Simon has prepared a special musical performance for the release party.

Simon Hanselmann is a genderqueer Australian cartoonist living in Seattle, WA. Each page of comics is hand drawn and meticulously watercolored. Simon has found international success with his stoner witch comics and has been translated into over a dozen languages.

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

OR – Broken Frontier Launch Party

0000000-broken-frontierTyler Chin-Tanner, Robbi Rodriguez, Justin Zimmerman, and Mike Lawrence appear for the Broken Frontier anthology release party on Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Floating World Comics!

Press Release:

The Broken Frontier anthology unites over 50 of the most innovative talents in contemporary comics to share new visions of breaking boundaries and exploring the great unknown.

From multiple award winners to the brightest up-and-coming voices, these creators have come together from all over the world to bring you 27 amazing stories about time travel, dystopian deserts, the edges of the universes, explorations into human mortality, and much much more.

The full color, 312 page over-sized hardcover makes its print debut at Floating World Comics on March 23, 2016. On hand for the signing will be co-editor and author of the stories “Stranger Than Fiction” and “The Wall,” Tyler Chin-Tanner; cover artist Robbi Rodriguez; the creative team behind the story “Flyer,” Justin Zimmerman & Mike Lawrence.

Floating World Comics was a retailer supporter of the Broken Frontier Kickstarter, so this will be the last chance to get Kickstarter exclusives from the campaign including the print of Robbi Rodriguez’s cover artwork, the exclusive sketchbook and the limited edition book plates.

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

OR – The Humans Signing

000000_humans-tourCreators Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely appear at Floating World Comics on Tuesday April 5, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

THE HUMANS creators Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely are hitting the blacktop for a West Coast signing tour not to be missed. Making appearances at several comic shops along the way, they’ll be bringing all THE HUMANS comics, posters, patches, t-shirts, and exclusive tour-only HUMANS merchandise!

The Humans, Vol. 2: Humans Till Deth TP
The second HUMANS collection follows the gang as they rampage thru drug runs with road pirates, strip club freak outs and beatdowns, passionate sex in cheap motel rooms, and multiple bloody barroom massacres! All of which snowballs towards a brutal ending of bloody vengeance and death! It’s the feel good hit of the year! Collects THE HUMANS #5-10.

Keenan Marshall Keller is a comics creator based in Los Angeles. He’s the co-creator of THE HUMANS with Tom Neely and Galactic Breakdown.

Tom Neely is a painter and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. He is best know for the cult-hit indie comic book Henry & Glenn Forever, which he created with his artist collective The Igloo Tornado whom were voted LA Weekly’s “Best People in LA 2011.” His art has been featured in galleries in California and New York, in dozens of magazines and literary journals and on album Covers. His debut graphic novel, The Blot, earned him an Ignatz Award and made it onto several of the industry’s “Best of 2007” lists as well as The Comics Journal’s “Best Graphic Novels of the decade 2000-2010.” He authored the Melvins comic book, Your Disease Spread Quick, and a collection of comic strip poems called Brilliantly Ham-fisted, and the painted novel, The Wolf. In early 2014 he created the cover art for Green Day’s Demolicious. His most recent book Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever is currently selling out everywhere.

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

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!

Press Release:

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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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!

Press Release:

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

OR – Flat Earths Exhibition

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Press Release:

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

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