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!

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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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(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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(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

OR – Mean Girls Club Signing

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Cartoonist Ryan Heshka appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM to celebrate the release of MEAN GIRLS CLUB.

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(503) 241-0227

OR – The Social Discipline Reader Signing

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Ian Sundahl appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM to celebrate the release of THE SOCIAL DISCIPLINE READER.

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OR – Curveball Signing

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Jeremy Sorese, writer of Steven Universe, appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of NOBROW’s newest graphic novel, CURVEBALL.

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OR – Chainmail Bikini Signing

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Join Hazel Newlevant, Kinoko Evans, Sera Stanton, Elizabeth Simins, and MK Reed at Floating World Comics for a release party and group art exhibit on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM.

Chainmail Bikini is an anthology of comics by and about female gamers! 40 cartoonists have contributed comics about the games they’re passionate about—from video games to tabletop role-playing to collectible card games. The comics in Chainmail Bikini explore the real-life impact of entering a fantasy world, how games can connect us with each other and teach us about ourselves.

Chainmail Bikini is edited by Hazel Newlevant (If This Be Sin), and features a cover illustration by Hellen Jo and comics by established talents and rising stars including Annie Mok, Jane Mai, Molly Ostertag, MK Reed, and Sophie Yanow.

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OR – Self-Obsessed Signing

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Cartoonist Sina Grace appears at Floating World Comics on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM to sign SELF-OBSESSED!

Sina Grace is the author and illustrator of the autobiographical Self-Obsessed, and Not My Bag, which recounts a story of retail hell. He acts as the artist for Shaun Steven Struble’s cult hit, The Li’l Depressed Boy, and handles art chores along with co-writing the Image Comics hit series, Burn the Orphanage. Join Sina on November 20th for a book signing and release party for his new Self-Obsessed graphic novel.

Cartoonist Sina Grace returns to his slice-of-life roots with the most personal and intimate work he’s done since 2012’s Not My Bag. Taking over a decade’s worth of rarely-seen strips, essays, and new material, readers will get an uncompromising look at the journey Grace has taken to living his dream, loving himself, and trying to grow up. Introduction by Jeff Lemire! The book includes exclusive conversations with Ryan O’Connell and Colleen Green. Over 80 pages of new and never-before-released stories.

Grace has also done illustrations for all-ages readers, including Among the Ghosts, written by Amber Benson, and Penny Dora & the Wishing Box, written by Michael Stock. His previous works include the slice-of-life Books with Pictures, and the neo-noir urban fantasy, Cedric Hollows in Dial M for Magic. For a time, he acted as Editorial Director for Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics. To date, he’s worked for Marvel Comics, IDW, Boom, Dynamite, Valiant and more. His essays have appeared on several websites, most notably Thought Catalog.

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(503) 241-0227

OR – The Humans #9 Signing

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**Due to scheduling issues The Humans West Coast Tour has been cancelled. Tom and Keenan express their apologies, they were really looking forward to kicking it in Portland.**

Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely appears at Floating World Comics on Friday November 13th, 2015 from 6-8pm for THE HUMANS #9 release party and exhibit!

Press Release:

Bakersfield, California, 1970: The Humans (who happen to be apes) are the baddest biker gang of all. They deal out beatings, cook drugs, party endlessly, and struggle to keep their turf and status amongst the numerous outlaws, rival gangs, and bonafide killers — all of whom are trying to take their spot at the top of the heap. And then a member of the gang long thought dead returns… haunted by memories of hell on earth. Johnny is back in the fold in THE HUMANS, VOLUME 1 from Image Comics in March — but is his head where it needs to be to ride with The Humans again?

Writer Keenan Marshall Keller (Galactic Breakdown) and artist Tom Neely (Henry and Glenn Forever) team up on a high-octane, no-holds-barred, ape-biker-gang chopper ride into ‘70s exploitation genre bliss as Bobby, Johnny, and all the Humans fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas, and chrome.

“I just love me some biker flicks and exploitation/genre in all forms,” said Keller in an interview with Comicosity. “It wasn’t like I was trying to do an ape project and settled on them being bikers… The Humans were bikers from the start. It’s my love affair with the fringe, with outlaws and no-good-doer’s and made me focus on biker culture.”

Neely, whose art captures the energy and abandon of The Humans’ life on the road, has relished the chance to draw full-time. “I get up and draw monkeys and motorcycles all day and it’s the best,” he said. “It’s also really great collaborating with another artist – Kristina Collantes is doing the coloring and I love to see how she transforms my pages. I love my black and white drawings for this book, but they really don’t come to life to feel like a real comic book until Kristina’s colors complete the picture.”

Join our crew! Ride with The HUMANS today!!!

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