By Charles Brownstein
This weekend, I’m heading off to Portland, Oregon, to represent the CBLDF at the Stumptown Comics Festival, where we’ll have signings with Craig Thompson, Dan Piraro, and Ron Randall, as well as a huge array of signed comics and graphic novels that you can get for making a donation in support of our important work! Stumptown is one of the great American independent comics festivals. In addition to the action on the convention floor, the entire Portland comics community goes all out, hosting a wide variety of parties, art exhibits, and special events that showcase the city’s unique comics culture.
CBLDF will be set up at booth 114, where we’ll be hosting the following signings:
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Craig Thompson (Free for card-carrying CBLDF Members, $10 donation for non-members)
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Dan Piraro (Free for card-carrying CBLDF Members, $5 donation for non-members)
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Ron Randall (Free for card-carrying CBLDF Members, $5 donation for non-members)
In addition to the happenings on the show floor, there’s a vibrant schedule of off-site parties occurring throughout the weekend:
DRINK AND DRAW
Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
In celebration of the release of Peter Bagge‘s newest comics series, RESET, Dark Horse Comics and Bridge City Comics present the 2012 Stumptown Comics Festival kickoff event — a Friday night Drink and Draw for visiting and local artists, publishers, and all festival-goers!
Bagge will be in attendance as the guest of honor with copies of RESET #1 to sign, and party guests will be provided with complementary art supplies to draw to their hearts’ content. This Drink and Draw event is a fun, casual way for festival participants to get the weekend off to a friendly and inspired start. Snacks and drinks will also be served, compliments of Bridge City, Dark Horse, and Ninkasi Brewing.
CHARITY BENEFIT RAFFLE
Dates: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 29, 2012, noon – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Stumptown Comics Festival, Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland, OR 97232
As part of this year’s festival, Stumptown Comics is raffling off cool prizes to benefit our educational mission as well as two of our favorite nonprofits, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the IPRC’s Dylan Williams Scholarship Fund.
Stop by Booth A6 at the Stumptown Comics Festival, April 28-29, to buy raffle tickets for our special “Golden Ticket” prizes:
- A Wacom Intuos 5 graphics tablet
- A cameo appearance in an upcoming issue of iZombie or Madman, drawn by Mike Allred
Or any of the following prizes:
- Original sketches from Friday’s Drink and Draw event at Bridge City Comics (featuring Peter Bagge and other festival guests)
- DIY publishing basket, including a one-year membership to the Independent Publishing Resource Center and various art supplies
- Steampunk gift basket, including passes to GEAR Con, autographed books, T-shirts, and art prints
- Local publishers library, featuring books from Oni Press and Top Shelf Productions
Many thanks to our raffle sponsors: Wacom, Mike Allred, Muse Art and Design, the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Oni Press, Top Shelf Productions, Things from Another World, Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, GEAR Con, and Rose City Steampunks.
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
Admission: Free for all attendees and guests with badges; $5 without a badge
Oni Press and Stumptown Comics invite you to join us for the annual Stumptown Comics Festival party on Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jupiter Hotel! Hosted by Bobby Roberts of the Cort and Fatboy Show, it’s a full night of music, art, beer, and fun inspired by comics and the awesome people who love and make them.
The party will feature a live musical performance by Stumptown special guest Mike Allred and his band The Gear, the Stumptown Comic Arts Awards, and the annual Stumptown Cartoon Art Battle hosted by Paul Guinan! Plus beer by Ninkasi Brewing! This is THE social event of the festival weekend, so don’t miss your chance to party down Stumptown style.
Proceeds benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Dylan Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, and Stumptown Comics.
Special thanks to our party sponsors: Oni Press, Ninkasi Brewing, ThinkAV, Galaxy Sailor Productions, and the Jupiter Hotel.
Stumptown Comics, Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to fostering a wider appreciation of the artistic, cultural, and educational value of the comics art form, through public events, educational workshops, and philanthropic activities.
Please come out to the Stumptown Comics Festival this weekend to support the Fund and take in all the great comics that Portland has to offer!