This weekend saw my first ever attendance to a Comics Festival. Why it took me so long to ever attend one, I don’t know.
The Stumptown Comics Fest was crowded, stimulating, and invigorating. Art nerds united in a cramped hotel conference space which was absent of big-hitters like DC and Marvel. This Comic Books Festival was more focused on the local (Portland’s Dark Horse Comics) and underground, while still featuring publishing houses such as Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and the well-established artist Paul Pope.
Together, Jake and I amassed a nice little collection of new comics to bring home and read. The spoils:
1) Rabid Rabbit #5: Alphabet City. www.rabbidrabbit.org.
A collection of comics by students of SVA (School of Visual Arts).
2) World War Robot Illustrated #1, by Ashley Wood. www.ashleywoodartist.com.
My painting teacher often mentioned Ashley Wood, and now I understand why – these oil paintings are phenomenal.
3) Sublife: Volume 1, by John Pham. www.substitutelife.com.
4) Sublife: Volume 2, by John Pham. www.substitutelife.com.
Both Sublifes were highly recommended by a big comics fan friend of mine, Box of Crap (long story), so I’m looking forward to reading these.
5) Big Questions #11: Sweetness and Light, by Anders Nilsen. www.andersbrekhusnilsen.com.
I loved the Anders’ short comic featured in Best American Comics 2006, so I thought I would check out a full volume.
6) 100%, by Paul Pope. www.pulphope.blogspot.com.
I’ve read Heavy Liquid and love Paul’s drawing style, but 100% is new for me and I wanted to have him sign it.
A closer look at Big Questions #11.
7) Nerd Skull print, by Sarah Oleksyk. www.saraholeksyk.com.
I am not familiar with this artist, but this caught my eye when I passed her booth. Skulls + Nerds = awesome.
And of course, Paul’s swirly autograph on the inside of 100%.
I will definitely be attending this festival again next year. It’s really great to see a bunch of people who love to draw come together and share their wares. And if you are an aspiring comics artist, I recommend reserving a booth for yourself.
I also stopped into local clothing store Red Light for a little bit of shopping, and stumbled across this ridiculous sweater:
Looking at this sweater immediately brought me back to memories of being a kid. Everything about it – the neon/pastel colors, the creature character shooting hoops, even the font on the bottom – evoked a lot of familiar feelings. I had to get it. Plus, it was only $6.
The style is very distinctive of the late 80’s/early 90’s, a time in which I was living in Puerto Rico. I went to the beach a lot and watched a LOT of Nickelodeon. One of my favorite belongings was my New Kids on the Block sleeping bag, which featured many of the same colors here. However, I can’t find anything related to this sweater – not the “Creach”, “Beach Network”, or “Zoo Crew”, the copyrighted company of this clothing. If anyone else remembers this stuff, I’d love to know.