Stumptown Preview

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Lucky for those Portland, Oregonians and people with frequent-flyer-miles – not so lucky for us stranded on the east coast and elsewhere in the known universe – the highly anticipated Stumptown Comics Fest begins this weekend with panels, workshops, and parties galore.

After the jump, check out a rundown of this weekend’s festivities.

Stumptown is happening on April 18th and 19th, from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, where this startlingly inexpensive festival ($6 per day!) hosts a veritable cornucopia of independent comics and arts delight. Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL) is a guest of honor, alongside other special guests Jim Valentino, Farel Dalrymple, Gail Simone, C. Spike Trotman, Carla Speef McNeil, Keith Knight, Craig Thompson, and Hellen Jo.

Expect every indie and borderline-indie publisher to man a table at the fest this weekend, including people we’d also consider to be “special” guests: Theo Ellsworth, Tom Neely, Alec Longstreth (Tugboat), Steve Rolston from Oni Press, Elijah Brubaker and Dylan Williams (Sparkplug), and Craig Thompson representin’ the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF).

In typical comics-fest tradition, book launches and announcements can also be expected, including three new book premiers from increasingly-popular indie publisher Sparkplug Comics.

Dark Horse Comics will also be there, inviting previously unpublished comics creators to submit samples of their existing sequential work for a shot at creating original material for the Eisner-nominated comics anthology MySpace Dark Horse Presents.

The official after-party and annual Stumptown Trophy Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday at 8 PM at Cosmic Monkey Comics, deeming some lucky newcomers the best in Outstanding Art, Debut, Design, DIY, Small Press and more. After the ceremony, a Comic Art Battle, which can only mean the nerdiest of debauchery.

Stumptown is a showcase for artists, providing an opportunity for creators to mingle, network, and even put their portfolios on review for big-timers like Bob Schrek, Jim Valentino, Philip Sion, and Shawna Gore. The workshops spotlight successful creators and how they got there; how to expand the creative career to outlets like teaching; panels on mainstream efforts and why they can suck; and protecting their legal rights as creative entities.

This weekend’s Stumptown Comics Fest will be a bit of a mecca for all indie comics creators and artists, and beatitude for their fans.

For a full list of exhibitors, guests and happenings, visit the official site:

–Adri Cowan

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