Sunday, May 20, 2012

Some highlights of Stumptown Comics Festival

Stumptown comics festival occurred almost a month ago, but I feel like I need to share how awesome it was.

Here are some of the high lights:

Brian Churrilla:
I've been a fan of Churrilla since buying his book The Engineer at Wondercon from the  Archaia Studios Press booth in 2010. I love his dynamic art. Currently he is working on his own book, The Strange Case Of D.B. Cooper, a really fun ride through the human Psyche with samurai swords and espionage. Here is a Sketch he did for me.

Stan Sakai:
I've known about him since watching Ninja Turtles cartoons as a kid when Yosagi Yojimbo appeared in some of the episodes. In addition to drawing, writing, inking, lettering, coloring, and everything else of his comic book, this man is such an angel. Here is his sketch for me during the con.

Farel Dalrymple:
It was a pleasure meeting Faryl because in addition to being an amazing artist, he is a really cool engaging guy. I'll post some of the pages I got from him on here later.

Matthew Southworth:
One thing about Matthew that is evident is his passion for what he does. He is constantly talking to fans and collegues about comics while frantically and intricately deciding on which brush to use for the next sketch. I'm a huge huge fan of Matthew and feel like he is one of the overlooked talents in the business. I know for a fact that people in the industry have good things to say about his work. "Stumptown" is the comic book he did with the amazing Greg Rucka. It is one of my favorite comics ever. I own 2 copies of every issue
as well as the hardcover.

Floating World Comics:
I never thought it would be possible, but there is actually a successful, bad ass comicbook store that caters to indie comics. This was truly the find of Portland for me as I could have just spend tons more $$$ than I did here on indie comics. One thing about Stumptown Comic Festival is that you'll notice the high quality of self published work. You can get them all at Floating World Comics.

Jeff Lemire:
I'm not going to lie, meeting Jeff Lemire had a lot to do with me traveling from San Francisco to Portland for the con. I was able to get a sketch of Jeppard and meet one of my favorite creators of ALLTIME. You should read Essex County, The Nobody, Sweet Tooth, Lost Dogs, and Animal Man if you love comics.

Tyler Crook:
The best book of 2011 was Petrograd and Tyler Crook was 50% of it's wonderfulness. Not only is this man a superstar and undoubtedly an heir apparent to Guy Davis at Dark Horse, but he is truly one of the nicest guys I've ever met. He did a rad sketch of Rasputin for me and always had time for other people too.

I'll write more about Stumptown when stuff comes to mind.