400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
Guest: Katie Skelly
Cartoonist Katie Skelly appears at Floating World Comics for a book release party and signing on Thursday August 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Clover is a Bardot-esque blonde who dreams of the (now dead) girl she once was before becoming a fanged bloodsucker. She is being kept prisoner by her brother, Marcel, who fears Clover will be hunted by the outside world. Clover’s curiosity, however, will not be suppressed: impetuous, sensual, strong-willed, and fearless, she plans her escape. Katie Skelly will be in store signing copies!
Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her previous comics include Nurse Nurse, and Operation Margarine. My Pretty Vampire is a sexy, sophisticated horror romp that heralds author Katie Skelly as a powerful voice in comics.
Guest: Simon Hanselmann
We are proud to host a release party and live performance with Simon Hanselmann, to celebrate the release of his new book One More Year. We will also co-publish a new broadsheet newspaper featuring Simon's latest paintings which will exclusively debut at this event.
As a genderqueer immigrant living in Trump's America, Simon Hanselmann has a lot to say about making controversial social commentary art in our current political climate. More than his previous two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, One More Year dives deeper into body dysmorphia, transphobia, mental illness, and addiction.
Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, and their friends Owl and Werewolf Jones are imbued with far more pathos and depth than seems plausible given the stock comic premise — drugged-out, slacker roommates. Depressing, hilarious, endlessly relatable, and exceedingly human — despite being about a witch, a cat, and an anthropomorphic owl — One More Year continues to give more substance to the characters and personalities of its protagonists in ways that never fail to surprise, delight, and horrify.
Guest: Matthew Thurber
Matthew Thurber (1-800-MICE, INFOMANIACS, Art Comic) is an artist living in New York City. Friday night he will sign copies of the new collection of Mr. Colostomy daily strips, a noir mystery about a mouse detective investigating state-enforced insomnia. Also on hand will be Art Comic 5, the final issue of Thurber's satire of the Art Gallery Industrial complex.
Ambergris is Thurber's long running and indefinable investigation into musical performance, storytelling, and theater. Tonight Ambergris will be a 2-piece including Thurber's longtime collaborator, Tom Phillips. For fans of Gilbert and Sullivan, Cole Porter, Sun City Girls, and Depeche Mode.
WHO: Matt Thurber aka Mr. Colostomy aka Ambergris
WHAT: Comic signing and Ambergris performance
WHEN: Friday July 21, signing at 6pm, performance at 7pm
Guest: Farel Dalrymple
Farel Dalrymple appears at Floating World Comics for a book release party and art exhibit for POP GUN WAR: CHAIN LETTER on Thursday July 6th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Join Floating World Comics on Sunday July 2nd at 6:00 PM for a release party with Cold Cube Press and their two newest publications by local artists, Lindsay Anne Watson and Ross Jackson!
Ross Jackson’s “Sticky Sweets” is a wistful look at three kids in their early teens pulling pranks and making short movies to kill time in the height of a humid Florida summer. Equally humorous and heartfelt, Jackson employs his classic cartooning style to weave a non-linear story that examines the awkward phase between youth and adolescence. Part of a larger narrative, “Sticky Sweets” revolves around a young boy, Ari, who finds out his neighborhood friend has gone missing. To avoid confronting his emotions of loss or confusion, Ari travels with a neighbor to make short movies in the cool oasis of an air-conditioned mall. Past and present weave together through their movies and memories, as Ari and his friends establish their footing in the face of oncoming reality.
Lindsay Watson’s “Well at the Very Least” is a collection of work made over the past year. Split into three main sections, the book centers around what is lost in language between selves, be them distinct people or two (or more) parts of the same self. to quote Rich Smith in The Stranger : “Judging by all the dream logic, the doubling of selves, and the moon-eyed, moon-faced characters that dominate Watson’s collection, she seems mostly concerned with the cyclical nature of time and the multitudes we all contain.” Watson does not usually employ the typical panel diagram format of comics, and instead invites us to delve into each poem-drawing as the inhabit the whole page. Because there is no definite resolution to each of the sections, we are left to parse the dialogue and body language of these myriad selves that Watson has shown us.
WHO: Jim Blanchard
WHAT: Visual Abuse release party and exhibit
WHEN: Thursday June 1, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
"A treasure trove of fucked-up shit from the dark end-times of a lost civilization.” — Daniel Clowes
"Blanchard's images are a total visual overload, an all-consuming, mind-subsuming onslaught of pictorial intensity where freewheeling cultural subversion, social malevolence, aesthetic anarchy and libidinal excess comes hurtling out at us, naked, hard, deranged, bloody, screaming and armed to the nines. When Blanchard picks up his pen, you'd best duck." – Carlo McCormick
"Blanchard is a master of texture and commands an extensive illustrative vocabulary. His pointillist portraiture never ceases to amaze." – Juxtapoz
Guest: Dustin Weaver
Artist Dustin Weaver appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday May 31, 2017 from 5:00 -7:00 PM for the PAKLIS #1 release party and signing.
Image Comics is pleased to introduce PAKLIS—a new anthology series from writer/artist Dustin Weaver—where the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with dark, existential questions that will haunt readers.
Dustin began his career in comics as an intern at WildStorm Studios in 2003, where he was held to an unreasonable standard by his idol. Since then, he’s illustrated the NY Times bestselling novel The Tenth Circle, had a fruitful relationship with Dark Horse Comics where he made significant contributions to the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series, and worked for several years exclusively at Marvel where, most notably, he co-created the acclaimed series S.H.I.E.L.D: Architects of Forever with writer Jonathan Hickman. Dustin now dedicates himself to his own Image series, PAKLIS.
Guest: Teva Harrison
Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease.
She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.
Ultimately, In-Between Days is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us of how beautiful life is, and what a gift.
WHO: Teva Harrison
WHAT: In-Between Days book signing and presentation
WHEN: Wednesday May 24, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Guest: Colleen Coover
Eisner Award-winning co-creator of BANDETTE collects her landmark female-friendly erotica in its entirety for the first time ever. We are excited to host a book signing and art exhibit with Colleen Coover to celebrate the release of this collection.
Limerence Press, the world’s premier publisher of female & LGBTQ friendly, sex-positive erotica comics announced that they will publish Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection, by Colleen Coover.
Small Favors is the critically-acclaimed, girly porno comic by Eisner award-winning cartoonist Colleen Coover. Often taught in college courses, Small Favors is a landmark work of comic book porno that completely re-defined the genre by portraying sexuality in a friendly, silly, and approachable light.
This deluxe hardcover edition includes volumes one and two of Small Favors, the never-before-collected color special, behind-the-scenes materials, and a brand-new introduction from Kelly Sue DeConnick.
WHO: Colleen Coover
WHAT: SMALL FAVORS release party and art exhibit
WHEN: May 4, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Punk musician and underground Japanese artist Tetsunori Tawaraya is coming to the West Coast this May!
His tour will bring him to Floating World on Tuesday May 2nd, to celebrate the release of his new Colour Code publication, TELESCOPE. We will have an exhibit of original artwork and other eclectic items from his tour.
WHO: Tetsunori Tawaraya
WHAT: TELESCOPE book release and art exhibit
WHEN: Tuesday May 2, 6-8pm
Ninth Art Press announces The Shirley Jackson Project: Comics Inspired by Her Life and Work, a new anthology of seventeen alternative cartoonists paying tribute to the celebrated mid-century author.
The book features a diverse roster of notable cartoonists, including Ignatz Award-winner Colleen Frakes and Ignatz nominees Annie Murphy, Eric Orner, and Josh Simmons; Lambda Literary Award-winners Jon Macy and Robert Triptow; Xeric Grant-recipient Ivan Velez, Jr., and acclaimed artists Asher Z. Craw, Michael Fahy, 2dCLoud co-publisher, Maggie Umber, as well as Ninth Art publisher himself, Dan Mazur.
Included are riffs on famous stories and acclaimed novels by Jackson, including Frakes’ amusing account of her somewhat traumatizing encounter, at a young age, with the immortal short story “The Lottery;” Annie Murphy’s haunting evocation of mother-daughter relationships, viewed through the lens of Jackson’s relationship with her own mother and The Haunting of Hill House; Asher & Lillie Craws’ lighthearted and perceptive examination of Jackson’s treatment of buildings and food in her fiction; and a tour-de-force silent interpretation of “The Tooth” by Maggie Umber.
“This book is the fruition of my lifelong obsession with Jackson’s work,” says editor Robert Kirby, winner of the 2014 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection for his anthology, QU33R. “I’m so happy to have had the opportunity of teaming with Dan Mazur again, an open and sensitive publisher.”
WHO: Asher Craw, Lillie Craw, Annie Murphy, Josh Simmons
WHAT: The Shirley Jackson Project reading and signing
WHEN: April 8, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Guest: Ron Rege
Ron Regé Jr. appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM for the What Parsifal Saw book signing and art exhibit.
What Parsifal Saw collects work produced by artist Ron Regé, Jr. following the release of 2012’s acclaimed opus, The Cartoon Utopia (which is being re-released in paperback this season). Regé’s interest in esoteric ideas and spirituality has permeated into all aspects of his work, as highlighted by “Cosmogenesis,” his adaptation of selections from the writings of 19th century occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. “Cosmogenesis” concerns the magical, alchemical, ancient, and mysterious ideas that strongly influenced The Cartoon Utopia as well. Regé’s work continues to a cosmic consciousness, psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.
Ron Regé, Jr. is a cartoonist and musician from Plymouth, Massachusetts. He currently plays drums in the Los Angeles-based band Lavender Diamond. Regé began publishing his own minicomics while attending Massachusetts College of Art in 1988. He has since been published by Highwater Books, Fantagraphics, Buenaventura Press, McSweeney’s, and Drawn & Quarterly.
Guest: Lorena Alvarez
This March, we are proud to host a book signing with Colombian artist Lorena Alvarez for her new all ages book, Nightlights.
Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in a little girl’s bedroom. Sandy catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room. One day, a mysterious pale girl called Morfie appears at school and is fascinated by Sandy’s drawings in a way that no one else has been before. But there is a price to pay for this
new friendship …
Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Gomez.
WHO: Lorena Alvarez
WHAT: Nightlights book release and signing
WHEN: Monday, March 20, 5-7pm
Guest: Tim Goodyear
Tim Goodyear, Ian Sundahl, and a host of local artists appear at Floating World Comics for the Vision Quest 7 release party on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
We are bringing 5,000 copies of the RESIST! newspaper published by Gabe Fowler and Desert Island Comics to Portland. This all-women issue is on the theme of political resistance to the forces of intolerance. 30,000 copies will be distributed for free on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, in Washington D.C. Further distribution will occur at the Women’s March on January 21st and throughout the United States. Resist! is guest-edited by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, and writer Nadja Spiegelman.
Help us distribute Resist!
On February First Thursday instead of the normal gallery exhibit, we invite you to come and pick up a bundle of free newspapers to drop off at different spots in your neighborhood: coffee shops, records stores, public transit locations, and public buildings. By crowdsourcing the distribution this way we can get more papers spread out far and wide.
We have also set up a fundraiser to help cover the $1000 cost of printing and shipping 5,000 copies of the paper – https://www.gofundme.com/resist-portland-distribution
The gallery wall will be left open if you want to bring posters or artwork for us to exhibit for the evening. Bring zines or books you’d like to share or swap with others. Our community is full of ideas that can be organized into action. Lets meet and discuss creative projects for the future.
Eric Stephenson, Joe Keatinge, Sloane Leong, Leila del Duca, Emi Lenox, Brandon Graham, and Farel Dalrymple appear at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!
Guest: Erin Nations
Cartoonist Erin Nations appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, January 18th at 5:00 PM to sign GUMBALLS #1 from Top Shelf.
Guest: Ed Luce
Cartoonist Ed Luce appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM for an art exhibit and book signing to celebrate the release of the new volume of WUVABLE OAF. Guests will also receive a free Goteblüd enamel pin with the purchase of a book!
Toshio Maeda appears at Floating World Comics for the Urotsukidoji release party and exhibit on Thursday December 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
FAKKU is pleased to announce our release of the classic erotic manga Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend by Toshio Maeda. Like all FAKKU releases, Urotsukidoji is made with the original, untouched art. For the worldwide release of this book, we created a re-mastered edition alongside Toshio Maeda. The first of four volumes is available for the first time at the Floating World opening where you can meet Maeda himself! The event is co-sponsored by the CBLDF and Tim Goodyear will host a Q&A with the legendary artist, Toshio Maeda.
Urotsukidoji follows the story of Nagumo, a boy who unknowingly contains the god of the demon realm, Urotsukidoji within him. His power is sought after by demons both good and nefarious, but Nagumo is clueless as he deals with puberty. Both the anime and manga have a cult following internationally, known for their dark humor and beautiful, lewd ink illustrations.
Toshio Maeda is the proclaimed “tentacle master” of erotic manga. Aside from Urotsukidoji, Maeda is known for several series, most notably La Blue Girl, and Adventure Kid. Recognized internationally, Maeda has made a significant mark on expanding the erotic genre.
FAKKU is the largest hentai website in the United States began publishing hentai manga two years ago under its manga imprint FAKKU Books. To date FAKKU has released 29 books and continues to release three monthly magazines digitally.
**Exhibit will contain mature content.**
Guest: Julia Gfrörer
Julia Gfrörer appears at Floating World Comics on Saturday December 3rd from 6-8pm to celebrate the release of her new book Laid Waste from Fantagraphics!
In a plague-ravaged medieval city, survival is a harsher fate than death. As corpses accumulate around her, Agnès, a young widow possessed of supernatural strength, must weigh her obligations to the dead and dying against her desire to protect what little remains. Laid Waste is a graphic novella about love and kindness among vermin in the putrid miasma at the end of the world. As with her evocative debut book, Black is the Color, Julia Gfrörer’s delicate, gothic drawing style perfectly complements the period era of the book’s setting, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of her prose to the fore.
Guest: Tom Parkinson-Morgan
Tom Parkinson-Morgan appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday December 1st at 6:00 PM to sign Kill Six Billion Demons!
In this first collected volume of the webcomic, Kill Six Billion Demons, totally average sorority sister Allison Ruth is unwittingly given the keys to all creation and plucked from her dorm room to Throne, the ancient city at the center of the multiverse. Now she must ally with slang-talking devils and kung-fu angels in an epic bid to save her boyfriend from the clutches of the seven evil kings that rule the cosmos.
The artist will have a gallery of exclusive prints on display and for sale during the event.
Tom Parkinson-Morgan currently resides in Southeast Portland where he draws the webcomic Kill Six Billion Demons. Though born in England, he grew up in California and has recently returned from a two-year teaching stint in Japan to become a full time comic artist and coffee addict.
This November Matt Sheean and Simon Roy are hitting the road to celebrate the release of their two newest books – Ancestor and Habitat. Both of these sci-fi adventures were originally serialized in Island Magazine, from Image Comics.
Monday November 21st, 6-8pm
Kerascoët is the pen name of Marie Pommepuy & Sébastien Cosset, a couple of french authors living and working in Paris, France.
We are honored to host a signing with them as they tour the West Coast this Fall, as they debut their latest all ages book, Paul & Antoinette (Enchanted Lion Books).
Paul likes flower arranging, Antoinette likes mud... As siblings, they're stuck with each other, but could either really live without the other? Born from the fancy brushes of Kerascoët, this is a humorous, deep, beautifully depicted story about acceptance, trust and the fearlessness involved in being yourself.
Monday, November 7, 6-8pm
Reid Psaltis appears at Floating World Comics to present The Order of Things book release & art exhibit on Thursday November 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.
Join cartoonist Lucy Bellwood at Floating World Comics for a rollicking book release party celebrating the launch of BAGGYWRINKLES: A LUBBER'S GUIDE TO LIFE AT SEA!
After a smash-hit Kickstarter campaign in 2015, Baggywrinkles is finally out in print—in a full-color edition with spot gloss, a gatefold cover, and a gorgeous gallery of new guest art.
Baggywrinkles is a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy's comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and informative adventure with "a sheer and unremitting sense of joy" [Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier].
We'll have snacks and drinks for all, a wall full of original art from the book, and lots of sparkly nautical temporary tattoos to adorn your salty bodies. Come celebrate First Thursday with us!
WHO: Lucy Bellwood
WHAT: Baggywrinkles release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Lucy Bellwood is a cartoonist and illustrator working out of Periscope Studio in Portland, OR. When not writing and illustrating her educational, autobiographical sailing comic Baggywrinkles, she draws comics for Symbolia Magazine, The Nib, and Cartozia Tales.
You may also find her sailing tall ships up and down the West Coast. It's kind of a toss-up.
The original Floating World Comics location opened in 2006, a tiny 100 square foot space with enough room for 6 fixtures and a small desk. Our slogan was 'Art Design Cult Culture'. Bewildered customers came in every day, wondering why there was a comic shop in this strange location under the freeway and how we crammed such a nice selection into a few shelves. We outgrew the space after five months and moved into the Goldsmith Building.
Since then we’ve hosted over a hundred First Thursday events, published over 40 books and comics, organized comic shows and animation festivals. Most importantly, we have become a part of Portland’s art and comics community and made so many friends along the way.
I never celebrated previous anniversaries because I simply forgot each year until after it had passed. But we couldn't miss this one, so we’re throwing a party to thank everyone for 10 wonderful years!
Thursday August 18, 11am-8pm
* Sidewalk sale - comics and books by the pound, $1 per lb! (1lb is approximately 3 comics)
* Book signings with local creators Cathy Camper, Zack Soto, Lark Pien and Ian Chachere!
* Raffle prizes!
* A new Floating World t-shirt designed by Dreem Street!
Book signing schedule
4-6pm: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth signing with Cathy Camper.
The lovable trio from the acclaimed Lowriders in Space are back! Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They're the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner! With cool Spanish phrases on every page, a glossary of terms, and an action-packed plot that sneaks in science as well as Aztec lore, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth is a linguistic and visual delight. ¡Que suave!
Cathy Camper is the author of Lowriders in Space, and Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, with a third Lowriders volume in the works. She has a forthcoming picture book, Ten Ways to Hear Snow, and is the creator of Bugs Before Time: Prehistoric Insects and Their Relatives. Her work has also been featured in Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, by Amy Sedaris. She is a graduate of VONA/Voices writing workshops for people of color in Berkeley, California. Cathy’s a librarian in Portland, Oregon, where she does outreach to schools and kids in grades K-12.
6-8pm: Study Group Magazine #4 release party and signing with Zack Soto, Lark Pien and Ian Chachere.
**100 page mega-issue!**
Adventure calls in this massive tribute to all things fearless and fantastic! Featuring work by Farel Dalrymple, Ed Wheelan, Lark Pien, Noah Van Sciver, Andrea Kalfas, Ian Chachere, Dylan Horrocks, and many more! Includes comics, art, articles, interviews, and a playable board game! Cover art by Levon Jihanian.
100 oversized pages on 3 different paper stocks.
In addition to the magazine, the exclusive limited edition Deluxe Edition includes a playable Danger Country RPG by Levon Jihanian (Over the Garden Wall) and a functional GM screen with art by Benjamin Marra (Terror Assaulter OMWOT) and Zack Soto (Secret Voice)!
Guest: Jason Fischer
Floating World Comics and Press Gang are excited to host a release party for our newest publication, Terra Flats, by Jason Fischer on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM. This new ongoing series follows two friends navigating the challenges of life and love in the big city. Broken Frontier praised the debut issue as a “manga-flavored fantasy-comedy (that sees Jason) growing into his own highly individualized voice.” Jason will exhibit original art from the book and also produce two exclusive prints just for this show.
“Hex In The City”
Introducing the captivating Vee and her best friend Pony, a sweet and powerful demon. When Drake the vampire and Komo the dragon compete for Vee’s affections, spells and sparks start to fly! Romance meets magic in this enchanting new series about living and working in the big city!
In 2013 Jason Fischer worked as an art assistant to Bryan Lee O’Malley on his newest graphic novel Seconds. His previous comic projects include Seconds Helping, Burgermancer, and Junqueland.
Daria Tessler and Dylan Jones appear at Floating World Comics on Thursday July 7, 2016 from 6-9pm for the I Can’t Guess art show and release party!
Guest: Lisa Hanawalt
Lisa Hanawalt appears at Floating World Comics on Friday, June 24th, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM for the Hot Dog Taste Test release party and presentation.
Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. Join the James Beard Award winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman as she presents a selection of food related excerpts from Hot Dog Taste Test.
Lisa Hanawalt is an artist living in Los Angeles and is the production designer/producer of the Netflix original series Bojack Horseman. Hanawalt has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, and textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a James Beard Award–winning quarterly food column for Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with the comedian Emily Heller. Her first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes.
Guest: Jim Woodring
Cartoonist 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!
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!
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.
Guest: Ryan Heshka
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.
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.
Guest: Jeremy Sorese
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.
Guest: M.K. Reed
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.
Farel Dalrymple, MK Reed, Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Amy Clare, Tessa Black, Robin Bougie, and Robin McConnell appear at Floating World Comics on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to celebrate the release of both PALEFIRE and ISLAND!
Guest: Francois Vigneault
François Vigneault appears at Floating World Comics on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for the release of Titan #2 , published by Study Group Comics!
Kelly Sue DeConnick is coming to Floating World on Wednesday, October 7th at 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of BITCH PLANET Vol. 1: EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE!
Eisner Award-nominated writer KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of BITCH PLANET, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation. In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker? Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds. This volume collects issues 1-5.
Kelly Sue DeConnick began her comics career writing the English adaptations of Japanese manga for Tokyopop and VIZ. After 7 years and more than 10,000 pages on books like Slam Dunk, Blue Spring and Sexy Voice And Robo, she transitioned to American comics with 30 Days of Night: Eben And Stella at IDW and Osborn: Evil Incarcerated at Marvel. Today, DeConnick is well-known in the mainstream market as the force behind Carol Danvers’ reinvention as Captain Marvel (the book that gave rise to the Carol Corps) and as the first female writer of an ongoing Avengers title in Avengers Assemble.
In 2013, DeConnick debuted on the independent scene in a big way with PRETTY DEADLY, a brutal mythological Western co-created with Spanish artist Emma Ríos. Hot on the heels of that critical and commercial success, DeConnick and co-creator Valentine De Landro masterminded the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET. This ongoing series has been met with rave reviews since its debut in December 2014.
Swedish artist Anna Ehrlemark appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday September 16th from 5:00 till 7:00 PM for a Winners release party and art exhibit.
This release party and original art exhibit at Floating World is the beginning of a short tour Anna will be taking to celebrate her new book. She will also be a special guest at SPX (Sept. 18-19) and Nova Doba Festival in Belgrade (Sept. 21-24).
Jason Overby appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday September 3rd from 6:00 till 10:00 PM for a Being Being release party and art exhibit.
Noah Van Sciver and Kevin Hooyman appear at Floating World Comics on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm to launch their new graphic novels, FANTE BUKOWSKI and CONDITIONS ON THE GROUND!
Acclaimed cartoonists Marc Bell (Stroppy,) and Anders Nilsen (Poetry is Useless) will be at Floating World Comics on Tuesday July 14th, from 6-8pm reading from and signing their new Drawn & Quarterly books!
Marc Bell will be discussing his first full-length graphic novella, Stroppy, which paints a strange and wordplay-loving world in which the titular hero hopes to win big in a songwriting contest organized by the All-Star Schnauzer Band. Mishap and hilarity ensue as Bell explodes the divide between fine art, doodling, and comics. Anders Nilsen will talk about Poetry is Useless, an expansive, beautifully-packaged collection of his sketchbooks. Poetry is Useless is part travelogue, part commentary on politics and culture, and part conversational ping-pong match.
Marc Bell was born in London, Ontario, and has befuddled and bemused his readers for almost twenty years. He is the author of Hot Potatoe, Pure Pajamas, and Shrimpy and Paul and Friends. His comics have appeared in many Canadian weeklies, Vice, and LA Weekly. He is a twin.
Anders Nilsen is an award-winning cartoonist and visual artist. He is the author of several books, including Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, Rage of Poseidon, and the magnum opus Big Questions, for which he was awarded the 2012 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and was nominated for the top prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Nilsen has exhibited his drawing and painting internationally. He lives and works in Minneapolis.
Guest: Ed Luce
Celebrate the release of the WUVABLE OAF HC on June 4th from 6-8 PM with an art exhibit and book signing with Ed Luce.
Like Sex and the City but with adorable, ex-wrestler hairy gay men (or bears), Wuvable Oaf is Luce’s debut graphic novel. This book fills a romance comics hole by portraying a likeable gay male character that is both fully realized and relatable. Mostly playful, but sometimes serious, Wuvable Oaf captures the levity of loneliness. Luce delivers a rom-com that would leave Zack Galifianakis and Zooey Deschanel feuding over who got to play Oaf in a hypothetical movie adaptation.
Oaf is a large, hirsute, scary-looking ex-wrestler who lives in San Francisco with his adorable kitties, and listens to a lot of Morrissey. The book follows Oaf’s search for love in the big city, especially his pursuit of Eiffel, the lead singer of the black metal/queercore/progressive disco grindcore band Ejaculoid. Luce weaves friends, associates, enemies, ex-lovers, and the pasts of both men into the story of their courtship. Like Scott Pilgrim, Love and Rockets, and Archie, Wuvable Oaf explores the joys and pains of romantic conquests, set against the backdrop of the San Francisco scene. After decades of comics about boy-loves-girl, Luce finally gives readers of all orientations some insight into man-loves-man. Oaf’s silly, sweet, and sometimes sexy stories will win over everyone’s heart.
Customers who buy the book get a free signed Bookplate designed by Ed Luce especially for this event!
Guest: Jillian Tamaki
Join best-selling author Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) at Floating World Comics on Saturday, May 2nd, at 2:00 pm, for Free Comic Book Day! Jillian will be signing copies of her new Drawn and Quarterly graphic novel, SuperMutant Magic Academy. We will also have lots of copies of her Free Comic Book Day special on hand.
SuperMutant Magic Academy paints a teenage world that is moody and ennui-filled but also wry and irreverent: the SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Wendy, Marsha, Cheddar, Frances, and the other students will be your guides through the D&D games, performance art, unrequited crushes, and spell class tests that are the staples of life at the Academy.
Guest: Michel Fiffe
Michel Fiffe appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday April 16th, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
Michel Fiffe is the creator of the monthly action series Copra as well as the one-man anthology Zegas, both of which he produces and self publishes under Copra Press, est. 2011. On top of making comics, Fiffe has also edited the comics anthology Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies and has conducted in-depth creator interviews for several institutions including The Comics Journal.
Craig Thompson and Farel Dalrymple appear at Floating World Comics on Thursday February 5, 2015 to sign Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream! The party runs from 6-10 PM but Craig Thompson will be signing from 8-9pm only.
Writer Cathy Camper appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, January 14th from 5:00-7:00 PM. She will sign copies and also give a presentation of her new book, LOWRIDERS IN SPACE, illustrated by Raul the Third.
Guest: Chris C. Cilla
Chris Cilla appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00PM for a book release party and art exhibit! Artwork will be on display until January 31st.
Guest: Simon Roy
Thirty-five thousand years ago, the world was ruled by strange beasts and ancient gods! For some Paleolithic tribes, hope lay in the shaman warriors who stood between them and the unknown. Tiger Lung follows the struggle of one of these shamans to keep his people alive in a vast, hostile universe!
Simon Roy is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer from Victoria, BC. He came onto the comics scene in 2009 with the critically acclaimed sci-fi comic "Jan's Atomic Heart" (now reprinted as "Jan's Atomic Heart and Other Stories"), and has been working on a wide range of projects since. He's currently working on the Eisner Award nominated series "Prophet" for Image Comics.
WHEN: Wednesday December 17th, 5-7pm
Guest: Tim Lane
Tim Lane appears at Floating World Comics for a signing on Monday, December 4th at 6:00 PM!
Floating World Comics hosts a release party for two of Sparkplug‘s new publications– VORTEX by William Cardini and Reich #12 by Elijah Brubaker! Join both creators for a signing on Friday, November 14th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM!
Halloween may be over but we’ve got a dark and creepy art exhibit with local artists Andrew Scully and Karissa Sakumoto this November First Thursday. Andrew is a graduate from the IPRC comics certificate program and has published multiple comics through Snakebomb Comix and his own imprint Ratspike. This First Thursday we will celebrate the release of his latest comic, INHUMAN CONDITION, a post apocalyptic tale of mutants and survival.
Karissa Sakumoto is one of my favorite comics makers and this show will be a great opportunity to grab her new sketchbook collection, SCORPION JELLY. Check out more of her awesome comics here and her distro site RUDE COMICS. What else… she loves Ernest Goes To Jail, but who doesn’t amirite?
Floating World is also proud to publish a new comic by Steve Aylett, JOHNNY VIABLE AND HIS TERSE FRIENDS. Fans of our first publication THE CATERER will find plenty to enjoy in this hilarious follow up. A couple of these strips were first published in Alan Moore’s Dodgem Logic, but this 64 page issue is filled with new stories and tales of concern across varied terrain.
“The most original and most consciousness-altering living writer in the English language, not to mention one of the funniest” – Alan Moore
WHO: Andrew Scully and Karissa Sakumoto
WHAT: Inhuman Condition, Scorpion Jelly and Johnny Viable book release party and exhibit
WHEN: Thursday November 6th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
This September we are proud to host an art exhibit and book release party with one of our favorite local artists, Julia Gfrörer. The month long art exhibit will include Julia’s original comic pages and illustrations.
Julia will also debut her latest comic, the first chapter of Black Is The Color, recently nominated for an Ignatz award. This new book is about cruelty, sarcasm, loneliness, gay sailors, lactating mermaids, and salty fluids of all kinds. You could read it for free at www.studygroupcomics.com, but probably not in the bathtub (which is the best place to read it).
This book will be published by Thuban Press in September 2012, and it is 32 pages long and measures 5.5″x8.5″. It contains intense imagery and is intended for mature readers only.
Guest: Sam Alden
This September First Thursday we are excited to welcome Sam Alden back to Portland for the release of his award winning graphic novel, HAUNTER.
This is Sam’s first long-form work, painted in lush and colorful ink washes. It’s a wordless tale of a young woman trying to survive an ancient evil in an unknown land. The pacing and storytelling in Haunter is completely masterful. It was selected by Jeff Smith for the Best American Comics 2013 anthology and also won Sam an Igntaz award for ‘Most Promising New Talent’. We will exhibit Sam’s original artwork all month and he will attend the opening party to sign books and hang out with fans.
Study Group Comics will also debut the new issue of their flagship magazine, STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE 3D! The next exciting issue of their comics anthology/comics journalism hybrid includes a super cool 3D section, including a tribute to the late Ray Zone, complete with glasses! Interviews with Ronald Wimberly aka D-Pi (Prince of Cats, Black Dynamite). Comics and art from Jim Rugg, Sophie Franz, Connor Willumsen, Trevor Alixopulos, Mia Schwartz, Kim Deitch, Chris Cilla, Malachi Ward, Ben Max Urkowitz, Julia Gfrorer, Pete Toms and more. Articles by Sarah Horrocks, Sean Witzke, and more. The 3D section is kicked off by a retrospective look at the career of pioneering 3D prophet Ray Zone, with testimonials from Mary Fleener, Alan Moore, and more. There’s also an in-depth piece on the history and philosophy of 3D comics by Jason Little. You know what, there’s still more, too (plus cool glasses)! Not only that, but the rest of the book is printed in full color! Not only not only that, but this issue is 80 pages instead of 64! Whaaat!
WHO: Sam Alden
WHAT: HAUNTER & STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE 3D exhibit and release party
WHEN: Thursday September 4th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
This September, duty calls Judge Dredd to the West Coast, in the destructive Mega-City Two: City of Courts!
With a truly unique creative team on Mega-City Two, Dredd will go up against the unfamiliar and depraved like never before! Join creators Douglas Wolk, Ulises Farinas and Ryan Hill on Wednesday, September 3rd for a book release and signing of the graphic novel collection of this awesome new miniseries.
Mega-City Two marks the comics-writing debut of Eisner Award-winning journalist and Dredd aficionado Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Art chores are be handled by powerhouse Ulises Farinas (TRANSFORMERS: Heart of Darkness, Catalyst Comix), whose precise linework showcases the oddities of Judge Dredd’s world in stunning detail. Rounding out the creative team, colorist Ryan Hill brings the incredible structure in Farinas’ work to life.
In the year 2094, a secret mission puts Dredd behind the wheel of a Lawcruiser in Mega-City Two, the West Coast megalopolis that sprawls around what was once Los Angeles. And he’s about to discover that the rules—and the laws—are very different in a city where image is everything…
“Ulises, Ryan and I are going to show you a vision of Dredd’s world that you’ve never seen before,” Wolk says. “We’re yanking the East Coast’s toughest lawman out of his element, and plunging him into the bizarre, sunlit depths of post-apocalyptic California. There’ll be studio stars and cycle cultists, cartoon predators and beachfront terrors—plus, of course, ultraviolence, musical numbers and the occasional thrill-powered salute to Joan Didion.”
“Mega-City Two remains a criminally underexplored facet of Dredd’s world,” said 2000A.D./Rebellion Editor-in-chief, Matt Smith, “and Doug and Ulises are having a ball crafting an environment, not only geographically, but ideologically the opposite of MC-1. Dredd is the proverbial fish out of water, and a lot of the fun comes from seeing that East Coast mentality clash with the laid-back attitudes of MC-2. Dredd fans shouldn’t miss this really quite unique mini-series.”
WHO: Ulises Farinas, Douglas Wolk, Ryan Hill
WHAT: Judge Dredd Mega-City Two: City of Courts TP book release and signing
WHEN: Wednesday Sept. 3rd, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
Guest: Farel Dalrymple
In this demented future, whatever life remains on earth is oppressed by the evil shadowsmen. Only a gang of ruthless and powerful children called the Wrenchies can hope to stand against them. When Hollis, a lonely boy from our world, is magically given access to the future world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place he belongs. But it is not an easy world to live in, and Hollis's quest is bigger than he ever dreamed of.
Farel Dalrymple brings his literary and artistic powers to bear in this sprawling science fiction graphic novel about regret, obsession, and the uncertainty of growing up.
This August First Thursday come celebrate the release of an amazing graphic novel five years in the making, The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple. We will also celebrate the latest issue of It Will All Hurt #2, recently published by Study Group. While working on The Wrenchies, Farel started working on this unscripted side project set in the Wrenchies universe. Serialized on the Study Group Comics website, It Will All Hurt is an Eisner nominated, weird, sad, silly, and sketchy, fantasy adventure strip with magic and science-fiction and some fighting action. An exhibit of original artwork from both series will be on display all month, and Farel will attend the opening party to sign books and greet fans.
WHO: Farel Dalrymple
WHAT: THE WRENCHIES & IT WILL ALL HURT #2 exhibit and release party
WHEN: Thursday August 7th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
Celebrate 500 episodes of Inkstuds with the ultimate roadtrip by Robin McConnell, Brandon Graham and Simon Roy. Over the course of many years, both through CITR Radio and through his website Inkstuds, Robin McConnell has had the privilege of interviewing an innumerable amount of cartoonists spanning all walks of life, from all around the globe. Recently Inkstuds Radio passed its 500th episode, and in celebration of this event, Robin has decided to go on tour with Brandon Graham and Simon Roy. Brandon Graham is a Seattle-cum-Vancouver based cartoonist whose body of work includes such comics as Multiple Warheads, King City, Prophet, and the recently announced 8House comics line through Image Comics. We will have exclusive prints by Brandon Graham available for sale. They will be joined at this event by Farel Dalrymple and Joseph Bergin III to celebrate the final issue of Prophet which comes out that week.
Guest: Eleanor Davis
Eleanor Davis appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday July 9th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm!
Guest: Jesse Moynihan
Jesse Moynihan appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday July 3rd, from 6:00-10:00 pm for a FORMING II release party, art exhibit and musical powerpoint performance!
Come join us this Saturday for Free Comic Book Day!
Back in the early 1990’s, when anime was still called “Japanimation” and The Simpsons still featured Phil Hartman, no one could have conceived of the concept of Bartkira. Yet 23 years later, in Neo-Britain, artist Ryan Humphrey gave life to the unimaginable. His pages for the mind-bending crossover comic ignited a fire in the mind of comic artist James Harvey, who proposed the impossible:
Recreate every page of Akira using characters from The Simpsons.
It would take 768 artists, each contributing five pages, to redraw the full six volumes of Katsuhiro Otomo’s masterwork. A monumental group comic project unlike any other inspired working illustrators, comics professionals, and even some who had never drawn a comic in their lives. Now for the first time, the project that some have heralded as the greatest thing to ever happen to the Internet is here to destroy Floating World Comics.
Come to Floating World Comics at 6:00 p.m. on May 1st for the opening of the Bartkira gallery show and meet members of the Bartkira Committee. Floating World will also debut a limited edition book collecting 100 pages from the Bartkira project as well as a full color gallery section.
WHO: Frans Boukas, members of the Bartkira Committee
WHAT: Bartkira book release and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday May. 1st, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
James Harvey – harveyjames.tumblr.com/
Danny Hynes – dannyhynes.tumblr.com
Marcel O’Leary – marceloleary.tumblr.com
Erica Henderson – ericafailsatlife.tumblr.com
Jacob Chabot – jacobchabot.tumblr.com
Cameron Stewart – cameron-stewart.tumblr.com
Ben Ommundson – thethirstydude.tumblr.com
Brenton Barnes – brentonbarnesillustration.carbonmade.com
Luke Novel – hhsmelterkids.tumblr.com
Richie Pope – richiepope.com
Jon Huddleston – jonhuddleston.com
Jason Rainey – raineystuff.com
Cory Tran – gassnake.tumblr.com
Bodie Chewning – bodiechewning.com
Alchemichael – alchemichael.tumblr.com
Frans Boukas – rottenoak.tumblr.com
Tyler Patrick Boss – inkfilledsea.tumblr.com
Ben Jelter – theguture.blogspot.com
Wyatt Carroll – wyattcarroll.com
Jeremy Arambulo – jeremyarambulo.com/
Areil Vergez – blackbrainla.com
Jaime Munoz -flan-jaimemunoz.com
Peter Bloem – unrefined-graphite.tumblr.com
Alexandre Ghostthead – ghosttthead.tumblr.com/
Rawn Gandy – http://rawngandy.com/
Nick Sumida – nicksumida.com
Ryan Humphrey – http://cargocollective.com/withapencilinhand
Tait Howard – http://www.comicbooktakeover.com/
Mark Fionda – markfiondajr.com
Alejandro Bruzzese - alejandrobruzzese.net
Simone Nemes – eyesmoth.tumblr.com
Rodrigo Bravo – www.rodrigobravo.ca
Edie Fake signs at Floating World Comics on Thursday April 10th from 6-8pm!
Guest: David Marquez
David Marquez and Tara Rhymes sign at Floating World Comics on Wednesday April 9th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm!
Join us Thursday, April 3 for an evening of art, pie and the best damn coffee around! We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the cult-classic TV series “Twin Peaks” with a group art show created and curated by ardent fans and professional illustrators!
“Twin Peaks” became one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and was a critical success both nationally and internationally. It captured a devoted cult fan base and became a part of popular culture that has been referenced in television shows, commercials, comic books, video games, films and song lyrics. Declining viewer ratings led to ABC’s insistence that the identity of Laura’s murderer be revealed midway through the second season. The series was followed by a 1992 feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, which serves as a prequel to the television series.
Artists featured in this show include “Y: The Last Man” artist Pia Guerra, noted collage artist Andreis Costa, “Red Light Properties” creator Dan Goldman, rock poster artist Justin Hampton, Eraserhead Press cover artist Jim Agpalza, DC Comics artist Matt Haley. Their original art will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Pixie Project, a local non-profit animal adoption center and rescue.
March 22 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola's career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character's somewhat humble beginnings in an eight-page feature in Dark Horse's San Diego Comic-Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved "beast of the apocalypse."
In December, Dark Horse declared that March 22, 2014, would be Hellboy Day, with events happening in comic shops around the world!
Guest: Tony Millionaire
Tony Millionaire is everywhere! Coming this March, the man himself will be appearing at Floating World Comics to sign the brand-monkey-spanking new Sock Monkey Treasury: A “Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey” Collection on Sunday March 9th from 6-8pm.
For the first time, all twelve of multiple Eisner Award-winner Tony Millionaire’s acclaimed Sock Monkey all-ages comic books (1998-2007) are collected under one cover, as well as the full-color graphic novella “Uncle Gabby” full-color illustrated storybook, “The Glass Doorknob”, and the only full-length Sock Monkey graphic novel “The Inches Incident.” 336 pages are lovingly bound and ready to be devoured by a new generation of readers.
Bring your young reader to Floating World Comic on Sunday, March 9th to get the new book inscribed just for them!
Guest: Matt Wagner
Continuing the celebration of the annual Will Eisner Week, comic book Legend, MATT (MAGE/GRENDEL) Wagner, will be reading a tale excerpted from Will Eisner’s acclaimed INVISIBLE PEOPLE graphic novel. The event will be presented with accompanying slides of the story. Wagner will then talk about Eisner’s work and its impact on the industry and Matt’s own career. Matt will also be doing a live B&W drawing inspired by Mr. Eisner’s work, which will be given to one lucky attendee, randomly chosen from among the first 50 people attending the event.
Julia Gfrörer signs at Floating World Comics on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 6:00pm until 10:00pm!
Yumi Sakugawa signs at Floating World Comics on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm.
Ulises Farinas, Douglas Wolk, and Ryan Hill sign at Floating World Comics on Wednesday January 15th, 2014 from 6:00 till 8:00pm!
Join Floating World Comics on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm for an evening with the publisher and artists of Snakebomb Comix. We’re celebrating with a group art show and triple book release of the Snakebomb Comix 3 anthology, Tom Toye’s Illogical Comics Dailies and A. Degen’s AREACC reprint! Jack Hayden, Pat Keck, Ryan Dirks, Karissa Sakumoto and more will be in attendance.
Snakebomb Comix is a Portland-based comics publisher and risograph print studio founded by cartoonist Jack Hayden. His flagship anthology series “Snakebomb Comix” has seen three issues and over twenty artists since its 2011 debut. The all-new SB3 showcases eight cartoonists drawing comics that range from barbarians battling robots to young punk romance, suburban demon resurrection, mutagenic bar fights and more. Tom Toye’s Illogical Comics Dailies is a collection of hilarious, gory, monster-crazy one pagers stealthily drawn at the artist’s day job. AD’s AREACC has been hailed as a “modern comics masterpiece” and follows the adventures of heroine CoCo as she travels through the dystopian megalopolis Nova Zomia in search of paradise.
Artists featured in this show include SB3 contributors Patrick Keck, Pete Toms, Marc Palm, Leah Wishnia, AD, Jack Hayden, Ryan Dirks, Eric Benton, Tom Toye as well as frequent Snakebomb collaborator Karissa Sakumoto.
Guest: Jesse Reklaw
Join Jesse Reklaw at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR on December 19th for a night to remember. From 6pm to 8pm, Reklaw will be signing copies of his twisted graphic novel, Couch Tag. Let him know which of his 13 cats was your favorite.
Veteran alternative cartoonist Jesse Reklaw, creator of the long-running weekly comic strip Slow Wave, delivers a tragicomic graphic memoir, his first long-form work. Presented as a series of comic novellas that together comprise a thoughtful, sometimes dark and often hilarious memoir about childhood, family, death, mental illness, sex and drug use, the entire book is told through cleverly inviting conceits like cat histories and card games. Reklaw’s own psychological state is expressed through his erratic art-style changes and darkening imagery.
The graphic novel is told in five parts: In “Thirteen Cats” (featured in The Best American Comics), Reklaw discovers coping mechanisms that mimic his family pets; “Toys I Love” relates the author’s pre-pubescent brushes with deviant sexual activity, and the way innocence converges with real sexual trauma; “The Fred Robinson Story” tells the story of Reklaw’s period stalking perfect strangers; “The Stacked Deck,” in which hereditary influences towards criminal behavior, drug use and depression are explored via card games the author played with his family; and “Lessoned,” a family history of mental illness.
Guest: Farel Dalrymple
Delusional is a 232 page book of comics and drawings by cartoonist Farel Dalrymple. You might have seen them in various anthologies, or posted on the internets, but now they are collected into one beautiful tome published by Adhouse Books. Farel’s previous work includes Pop Gun War, Omega the Unknown, and the occasional Prophet.
Join Farel December 5th for an art exhibit and book release party at Floating World. Farel will also read a chapter from his eagerly anticipated forthcoming graphic novel, The Wrenchies.
Farel Dalrymple’s newest book is Delusional, a collection of comic short stories, illustrations, and sketches out now from from adhouse books. Farel is the artist that drew Omega the Unknown (Marvel Comics), for author Jonathan Lethem. His creator owned comic book, Pop Gun War (Dark Horse Comics) was a Xeric grant recipient and won a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators. Farel is a co-founder of the comic anthology, Meathaus and has worked on a range of illustration and cartooning projects for book publishers, magazines, studios, ad agencies, and comic book publishers such as Marvel, DC, and Image Comics. Farel just completed an original 300-page watercolored comic book story, The Wrenchies, out in 2014 from First Second Books. He is currently residing in Oregon where he working on his long neglected Pop Gun War follow up (pop gun war : chain letter) and drawing his Eisner nominated webcomic, IT WILL ALL HURT for studygroupcomics.
Bad relationships, interracial dating, cross-faith intermarriage, the endless pangs of love, reality television, Muslim fundamentalism, Crispin Hellion Glover, Internet pornography, Turkish secularism in the era of Erdoğan, the amorous habits of Thomas Jefferson, errant dogs, monogamous cheeseburger tattoos, alcoholics without recovery, 9/11 PTSD, female Victorian novelists, the people who go to California to die.
Jarett Kobek’s second novel, BTW, presents the tragicomedy of a young man in Los Angeles balancing a lunatic father, two catastrophic relationships, identity politics, and American pop culture at its most confused. Join the author Wednesday, November 20 for a book signing and reading.
JARETT KOBEK is an American author and essayist living in California. His book ATTA (Semiotexte, 2011) is a fictionalized psychedelic biography of the lead 9/11 terrorist and If You Won’t Read, Then Why Should I Write? was published in 2012 by Penny-Ante Editions. His most recent criticism, «Je suis devenu un magicien noir», was published as a catalogue essay by White Cube of London.
WHO: Jarett Kobek
WHAT: BTW book release and signing
WHEN: Wednesday Nov. 20, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
Greg Means signs at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 6:00pm until 10:00pm.
Twenty Five Years ago, the first issue of Sandman was released and changed the face of comics. Not only was Sandman the flagship title for the Vertigo imprint from DC, but it has also won many awards including the World Fantasy Award (for Sandman #19, a Midsummer Nights Dream), more than 20 Eisner Awards and a host of other awards and critical accolades. Now with the 25th Anniversary, Neil Gaiman returns to Sandman with an all new limited series, Sandman: Overture, with art by J.H. Williams. The first issue arrives in stores October 30th.
To celebrate the anniversary of the groundbreaking series, we are celebrating with an art event showcasing new works created by some of the best artists in the comic industry. This show will feature the artwork of Michael Allred, Richard Case, Farel Dalrymple, Ben Dewey, Tadd Galusha, Shawn McManus, Tradd Moore, Russel Roehling, Nick Runge, Bryan Talbot, Rebecca Woods, Michael Zulli, and Chrissie Zullo.
For this event, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the gallery show and art sale to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, which has been ranked as one of the best pediatric hospitals in the United States. Join us Thursday November 7th where we will have exclusive prints only available in-store at the opening. Check back here after the art opening for an opportunity to bid on the original artwork in a series of online auctions.
Thursday Nov. 7, 6-10pm
Guest: Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart is on tour supporting the release of the hardcover edition of his Eisner award winning webcomic, Sin Titulo. He’ll be at Floating World on Monday November 4th, from 6-8pm to meet fans and sign copies of his new book.
Following the death of his grandfather, Alex Mackay discovers an enigmatic photograph of the old man smiling happily with an unknown and alluring young woman. Could his grandfather—whom Alex remembers as a sad and broken soul, longing for death— have been leading a double life? Alex’s mounting obsession with unraveling this mystery snatches him away from his mundane existence and thrusts him into a weird and sordid world of ever-escalating danger—where dreams and reality merge, childhood traumas and family secrets are laid bare, and lives are irrevocably altered.
Cameron Stewart (B.P.R.D., Batman & Robin) blends elements of noir, magic realism, and autobiography in this highly lauded and Eisner Award–winning mystery-thriller.
Cartoonist T. Edward Bak appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 6:00pm until 10:00pm for a First Thursday art exhibit, book release, and presentation!
Guest: Brian Ralph
On Sunday, September 8th 6-8 PM, join Floating World Comics and Drawn & Quarterly for an evening with cartoonist Brian Ralph to celebrate the launch of the highly-anticipated Reggie-12, a hilarious pop-culture send-up of the infallible boy hero first presented in the seminal Asian culture magazine Giant Robot. The Cave-In and Daybreak author will be presenting a hilarious slide show with a signing to follow.
Reggie-12 is a young robot with endless enthusiasm. He lives with a bumbling sad-sack friend, a wise-cracking cat, and a well-meaning but forgetful inventor. Laughs explode from the page in this work, which reinterprets classic Japanese adventure manga through Brian Ralph’s trademark style. Come along for a wild ride with Reggie-12, Casper, and Professor Tinkerton as they eat pizza, play video games, and get dissed by bad guys.
In celebration of MusicfestNW and the release of the Live from the Banana Stand Vol. 2 compilation CD, Floating World Comics are transforming their excellently curated comic and record store into an all-ages matinee pre-party. Wristband or not, stopping by this free show will earn you a copy of the aforementioned compilation of live takes from some of Portland's best, as well as a chance to catch two local pop powerhouses before the sun sets. Spookies play extremely catchy, lo-fi rock 'n' roll. Their recently released VCR EP is nearly perfect, with five tracks of pop-garage goodness that are instantly enjoyable and over way too soon. Luckily, Your Rival picks up right where Spookies leave off. Their melodic and vigorous pop-rock would have fit in perfectly alongside Superchunk at the Crystal Ballroom the night before.
Join us at The Waypost on Sunday August 11th to celebrate the release of Arthur Magazine No. 35. Arthur co-publisher, Floating World Comics, will be on hand with copies of the new issue and we are thrilled to present a live performance by Michael Hurley, who is featured in the new issue. Stop by for some sweet tunes and pick up the new issue a week before it hits the stands!
Wily folkplayer MICHAEL HURLEY (aka Elwood Snock) has charmed hip audiences for over fifty years now with his timeless surrealist tunes and sweetly weird comics, all the while maintaining a certain ornery, outsider mystique.
In the new issue of Arthur, Longtime Snockhead/Arthur Senior Writer BYRON COLEY investigates this Wild American treasure in an enormous 11,000-word, 8-PAGE feature replete with rare photos, artwork, comics… and a giant color portrait by Liz Devine. Snock attack!
Join us Wednesday Aug. 7th for a delightful evening with Ben Catmull and Josh Simmons. Welcome the artists as they celebrate the release of their two new books, Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull and The Furry Trap by Josh Simmons.
Who doesn’t love a good ghost story? Ghosts and Ruins is a gorgeous, coffee-table art book is a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses imagined by artist Ben Catmull, along with the stories and rumors of who haunts them, and why. Each spread features a different haunted house, lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of each scene. – See more at: http://www.fantagraphics.com/
Graphic novelist Josh Simmons (House) returns with a harrowing and genre-bending collection of modern horror short stories that could curl the toes of a corpse in a state of rigor mortis. The Furry Trap contains 11 short stories, varying in length from one to 30 pages, as well as a number of “extras” that will flesh out the reader’s experience. From the title creatures in “Night of the Jibblers,” to the witches and ogres of “Cockbone,” to the Godzilla-sized, centaur-bodied depiction of the title character in “Jesus Christ,” to the disarmingly cute yet terrifying demons of “Demonwood,” to the depraved, caped crusading antihero in “Mark of the Bat,” Simmons is a master of creating terrifying beasties that inspire and inflict nightmarish horrors, usually taken to unforgettable extremes.
WHO: Ben Catmull, Josh Simmons
WHAT: Book release and signing for Ghosts and Ruins, The Furry Trap
WHEN: Wednesday August 7, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St
Ben Catmull grew up in Albany, CA and currently resides in Oakland, CA. His previous works include Monster Parade and Paper Theater.
Josh Simmons’ disturbing, uncomfortable and even confrontational stories often work on multiple levels: straight, uncompromising horror; blackly humorous, satirical riffs on the genre; or as vicious assaults against the political correctness that rules so much of our popular culture. His artwork excels in conveying a feeling of dread and claustrophobia, and the stories herein all share an unmistakably and uncompromising commitment to exploring the crossroads of abomination and hilarity.
*First Thursday has been moved to Wednesday this month due to the Independence Day holiday.
Established in early 2012, three friends joined forces to expedite the success of their publishing goals. Jason Leivian from Floating World, Zack Soto from Study Group, and Francois Vigneault from Family Style shared their knowledge, pooled their resources, travelled far and wide to form a collective as dangerous as their reputations would suggest – a Press Gang!
One year later we are proud to present four monumental new releases -
Object 10 Works by Kilian Eng. Floating World Comics presents Kilian Eng’s second monograph of retro futuristic illustration and graphic design in a gorgeous hardcover edition. Limited edition archival prints will be on display and for sale.
It Will All Hurt by Farel Dalrymple. As regular studygroupcomics.com readers already know, this is one of the coolest science-fantasy adventure comics you will ever read. Printed on bright Golden Age newsprint with risograph covers, IWAH is a weird, sad, silly, and sketchy, fantasy adventure strip with magic and science-fiction and some fighting action. Original art by Farel Dalrymple will be on display and for sale.
Study Group Magazine #2. The second issue of this award winning comics anthology/journal is the perfect accompaniment to Zack Soto’s acclaimed comics website.
Titan #1 by Francois Vigneault. 32 pages of duotone Sci-Fi comics glory. When Mngr João da Silva is sent to Homestead Station on the moon of Titan he finds himself caught in the simmering tensions between the geneticly-engineered Titan workers and the Terran management. Original art by Francois will be on display and for sale.
WHO: Farel Dalrymple, Zack Soto, Francois Vigneault
WHAT: Object 10 / It Will All Hurt / StudyGroup Magazine #2 / Titan #1 release party & art exhibit
WHEN: Wednesday July 3, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Artwork will be on display until the end of July.
Guest: Maris Wicks
With Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, #1 New York Times Best-Selling author Jim Ottaviani returns with an action-packed account of the three greatest primatologists of the last century: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. These three ground-breaking researchers were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each made profound contributions to primatology—and to our own understanding of ourselves.
Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century. With charming and inviting illustrations by Maris Wicks, this is a nonfiction graphic novel with broad appeal.
Join us on Saturday June 29th from 4:30-6pm with artist Maris Wicks, to celebrate the release of this wonderful new graphic novel.
WHO: Maris Wicks
WHAT: Primates book release and signing
WHEN: Saturday June 29, 4:30-6pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
A Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten Graphic Novel of Spring 2013
An ICv2 ‘Pick Hit’ of Spring 2013
“Riveting.” – Publisher’ s Weekly, Starred Review
Maris Wicks has used her opposable thumbs to draw comics for Adhouse Books, Tugboat Press, and Spongebob Comics. When she’s not making comics, Maris works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium. She is an avid tool user and is particularly fond of bananas.
Guest: Jeff Parker
Join writer Jeff Parker on Wednesday May 29 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm to celebrate the release of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1, featuring work by Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee, plus stories by Jeff Lemire and the team of Justin Jordan and Riley Rossmo. 100% of the proceeds from this issue will be donated to Allout.org to support their fight for LGBT equality.
This Saturday May 4th is Free Comic Book Day at Floating World. In addition to all the free comics produced especially for FCBD (limit of 10 books per customer) we will also have copies of MASTER P’S THEATER, a free book that we co-published with Sparkplug, Teenage Dinosaur and Snakebomb. This issue is fantastic, and as is usual in this yearly co-publishing partnership, we have selected all local artists who have never yet appeared in a free comic:
Covers by August Lipp and Tony Remple. Stories by: John Isaacson, Amriel Simpson, Alex Chiu, Ryan Iverson, Pat Keck, Jason “JFish” Fischer.
It’s gonna be a party. From noon – 3pm we’ve invited some special guests to hang out and sign books.
JFish – Master P’s Theater, Junqueland, Burgermancer
Tyler Crook – BPRD, Petrograd
Ales Kot – Wild Children, Change, Suicide Squad
Robbi Rodriguez – Frankie Get Your Gun, Uncanny X-Force
But wait there’s more. We’ll be running our DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR sale all day from 11-7. Here’s how it works: for every dollar spent at the register you get a FREE dollar comic from our back issue bins. If you buy a $30 book you get 30 FREE dollar comics. If you buy two dollar comics you get two more for FREE! You’re gonna leave with a bunch of comics.
Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends: A Collection of Unsolved Mysteries, contains thirty-two true stories of strange disappearances, cold case murders, and unexplained phenomena. These stories come from around the world and range from the familiar, such as the grisly unsolved murder of “The Black Dahlia,” to the forgotten, like the mysterious substance that once fell from Washington skies. Check out Hic & Hoc’s first anthology for these tales and many more creepy, baffling, bona fide mysteries.
WHO: Emi Gennis, Sam Alden, Julia Gfrörer, and Graham Kahler
WHAT: Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends book release & signing
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 5-7pm
THE THIRD TRIANNUAL GREAT PORTLAND HOME VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT SWAPATHON will welcome Portland’s premiere video cassette swap-tacular back to the warm bosom of Floating World Comics. Inspired by relaxing weekend getaways to Oregon’s wine country with Floating World owner Jason Leivian and brunch server Mayhaw Hoons, the SWAPATON was formed to take their experiences and supply a haven for Portland’s VHS-enthustiast community to swap video tapes, their concerns and… romance?* Guests are heartily encouraged to bring their own VHS to swap or sell. Please e-mail Jason if you are interested in exhibitor table space.
*romance will not be provided
WHO: Tabled exhibitors, VHS lovers
WHAT: VHS swap meet
WHEN: Saturday, April 20th, 3-8PM
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Guest: Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.
“Lucy Knisley’s delightful drawings don’t just tell great stories, they’re a crystal-clear how-to guide to everything worth doing in the kitchen. Step aside, Joy of Cooking.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
WHO: Lucy Knisley
WHAT: Relish book release & signing
WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 6-8pm
Guest: Ryan Hill
Earth’s legit-est teenage protectors have vanquished evil and are settling into sleep mode… until their new mentor accidentally unleashes a fresh batch of cosmic monsters, forcing them to engage evil once again as Task Force Rad Squad.
Task Force Rad Squad #1 is a 32-page, full-color calamity by writer Caleb Goellner, artist Buster Moody and colorist Ryan Hill that introduces readers to three teens with radditude, their substance-addled “mentor” and the weary AI known as PhRANCIS. Powered by the specious cosmic tech of an extinct Space Wizard civilization, the team has inherited a universe of messes that they rightfully resent having to mop up. But who knows? Maybe their struggle to protect Earth from sentient birthday cakes and hot garbage will wind up teaching them the true meaning of friendship? Maybe??? Seriously, we have no idea!
On Friday, March 29, 2013, some of your favorite SuicideGirls will be signing their hard cover photo book of tattooed pinup girls entitled Hard Girls, Soft Light at Floating World Comics in Portland. Make sure to get to Floating World Comics early because the first 25 people to have a copy of Hard Girls, Soft Light signed will receive a free yearlong membership to SuicideGirls.com.
After the book signing join local SuicideGirls as well as Rigel and Radeo for an official after party at Matador Bar. Interested in being a SuicideGirl? Introduce yourself to the SG model coordinator, Rigel Suicide, and show her what you are made of.
Join Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm on Wednesday March 13th to celebrate the release of HAWKEYE VOL. 1 MY LIFE AS A WEAPON TP. We will also have copies of the Hurricane Sandy benefit issue, Hawkeye #7 for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to American Red Cross, to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hawkeye #7 artists Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm will be available to draw sketches for fans in exchange for American Red Cross donations.
After a four-year sabbatical, beloved revolutionary sweetheart Arthur returns to print, renewed, refreshed, reinvigorated and in a bold new format: pages as tall and wide as a daily newspaper on compostable newsprint, with ads only on the back cover(s). Amazing!
In partnership with Portland, Oregon’s Floating World Comics, Arthur’s gang of idiots, know-it-alls and village explainers are back, edited by ol’ fool Jay Babcock and art directed by Yasmin Khan.
Come celebrate the release of the new issue on Thursday January 3rd. We’ll have original comic art on display from contributors, Rick Veitch and Gabby Schulz. Plus: betel nuts, other surprises.