Floating World Comics

400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209

Current & Upcoming Events

April 26, 2019: Fingerprints & Toonice Junk Double Release Party

Japanese artist Tetsunori Tawaraya returns to Portland on Friday, April 26 to share his two newest print publications.

Fingerprints is a 2019 risograph book illustrated by Tetsunori Tawaraya. The idea of this illustration book centers on a young researcher who acquires a job at a Golden Dawn Laboratory, and searches the spices with rare “octagon fingerprints” in outer space. The researcher encounters the creatures such as space inhabitants, undiscovered organics, and they were skillfully stippled by Tawaraya with no dialogue. This is his fourth coil bound book with various size interiors on Colour Code.

Toonice Junk is a 13 color silkscreen accordion book. Limited edition of 200 copies printed by Le Dernier Cri.

16 cm / 22 cm – 42 pages / 3 accordions with folded cover / Fedrigonni 260 gsm paper

WHO: Tetsunori Tawaraya
WHAT: Fingerprints & Toonice Junk double release party
WHEN: Friday, April 26, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

TETSUNORI TAWARAYA is originally from Miyagi, resides in Tokyo. In the late 90s he started drawing portraits of people and musicians in San Diego, CA. In 2002 he formed Tokyo based noise rock duo 2up (pronounced up up). Released on SAF Records, Ache Records, and Toad Records in later years. His works were subsequently published by Hollow Press (Italy), Le Dernier Cri (France), and Colour Code (Canada). Collaboration with Braindead (Los Angeles) and Volcom (Costa Mesa). His work continues to be highly influential.

Past Events

April 17, 2019: Mage: The Hero Denied release party and book signing with Matt Wagner

The last of six volumes collecting MATT WAGNER’s epic, modern-day fantasy trilogy, MAGE—BOOK THREE: THE HERO DENIED is the long-awaited conclusion to the saga of the reborn Pendragon, Kevin Matchstick.
After his mystical enemies destroy his home and kidnap half his family, Kevin must return to his heroic path and again draw forth the power of Excalibur. Will the long-prophesied third Mage finally appear at last? Or will the Pendragon’s fear for his family’s safety leave the mysterious Fisher King a victim to the sinister schemes of the Umbra Mother and her Gracklethorns?

35 years in the making, this is a landmark release for local creator Matt Wagner and a milestone in independent comics. We are honored to host this release party and book signing on Wednesday, April 17th.

April 5, 2019: Leaving Richard’s Valley reading & signing with Michael DeForge

Join Michael DeForge for a reading and book signing to launch Leaving Richard’s Valley, his new graphic novel. Leaving Richard’s Valley documents a group of forest creatures attempting to survive in the big city after being forced out of their cultish community. What unfolds is an entertaining meditation on the meaning of community and the many forms it takes.

WHO: Michael DeForge
WHAT: Leaving Richard’s Valley book reading and signing
WHEN: Friday April 5th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael DeForge was born in 1987 and has written eight books including Ant Colony, First Year Healthy, Big Kids, and Sticks Angelica. He has been a celebrity judge for the Midland Buttertart Festival. He is currently on a treadmill.

March 12, 2019: Hi Jax and Hi Jinx Book Signing and Reading

Hi Jax and Hi Jinx is a black-humored, edgy social comedy based on the real-life experiences of cartoonist and musician/performance artist Dame Darcy, creator of the comix series Meat Cake.

Her Gothic Lolita punk/dada life is a no holds barred fight for social justice. Allying herself with witches, the LBGTQ community, billionaires, and Native Americans, Dame Darcy takes on reality television, self-publishing, fine art exhibition, movie production, the patriarchy and the soaring cost of higher education.

We are excited to host a book signing and reading with Dame Darcy on Tuesday, March 12 from 6-8pm as part of her West Coast 2019 Tour.

With 50 plus internationally published graphic novels, cartoonist Dame Darcy is an essential voice in women’s art and cartooning. In 2016, her 500-page, career-spanning comic compilation Meat Cake Bible was published by Fantagraphics.

March 7, 2019: Cult of the Ibis release party & art exhibit with Daria Tessler

This exquisite, mostly-silent graphic novel takes place in a fantasy cityscape loosely inspired by German Expressionist film. Cult of the Ibis tells the story of an occultist getaway driver who, after escaping with the loot from a bank robbery gone wrong, orders a build-your-own homunculus kit and goes on the lam. Steeped in architecture and atmosphere, Tessler’s vividly intricate cartooning fuels this strange and gripping yarn, which is packaged in a gorgeous hardcover design.

Join Daria on March 7 for a book signing and exhibit of original artwork from this incredible new book.

WHO: Daria Tessler
WHAT: Cult of the Ibis release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday March 7, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

Daria Tessler is a cartoonist and printmaker based in Portland, OR. Her books include The Cult of the Ibis, Accursed, and Music of Changes. She also creates silkscreen prints, stationary and more via her website animalsleepstories.com.

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