Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
Past EventsNov. 12, 2019: The River at Night comix reading and signing with Kevin Huizenga
A MAN HAS TROUBLE FALLING ASLEEP AND REFLECTS ON HIS LIFE, MARRIAGE, AND TIME ITSELF
In The River at Night, Kevin Huizenga delves deep into consciousness. What begins as a simple, distracted conversation between husband and wife, Glenn and Wendy Ganges—him reading a library book and her working on her computer—becomes an exploration of being and the passage of time. As they head to bed, Wendy exhausted by a fussy editor and Glenn energized by his reading and no small amount of caffeine, the story begins to fracture.
The River at Night flashes back, first to satirize the dot-com boom of the late 1990s and then to examine the camaraderie of playing first-person shooter video games with work colleagues. Huizenga shifts focus to suggest ways to fall asleep as Glenn ponders what the passage of time feels like to geologists or productivity gurus. The story explores the simple pleasures of a marriage, like lying awake in bed next to a slumbering lover, along with the less cherished moments of disappointment or inadvertent betrayal of trust. Huizenga uses the cartoon medium like a symphony, establishing rhythms and introducing themes that he returns to, adding and subtracting events and thoughts, stretching and compressing time. A walk to the library becomes a meditation on how we understand time, as Huizenga shows the breadth of the comics medium in surprising ways. The River at Night is a modern formalist masterpiece as empathetic, inventive, and funny as anything ever written.
WHO: Kevin Huizenga
WHAT: The River At Night reading and book signing
WHEN: Tuesday Nov. 12, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Join author Cole Pauls for a signing & artist talk to celebrate the release of the Dakwäkãda Warriors graphic novel! Newly collected and published by Conundrum Press.
As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Driven by a desire to help revitalize the language, he created Dakwäkãda Warriors, a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.
Pauls’ Elders supported him throughout the creation process by offering consultation and translation. The resulting work is a whimsical young adult graphic novel that offers an accessible allegory of colonialism. Dakwäkãda Warriors also includes a behind-the-scenes view into the making of the comic and a full-colour insert featuring character illustrations by guest Indigenous Canadian artists.Nov. 6, 2019: Comic reading with Jul Gordon
German comics artist Jul Gordon is coming to Floating World for a special book reading and signing. She will read an excerpt from her new book, still in progress, Route Will Be Recalculated and from her book The Parc.
She will bring her zines Contactcenter, Emigrant P., Do you tend to cry?, Flat Nr. 10, 001, and her book Candie Coloured Clown.
Jul Gordon, born 1982, studied illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany, where she still lives. Besides her activities as a comics artist, she organizes readings and exhibitions and holds comic workshops for kids in a social center in Hamburg St. Pauli. She has recently exhibited her work at the Festival International de la Bande dessinée in Angouleme, France, at the Comicfestival in Hamburg, Germany and at the Millionaires Club in Leipzig, Germany.Oct. 9, 2019: Glom Press and Walker Mettling print show and pop-up shop
Glom Press, a small press comics publisher and Risograph printer based in Melbourne, Australia, comes to Floating World to present their work.
This includes a recent series of graphic novellas by emerging and established Australian artists, a series of prints by the same, as well as the latest releases by Glom Press founders Marc Pearson and Michael Hawkins.
The print show includes works by: Sam Wallman, Mary Leunig, Safdar Ahmed, Meg O'Shea, Bailey Sharp, Ben Juers, Merv Heers, Mira Schlosberg, Carolyne Wylds, Marlo Mogensen, Urbigfrog & Michael Fikaris.
Walker Mettling is a cartoonist, printmaker, and since 2010 he’s directed the Providence Comics Consortium, an experimental education-based intergenerational comics micro-publisher which teaches comics classes at public libraries and publishes a huge array of comics, zines and books! In 2017 he was the Rhode Island State Council on the Art’s Fellow in New Genres. Most recently he has made “Knight Memorial Library: This Enduring Temple of Knowledge” a screen-printed artist book that explores the stacks and stories of a library in decadent decay, the second in Walker’s ‘Gallery That no Longer Exists’ book series.