Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
Current & Upcoming EventsApril 2, 2020: Not a Place to Visit Signing
Not a Place to Visit is a new collection of illustrated essays by WILD MAN cartoonist T Edward Bak. Join the artist on Thursday, April 2nd from 6 PM – 8 PM for a launch party that includes a book reading and an exhibit of original art.
Exploring themes of social and ecological flux unique to environments in the western US through concisely rendered reflections this series examines the migration of the artist’s family to and from Colorado’s San Luis Valley, tourism and salmon on the Columbia River, the fraught ecosystem of southern California’s Salton Sea, and fracking along the northern Colorado prairie and Front Range.
T Edward Bak is a native of Colorado and a long-time Oregon resident exploring intersections of culture and ecology in western North America through his comics work. While living in Athens, Georgia, Bak produced the autobiographical comic strip Service Industry for Flagpole Magazine. Bak’s work would later appear in the critically-acclaimed anthologies Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, The Best American Comics, and MOME.
Past EventsMarch 5, 2020: And If The World Keeps Ending: A Riso Print Art Show
“And If The World Keeps Ending” is an riso art exhibit focused on micro and macro apocalypses and surviving and thriving beyond them. Our hope is tinged with tenderness and violence, our love with desperate perseverance and still the future keeps unreeling before us endlessly despite all these thousands of endings! This collection of artists will explore their imagined futures, small intimate moments or epic revolutionary scenes. If the world keeps ending, life persists.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of the limited edition riso prints will go to a charity helping to fight for environmental justice!
Artists: Leslie Hung, Yumi Sakugawa, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Tim Peacock, Singeon, Lala Albert, Emma Rios, Jeremy Sorese, Roxie Vizcarra, Kris Mukai, and Niv BavarskyFeb. 22, 2020: BUG BOYS release party with Laura Knetzger
Join two bug friends as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this debut graphic novel by Laura Knetzger!
Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own – sometimes confusing and complicated – thoughts and feelings.
In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town’s popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites!
What challenges will these two earnest beetles face? Whatever it is, you can be sure that Rhino-B and Stag-B will face it together — with the power of friendship behind them.
WHO: Laura Knetzger
WHAT: Bug Boys release party and reading
WHEN: Saturday Feb. 22, 3-5pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
“These pages have a lot of sweetness and charm.” –The AV Club
Laura Knetzger graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She has worked as a storyboard artist for Adventure Time. She lives in Seattle and makes comics about feelings. You can find her online at lauraknetzger.com or @LauraKnetzger.Feb. 9, 2020: Original Art: Daniel Clowes release party and signing with Daniel Clowes
Join us on Sunday, February 9 to celebrate the release of Original Art: Daniel Clowes, which turns the spotlight on one of the medium’s most dynamic creators.
A vital entry of the Fantagraphics Studio Edition series, this volume draws from Clowes’ nearly 30 years of comics art, ranging from his seminal one-man anthology, Eightball (in which Ghost World was originally serialized), to his most recent graphic novel, 2016’s best-selling time travel thriller, Patience.
Daniel Clowes will also take part in a Q&A with Fantagraphics editor, Eric Reynolds.
The edition features over 150 pages of art from 1989–present, each reproduced as an exact facsimile of the original to best showcase every detail of the artist’s cartooning process. Plus new covers, endpapers, and other surprises from Clowes, including five unpublished pages of an abandoned graphic novel and an illustrated glossary of obsolete production techniques used for their original publication. The book also includes several tipped-in pages of clear acetate and vellum to perfectly approximate some of these production processes, making this a one-of-a-kind art object.
Carefully curated by the artist himself, many of these pages have hung in museums around the country, and now you can enjoy them in your own library.
More info on the book: Fantagraphics.com/fantastudioedclowes/Feb. 6, 2020: POSTSCRIPT release party and art exhibit with PNCA cartoonists
This is what happens when a group of the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s finest cartoonists dive into the unknown, led by the incomparable Jonathan Hill, comics artist extraordinaire.
In 2017, Unversed launched as a collection of stories that navigate unfamiliar situations and explore the growth that comes from not knowing. No Refunds, explored stories about how you can never return to the way things were.
Now, in its third and final year, Unversed Comics presents Postscript. Sometimes you know a moment will be the last time. Other times, you don’t realize until it’s too late. Postscript is a comics anthology that captures these last times. It is a two-color, softcover comics anthology featuring 12 new artists from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, as well as 27 new and returning contributors from within the Unversed community.
With a wide variety of themes, from European selkie mythology, to an MMORPG shutdown, to a Frankenstein experiment gone wrong, this book is filled with a selection of incredible comics work.