Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
Current & Upcoming EventsOct. 4, 2018: The Secret Voice release party & art show with Zack Soto
The first chapter in a grand fantasy epic filled with psychic warrior monks, magic battles, monsters, and romance from the mind of Zack Soto! Join us October 4th to celebrate the release of this long awaited hardcover collection of The Secret Voice.
Doctor Galapagos, famed warrior-monk and agent of the ineffable Red College, is on a desperate mission to unite the realms of magic and man in a last-ditch effort to stop the seemingly invincible forces of the Smog Emperor. But the good Doctor carries a secret: He is one of the few to have faced the dreaded Grey Creep and survived—but at a terrible cost. An unseen and unknown psychic menace eats away at his very soul and threatens to jeopardize his mission—and the world itself. Can the Red College turn the tide? Can Doctor Galapagos stay true to himself, hold on to his love, and defeat the Smog Emperor all at once?
WHO: Zack Soto
WHAT: The Secret Voice Vol. 1 release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
Zack Soto lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Krista and their son Caspian. He’s the publisher of Study Group Comic Books, co-editor of Study Group Magazine, co-host of the Process Party Podcast, and creator of The Secret Voice and Power Button comics.
“Zack Soto has wrought this series with every drop of elbow grease found in a cartoonist’s death grip. It’s a relentless enterprise, The Secret Voice, one that will fill your head brain with one man’s passion.” —Michel Fiffe, COPRA, ZEGAS
“The scope here is not unlike Lord of the Rings: Vast battles, cities under siege, huge armies of monsters, and a desperate defense. His fusion of genre tropes and alt-comics storytelling has been the model for this kind of comic for quite some time.” —The Comics JournalOct. 30, 2018: Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore Reading & Signing
Come witness a live multimedia reading by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) and Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend, Dayglo Ayhole)! Ask questions! Buy books and have them signed on the spot!
PRAISE for UPGRADE SOUL:
Winner, Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics
“It’s truly one of the best comics of the year, full of incredible depth of characterization, unexpected turns, difficult resolutions, and broad themes dealt with using pinpoint precision.”
— The Comics Journal
PRAISE for YOUR BLACK FRIEND:
Winner, Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic
Winner, DINKy Award for Best Mini
One of NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2017
Past EventsSept. 12, 2018: MMMLXxV #1 release party & book signing with Ian MacEwan
Fan favorite writer Joe Casey (SEX, NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL) and artist Ian MacEwan come together to weave modern mythology for a new generation in the forthcoming MCMLXXV (pronounced "1975") launching this September. Join Ian MacEwan on Wednesday, September 12 for a release party and book signing of this debut issue from Image Comics!
Meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter who wields an enchanted tire iron. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.
"This series is all about creating brand new iconography,” said Casey. “It's about creating a new kind of folk hero that speaks to where we all are right now. Oh yeah... it's also about smashing monsters into the pavement with an enchanted tire iron."
MacEwan added: "This is a book about big action in a mythic, haunted New York. It's about dim street lights that can't fight off the shadows, and who has to step in its place to hold back the tide of chaos."Sept. 7, 2018: Penguins Signing
Nick Thorburn, Islands and Unicorns frontperson, is coming to Floating World Comics on Friday September 7, 2018 from 6-8pm to celebrate the release of his debut graphic novel, Penguins.
Told almost entirely without words, Penguins is one of the most playfully original graphic novels in recent memory. As author Nick Thorburn explains, “Penguins go through a lot of hell that could be avoided if they had the ability to fly. This cruel irony lends itself to humor, as well as sadness. Death and the desperate search for love and companionship seem so tethered to life as a penguin, as well as for humans, and so the goal was to bridge those two and make them funny.”
Relying on visual expression and the physical movement of his penguin characters, as well as the formal properties of sequential drawings (with penguins routinely moving within and without each page’s panel borders), Penguins is a series of interconnected short strips that, without words or human characters, does more to showcase the breadth of emotion we as humans experience than most prose novels.
Nick Thorburn (b. 1981) is a Canadian musician, cartoonist, and actor best known for fronting numerous bands such as the Unicorns, Islands, Reefer, and Human Highway. Penguins is his first graphic novel. He lives in Los Angeles.Sept. 6, 2018: Kingdom/Order Release Party + Art Show
Reid Psaltis appears at Floating World Comics for the Kingdom/Order release party and art exhibit on Thursday Sept. 6, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
Kingdom/Order wordlessly follows a man as he searches for some sort of meaning in his life. Through symbols and sounds, it is clear that he is a part of the greater, natural world, and a bit divorced from the modern world which surrounds him. The nameless protagonist finds himself following the sounds of the animals around him – but how much of this is real, and how much is delusion? Whatever the case, Psaltis will leave you speechless.Aug. 2, 2018: A Study in Emerald Release Party + Art Show
Join Brazilian creators Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque at Floating World Comics on Thursday August 2, 2018 from 6-9pm for a special release party and art exhibit to celebrate their new collaboration, A Study In Emerald.
This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder.
The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace as they attempt to find the answers to this bizarre murder of cosmic horror!
From the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, Nebula award-winning, and New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation by Rafael Scavone, with art by Eisner award winning artist Rafael Albuquerque!