Floating World Comics

400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209

Current & Upcoming Events

April 27, 2018: Your Art Will Save Your Life/Fetch Signing

Author Beth Pickens (Your Art Will Save Your Life) and cartoonist Nicole J. Georges (Fetch, Calling Dr. Laura) appear at Floating World Comics on Friday April 27th at 6:00 PM. Georges and Pickens will read from their books followed by a conversation about issues facing artists and writers in our current political climate, ending with an audience Q&A.

April 28, 2018: Carnet de Voyage Release Party

Craig Thompson appears at Floating World Comics on Saturday, April 28th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of a new expanded edition of Carnet de Voyage, a unique insight into an acclaimed cartoonist’s travels through Europe and Morocco.

Riding the international success of Blankets, Craig Thompson sets out on a tour across Europe and Morocco, promoting the various European editions of his book and beginning research for his next graphic novel, Habibi. Carnet de Voyage is a gorgeous sketchbook diary of his travels as he finds intellectual and spiritual stimulation during the day-to-day work of being an author. From wandering around Paris and Barcelona between events, to navigating markets in Fez and fleeing tourist traps in Marrakesh, we see glimpses of each place, rendered in Thompson’s exquisite ink line.

While desert landscapes and crowded street scenes flow across the pages, the sketchbook is packed first and foremost with people—travelers passing through, the friends and lovers he meets along the way, distant figures of old friends and other cartoonists who freely weave in and out of his subconscious. This expanded edition also includes a new epilogue drawn from his most recent European book tour, including several familiar faces and Thompson’s reflections on keeping a sketchbook. Carnet de Voyage is a casual yet intimate portrait of a celebrated cartoonist at a moment between works—surprisingly open and candid in his observations and revelations.

Craig Thompson is a cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books Blankets; Good-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi. He was born in Michigan in 1975, and grew up in a rural farming community in central Wisconsin. His graphic novel Blankets won numerous industry awards and has been published in nearly twenty languages. Thompson lives in Portland, OR.

April 29, 2018: Granny Candy Signing

Otto Splotch’s west coast tour brings him to Floating World on Sunday April 29, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM! Otto has put together a new video performance to celebrate the release of his new book Granny Candy. He is joined on this tour by Morgan Garrett who will be doing a “weird stand-up thing”.

Granny Candy is a multi-dimensional world of intersection scenarios. pig romance, daddy issues, alien sex egg, bud light slime, squirt boys, urine conflicts, and so much more. It’s a timeless classic that will channel yr inner Cathy.

May 3, 2018: Binoculars Signing + Art Show

Tetsunori Tawaraya appears at Floating World Comics for the BINOCULARS release party and art exhibit on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Tetsunori Tawaraya’s Binoculars is a magnificent collection of creatures from another dimension, which display the jewel-like rendering of Tawaraya’s stipple technique.

The visions, and color mixture vary widely from his previous book Telescope, also published by Colour Code. Tawaraya has been lucky enough to watch an enigmatic outland through his mind’s binoculars. Let’s set off on an expedition and observe them all for vivid side effects.

Floating World is the last stop on Tetsunori’s west coast tour, with an art exhibit to celebrate the release of this awesome new book.

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 publishing on 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.

May 9, 2018: THE UNSOUND release party and signing with Jack T. Cole

Eisner Award-nominated writer Cullen Bunn ( Harrow County, The Empty Man ) is joined by brilliant newcomer artist Jack T. Cole to present The Unsound, a surreal psychological horror series that will have you questioning what it is to truly be crazy…

Ever since she was little, all Ashli wanted was to help people. It’s why she went to nursing school, and it’s why she signed up for the vacant position at Saint Cascia, despite the psychiatric hospital’s less-than-sterling reputation. But when strange occurrences begin in the midst of her very first day on the job, Ashli is forced to escape through the labyrinthine bowels of the asylum to not only help her fellow nurses, but to save herself.

We are excited to host a book release party with local artist, Jack T. Cole, to celebrate the graphic novel collection of this terrifying supernatural series.

“There is nothing else like this book on the stands now or perhaps ever. It stands on its own as an unparalleled horror comic that will have you frightened to turn the page, yet eager to do it to see what happens next. You will not be able to put it down, partly because it might not let you.” – Horror Talk

WHEN: Wednesday May 9, 5-7pm

Past Events

April 5, 2018: FLAYED CORPSE release party + art exhibit with Josh Simmons and friends

Acclaimed graphic novelist and master of modern horror Josh Simmons returns with a harrowing and genre-bending collection of short stories.

Simmons’ disturbing and often provocative stories work as straight examples of the form as well as blackly humorous, satirical riffs on a genre. Simmons has an uncompromising commitment to exploring the intersection of abomination and hilarity, and Flayed Corpse and Other Stories contains more than two dozen of examples of his deft voice and vision.The individual stories in Flayed Corpse stand on their own as mini-masterpieces, but collectively complement each other in a way that only heightens the anxiety and dread pouring from page to page.

Flayed Corpse also collects several collaborations between Simmons and other cartoonists, including James Romberger, Anders Nilsen, Tara Booth, Eroyn Franklin, Tom Van Deusen, and Eric Reynolds, amongst others.

Thursday April 5, 6-9pm

March 10, 2018: Full Bleed Launch Party

Mark Russell, Erin Nations, Shawna Gore, Dirk Wood, and many more appear at Floating World Comics on Saturday March 10, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of FULL BLEED!

FULL BLEED is a brand-new quarterly, hand-crafted PRINT-ONLY 200-page hardcover “magazine,” curated and edited by IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood and Ted Adams. By merging the best in comics, fiction, non-fiction, deep dive interviews, opinion, history, think-pieces and more, FULL BLEED will be a reading experience like no other, and a beautiful artisan addition to any bookshelf. Looking through an international lens, but filtered through the unique perspective of the IDW:PDX satellite office in Portland Oregon, FULL BLEED will tackle all aspects of the creative culture, and beyond — comics, music, film, tv, fine art, photography, design, politics and more. FULL BLEED seeks total diversity: diversity in content, diversity in creator and contributor, diversity in genre. Every page turned will reveal a surprise.

FULL BLEED is the premiere publication from IDW’s new imprint, WOODWORKS. After launch, IDW & WOODWORKS will be creating a campaign to help Traveling Stories, a charity dedicated to children’s literacy and “outsmarting poverty one book at a time,” and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, to help with their continued work for literacy and libraries. WOODWORKS intends to make smart books, for smart people…and do what they can to help make more smart people.

March 7, 2018: Prism Stalker Release Party & Signing

Sloane Leong, creator of PRISM STALKER, a new psychedelic sci-fi ongoing comic series, appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM for a release party & signing!

March 1, 2018: Multiple Warheads: Ghost Throne Launch Party

Acclaimed cartoonist Brandon Graham (Island, Prophet, King City) will release MULTIPLE WARHEADS: GHOST THRONE, a one-shot to complete the series, this February from Image Comics. We welcome him to Floating World on Thursday, March 1st, from 6-9pm for a book signing and art exhibit to celebrate this landmark comic.

MULTIPLE WARHEADS: GHOST THRONE is the culmination of the MULTIPLE WARHEADS chapters serialized in ISLAND, in which our heroes finally make good on their wizard heist plans.

“I started drawing these characters and the world they live in 2001, letting the story go wherever felt like the most fun,” said Graham. “It’s been interesting to try to pull the threads of it into an ending, getting this meandering vacation of a comic to a fantasy heist culmination—while still letting myself get sidetracked by fun new ideas that I stumble into along the way.”

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