Floating World Comics

400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209

Current & Upcoming Events

July 28, 2018: Poochytown Signing

Cartoonist Jim Woodring is coming to Floating World Comics on Saturday, July 28th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of his latest graphic novel – Poochytown.

Jim Woodring’s beloved anthropomorph called Frank has been subjected to hundreds of unbelievable adventures veering crazily from exaltation to despair. The delicious mysteries of Frank’s universe — aka The Unifactor — have beguiled Frank and his readers for years, yet nothing could prepare either him or the world at large for the transdimensional depredations of Poochytown, the latest and greatest installment in the ongoing saga that began with Congress of the Animals, began again in Fran, and now begins anew.

When Pupshaw and Pushpaw depart for the orgiastic delights of Poochytown, the forlorn Frank is thrown by a twist of fate into an unlikely friendship, propelling him down a long road of escapades and trials that ends in one of the most shocking acts ever depicted in the Frank canon. Poochytown takes readers to the distant crumbling edge of the Unifactor, where the landscape’s mind is either unfettered or unhinged, depending on your particular taste for mischief. What occurs there beggars description, so we will not even attempt it, but rest assured it is a dark-ride-of-the-soul as only the Frank stories can deliver.

Utterly devoid of topicality, irony, or deliberate cynicism, the Frank stories are instead timeless cartoon sustenance, and Poochytown is the most opulently openhanded offering yet. This is a major new book from one of Fantagraphics’s most beloved authors.

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!

Past Events

July 5, 2018: Blue Onion Release Party + Art Show

Join Floating World Comics for a release party on Thursday, July 5th with Chris Cilla, who will also have a selection of limited edition Sardine Can Press t-shirts for sale!

Here it is, Chris Cilla’s long awaited follow-up to Labyrinthectomy/Luncheonette! Blue Onion chronicles our itinerant, titular hero as he traverses unique landscapes with his mind, meanwhile cultivating interesting specimens (chiefly, worms) for the sake of observation. All the while, intergalactic rock group, “Ghost Manor” forge ahead with their songwriting career in space. And a menacing alien lifeform descends upon earth and proceeds to wreak havoc, all in this fun, rollicking, rip-roarin’ yarn of a comic.

Chris C. Cilla is a cartoonist and screenprinter. His full length book The Heavy Hand was published by Sparkplug Comic Books in 2010. His work has been featured in anthologies such as Kramers Ergot, Barf Water, and Bog Witch. He has been publishing minicomics since 1987, notable titles include The Diplomat, Dripp, Hot Dog Holiday, Putz Rush, and Stun Nuts. Born in Tucson, Arizona, he has since lived in Portland, Oregon and Gwangju, South Korea. His work has been exhibited in galleries in Helsinki, Lucern, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Detroit. He was a member of Portland’s Pony Club gallery and played bass guitar for The Pork Torta.

June 13, 2018: Proxima Centauri/It Will All Hurt Release Party

Cartoonist Farel Dalrymple appears at Floating World Comics on Wednesday, June 13th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of – not one – but two new books that expand the ever growing world of Pop Gun War and The Wrenchies.

First is a brand new miniseries from Image Comics: Proxima Centauri. 4.243 light-years from Earth, the teenage wizard adventurer Sherwood Breadcoat is stuck in the confounding spectral zone on the manufactured dimensional sphere, Proxima Centauri, looking for escape and a way back to his brother while dealing with his confusing emotions, alien creatures, and all sorts of unknown, fantastic dangers. In this issue The Scientist H. Duke sends Sherwood on a salvage mission and gives counsel to the troubled boy in his charge.Proxima Centauri will be six issues of PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE FANTASY ACTION COMIC BOOK DRAMA starring Sherwood Breadcoat, “The Scientist” Duke Herzog, Dr. EXT the Time Traveler, the ghost M. Parasol, Shakey the Space Wizard, and Dhog Dahog.

Also arriving is the graphic novel collection of It Will All Hurt. A weird, sad, silly, sketchy, and dreamy watercolor fantasy-action quest in which Alemendra Clementine and her crew of anti-social adventurers all come together on a psych-apocalyptic world to take down an evil wizard. This Eisner Award-nominated webcomic, originally serialized on Study Group Comics, began as a loose stream-of-consciousness exercise and exploration of the comic book medium and takes place in the same world as FAREL DALRYMPLE’s The Wrenchies. Collects IT WILL ALL HURT #1-3, plus all six chapters of the webcomic.

June 7, 2018: Gumballs Release Party + Art Exhibit

Cartoonist Erin Nations appears at Floating World Comics on Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 PM for a release party and art exhibit to celebrate the release of his new book Gumballs.

Gumballs dispenses an array of bright, candy-colored short comics about Erin’s gender transition, anecdotal tales of growing up as a triplet, and fictional stories of a socially inept love-struck teenager named Tobias. The wide-ranging series is filled with single-page gag cartoons, visual diaries of everyday life, funny faux personal ads, and real-life horror stories from customers at his day job. Gumballs offers a variety of flavors that will surely delight anyone with a taste for candid self-reflection and observations of humanity. This book collects Gumballs #1-4, plus 32 pages of brand-new content! Gumballs tips its hat to the classic alt-comic tradition of Eightball, Optic Nerve, and Box Office Poison, but speaks with a delightfully fresh voice for the modern age.

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

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