Comics Fest 2012 in Portland, Oregon

By: Annie Brunson

Stumptown Comics Fest
Some of the artists and creators who will be featured in the fest are: Dan Piraro, Chis Samnee, Pete Bagge, Matthew Southworth, Farel Dalrmple, Brandon, Seifert, and Lukas Ketner.
The Stumptown Comics Fest was started almost on a whim in 2004 by a small group of Portland-area cartoonists lamenting the lack of local convention-style outlets. Though there were comic shows that came to the Portland area, there weren't any that gave much attention to the artists themselves. The dream was to design a festival with the creators as its focus, rather than dealers and work-for-hire publishers.
Using local resources, the first Fest was pulled together in just 4 months, thanks to the largely volunteer group at its nexus. It was held in an old church (called the Old Church). The church was the beneficiary of the raffle held at the festival.. All 22 exhibitor tables sold out for a full house (most of them being shared by several creators).
Cartoonists came from not only from here in Portland, but from all over the country as well - from as far out as San Francisco, Seattle, and even Detroit, Michigan, and all of the exhibitors in attendance reported it to be an excellent experience. Even with little time to promote the show, the Fest still saw a respectable attendance of 150 comics fans. The fest got a lot of great write-ups in local news outlets. It was also host to the second ever Comic Art Battle, put together by Portland expatriate Ezra Claytan Daniels.
With more planning and bigger expectations, the fest moved to a larger venue in 2005, The 5800+ square foot Smith Memorial Ballroom on PSU campus (also home to the 3-day Portland Zine Symposium) held over 80 tables, almost four times as many as were at the previous Fest. . That year over 450 people attended and about 80 exhibitors showed off their comics!
Every year, since then, the fest has continued to get bigger. To accommodate, 2006 brought the Fest across the river to bigger and better spaces, first at the Oregon Convention Center, and subsequently settling at the Lloyd Center Doubletree, where it thrived for four years. In 2011 the Fest returned to the Oregon Convention Center for its largest show ever.
In 2012, the corporation formalized a name change to Stumptown Comics, Inc, reflecting the broader scope of the intentions and goals, and the website was restructured to act as a community calendar for 'all things Comics' in the Pacific Northwest.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Stumptown Comics Fest, available through TicketsWest! Day passes are $7 per person, or $12 for a weekend pass. Student tickets are available for $5 (with valid student ID), and children ten and under are free.

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More information can be found on the Stumptown Comics, Inc Website. For more information on Portland, Oregon please visit New Quest City. You'll find lots of interesting information for your trip.

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