stumptown spring

First off, thank you all for the outpouring of comments with that last post.
You’re like the ray of new spring sun that spilled onto the drawing table this morning…

For those of you in Portland welcoming the end of the brutal winter rains, I’ll be participating in a number of events
revolving around STUMPTOWN COMICS FESTIVAL (full schedule here).

1) An art show at the Portland Center for Contemporary Arts. Included are a page from CHUNKY RICE,
a page from BLANKETS, and a page from HABIBI (first ever on display). Up all of April. 1111 SW Broadway

2) A Comic Book Legal Defense Fund benefit dinner at PCPA on Friday, April 17th at 5:30.
$100 gets you an intimate eating experience with myself, Jeff Smith, Gail Simone, Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Wagner,
Farel Dalrymple, Derek Kirk Kim, Mike Dringenberg, and Mayor Sam Adams (who will declare April the month of comics in Portland.)
Kinda schmancy and expensive, but all proceeds go to a good cause. Ticket details here.

3) Sunday the 19th, I’ll be signing at the actual festival. Plus at 1pm in the “Alaska” room, writer Douglas Wolk (READING COMICS) will be moderating
an interview with me. Also Q&A with the audience. But if there’s things you wanna see/hear, feel free to let me know on the blog.

(final image there is from the Stumptown poster drawn by Farel Dalrymple)

26 thoughts on “stumptown spring

  1. what was it she said.. maybe you’ll drown yourself in your own cheeseyness? hehe 🙂 you are going to be busy. i would come and see you, but i’m in england. take care and don’t work tooo hard. keep shining 🙂 its all looking great.

  2. Oh, I now have an even more burning desire to go to Portland ( I will move out here one day though). I’m terribly sorry I can’t get out there and make it (because if I could, I definitely would).

    And that page of Habibi looks fantastic; I don’t think I can emphasize how much I’m looking forward to reading this book…

  3. I live in the alps, so this festival is not really an option, but I just came back from the Fumetto festival in Switzerland. There was so much excellent drawing going on, but most of it has such a depressing, cynical expression, that while my head is trying to appreciate it, I actually just get a stomach ache by looking at it. So I wanted to thank you for all the love and life that comes out of your drawings – it’s a lot more inspiring than stomach ache… 🙂

  4. hello. first of all, your comics are beautiful, and you brought me back into comics after a long hiatus. blankets is so incredibly well done and really hit me at the right time. goodbye chunky rice was also sweet and lonely and touching.

    secondly, i’m in a weaving class in my school, and for our final project, i have decided to do a testament piece to my comics history. a little bit like a bayeux tapestry of my own comix upbringing. since blankets is such a large contributer, i was wondering if you would mind if i wove some of your work into my piece. i don’t usually do fan art, so i don’t know the rules on this type of thing, so i thought that i’d ask the artists if i could get in touch with them.

    i’d be happy to take pictures and show you when i’m done, though i’m not an incredibly proficient weaver. just starting out and all.

    thank you for your epic contribution to comics. i cannot wait until habibi comes out. 🙂

  5. i thought you were an angel and then i thought no, you can just draw yourself as an angel.. but now i think somehow you are an angel as well because you create books that reveal to people all the beauty within themselves- the angellic nature of the human spirit.

  6. Great stuff Craig! I was at the opening of the show (I have some pieces in there with you!) and your stuff looked amazing. The drybrush on the pillars from the Habibi page is amazing, I have no idea how you can control that so well. Looking forward to seeing you at Stumptown!

  7. me again! i’ve just printed out Lionel Piglet. its so silly and ridiculous, i love it. it really made me laugh, and at the end it says ‘both boys plan to take over the world.’!
    i’m getting into keeping notebooks, and i found this quote tucked into one. it made me think of you..

    ‘The artist must summon all his energy, his sincerity, and the greatest modesty in order to shatter the old cliches that come too easily to hand while working, which can suffocate the little flower that does not come, ever, the way one expects.’ – Henri Matisse

  8. I wish I could go! I’d make the drive from L.A. to Portland in a heartbeat if school weren’t holding me back; this sounds fantastic – please show pictures when it’s over!

  9. neil young makes me think of you craig..

    Lefting and then Righting (or writing as i hear it) ,
    it’s not a crime you know.
    You gotta tell your story boy,
    before it’s time to go.

    I fell in love with the actor.
    He was playing a part that I could understand.

    They will call you out into the sunshine constantly, but you know what you have to do. i think you have a heart of gold. 🙂

  10. D’awww, a stupid stupid rat creature. Always had a soft spot for those. Too bad that interview’s on Sunday, work beckons. Hope the week treats you awesomely!

  11. I love getting a glimpse into the workspace. Plus it’s interesting to see Farel Dalrymple incorporate your poster from the previous year- I wonder if that could become a cool tradition for Stumptown?
    Also, that mosque is fantastic- something about the checkered floor and the almost-distorted perspective reminds me of an M.C. Escher interior. Keep on being my art hero!

  12. my buddy told me ‘anais nin, the novelist, once said that she wrote novels to find people’

    i dont know who that is but, if its true, you are definately gonna find someone.

    only trouble is, it seems to be everyone!

    your someone is everyone. i guess thats why we all love you!

  13. I would like to be in Portland.
    I just wanted to say thank you, i could even tell that my live changed when i read blankets. Jep.

    Thanks from Colombia.

  14. Hey Craig. Wanted to say thanks so much for doing that sketch for my son. He waited in line forever. Even though I cant stand LINES!!!!! ( Sorry 18 years of living in L.A. will do that to you) You were really cool and nice with him. He took his autograph book to school today to show his friends that you and Jeff Smith are now his buddies LOL. Take care your awesome.

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