Official Press Release
The Stumptown Comics Fest is excited to welcome Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse Comics, as the Special Guest of Honor for its Fifth Annual fest. Under his direction, Dark Horse has gone from a tiny startup during the black-and-white boom of the ’80s to the biggest independent comics publisher in the nation, featuring such talents as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, and the late comics legend Will Eisner, and revolutionizing the industry’s approach to licensed properties through innovative Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan, and Aliens/Predator stories. Richardson recently celebrated Dark Horse’s 20th anniversary.
The Early-Bird Deadline for exhibitors is coming up next Friday, February 29th. Spaces are going like hotcakes, and are currently available for the discounted price of $70 for a half and $110 for a full eight-foot table. (The former includes one show badge, and the latter includes two.) In March, regular rates go into effect-$90 for half and $150 for full-and registration closes March 31st, so act now!
Our official 2008 poster has started popping up around the Internets, and the amazing job by comics sensation Craig Thompson with acclaimed designer Mike King already has tongues a-waggin’! A swell PDF of the piece in question is available for your viewing and printing pleasure at www.stumptowncomics.com/pr/
Portland is a treasure trove of big industry names, and the cream of the crop will be doing portfolio reviews during the fest! Our thanks go out to Dave Roman (Nickelodeon Magazine), Diana Schutz (Dark Horse), Brett Warnock (Top Shelf), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press), Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics), Jim Valentino (Image), and Steve Lieber and Ron Randall (Periscope Studio) for donating their time and significant expertise. These individuals will evaluate art portfolios and give advice, but will not look at pitches or submissions. Specific times to be announced on our website, www.stumptowncomics.com.
Finally, we’re cooking up something both awesome and secret for the entire month of April. It’ll be big, so keep your eyes on the ol’ inbox!
The Stumptown Comics Fest is an annual festival celebration of comics and cartooning art in Portland, Oregon. Our Fifth Annual fest will be held on April 26th-27th, 2008, at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232. Hope to see you there!