April Is Portland Comic Book Month!


Poster illustration by Sophie Franz

Monday, April 1

Trans Folks and Cis Women in Comics Happy Hour, 6-8pm

Come celebrate Portlanders who make rad comics and meet some people with whom you can commiserate and collaborate! This happy hour welcomes cis women and trans folks who are involved in comics in any way: librarians, comics shop workers, colorists, writers, inkers, pencilers, editors, reviewers, zine-makers, and illustrators! RSVP at the Facebook event.  (Ford Food + Drink, 2505 SE 11th Ave)

Thursday, April 4

City Hall Comicon and Opening Party, 5-9pm 

Can any other city boast that their City Hall hosted a comics convention? Kick off Portland Comic Book Month with a celebration and mini-convention! Comics creators from around Portland will pack City Hall with tables selling art, prints, and comics, plus there will be live drawing. (City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave)

“Process” Art Show Opening 6pm-10pm


Sequential Art Gallery + Studio celebrates April as Portland’s Comic Book Month with a group show highlighting the creative process, featuring work by 7 local cartoonists! “Process” will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the comics production process with thumbnails, scripts, inks, and the final product on display, showcasing that there is no one “right” way to make comics! Join the artists for the opening reception on Thursday, April 4th from 6pm-10pm, with additional viewing hours on Monday’s from 12pm-7pm. Artists on display: *Jim “Kett” Kettner ( http://www.Kettnerd.com ) *Emily Lewis ( http://www.emilylewis.us ) *Andrew Paris ( http://www.instagram.com/paris_ux ) *Kerstin Anya La Cross ( http://www.kerstin-lacross.com ) *Riley Pittenger ( http://www.rileythepittenger.com ) *Audre Grieve ( http://www.instagram.com/whale.in.a.tree.comix ) *Jay Olinger ( http://www.olingerillustration.com )  (Sequential Art Gallery, 328 NW Broadway #113) Facebook event for Process


Friday, April 5


Leaving Richard’s Valley release party with Michael DeForge, 6-8pm

Join Michael DeForge for a reading and book signing to launch Leaving Richard’s Valley, his new graphic novel. Leaving Richard’s Valley documents a group of forest creatures attempting to survive in the big city after being forced out of their cultish community.  What unfolds is an entertaining meditation on the meaning of community and the many forms it takes. (Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch)

Wednesday, April 10


Get That Money: Tips for Comics Artists, 12pm-1:30pm

The Regional Arts & Culture Council awards project grants to artists in Multnomah County in all art mediums.

Come to this lunchtime talk in honor of the 10th Annual PDX to hear about what makes a strong comic arts project proposal from RACC representatives and comics artists who have received RACC funding.

Get tips to help you design your project and make it stand out! Food and drinks provided. (City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave) Facebook event

Saturday, April 13

Michelle Nguyen and Ben Fisher signing, 5-7pm 
Michelle Nguyen and Ben Fisher’s anthropomorphic graphic novel series The Underfoot tells the story of animal kingdoms struggling to survive in the aftermath of the disappearance of the Giants-That-Were. In The Underfoot Volume 1, the Hamster Aquatic Mercenaries journey to support their allies in the badger kingdom stuggling to survive a dangerous flood. The hamsters recruit the most ambitious hamster pups to join the mission, a journey that will become a grand adventure complete with heroic battles and dark mysteries as well as a world of deadly threats to their survival. (Books With Pictures, 1100 SE Division)

Sunday April 14

Sketchy People Signing + Hug a Llama! 12-2pm 
Bridge City Comics is excited to announce our release party for local artist Jack Kent for the newest installment in his series, Sketchy People Vol. 3 on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from noon-2pm! This event is free to the public.

And Caesar the Llama will be in attendance! Caesar makes an appearance in Sketchy People VOl. 3 and has graciously agreed to join in the festivities at the release party!

Bridge City Comics will have copies of Sketchy People Vol. 3 (as well as copies of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2)available for purchase at this event for cover price!

Come down on Sunday, support a great local artist and hug a llama! (Bridge City Comics) Facebook event here.

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Portland cartoonists Emily Moroz and Liz Yerby. 

Monday, April 15th

Comics Workshop with Gridlords, 6pm-8:30pm

In celebration of Portland’s own Comics Month, Gridlords would like to bring together the larger DIY comics community of Portland for a night of creative mixing and making. The goal is to make a collected anthology of pieces in one night. There will be stations with drawing games, prompts, and templates to follow. It is essentially a comics relay where we are all winners at the end of the race. It’s a time to collaborate amongst friends and peers and make magic happen. It’s a time to celebrate comics among the silliest and the cartooniest of humans. It is an event to move all of us bedroom and studio dwellers in the comics world together to make a piece of beauty amongst one another. By the end of the event we hope to print a publication of all of the phenomenal work and all participants are welcome to a copy. At the event, there will be paper supplied to keep things print ready. We are keeping the publication to Black and White work. There will be some art supplies available at the event. We encourage you to bring your favorite pens as tools as well, so you can be the most exciting and excited you possible. Bring a few dollars if you can to support the IPRC for hosting this event! No one turned away for lack of funds. Gridlords is a Portland-based comics publisher and event organizer. This event is hosted by the IPRC, at 318 SE Main St. on April 15th, from 6:00-8:30 pm. (Independent Publishing Resource Center, 318 SE Main St)

Wednesday, April 17

Mage book release and signing with Matt Wagner 5-8pm

The last of six volumes collecting MATT WAGNER’s epic, modern-day fantasy trilogy, MAGE—BOOK THREE: THE HERO DENIED is the long-awaited conclusion to the saga of the reborn Pendragon, Kevin Matchstick. After his mystical enemies destroy his home and kidnap half his family, Kevin must return to his heroic path and again draw forth the power of Excalibur. Will the long-prophesied third Mage finally appear at last? Or will the Pendragon’s fear for his family’s safety leave the mysterious Fisher King a victim to the sinister schemes of the Umbra Mother and her Gracklethorns? 35 years in the making, this is a landmark release for local creator Matt Wagner and a milestone in independent comics. We are honored to host this release party and book signing on Wednesday, April 17th.  (Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch) 

 MK Reed and Jonathan Hill signing, 6-8pm

MK Reed and Jonathan Hill release Science Comics: Wild Weather along with fun science activities (Books With Pictures, 1100 SE Division)

Saturday, April 20

All-Ages Festival at the Mercado, 10am-8pm

Celebrate Portland Comic Book Month at the Mercado with this free, family-friendly event! Learn from professional artists at comic book creation stations, take part in a “Cover Portland in Comics” sculpture project, browse graphic novels, and discover the Mercado’s food carts and marketplace. Check back for more details soon. (Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Road)

Comic History Lecture, 7-8pm

Comics author and critic Douglas Wolk will lecture on “Batgirl on Burnside: A Brief History of Superhuman Activity in Oregon.” (Books With Pictures, 1100 SE Division)

Friday, April 26, 6-8pm

Book signing with Tokyo’s Tetsunori Tawaraya. (Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch)

Saturday, April 27

“Comics in the Classroom” Workshops at PSU, 10am-5pm

This one-day conference, designed for teachers and librarians, will focus on how to use graphic novels in educational settings. Topics will include practical tips for incorporating comics in existing curricula, approaches for different age/grade levels, and teaching about the mechanics of sequential art. Participants will get takeaways such as example lesson plans with discussion guides, classroom and homework activities, handouts, assessments, project ideas, and rubrics. Co-sponsored by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Details and registration information will be available soon. (Portland State University, Branford P. Millar Library, 1875 SW Park Avenue)

Sunday, April 28 

Underpants and Overbites Webcomics Meet-Up / 3-5pm
Connect with Jackie, creator of the charming webcomic Underpants and Overbites!(Books With Pictures, 1100 SE Division)

Bill Griffith / Nobody’s Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead / 2pm

From Bill Griffith, creator of Zippy the Pinhead, comes the first-ever biography of Schlitzie, a major sideshow attraction from the early 1920s to the late 1960s. Nobody’s Fool (Abrams ComicArts) follows the story of Schlitzie’s long career, from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small-town carnivals and big-city sideshows. Today, Schlitzie is most well-known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks. Griffith’s graphic novel biography offers a unique look into Schlitzie’s world and restores dignity to his life by recognizing his contributions to popular culture. (Powells City of Books, 1005 W Burnside)

howtodiealone.pngMonday April 29th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Mo Welch How to Die Alone: The Foolproof Guide to Not Helping Yourself (in Conversation With Stacey Hallal), 7:30pm

Stand-up comedian Mo Welch’s How to Die Alone (Workman) is a self-help guide for NOT helping yourself, packed with irreverent humor and terrible life advice for modern adults. Welch’s comics illustrate and celebrate our common afflictions – social anxiety, terrible dates, too few friends (who aren’t cats), too many cookies, too much wine, and an allergy to exercise and day jobs – with totally relatable, slightly dark, and genuinely funny humor. Welch will be joined in conversation by comedian Stacey Hallal, founder of Portland’s Curious Comedy Theater. (Powells City of Books, 1005 W Burnside)

Indie Comics Reading 6:30pm

To celebrate Portland’s Comic Book month, there will be a rad reading of talented cartoonists at the IPRC! With content ranging from personal and introspective to fantastical and obscene, it should be a wild night! Artist include: Tanya Boney, Ebin Lee, Andrew Paris, Ren Stein, and Pegacron. Bring cash to buy comics and support the artists!  Facebook Event  (Independent Publishing Resource Center, 318 SE Main St)


empireWednesday, May 1 

The Nib “Empire” Magazine Issue Release Party, 6-8pm

The bigger the empire, the harder it falls. Meet the team behind political comics website The Nib, the most-read daily comics publication in the country, and pick up a copy of the brand-new issue of their all-comics magazine.  In the Empire issue, 30 artists from around the world explore issues of colonization, resistance, and resilience in nonfiction comics.  (Books With Pictures, 1100 SE Division)


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