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Stumptown and Events this Week in Portland

Sparkplug will be involved in a few local events surrounding the Stumptown Comics Festival this weekend. And we’ll be a the show itself too.

Thursday: “Learn about the cultural and economic significance of comics with:

  • PSU Special Collections Librarian and Archivist Cris Paschild
  • Dylan Williams from SparkPlug Comics
  • Diana Schultz from Dark Horse Comics
  • Independent comics creator Julia Gfrörer

Also experience the unique live performance of mini-comics with Julia Gfrörer and guest.
Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thursday, April 14, 4–5:45 p.m.
Central Library, U.S. Bank Room
801 S.W. 10th Ave.

Friday: “Make sure you don’t miss the Stumptown Comics Fest Friday Night Party at my favorite comic shop, Guapo. There will be drinks, snacks, and readings from the lovely Jon Lewis, Karen Sneider, Chris Cilla, Jonas Madden-Connor, Daria Tessler, and the Play Overlord Crew (Theo Ellsworth, Amy Kuttab, and Sean Christensen). They will also be debuting the art show, The Haunted Cartoon Vaults.

Guapo Comics & Coffee
6350 SE Foster Rd
8pm-12:30am Free!

Sunday: April 17, 7:00pm – 7:30pm Release party for Gay Genius. Gay Genius is a comics anthology illuminating the past, present and future of queer history makers. It is a labor of love, a celebration of possibility, an offering to the ancestors. 

Conceived and edited by Annie Murphy, Gay Genius is a showcase of contemporary radical queer visionaries-to-watch-out-for Come out and get down, shake off the Stumptown Comics Fest and celebrate!! Book reading, DJs, dancing, magic, genius, nerding out. 

In Other Words Bookstore 14 Killingsworth St. 

Sparkplug’ll be at Stumptown Comics Fest too. Virginia Paine and I will be at  table D-17 Saturday and Sunday, between Tom Neely and Theo Ellsworth.

I’ll be on this panel on Saturday: 12:00-12:45pm
IPRC Comics Program Info Meeting — Now entering its third year, the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Certificate Program in Comics is one of the most innovative and affordable programs of its kind. During the course of three semesters, students hone their comics craft in creative workshops led by seasoned professionals from the local community, with a strong focus on DIY publishing techniques, hands-on binding skills and digital media. Join us for an informative Q & A session with current IPRC instructors and alumni.