Thursday, March 27, 2008

Portland Comic Show Once More?!

With the all the pop goings on I didn’t realize that another Portland Comic Show is happening … …again… soon… (April 13th from 10 to 5) I missed the last one because of my trip to Japan (Lady Bug filled in for me to give a report about it see here). This time I just have to go because Stan Sakai the creator of Usagi Yojimbo is going to be there! He’s scheduled to give a talk about the creation and history his famous Rabbit Ronin character at 2pm. I’m really excited about this because I’ve been such a fan of Stan and Usagi since I was a about twelve.

But that’s not all… Three of the greats from the "Filipino
Artists Invasion
" will be there too! Ernie Chan, Alex Niño, and Tony DeZuniga (the co-creator of Jonah Hex) will all have tables to meet and greet. If you read comics in the 70s and 80s, you’ve seen these fine fellows’ artwork. These guys illustrated all kinds of titles from Conan to Batman and everything in between! It’s a real coup for small city like Portland to have them here. Check the Portland Comic show links and you’ll see all the amazing comics these guys have worked on. I’m pulling my hair out trying to decide what to have them sign.

Additionally, Kieron Dwyer, whose been pumping out a lot work the last few years, will appearing as well. Man that’s a lot of talent…

If you’re into Star Wars, the Dark Side Troopers will be present as well. They’re a local Star Wars costume enthusiasts troop. I’m not much into that personally but the kids sure seem to like it and they have a pretty cool patch. They promote several charities so that's very cool.

Note: this should not be confused with the Stumptown Comics Fest that’s on April 26th & 27th. Whew! Lots of comics coming our way!



Dean Wormer said...

Those stormtrooper armor suits are so cool but making one is absloutely ridiculous--

The guide contains sections like "Build a Vacuum-form Table" Er, okay.

Have fun at the show, Swiney.

pidomon said...

Stan is a great guy. Met him once casually at SDCC and he was one of the most gracious creators I've ever met.

Hope you enjoy the show

Arkonbey said...

Stan Sakai! Sweet (said with genuine enthusiasm, but also tinged with great jealousy)

Dean: Totally ridiculous. But years ago when I was into paintball, I thought it'd be cool to play in Stromtrooper-y armor; only with a more efficient helmet design. And not white.

Swinebread said...

dean - I guess you really have to be hardcore huh?

-pidomon - I can't wait, I've always wanted to meet him!

arkonbey - I know I think this well be the only time he comes to Portland

I want a suit of old Cylon armor myself

Arkonbey said...

Cylon armor sweet AND shiny.

It's also better than StormTrooper armor as it sometimes took an entire TWO shots to take down a Cylon.

Swinebread said...

Plus, they have swords!

Don Snabulus said...

Awesome. Hopefully you catch some quality time to yak with the "bigs."