Stumptown Comics Fest 2011: Day Two

Got to the Fest late (AGAIN). Handed off the Peter From Boston mix CDs to Mike and Natalie Nourigat. In the process nabbed the prints we’d looked at the previous day – it was an extremely grueling task to pick between the two excellent selections she had available for Olivia Dunham. Bad Ass Olivia or Quiet, Contemplative Olivia.

We chose Bad-Ass Olivia:

Bad Ass Olivia - look at that flaring coat!

Also picked up another print for a friend. But it’s a surprise.

We had some time before the only panel of the day we ended up attending, so we hit up Paige Braddock for the sequel to Martian Confederacy and a signature. I missed Jason McNamara this year – he was one of the Stumptown highlights in 2010. 😦 Ah well, maybe he will make it up to the Pacific Northwest in the near future.

Paige was awesome to chat with – it’s the first real person interaction I’ve had with her and hopefully both of them will be around at a convention soon so I can get all the books signed and all my questions answered! Looking forward to reading From Mars With Love:

The long anticipated sequel

Another happy surprise was picking up a book from Gia Bao (GB) Tran. His booth was one of the first one would spot when entering the Fest floor, but we’d passed it by several times. His brightly colored blue, red and yellow prints caught our eye so we moved in closer and discovered a fantastic book – Vietnamerica – which was literally bursting at the seams with glorious art. His website describes it as:  “The graphic memoir of my family’s survival and escape during the Vietnam War, and reinvention in its aftermath as refugees in the United States.”

Its been hailed as the "Maus" of Vietnam. Excited to read it, but taking some time to mentally prepare for an emotionally draining story.

GB Tran sketched in it, personalized the signature AND even did a cool embossing stamp thing to the bottom. PLUS we got a print as a special cover jacket. It’s a convention exclusive. So – all kinds of woot on this purchase!!

Lovely lovely sketch - Thank You!

Vietnamerica is another thick book (288 pages!) which I’m going to delve into over the next couple of weeks. Look forward to a future review!



Panel for World Building

Featured Evan Dahm as a moderator along with Carla Speed McNeil, Barry Deutsch, Jenn Manley Lee, Larry Marder, and Kel McDonald discussing some of the highlights and challenges of creating fictional worlds rather than using present reality. 

What drew me to this panel in particular was a story that came from a dream I had a month ago. I had to write it down immediately and it’s haunted me ever since. It’s the impetus to take a graphic novel course. As you might have already guessed, the story takes place in a different world – a future society that will be similar to our own with some key differences. Getting several different writers perspectives on how difficult it is to create something like that – especially in a visual medium like comic books was a critical part of the weekend.

Because I’m prolly gonna make a comic book based on this story I’m shaping. So…yeah…

There were lots of stellar quotes and take-aways from this panel. Without spending too much time inundating this here blog (I went a little over-board yesterday), I’ll post some of my favorites:

“Invented worlds are made up of moods and themes.”

“Approach your world as if it’s not actually made by you. We know as much about a made up world as we do about our own.”

“Write about something that you won’t get tired of, because you spend a lot of time mentally living in that world.” 


The last item on our agenda for the day was to get a signature and sketch from Eric Powell. I dig the art and writing in The Goon, but it’s not REALLY my particular taste, so I’ve been trying in vain to get Dan excited about it. He’s lukewarm, which is such a shame because dammit if the books aren’t hilarious, sometimes moody and all the time pretty fun. I reviewed it way back in 2008. He read a few of them, but hasn’t gone out of his way to purchase or borrow them from the library since. Ah well.

We picked up a free issue and Eric Powell signed that, then did a quick Goon sketch on our Stumptown poster. We spent the entire convention harassing all our favorite writers and artists into signing and/or sketching the Fest poster we purchased.

Eric Powell draws a sweet sketch for our 2011 poster

He kinda reminded me of my buddy Sam – if Sam had spent all weekend signing comic books and dealing with fans. Slightly grumpy but friendly enough. I felt a little guilty we didn’t buy a book for him to sign. But whatevs – maybe we’ll find him at another convention and actually purchase something!


Our Stumptown Comics Fest 2011 poster looks something like this now:

Stumptown 2011 all framed up

Most people had no idea these prints were available for purchase so after they signed or sketched they’d be like, “this is a good idea, where are these located?”

Here’s some close-ups from left to right so you can get the full effect:

Bottom Left: Sex Wizard, Pang, Paige Braddock and Natalie Nourigat

Middle: Eric Powells the Goon and the Boilerplate robot by Paul Guinan/Anina Bennett

Bottom Right: Steve Lieber, Carolyn Main and a Robot from GB Tran

This is such a marvelous idea. Kinda loving promotional prints right now. 

That about wraps it up. We picked up another book from TFAW – the X-Men: Origins trade paperback collection. Lots of pretty art and intriguing origin stories for some of my favorite X-Characters. That will no doubt be up for reviewing as well.

That was the closing ceremony for our Stumptown Comics Fest 2011. We intended on being much more active this year but nasty plague disease and preparing for our trip to Disneyland next weekend/week got in the way. We also had a fake Easter dinner with the extended family to attend (and cook a dish for) Sunday evening.

Oh yeah, I didn’t mention it here but we’re totes going to Disneyland for 5 days starting this weekend. Jealous? I thought so! 😉 There will be a blog about it later this week with a general outline of our schedule.


About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

3 responses to “Stumptown Comics Fest 2011: Day Two”

  1. Evan Killingsworth says :

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  2. Shaun Huston says :

    I got the same print from Natalie Nourigat. Put it in a simple frame a couple of days ago. A striking image, I’m even more glad about picking up than I was at finding it.

    Another highlight for me was getting to babble at Rick Remender about UNCANNY X-FORCE and STRANGE GIRL. He was very generous. Stumptown is a great for venue for having real conversations with creators.

    • tinyheroes says :

      Woot – glad you liked the same print! It was a tough choice between that and the quieter version of Olivia. We haven’t framed ours yet – but I’m sure it will look good with a simple black frame.

      Stumptown is one of my favorite events of the year just for that same reason – where else can you chat about the state of the world with the folks from Boilerplate and nerd out about Fringe with one of your favorite artists? I also really dig a lot of the signings we have here in Portland – especially around Free Comic Book Day. Steve Lieber was super awesome last year and sketched in our White Out book for like 15 or so minutes. 🙂

      I kinda heart comic book creators/writers/artists for that reason – they are usually very friendly.

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