Can Portland's Creative Community Survive Development, Price Surge?
Also, lots of comics-related activity in town this weekend, beginning tonight with Jim Woodring's appearance at Powell's. Woodring did the Mercury's cover this week; you can read my writeup of his first-ever graphic novel Weathercraft here. According to his publisher, Fantagraphics, Woodring will deliver a "multimedia talk and book signing"; that's at 7:30 pm tonight at the downtown store.
Tomorrow afternoon from 1-3 pm at Things from Another World's Hollywood location, Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma will be signing copies of Rapture, a series I have not read 'cause Dark Horse no longer sends me review copies of their books. (Something about tentacles?) The big draw here is Oeming, who co-created the superhero/noir series Powers along with Brian Michael Bendis. Oeming will be drawing single-character sketches for $40, with proceeds going to support the Hero Initiative, a "a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need."
Conveniently just up the road at Cosmic Monkey, Top Shelf creator Alex Robinson is also signing—Robinson is a really accessible graphic novelist best known for Too Cool to Be Forgotten, about a dude who time travels back to high school so he can decide not to smoke his first cigarette; and Tricked, six ultimately intersecting character studies. Robinson will be at the store from noon-2 pm.