River City Ransom AKA Post-Stumptown Blues

This past weekend, our 2D Cloud gang made it to the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland Oregon. We arrived on a Friday, famished.  After dropping off our books and baggage at the Hotel we enjoyed a meal at Arabian Breeze.  Downing 2 beers a piece, the males in our group (myself being one of them, I just double checked) quickly grew weary.  By 9 pm we were on our way to slumberland.

The following morning Meghan and I awoke to run over to Voodoo Doughnuts for, wait, VEGAN DONUTS!?  NAHM NAHM NAHM!!  Justin and Sarah awoke for similar reasons I am sure.  Though their donuts were topped with bacon.  Thus, a jittery start to day 1 at the fest.

We had 4 new-ish books at the show.  In the right hand corner there, we had Nic Breutzman's newspaper biggie You Can't Be Here.  On the left, we've got the Sunday Edition of Good Minnesotan #4 (limited to 30 copies).

Next up, that yellow guy is Sarah Tulius' Shortrounds.  The paper bag coloured fellow is Justin's RDCDFist.  I have a short in there as well.

Staring Contest?

More yummy vegan fair at Blossoming Lotus.  A long wait, but ate some good eats.

Stumptown was an amazing show, and Portland an amazing city.  This has certainly been our best show yet. GMN#4 sold out at the show, which was exciting!  To nestle our ego's back to earth, we only brought 16 books, so, maybe not a HUGE deal, it was pretty neat though.

There was a whole gaggle of awesome books that we picked up.  From the top of my head they are: Diamond Comics 2-5 edited/published Jason Levian (the fella who own Floating World Comics), Young Lions by Blaise Larmee, 2 Reporter comic books by Dylan Williams, Flesh and Bone by Julia Gfrörer (a beautiful book that I read during the early hours of the morning and in the dark so as not to wake my fellows), Paper Cutter #12 edited by Greg Means, Faces Spaces by Sean Lynch + Ed Choy Moorman, Henry & Glenn Forever by Igloo Tornado, Neely Covers Monsters to Give You The Creeps Collectors Edition by Tom Neely, uh, a bunch of other books that my mind is currently blanking on. Justin had the excellent idea of only picking up books from the small distro's and small presses (which is why we did not pick up Wilson--yet).

Our trip ended with a vegan dinner at the Vegetarian House, where we ate yummy vegan food stuff with the likes of Blue, Neil Brideau, Kane Lynch, Tom Neely, Dylan Williams and bunches of other cartoonist's whose names I am blanking on (not so good with names).

Let's see am I forgetting anything else... Most likely.  Did get to meet Eli Bishop of Global Hobo, missed Richard Krauss... I am probably missing more things and people's but I am tired, and me missing sleep wins out.  To bed!

Oh Portland, I already miss ye.



We leave for Stumptown tomorrow!  For the show we will have a hand-full of Meghan's Geirdoz. A couple of the little fellows are staying home from the trip. Blueberry, the little guy in the middle, gets motion sickness on planes. Don't worry though, he will be protected by a mid-sized Geirdo with battle damage-- COOL BATTLE DAMAGE!  (not pictured, he's camera shy).

Nic Breutzman's single, oversized newsprint comic, You Can't Be Here, will also be on hand.   I really dig the awesome biggy-ness of it, and I think YOU will too.

Last up, Good Minnesotan#4 will be previewed and on hand to purchase.  We will only have a small number at the table, so snatch 'em up.  GMN#4: One Last Taste will make it's proper debut later in the year at MIX.

The cover sleeve was illustrated by Martha Iserman + Matt Wells, back cover was illustrated by Nic Breutzman with me man-handling the colours.   Good Minnesotan #4 is a four part comic/book, with each mini volume fitting inside the sleeve in a good and proper inelegant fashion.

A full write up of the artist's (all 20+ of 'em) included in the fourth and final volume after Stumptown.

Not pictured (as I don't have it on me) is Shortrounds, a cute mini by Sarah Tulius.  It will be making it's WORLDWIDE debut!  ZOMBGOGD!  Justin and myself will have RDCDFist as it was meant to be, premiering properly there as well... if you bought it prior, well, I owe you.  Hope to see y'all there!