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Name

Stumptown Comics Fest

Website

www.stumptowncomics.com

Dates

The Stumptown Comics Fest has bounced around dates through the past four years, and is now held in April.
2013 - April 27th and 28th

Days

The Fest runs Saturday and Sunday

Hours

Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-6pm

Cost

$10 per day.
$15 for a weekend pass.
Students - $7 per day or $12 for the weekend pass with valid ID.
Kids 12 and under free with ticket-buying chaperone.

Location

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE ML King Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

Contact Info

Mail:
Stumptown Comics Inc.
P.O. Box 40343
Portland, OR 97240

Email:
Information & Media
media@stumptowncomics.com

Panels
panels@stumptowncomics.com

Volunteer Coordinator
Zeo Cohen - imfa11ingup@yahoo.com

Website Information
website@stumptowncomics.com

Attendance

The Stumptown Comics Fest typically has over a thousand attendees.

About This Convention

The Stumptown comics fest was assembled as a way to give the creators of independent comics a convention of their own to showcase their work and passions in the comic book medium. The fest has sported fun events, trophies, panels, and an ever-growing and changing location. The fest has become somewhat famous for their sketch battle, where teams of artists fight in a drawing competition. They continue to raise awareness of small press comics.

Main Attractions

The Stumptown Comics Festival has many attractions for the comic book fans. Here are some of them:

  • Meeting Creators
  • Buying Comics
  • Sketch Battle
  • Comic Book Panels
  • Costumes
  • After Show Party and Awards Show
  • Portfolio Reviews – For Aspiring Artists
  • Sketches
  • Buying Comic Related Items
  • A Chance To Support Indy Comic Creators

History

The Stumptown Comics Fest began in 2004 by a group of local Portland, Oregon artists who where looking for a medium to put a spotlight on the creators of comics, not just the publishers or retailers who make and sell them. The first fest was held in The Old Church, which is a historic building in downtown Portland built in 1883 that at one time was a Presbyterian church, but is now an arts and cultural center. The fest was assembled and held in four short months on June 6th, 2004.

That first show saw over twenty tables and around one hundred and fifty attendees at the show. Notable creators were Shannon Wheeler, Suzanne Baumann, and Christopher Baldwin. The festival held two panels, a slide show, a raffle, and the now infamous sketch art battle.

Later years saw three moves to larger venues and is now held in the Lloyd Center Doubletree Convention Center, next to Lloyd Center Mall, and near the Rose Garden, on Portland’s East side.

The convention has grown to over 1000 attendees and runs two full days with panels, costumes, creator tables, and many high profile guests such as Mike Richardson (who started Dark Horse Comics), Scott McCloud, Brian Michael Bendis, and others.

The Stumptown Comics Fest is increasingly becoming the place for indy comics creators and fans to come and enjoy all that comic books have to offer. This is a show run by geeks for geeks and looks to keep the focus on comic books, and not movies, video games, and media celebrities.

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