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An explanation of why my coverage of comic book and anime-related events will be garbage.

What I enjoy most about comic book/anime conventions are the people that attend them. I tend to be less interested in what is being pushed on display tables and more curious about the artists that are sitting behind them and the people wandering about the convention room. I browse new titles but mainly I find myself craning my neck to see what the artists are reading and my eyes darting back and forth in search of cosplayers or people just getting really enthused and animated about comics.

The last comic book event I attended was Portland’s Stumptown Comics Fest. I was a bit overwhelmed at how many people attended the fest and related events. I attempted to document the fest, which resulted in photos like these:


Comic book readers and makers are neat.


I just like the Tron covers.

So as you can see, I am not the most focused attendee. Further evidenced by the fact that I did not take any photos of the Multnomah County Library’s display table [or with the oversized library card]. I think I was so excited to see them there that it slipped my mind. They had comics available for check out at the table, as well as a bunch of swag and information about zines at the library and around Portland. It was of course, a pleasure and a joy to see MultCoLib representin’ at the fest.

I’m sure I will attend more comic book/anime events in the future, but should I mention them in retrobacklore.net, do not expect a typical overview. Instead you will get a few unfocused photos, maybe a list of items purchased and why, and probably a lengthy description of the hairdos sported by the folks at the Sparkplug Comics table and Captain Harlock costume comparisons. Sorry?

3 Comments

  1. They make Tron comics?

    I never even considered the possibility…

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 7:40 am | Permalink
  2. Joe wrote:

    Tron comics are being produced currently? And still making use of the vector landscape…

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  3. Renee wrote:

    MBS & Joe: Yep, they are one of the many Disney comics currently being published by Slave Labor Graphics. And I think Tron without vector landscapes is a creative liberty no one is allowed to take.

    Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

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