AT LONG LAST, the date of the next Comics Underground can finally be revealed:
Thursday, April 26, 2012. 8 pm.
Huh. That was kind of underwhelming, wasn’t it.
BUT THE EVENT WON’T BE! Very soon, we’ll be announcing the guests for this edition of Comics Underground, and if all goes to plan—which of course it will—it’ll be one of our best line-ups yet. Seriously. (And, for those of you paying attention, no: It’s not a coincidence that the date of our event coincides nicely with that of the beloved Stumptown Comics Fest.)
Stay tuned for details, and don’t make any other plans for the evening of April 26. You won’t want to miss this one.
I WAS GOING to (belatedly) write up a thing about how well November’s Comics Underground went, but Christian Lipski at the Portland Examiner went ahead and did it for me. Thanks Christian!
Comics Underground is something that should always have existed. It brings to mind the salons of the 17th and 18th centuries, with artists gathering to present their work to a patron, but also to one another. Standup comics, too, frequent out-of-the-way clubs where they can showcase their latest material among colleagues.
The Portland comics community is unlike any other, and close interaction of its members (and fans) can only enhance the goodwill towards the art form.
That makes it sound so fancy!
Stay tuned for details on the next Comics Underground.
So I’m going to go ahead and call last night a rousing success. Huge thanks to everybody who came out and to everybody who read/performed.
We’ll do it again. Say, Thursday, November 17? Put it in your iCals. Stay tuned for details.
So, yesterday? Not comics’ finest hour. And yet, as Adam Rosko tweeted yesterday afternoon:
Yeah. That. And I should know: For the past few hours, I’ve been putting the final touches on this edition of Comics Underground, and I’m excited—these creators are highlighting some fantastic work, from Tally’s charming-as-hell real-life stories to Jamie, Joëlle, and Nico’s ridiculous teen-witch shenanigans, to Greg’s surprisingly affecting Captain America short, to Kelly Sue’s sweet, funny look at youth and parenthood. I can’t wait to see how each of these creators are going to present their stories onstage, and I can’t wait to experience these stories with a crowd, and in other words? I’m already feeling pretty great about comics, and Comics Underground is still like 17 hours away.
Tonight will be fun. See you there.
*Not actually sold out.**
***Fine. It can’t even sell out. It’s free.
HOLY CRAP HERE IT IS. It is incredibly basic at the moment. Or “spartan,” if you’d rather. Yeah. Spartan sounds more professional, huh. Yeah. Let’s go with that.
Anyway, all the important stuff should be here. We’ll get around to posting adorable cat pictures and animated .gifs of running skeletons and rotating marijuana leaves soon enough, though. Have a look around.