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Tongues Number Two art show & release party with Anders Nilsen on November 1

This November Floating World Comics will host an art exhibit and book signing with Anders Nilsen to celebrate the release of his new book, Tongues Number Two.

The second issue of Tongues draws readers deeper into the enigmatic, interconnected stories of a god imprisoned on a mountainside, an eagle – his apparent jailor, and a young American wandering into trouble in the wilderness with a teddy bear. We also move back in time to watch our young East African protagonist as she experiences violent and peculiar visions of her frightening near future, and meet a handsome, malevolent young swan with dark appetites. Tongues is part adventure and part meditation on humanity’s fraught present moment and its peculiar evolutionary heritage.

The book itself is as much an unfolding object as it is a story, featuring full color, a large format, and intricate design. The artist is serializing the book in conjunction with publisher No Miracles in 10 issues over the next few years.

WHO: Anders Nilsen
WHAT: Tongues Number Two art show and release party
WHEN: Thursday Nov.1, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Reid Psaltis’ Kingdom/Order Gets a Release Party this September at Floating World Comics

Join Reid Psaltis on Thursday, September 6 to celebrate the release of his new graphic novel Kingdom/Order. In addition to a signing, Reid will also have gorgeous original art from the book on display.

Kingdom/Order wordlessly follows a man as he searches for some sort of meaning in his life. Through symbols and sounds, it is clear that he is a part of the greater, natural world, and a bit divorced from the modern world which surrounds him. The nameless protagonist finds himself following the sounds of the animals around him – but how much of this is real, and how much is delusion?

Whatever the case, Psaltis will leave you speechless.

WHO: Reid Psaltis
WHAT: Kingdom/Order release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday Sept. 6, 68pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Floating World Comics’ Proxima Centauri & It Will All Hurt Release Party with Farel Dalrymple – June 13th

Head to Floating World Comics and join Farel Dalrymple on Wednesday, June 13 to celebrate the release of – not one – but two new books that expand the ever growing world of Pop Gun War and The Wrenchies.

First is the debut issue of a brand new miniseries from Image Comics: Proxima Centauri. 4.243 light-years from Earth, the teenage wizard adventurer Sherwood Breadcoat is stuck in the confounding spectral zone on the manufactured dimensional sphere, Proxima Centauri, looking for escape and a way back to his brother while dealing with his confusing emotions, alien creatures, and all sorts of unknown, fantastic dangers. In this issue The Scientist H. Duke sends Sherwood on a salvage mission and gives counsel to the troubled boy in his charge.Proxima Centauri will be six issues of PSYCHEDELIC SCIENCE FANTASY ACTION COMIC BOOK DRAMA starring Sherwood Breadcoat, “The Scientist” Duke Herzog, Dr. EXT the Time Traveler, the ghost M. Parasol, Shakey the Space Wizard, and Dhog Dahog.

Also arriving is the graphic novel collection of It Will All Hurt. A weird, sad, silly, sketchy, and dreamy watercolor fantasy-action quest in which Alemendra Clementine and her crew of anti-social adventurers all come together on a psych-apocalyptic world to take down an evil wizard. This Eisner Award-nominated webcomic, originally serialized on Study Group Comics, began as a loose stream-of-consciousness exercise and exploration of the comic book medium and takes place in the same world as Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies. Collects It Will All Hurt #1-3, plus all six chapters of the webcomic.

WHO: Farel Dalrymple
WHAT: Proxima Centauri/It Will All Hurt release party and signing
WHEN: Wednesday June 13, 5-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Binoculars Release Party and Art Exhibit with Tetsunori Tawaraya May 3rd

Tetsunori Tawaraya’s Binoculars is a collection of creatures from another dimension, which display the jewel-like rendering of Tawaraya’s stipple technique.

The visions, and color mixture vary widely from his previous book Telescope, also published by Colour Code. Tawaraya has been lucky enough to watch an enigmatic outland through his mind’s binoculars. Let’s set off on an expedition and observe them all for vivid side effects.

Floating World is the last stop on Tetsunori’s west coast tour, with an art exhibit to celebrate the release of this awesome new book.

WHO: Tetsunori Tawaraya
WHAT: BINOCULARS release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Carnet de Voyage Book Release & Artist Talk with Craig Thompson on April 28

Join Craig Thompson to celebrate the release of a new expanded edition of Carnet de Voyage, a unique insight into an acclaimed cartoonist’s travels through Europe and Morocco.

Riding the international success of Blankets, Craig Thompson sets out on a tour across Europe and Morocco, promoting the various European editions of his book and beginning research for his next graphic novel, Habibi. Carnet de Voyage is a gorgeous sketchbook diary of his travels as he finds intellectual and spiritual stimulation during the day-to-day work of being an author. From wandering around Paris and Barcelona between events, to navigating markets in Fez and fleeing tourist traps in Marrakesh, we see glimpses of each place, rendered in Thompson’s exquisite ink line.

While desert landscapes and crowded street scenes flow across the pages, the sketchbook is packed first and foremost with people—travelers passing through, the friends and lovers he meets along the way, distant figures of old friends and other cartoonists who freely weave in and out of his subconscious. This expanded edition also includes a new epilogue drawn from his most recent European book tour, including several familiar faces and Thompson’s reflections on keeping a sketchbook. Carnet de Voyage is a casual yet intimate portrait of a celebrated cartoonist at a moment between works—surprisingly open and candid in his observations and revelations.

WHO: Craig Thompson
WHAT: Carnet de Voyage book release and author talk
WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 5-7pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Feb. 1 – Orange Thief release party and art exhibit with Sophie Franz

This February Floating World Comics host a book release party and art exhibit with one of our favorite local artists, Sophie Franz.

Orange Thief is a compilation of images pulled from Sophie’s voluminous collection of sketchbooks. Doodles! Hedge mazes! Half-assed ripoffs of famous paintings! Kermit! Cowboys! More cowboys! Horse-faced men! Man-faced horses! All of these (and more!!!) can be found between the covers of this little sketchbook collection.

WHO: Sophie Franz
WHAT: Orange Thief release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Feb. 1, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Feb. 13 – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman Book Release Party with Box Brown

Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman’s resume was impressive—a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi, a high-profile stand-up career, and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling.

Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person, he’s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas, which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken in.

Why would someone so gentle-natured and sensitive build an entire career seeking the hatred of his audience? What drives a performer to solicit that reaction? With the same nuance and sympathy with which he approached Andre the Giant in his 2014 biography, graphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufman in Is This Guy For Real?.

Join Box Brown on February 13 for a special book release party and author talk at Floating World.

WHO: Box Brown
WHAT: Is This Guy For Real? book release party with Box Brown
WHEN: Tuesday Feb. 13, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209


I Am Not Okay With This release party with Charles Forsman December 7

Charles Forsman‘s west coast tour brings him to Floating World this December to celebrate the release of his new book, I Am Not Okay With This.

Sydney seems like a normal, rudderless 15-year-old freshman. She hangs out underneath the bleachers, listens to music in her friend’s car, and gets into arguments with her annoying little brother — but she also has a few secrets she’s only shared in her diary. Like how she’s in love with her best friend Dina, the bizarre death of her war veteran father, and those painful telekinetic powers that keep popping up at the most inopportune times.

After his first two critically heralded graphic novels, Celebrated Summer and The End of the Fucking World (recently adapted into a TV show on the UK’s Channel 4 and soon to be streaming stateside on Netflix), Forsman once again expertly channels the teenage ethos in a style that evokes classic comic strips while telling a powerful story about the intense, and sometimes violent, tug of war between trauma and control. I Am Not Okay With This collects all of Forsman’s self-published minicomic series into one volume. It comments naturally on familial strain, sexual confusion, and PTSD in his usual straightfaced-but-humorous style, and firmly stakes his place among the world’s best young cartoonists.

WHO: Charles Forsman
WHAT: I Am Not Okay With This art exhibit and release party
WHEN: Thursday, December 7, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

Before The Rain release party with Anne Pomel, November 8th at Floating World Comics

French artist Anne Pomel decided it was time to live somewhere else. A friend of hers invited her to Portland, not thinking she would really make the move. She didn’t know anything about Portland. She heard it had a good music scene. She didn’t even know about the rain.

Before The Rain is about her first few weeks living in a new city, getting lost in places that are so familiar now. Anne’s beautiful artwork brings the city to life, through the eyes of a curious and spontaneous spirit.

Anne studied fashion design at Studio Berçat in Paris and has a degree in Graphic Design. Before The Rain is her first book.

WHO: Anne Pomel
WHAT: Before The Rain release party and signing
WHEN: Wednesday Nov. 8, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

Published by Floating World Comics
Risograph printed at Unwork Inc. in Portland, OR
Edition of 200

The Willows Release Party and Art Exhibit with Nathan Carson & Sam Ford

Before Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft was the 20th century’s master of the macabre. But Poe and Dunsany did not alone begat Lovecraft. In fact, the opinionated New England gentleman is on record stating that his favorite short story was none other than Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows.” Blackwood was a prolific English ghost story writer and a grandfather of today’s Weird Fiction scene; “The Willows” is remembered as one of his greatest contributions to dark, atmospheric literature.

This immortal novella of extra-dimensional weirdness on the Danube comes to vivid life in graphic comic form thanks to the incredibly detailed black-and-white linework of talented newcomer, Sam Ford. Writer Nathan Carson’s thoughtful retelling reverently preserves the plot while breathing character-driven depth into this all-time classic. Two adventurous women, one British, one Swedish, encounter strange horrors in the Hungarian wilderness of 1907. What they discover on that crumbling sandbar makes them question their sanity, fear for their lives, and revel in otherworldly strangeness. Readers familiar with the story will delight in seeing it depicted in such painstaking, quality illustrations. And those for whom it is new will want to leave a light on for many nights after.

Floating World’s “The Willows” is coming this November. Join the creators on November 2nd for a book release party and exhibit of original artwork from the book.

WHO: Nathan Carson & Sam Ford
WHAT: The Willows #1 release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 2, 7-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

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