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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

Tongues Book Release and Art Show with Anders Nilsen September 7

Award-winning comics artist Anders Nilsen will officially unveil his new book Tongues at Floating World Comics in Portland on September 7th.

Original artwork from the book will be on display in conjuction with Portland’s First Thursdays Art Walk, and Nilsen will give a short talk about the book and the process of putting it together.

Set in Modern Central Asia Tongues follows the intertwined stories of an imprisoned god, an East African orphan on an errand of murder and a young American man with a teddy bear, lost on the tattered fringes of the human world. It is a story of adventure and revenge and a meditation on human nature in this fraught present moment.

The full-color, large-format Tongues is Nilsen’s most ambitious work to date and marks a return to something a bit closer to the more traditional comics form he last explored in his multiple award winning Big Questions (Drawn and Quarterly, 2011). The artist is serializing the book in large-format, full-color comics to be self-published and distributed in conjunction with No Miracles Press over the next few years until the story is complete.

WHO: Anders Nilsen
WHAT: Tongues book release and art show
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 7, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

My Pretty Vampire Release Party and Signing with Katie Skelly August 24th

Clover is a Bardot-esque blonde who dreams of the (now dead) girl she once was before becoming a fanged bloodsucker.

She is being kept prisoner by her brother, Marcel, who fears Clover will be hunted by the outside world. Clover’s curiosity, however, will not be suppressed: impetuous, sensual, strong-willed, and fearless, she plans her escape. Katie Skelly will be in store signing copies!

Katie Skelly is a cartoonist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her previous comics include Nurse Nurse and Operation Margarine. My Pretty Vampire is a sexy, sophisticated horror romp that heralds author Katie Skelly as a powerful voice in comics.

Floating World Comics will host a book release party and signing with the author, on August 24th from 6 to 8 pm.

WHO: Katie Skelly
WHAT: My Pretty Vampire: Release party and signing
WHEN: August 24th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Dustin Weaver’s Paklis Gets a Release Party May 31

Image Comics introduces Paklis—a new anthology series from writer/artist Dustin Weaver—where the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with dark, existential questions that will haunt readers.

In “MUSHROOM BODIES,” Greg struggles with knowing what’s real and fears becoming complacent in a world of human insects. In the first installment of “SAGITTARIUS A*,” war hero Linus Rad is on a mission to the center of the galaxy to learn the dark secrets of his dead father’s scientific experiments. In the first chapter of “AMNIA CYCLE,” Tara, a young Jet-Wing pilot, goes AWOL in the war against the Nuriel in order to help Amnia, a mysterious alien with no memory of where she came from and a desperate need to stop a terrible disaster! When Amnia disappears, it sends Tara on an adventure into the Shadow Zone.

Step into the unknown. Journey into the shadows. There you’ll find Paklis.

WHO: Dustin Weaver
WHAT: PAKLIS #1 release party and signing
WHEN: Wednesday May 31, 5-7pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

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