Stumptown 2010

Comic Art Battle at Cosmic Monkey
Comic Art Battle at Cosmic Monkey

The Stumptown Comics Fest is something of a yearly ritual for me, a chance to meet the reading public and reconnect with out-of-town friends I otherwise never see (Maryland cartoonist Carla Speed McNeil immediately noticed that I was walking without a cane; I had forgotten that last year I was still getting over a broken leg.).

Surprise hit
Surprise hit
Stiff
Stiff
Stumptown doodle
Stumptown doodle

Since I live within walking distance of the venue, I usually go straight home from the show, but this year I did attend one off-site event, the Trophy Awards and Comic Art Battle at Cosmic Monkey. This photo posted by Boilerplate creator Paul Guinan confirms that I was there, but don’t ask me who won the Battle- it was very crowded and I couldn’t see more than a sliver of the stage from my spot in the storeroom.

One highlight of the show was meeting cartoonist Robert Sikoryak for the first time, even though I had attended a party at his New York loft in 1994- that party coincided with an unexpected late deadline and Sikoryak never came out of his studio that night.

I have posted an album of photos taken with my trusty Palm Pilot to the Comics Lifestyle website. This year I decided to concentrate less on photographing celebrity guests (though you can catch a few like Center For Cartoon Studies founder James Sturm and Wolff And Bird creator Batton Lash with his wife Jackie Estrada) than on recording some of the notable table displays and the colorful fashions worn by attendees. I also took a number of pictures at the very end trying to capture the frenzy that is packout.

Instead of a new comic I brought printed replicas of decorated envelopes I have sent over the years to my friend Geoff Seaman, with the original addresses digitally removed so that they can be sent through the mail again. Big seller: a portrait of British comedy team Peter Cook and Dudley Moore (who knew they had so many fans?). Not so popular: a topless Jodie Foster and a pair of legs in shiny stockings and high heels.

I spent downtime on Saturday drawing original sketches on envelopes; but since l only sold two of those, I switched on Sunday to sketching a view of the fest on a cylindrical perspective grid. You can view it as an immersive panorama on Flickr (Shockwave required).