Portland Indie Con
A locally-produced celebration of self-published/small press comics and games. No TV or movie stars. No exhibitors hawking unlicensed prints or stickers. Only genuine indie creators and their fans.
Portland Indie Con’s first official Guest of Honor is Farel Dalrymple, an Eisner-nominated comics creator and Xeric Grant recipient. His list of accomplishments also includes a gold medal from The Society of Illustrators for Pop Gun War. Farel will not only be exhibiting at the show, but will also be an integral part of our programming, participating in a unique three-way creator-to-creator interview with fan favorite writer-artist Craig Thompson. Con-exclusive merch featuring Farel’s art will also be available at the show.
Farel is the creator of the comic series Proxima Centauri (Image comics 2018), It Will All Hurt (Image comics 2018), Pop Gun War: Chain Letter (2017 Image comics) and Pop Gun War: Gift (2016 Image comics, 2001 Dark Horse), The Wrenchies (First Second Books 2014), and Delusional (Adhouse, 2013). Farel was a co-founder and contributor to the comic anthology, Meathaus, and the artist on Palefire (Secret Acres, 2015) written by Mk Reed, Prophet (Image comics 2012) by Brandon Graham, Omega the Unknown (Marvel Comics 2010) by Jonathan Lethem, Jenny Finn (Dark Horse 2018) by Troy Nixey and Mike Mignola, Caper (DC Comics 2003) by Judd Winick, and various other short stories and collaborative projects.
Craig Thompson is a graphic novelist best known for Good-bye, Chunky Rice (1999), Blankets (2003), Carnet de Voyage (2004), Habibi (2011), and Space Dumplins (2015). Thompson has received four Harvey Awards, three Eisner Awards, and two Ignatz Awards. In 2007, his cover design for the Menomena album Friend and Foe received a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package. Craig will debut the first installment of his 12-issue serial, Ginseng Roots, at the show.
Matthew Nielsen, known online as ‘Nuclear Jackal’ (due to the abundance of other Matthew Nielsens out there) is a writer/illustrator specializing in comics and landscapes. A graduate of the Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration course and a strong supporter of self-education, his latest comics work is a collaboration with writer/filmmaker David W. Edwards, Animalia Paradoxa. An exclusive con-only edition of this Nightscape-related comic will be available at PIC. Originally born in Wales to a Danish father and a Canadian mother, Matthew currently resides in Canada.
Joseph Keatinge is the writer of Image, Skybound, Marvel and DC Comics titles including Flavor, Stellar, Ringside, Glory, Marvel Knights: Hulk and Adventures of Superman as well as the Executive Editor of Eisner & Harvey award-winning Image Comics anthology, Popgun, and Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s One Model Nation.
Sloane Leong is a self-taught cartoonist, artist, and writer. Her work focuses on exploring silenced narratives from her own communities with an aim to cultivate a kinder, more understanding future and to connect personally with individuals through storytelling. She has been drawing comics since she was 16 years-old and has done work for companies like Image Comics, Top Cow, Cartoon Network, DC, Dark Horse, Boom!, Namco and BuzzFeed. Her current projects: A Map to the Sun (First Second, 2019) and Prism Stalker (Image Comics, 2018).
Renee Nault is the artist of The Handmaid’s Tale graphic novel, and the author and artist of Witchling. She is known for her vivid and dreamlike illustrations in watercolor and ink. Her work has appeared in books, magazines and advertising worldwide. She currently lives in Victoria, BC.
Ron Randall is the creator and writer/artist of the scif-fi comic series Trekker, featuring action hero Mercy St. Clair. The latest book, Trekker: Chapeltown, from Scufprint Press, was funded through a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign this spring. More volumes are on the way. Meanwhile, Ron has also spent over thirty years creating comics for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and many others on titles as varied as Supergirl, Star Wars, Venom, Predator and Justice League.
Yuki Saeki is a traditionally-trained comic artist and illustrator born in Japan and raised in Taiwan. Her most recent work includes Golgotha (Image/Top Cow) and Game Space (Phoenix Dreams). She’s also enjoyed working in a variety of industries, such as technology for the web, mobile apps, virtual words, and costume design for film. She’s currently based in Salem, Oregon.
Alejandra Gutiérrez was born in 1994 in Cartagena, Colombia. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with a man who buys her limes. She draws herself a lot and pretends to be a Valley girl. She recently drew one of the main stories in Twisted Romance from Image Comics and contributed to The Comics Journal’s “A Cartoonist’s Diary” feature.
Conor Stechschulte was raised in rural Pennsylvania and began self-publishing comics while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His debut graphic novel, The Amateurs was published by Fantagraphics in 2014 and translated into Italian by Edizioni 001 in 2017. He is currently serializing Generous Bosom with Breakdown Press in London. He lives in Chicago where he teaches courses in comics and self-publishing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Jonathan Case began his cartooning career with two acclaimed graphic novels: Dear Creature and Green River Killer (for which he won an Eisner Award). His other comics work includes The Creep, Batman ’66, The New Deal (nominated for the Harvey, Reuben and Oregon Book Awards), Superman: American Alien, Over the Garden Wall: Distillatoria and the upcoming Little Monarchs. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two daughters.
Colleen Coover is an Eisner Award-winning comic book artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her comics include the adult title Small Favors and the all-ages Banana Sunday. She has been published by Dark Horse, Top Shelf, Marvel, and many others. She works with her husband, writer Paul Tobin, on the Eisner-winning series Bandette.
Leia Weathington is a writer and artist living in Portland, Oregon. She writes comics and cooks dinner in a little treehouse where she lives with her husband. She’s best known for The Legend of Bold Riley, a sword-and-sorcery epic published by Northwest Press, which specializes in LGBTQ-themed comic books and graphic novels.
Dustin Weaver is an artist and writer who’s worked for Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse on books like Avengers, X-Men, S.H.I.E.L.D, Infinity Gauntlet, Edge of Spider-Verse, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rocksteady. He currently works on Paklis, his creator owned series published through Image Comics.
Little Corvus, a.k.a. Sar DuVall, is a Seattle based, queer nonbinary latinx comic artist and illustrator with a BFA in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts (2015). They have illustrated work in Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy for Chronicle Books (2018), Rolled & Told and Puerto Rico Strong for Lion Forge (2018) and more. They were nominated for an Eisner Award in 2017 for their work on the webtoon Deja Brew for Stela (2016), and published their first full-length graphic novel, The Bridge, with Peter Tomasi for Abrams in 2018. Their work has been featured in comics anthologies such as Elements: Fire for Beyond Press (2017), FTL Y’All for Iron Circus (2018) and Group Chat for POME Press (2018). They love positive, diverse stories and the color pink.
Daria Tessler was born in Finland and grew up in LA, majoring in mathematics and printmaking at UC Santa Cruz. She now lives in Portland, where she is an artist, working primarily in screen printing as well as watercolor and gouache to create unexpected images. Her comics include The Cult of the Ibis, Accursed and Music of Changes.
Erin Nations is the writer and illustrator of the comic book series Gumballs (DINKY Award winner and Ignatz Award nominated) published by Top Shelf Productions. His work has appeared in Original Plumbing magazine, Vision Quest, Full Bleed and the We’re Still Here anthology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Portland local and low-rent dilettante, DB Spitzer is a rare multi-talent: podcaster, artist, designer, writer, chef and critic. He rarely sleeps, constantly consumed by the need to create. He’s written for magazines, created magazines, worked in indie films, ad work and poetry. DB’s current projects include producing a daily literary podcast and a monthly podcast about the Cthulhu Mythos, and restoring a house from 1904 in North Portland while conducting experiments in fermentation and brewing in the basement. Give him a chat about podcasting on the cheap, the Cthulhu Mythos, food and cooking, or just free high fives.
Josh Simmons burst onto the comics scene with his solo anthology series Happy in 2001. Since then, he’s put out a number of brutal, deeply unsettling, and often hilarious horror comics, including House (2007), The Furry Trap (2012), Black River (2015), Jessica Farm Volumes 1-2 (2016) and Flayed Corpse (2018). His stories have also appeared in the acclaimed comics anthologies Kramers Ergot and Mome. 2019 will see the release of the mini-series All Time Comics: Zerosis Deathscape in collaboration with Josh Bayer, Trevor Von Eeden and many more. He was born in Connecticut in 1977 and currently lives in Portland, OR.
Joamette Gil is a (gender) queer Afro-Cuban cartoonist, letterer and comics editor. She’s also the one-man operation known as Power & Magic Press, publisher of such titles as Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy and the award-winning Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology.
Paul Guinan is a multimedia artist who’s done stints as a TV show host, storyboard artist and production designer. His first job in comics was as a production artist with Chicago-based First Comics. While there, he co-created Cargonauts, a forerunner of Firefly. Paul later co-created and illustrated the time travel series Chronos, from DC Comics. He’s a founding member of Helioscope Studio, the largest collective of comics creators in North America. His current project is an historical comic book series titled Aztec Empire, about the Aztecs’ defeat by Spanish invaders.
Anina Bennett is a writer and editor, also started out at First Comics, managing titles such as Nexus and GrimJack. She then moved to Portland, Oregon to edit for Dark Horse Comics. Her work also took her to Denmark, where she edited stories for popular European Disney comics. Anina has served on the boards of several nonprofits and helped found Friends of Lulu, a 1990s organization dedicated to encouraging female comic book readers and creators. She’s written five graphic novels and two illustrated histories, and is working on her first prose novel.
Anina and Paul also teach comic book workshops for students of all ages; give educational talks; and appear at conventions, conferences, festivals, and other events around the country. The duo was honored with Inkpot Awards in 2011 at Comic-Con International and has been featured in many galleries and museums. Most recently, their work was selected for inclusion in the Oregon Historical Society’s 2016-2017 exhibit “Comic City, USA.”
Sage Howard is an illustrator living and working in Portland, OR. He grew up in a good part of a bad town, in a bad part of a good state. After high school, he gave up a promising career as a shut-in World of Warcraft player in order to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art to graduate with a BFA in Illustration in 2014. Sage makes illustrations, comics and zines with a combination of digital and traditional media. His work has been shown in juried shows, galleries, and comic conventions in Portland and Seattle.
David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year, Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Secret Wars: Battleworld (Marvel Comics), Cyborg (DC Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau, Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes (Dark Horse/Boom), and Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics). In 2015, he wrote the novel Shaft’s Revenge, the first new novel starring private detective John Shaft in nearly 40 years. He’s also the creator of the critically-acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan.
David recently founded Solid Comix, a small publishing company established for limited series and original graphic novels. The first project from this Portland-based company will be One Fall, a five-issue mini-series co-created by David and artist Brett Weldele (with some help and input from writer Ted Pirro). The mini-series will make its debut in spring 2019.
Grim Wilkins has been creating fun, adventure-filled comics for years. You can find Grim’s work in his mostly silent, creator-owned book Mirenda as well as in the pages of Prophet: Earth War and the tabletop RPG Quest. On a nice day he can be found down by the lake looking at birds.
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Floating World Comics
Floating World Comics (FWC) is proud to sponsor and exhibit at PIC. This independent comic book shop is for readers, artists and book lovers of all ages. FWC’s founder, Jason Leivian, will be offering a great selection of small press, self-published, underground and international comics, including breakout titles from his in-house press like Charles Forsman’s Slasher and Josh Bayer’s All Time Comics.
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The programming schedule is a work-in-progress, pending creator and exhibitor selections. At this time only a few programs for Saturday, June 29 have been confirmed. We expect to have a final schedule by April 1. The schedule will be updated periodically in the interim.
JUNE 29, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Leila del Duca
12:00 - 1:30 PM
2:00 - 3:30 PM
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Topic TBD with Sloane Leong
Tabletop RPG Demos
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
This Defiant Earth
This Defiant Earth is a tabletop RPG set in a universe inspired by the popular imagination of the 1950. In this world, the American Dream is threatened by subterranean monsters, flying saucers and sinister foreign powers armed with super-advanced technology. It’s up to you to thwart Kro-Gar, the space conqueror’s plans for world domination. This special ‘staged’ demo will provide a uniquely immersive introduction to this rewarding horror RPG experience. Note that this demo will feature preselected players in a dramatic presentation of the game. You’re invited to watch and cheer for your favorite characters and to participate in the post-demo Q&A.
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Nightscape RPG: Red Terrors
JUNE 30, 2019
On the second day of the con, the RPG demos will be swapped out for a variety of comics/game/pop-culture-oriented podcasters.
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Single-day tickets: $7
Weekend pass tickets: $10
Limited on premise parking will cost $5 per day. The Doubletree by Hilton is one block from a TriMet MAX light rail stop (NE 11th Avenue station) and two blocks from the Lloyd Center Shopping Mall, which offers free parking.
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JUST A FEW WORDS
- You must wear your badge around your neck at all times while at PIC.
- PIC staff and security have the right to ask you to leave the convention without refunding the cost of your badge if behave in an inappropriate fashion.
- While we don’t want anyone to lose anything, PIC is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property or for injuries sustained during the course of the con.
- Please do not abuse the convention facilities. This includes putting signs on walls, littering, and smoking in non-designated smoking areas, among other things.
- Special events and guests are subject to change or cancellation without notice–sometimes last-minute. We will notify you of any changes via the PIC website and our social media channels.
- All badge sales are final. No refunds or exchanges will be given.
We expect Portland Indie Con to be a safe environment for attendees of any race/ethnicity, creed, religious or political persuasion, or gender/sexual identity. We won’t tolerate harassment in any form. This includes, but is not limited to: physical assault, verbal harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, unwanted physical contact, unwanted advances, or inappropriate photography.
Harassment is defined by the victim. If it is determined–either by observation or by complaint–that an individual or group has harassed another attendee, any or all of the following things may occur. That individual or group may be:
- Warned to cease and desist;
- Asked to leave the convention; or
- Banned from the convention in whole or in part.
For your own safety, if you feel you’ve been subject to harassment, please report your problems to us before anyone else. If you can’t find a staff, crew, or volunteer member to assist you, please go to the registration booth near the entrance to the exhibition floor.
Doubletree by Hilton
1000 NE Multnomah Street