Stumptown Comic Memories

Stumptown 2011 in Portland, OR is going to be a convention I will never forget. While the usual army of CCS students were missing, due to its proximity to MoCCA the week before as well as a few weeks before seniors’ graduation, a few stalwart cartoonists represented the school.

Professor Alec Longstreth and White River Junctionite Claire Sanders, sandwiched inbetwixt Greg Means and Lisa Eisenberg held their own at Stumptown.

Annie Murphy unfortunately had to postpone the release of Gay Genius Comics Anthology due to a printing error and she’s just the kind of upright editor who believes in having everyone’s work represented correctly. The book release and DANCE party is now slated for April 30th at feminist bookstore In Other Words in Portland. I may have made Annie dance with me right then since I would miss the party.

Some memories I could not capture by a camera but deserved to be recorded so bear with me and read these comics! Double-click for clarity!

Stumptown Kids

Once again the IPRC offers classes and occasionally these cartoonists teach around town: Jesse Reklaw, Nicole Georges, Lisa Eisenberg, Aron Nels Stienke, Christina Blue Crow, Randy Emberlin and I’m sure a lot more.

A comic for a bit older audience about Dave Kiersh:

Matters of Principle and Greg Means:

And after hours…with Jacq Cohen of Fantagraphics.

It’s a known fact by now that cartoonists are great at ink-slinging and with a microphone in their hand. Maybe it is to combat the many hours of quiet behind a drawing table. Also, while scouring the Internet, I found Natalie Nourigat‘s recipe comic for a Chocolate Haystack Cookies she brought to Drink and Draw Like a Lady! They were delicious and now you can make them too!

Does anyone else have Stumptown memories in comic form? Post your links below!

-Jen Vaughn

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3 Responses to Stumptown Comic Memories

  1. Not a Stumptown link but a comment on teaching little guys with comics. A few years ago, I was asked to help a 3rd grade teacher who was having her kids do biographies of local historical figures in comic strip form, using a program on their Macs to create the templates. These were one-page Sunday style, and so I pondered what to give the kids in order to set their mental templates and realized the perfect format was … ready? … Mark Trail. That helped accomplish her goal of getting them to present individual factual points in a logical sequence, and the results were far beyond what I expected. The kids really GOT it, and, whether any of them become cartoonists, they’ll all be better thinkers for having learned sequential narration.

    • Jen Vaughn says:

      Mike, that’s amazing! I haven’t used a Sunday style comic template in my teaching before but non-fiction comics are really the best. Thank you for the tip.

      • Note also that, because Elrod uses different sized panels, it encourages the kids not simply to isolate and identify their facts but to consider some sort of order or priority to them.

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