December 20, 2013
Zack Soto, Francois Vigneault Announce Linework NW, An Art/Alt Comics Show For Portland April 12
and François Vigneault
have announced Linework NW
, which they call a "new illustration and comics festival" for April 12, 2014 in Portland's Norse Hall
. It is a one-day, free event.
They have announced Michael DeForge
as their first special guest, marking that cartoonist's first appearance in the Pacific Northwest.
They have already lined up as exhibitors Fantagraphics
, Koyama Press
, Grass Hut
, I Will Destroy You
, Magnetic North
, Oni Press
, Pony Club
, Press Gang
, Revival House
, Top Shelf
and Traditional Comics
Both Vigneault and Soto are cartoonists, well-ensconced in the Portland comics community; both also have organizational backgrounds directly related to comics. Soto edits Study Group Comics
and was a member at Pony Club Gallery; Vigneault ran the San Francisco Zine Fest for several years. Their release says that they planned the event when they could not get a firm commitment from Stumptown Comics Fest as to the state of the 2014 show. Stumptown earlier this week announced their decision to end their stand-alone show and push their non-profit mandate into different directions, including a presence at Rose City Comic-Con. If Stumptown had come off, they would have run their show at an alternative event in much the same way satellite programming has been taking place during Comic-Con International
at the "Trickster" location. With Stumptown out of the way in terms of its festival aspects, Linework NW becomes a spotlight event.
I've talked to three pretty well-connected alt-comics people about the show and they were all ecstatic over the possibility of a more devoted show of this type, and about Soto and Vigneault more generally. Some sort of different show -- whether additional, supplementary or competing -- has been rumored for a couple of years now.
The release also notes that Norse Hall is a small space, they plan to curate the remaining spaces pretty stringently. They are asking for applications now and will accept them until January 31 with a decision coming as to who got in on February 7
The event will take place in roughly the same neighborhood as Stumptown. They also plan at least one off-site show featuring the work of guest DeForge.
A twitter account has been established here
posted 2:00 am PST
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