Central Portland is home to a number of fine comic shops, but three stand out for their diverse approaches to community-building and serving particular niches of the comics market.
In a previous blog post, we discussed how editors in the comic book industry have their work cut out for them. While they’re certainly not the only type of editor who deals with multimedia editing, comics and graphic novel editors face unique challenges compared to those who deal with more traditional texts like children’s books or even textbooks. One of the key differences in this type of editing is that graphic novels utilize sequential art to tell the story. While other editors still have to look at whatever images they’re using, comics editors need to pay equal or even greater attention to the art.
A panel discussion during this year’s WonderCon comic book and sci-fi/fantasy convention tackled the significance of the term “all-ages,” which has lately been slapped on everything from books like David Petersen’s Mouse Guard to Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time series. Panelists argued over the category’s definition, its usefulness, and the kinds of titles that it should […]
In the world of publishing professionals, the graphic designer and the illustrator are finding that their skill set is being outsourced more and more often. Publishing houses are finding that they have access to a larger pool of potential talent than ever before through their online sources, and with the growing popularity of art-share sites […]
Like a lot of comic fans, my relationship with the medium started at a young age. I would pick up my stack of books at the corner store, generally along with a large bag of Atomic Fireballs, and pay at the counter. Comics have never been very expensive, unless of course you travel in the […]
Comics are an important part of Portland’s cultural landscape. Creators, consumers, conventions, cosplayers — they can all be found here. It is therefore, with great pleasure, that I introduce a new project group that began this term within Ooligan Press: The Graphic Novels/Picture Books Exploratory Committee. The group consists of Alex Haehnert, Molly Hunt, Bess […]