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Book News: Stumptown Comics Fest, More Tinkers On the Way, and Other Stuff

  • Get Stumped: This weekend the quiet city of Portland, Oregon, will tremble with an eruption of comic-nerdiness so dense that flights will have to be cancelled over the western United States.

    I speak, of course, about the Stumptown Comics Fest, which runs this weekend at the Doubletree Inn at the Lloyd Center.

    Guests will include such luminaries as Craig Thompson (Blankets), Paul Pope (Batman: Year 100), Mike Allred (Madman), Kurt Busiek (Marvels), Matthew Southworth (artist of Stumptown), and a couple of no-name guys who have a webcomic about a really young superhero.

    The Portland Mercury offers a comic about what you can expect.

  • Thoughts on a Dresser: It's probably not cool to admit that we get giddy as schoolgirls whenever the New York Times mentions our blog — even if it's just on their blog. It's almost as exciting as having an Orange Prize winner write for us in the first place.

    "I make no apologies at all for being a writer interested in fashion and makeup, and I entirely reject the idea that it is a frivolous preoccupation," writes Linda Grant for the Powell's Books Blog, distilling ideas in her book The Thoughtful Dresser.

    Admittedly, it would be a whole lot cooler if the Times blog didn't link to Amazon for the book — but we're just flattered they even noticed little old us.

Book News Round-up:

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.50
  2. The Thoughtful Dresser: The Art of... Used Trade Paper $5.50
  3. Tinkers
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  4. Gimme a Call Used Hardcover $9.95

  5. Batman: Year One Hundred Used Trade Paper $13.95
  6. Blankets: An Illustrated Novel
    Used Trade Paper $21.00
  7. Oprah: A Biography
    Used Hardcover $3.48

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