- 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:
- Have no fear, eager readers — more copies of Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tinkers are on the way!
- This is going to become a familiar story in the coming weeks. Oprah's cousin refutes his quotes from Kitty Kelley's unauthorized bio, Kelley responds, and on it goes.
- Would you pay $20,000 to reprint a cookbook because of a single typo? If it were this typo, you just might!
- Sarah Mlynowski, author of the YA novel Gimme a Call, explains how she created a Twitter sensation. What would you tell your 15-year-old self? Share it here.
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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.
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