No Straight Lines

LGBTQ comics 101


Arts & Books
With some mainstream comic book characters coming out of the closet, it's important to acknowledge those who have been out the whole time. For decades, LGBTQ comics have been relegated to appearing in gay newspapers and bookstores. Cut off from the mainstream, this insular world developed a unique style and provided a forum for addressing and discussing issues within the queer community.No Straight ...   More
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Willamette Geek: Black Friday for Nerds


Behold the triumphant return of Willamette Geek, WW's virtual clubhouse for nerdy news and events around Portland: gaming, tech, comics, conventions, sci fi, teh interwebs and other pursuits of the intellectually superior.With few events happening around town this week thanks to some holiday or something, we decided to round up some of Portland's best local Black Friday deals for people not interested ...   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 by Ruth Brown

Oil and Water

The Gulf Coast oil spill in graphic detail.

In August 2010, a project called PDX 2 Gulf Coast took a group of 22 Oregonians to the Gulf of Mexico to get a firsthand look at the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that had devastated the e   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Rat Bastard

Stephan Pastis draws a funny newspaper comic. Weird, right?

Featured Stories
Last week’s funny pages found Pearls Before Swine auteur Stephan Pastis, who draws himself into his strip as a slouchy chain-smoker with a goatee and a backwards ball cap, feuding with a 9-year-o   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Shannon Wheeler Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus

A caffeinated portrait of the cartoonist as a young man.

Like other iconic black-and-white comics characters with cult followings—Cerebus, Concrete, Zippy the Pin-head—Too Much Coffee Man is instantly identifiable but incredibly hard to define. In fac   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Still Slaying After All These Years

10 minutes with Buffy comics editor Scott Allie


Arts & Books
Cult sci-fi television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have ended its seven-season run in 2007, but the Buffyverse lives on—in Milwaukie, OR. Milwuakie-based Dark Horse comics has been continuing the story of ass-kicking Buffy Summers and her gang of variously magical, demonic and undead misfit friends in two-dimensional form, under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon (also responsible ...   More
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Ravel: in Comic Form

Cartoonists tackle L'Heure Espagnole and L'Enfant et les Sortileges


Arts & Books
Not widely publicized outside the niche worlds of Portland's comic drawing and opera going communities, every time Portland Opera debuts a new show, the company invites local cartoonists to one of the final dress rehearsals to sketch the performance. It's a bit of a gimmick, but hey: opera comics! And much of the work is very good, offering a fresh perspective on an art not typically known for ...   More
Saturday, April 2, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Crapshoot! (Vol. 2, Issue 1)

Hi, Casey Jarman—WW's music editor and resident comics/videogames nerd—here. I've decided to re-launch my short-lived old column, "Casey Jarman's Crapshoot Starring Casey Jarman." I've lost a couple of the unnecessary "Casey Jarmans" in the title, to seem a bit less arrogant. I also won't be starting this re-launched version with a reference to Genesis (the band or the bible). Instead, ...   More
Friday, July 2, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Beep, Bleep, Beep, Bleep, Wedding Bells Are Ringing

You know the intersection of Northwest 5th Avenue and Couch Street? The corner with Floating World Comics, Ground Kontrol, Backspace and Compound? I always call that spot Geektopia. Then again, given Portland's outsized pull on the the national comics community, maybe I should expand that term to cover the whole city. We've got another nationally-known independent comics company in the metro area now, ...   More
Monday, January 26, 2009 Brandon Seifert


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