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Happy Act Like A T-Rex Dromiceiomimus Day

Lots of various news items to amuse you this weekend.

  • From the ever-alert Christopher Baldwin, Stumptown has prompted Mayor Tom Potter of Portland to declare Portland Comics Month:

    The proclamation officially recognizes both the cultural importance and creative influence of this vibrant art form on the entire city.

    To champion and support Portland Comics Month, the Stumptown Comics Foundation has catalogued a staggering number of comics-related events in the Portland metro area for the entire month of April.

  • Paul Southworth’s new-style guest week wrapped up with five entirely distinct Ugly Hill entries; look for the overflows to show up in Southworth’s fan art page.
  • From the Webcomics Inspiring Big Things Department: Tiny Ghosts prompts a movement for a national peace memorial:

    One day while Stumbling on the Internet I came across a kind of photo blog. I found it here if you would like to check it out. The blog has two photos on a webpage which on the left picture of a Washington DC monument says “All the monuments they built were dedicated to war.” On the right on the 2nd photo of a peace sign spray painted on the side of an ordinary concrete wall it says “We had to make the monuments to peace ourselves.”

  • After a few fits, starts, and attempts, Alien Loves Predator has returned to its weekly ways.
  • And over at Unshelved, a question: is it product placement? Has the boundary between comic and commerce been breached? Bill Barnes responds to the controversy by explaining that it’s not an ethical violation here, then promises to be more careful about giving that impression here.

    To my eye, there wasn’t any kind of ethical lapse that went on, but kudos to Barnes & Ambaum for taking the criticism as a genuine expression of concern from faithful fans and not as an attack. It may not have been necessary, but it’s the sort of action that says the Unshelved lads know who they’re serving, and they’re willing to go out of their way to do it right. Good customer service never goes out of style.

Portland: paying service to niche subcultures since 1851.

And remember that May is “Portland Commemorative Plate” month. Join us, won’t you?

Has the boundary between comic and commerce been breached?

Sure, ever since superheroes starting using Hostess snacks to foil bad guys. And that tradition continues, of course. Perhaps fruit pies are even more effective than lasers.

What Potter and the Comics Mafia in Portland neglect to mention are the roving gangs of cartoonists menacing the streets and waging turf battles with RPG and MMORPG gangs. It’s like The Warriors out here, man!

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