As people regular readers know, I love Indy comics. Not because I’m some snooty “these are true art and those beef heads in spandex are for kids” comic fan. (And we all know those people are out there, avoid them as they lack any taste and will eat your babies. No, really. Baby eaters). Anyway, I love Indy comic books because they are the culmination of months or in some cases years of hopes, dreams, and passion for the four-color format. Much like filmmakers or musicians, no one gets into comics because they want to become millionaires. (Well, maybe Todd McFarlane, but that’s just my Constitutionally protected opinion). These artists and writers get into comics because they truly love the format. Somewhere in their past they read a comic and thought, “Eureka. This is the path for me.”
And yes, it is cool to bring an early Indy comic to a convention years later and see the look on a creators face when you ask them to sign it.
Which brings me to today and Indy Comics Week. With Diamond taking the week off, you don’t need to fear the dreaded Haud Libri Poena aka, the No New Comics Bends. At all three of the Portland Metro Things From Another World, Indy Comics are king! Accepting work from all over the country, you have a chance to read and buy some fantastic Indy Comics before anyone else. Many a title you’ve already heard reviewed by a certain friendly neighborhood Geek on a certain podcast hosted by some dudes named Cort and Fatboy. If you don’t live in Portland or the horrible local weather man totally hosed your trip into Stumptown, you can also find some of these books at TFAW.com. Also, at the Hollywood Things From Another World you can hang out, chat, and buy from Portland comic luminaries Shannon Wheeler, Paul Guinan, Neal Skorpin, and Jason Martin. It all starts today at 11am and runs till 7pm. (Creator schedule may shift throughout the day).
While the big comic publishers are the bones of the comic book industry, the Indy books and their creators are the heart and soul. See you there!