The Stumptown Comics Fest is happening this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 29-30) at the Lloyd Center Doubletree in Portland. I absolutely love the Fest because
(a) it's focused solely on comics as an art-form and publishing venture -- not as a feeder market for video games and movies and toys; and
(b) because Stumptown doesn't differentiate between "mainstream" and "indie" comics -- labels that are totally outmoded in an age when manga is huge with all ages and genders and Hollywood is considering making a movie of "Scott Pilgrim." You'll find Dark Horse editors sitting next to webcartoonists at this thing.
Click the link above for the full roster of artists and events -- it's going to be fairly huge, and possibly a little boozy. Here's a roundup of local press coverage: