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A new era for comics art: 3 days of workshops, exhibitions, screenings and collaborative projects with artists from around the world

Oct. 19-21, IPRC (and other venues), Portland, OR

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THE PROJECTS brings together experimental artists from comics, animation, and other narrative arts for a free three-day festival of workshops, exhibitions, panels, performances, projections, collaborative projects, and intensive creative mayhem! Guest artists each have a small space to curate however they please and visitors are invited to join in the fray. The festival is oriented toward creative process, idiosyncratic expression and inspiration, leaving behind the festival model of comics as commerce. Gone are the tables and the sales pitch – instead, a party!

The Projects is modeled on a new breed of European comics festivals that put creativity and connection at the forefront (festivals such as: Novo Doba in Belgrade, Serbia; Crack! in Rome; Škver in Mali Lošinj, Croatia; and Ligatura in Poznan, Poland). These festivals create an intimate and stimulating environment for artists from different cities, countries, and generations to work together and share ideas. Fundamentally, this is not a commercial activity and although books and objects are bought and sold, the emphasis of the event is to make art, experiment, and play. The festival will be free and open to the public, everyone is welcome.

///  WHAT WILL THIS LOOK LIKE?  ///

WORKSHOPS: Various free workshops on screenprinting, animation, book-making, and more. There will also be an ongoing mural-painting project and collaborative comics and drawing sessions that anyone can partake in.
GUEST ARTISTS: Festival guests will each have a space in which they are free to represent themselves or their collective the way they feel is best. This could be for an exhibition, muraling, staging a performance, distributing their work, etc. This space will be open to the public, so it can also be the site of a collaborative project.
PANELS: Conversations with artists and discussions about topics in experimental comics and narrative arts 
EXHIBITIONS: Shows at multiple galleries and shops across the city
SIDE PROGRAM: Projections, performances, and music shows
POP-UP SHOP: You don’t have to sit behind a table – we’ll handle that!

///  CONFIRMED GUESTS  ///

Le Dernier Cri (Pakito Bolino and Marie-Pierre Brunel - France), Matthew Thurber, Austin English/Domino Books, Sammy Harkham, Jonny Negron, Igor Hofbauer (Croatia), Panayotis Terzis (Greece/NYC), Kevin Hooyman, PictureBox, Profanity Hill, Sparkplug Comic Books, Komikaze (Croatia), Johanna Marcade + Turbo Comix (France/Serbia), Bianca Barragan (LA), Plink Flojd, MSHRExperimental Half Hour (Eva Aguilara and Brock Fansler - Portland), Julia Gfrörer (PDX), Maria Sputnik (Portland + the cosmos), Kinoko Cascadia ... and more!

///  a little bit about the place where it all happens: PORTLAND  ///

Portland is a small big city, nestled among the forests below Mt. Hood, our sleeping volcano. Known for its high concentration of cafes, breweries, bikes, food trucks, house shows, forest defenders, basement print shops, and back yard gardens -- it is also home to an unusually large comics and experimental arts community.

The festival will be hosted by the Independent Publishing Resource Center (iprc.org), a DIY self-publishing center since 1998 and a cornerstone of Portland comics. The IPRC has the largest zine library in the country and offers workshops and classes on letterpress, screen printing, design and publishing software, comics, zines, and web publishing, and more. They also run a year-long “comics college” dedicated to the study and creation of independent and self-published comics. The IPRC is located in inner SE Portland near a complex of art galleries and artists’ studios, several outstanding restaurants, cafes and beer gardens, and within walking distance of downtown.

///  YOUR HELP  ///

Since we are committed to making The Projects free, we are depending on donations to cover the cash-dependent costs. We are a scrappy bunch and much of the festival will depend on the free and priceless ingenuity of organizers, guests, volunteers and participants in order to make this thing come alive. However, we are also dreaming of a festival that will reach beyond our immediate and local community and bring together amazing people from across the country and world. And for this, we simply need money...

When you need money, there's nothing like money...

We need cash donations in order to buy 3 international plane tickets (for Le Dernier Cri and Igor Hofbauer), 3 domestic plane tickets (for Matthew Thurber, Jonny Negron, Sammy Harkham, and hopefully to pitch in on others' travel expenses), and for some of the materials that we can't get through other means. We are grateful for any support you can offer, and, please...

... join us in October!

FAQ

  • We've had problems with people who are trying to donate from Europe and other countries out of the USA. It's the Amazon's complicated payment form to be precise ( non US billing address even more precisely ) that seems impossible to fill correctly.

    So, the solution to this problem is to make a donation through PayPal
    (via jason@floatingworldcomics.com).

    The incentives on our Kickstarter page will still apply! If you have questions, please contact us directly. THANK YOU! Hvala! Merci! We appreciate your help IMMENSELY!!!

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    Sorry for the trouble! This is an issue with Amazon that affects a fraction of non-US Amazon account holders. The workaround that Amazon recommends is to simply create a new Amazon account for pledging. This will allow you to select any country in the world. It's not the most elegant solution, but it will do the trick. Here are more detailed instructions: https://www.jungledisk.com/secure/signup/mturk.aspx

    If the backers continue to have trouble with this issue have them get in touch with us directly!

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  • We're removing that ubiquitous element of all comics shows, sitting behind a table selling the work you made. But check it out, we're going to set up a pop up shop at the event where all that stuff will still be sold.

    -This pop up shop will be curated or subject to approval, in order to keep it manageable.

    -You receive 100% of your sales (minus any credit card processing fees). But for this consignment to work, all products must be entered into our inventory software/point of sale system ahead of time. I have a spreadsheet I can email you that you just need to fill out and send back.

    -Let's limit it to 3 or 4 of your best/newest works. This rule is flexible.

    -If you don't make the cut for our pop up shop just bring your stuff anyway. We plan on having a zine swap event, plus you can be your own distro on two legs.

    -Email jason (at) floatingworldcomics (dot) com with any questions.

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  • Perhaps you're wondering what this new festival will look like...

    The Projects is inspired by a constellation of new festivals in the Balkans and southern Europe (including http://www.novodobafestival.net/en/ in Serbia, http://www.skver-art.com/ in Croatia (which we also organize!), and http://crack.fortepressa.net/index.php/en/ in Rome). These festivals are free and staunchly non-commercial. The purpose is to bring artists and audiences together to create, collaborate, inspire, and play! The Projects will be an intensive and exhilarating weekend of WORKSHOPS, PROJECTIONS, EXHIBITIONS, PERFORMANCES, PANELS, READINGS, and COLLABORATIVE ART PROJECTS, oh my! During the daytime, the spacious new home of the Independent Publishing Resource Center will be home base: Le Dernier Cri, the legendary French collective, will be leading an ongoing screenprinting workshop where participants can burn screens and print posters and collaborate on a screenprinted book (possibly in 3-D!) Igor Hofbauer, the Croatian master of surreal Eastern-Bloc graphics, will be transforming the walls into a huge mural, and everyone is invited to pitch in! Other guest artists like Austin English, Jason T Miles, Matthew Thurber, Sammy Harkham, Jonny Negron, Dunja Jankovic, and Kevin Hooyman will all have a space to curate and create a project or a spectacle for the weekend! There will be a mask-making project and an epic collaborative comic making the rounds, for anyone to grab and contribute a panel or two or twenty... There will also be a pop-up shop selling peoples' wares -- artists won't have to be stuck behind tables, we'll take care of that so folks are free to play! Meanwhile, upstairs there will be panels and readings, and on the roof-top garden, we will create a den of relaxation (a giant tent!), a place to hang out and meet new people and draw! draw! draw! In the evenings, there will be events and revelry at different venues across Portland: Friday night there will be a reading and book signing by Sammy Harkham and Jonny Negron at FLOATING WORLD COMICS. An exhibition will adorn the walls and all your lovely faces will adorn the room! Many folks will just be arriving from out of town, so this will be the time for Portlanders to welcome our guests and catch up with old comrades Saturday night we will reconvene at THE HOLLYWOOD THEATER for an animation and noise performance by Le Dernier Cri, Matthew Thurber, Plink Flojd, and more! Afterwards, there will be a house party for those who are not yet ready for sleep... Sunday night we will all march up the street from the IPRC to HOLOCENE for a grand closing night bash! Experimental Half Hour, E*rock, and more will delight our senses, the weekend's loot of masks will be there for those who want to parade incognito, and we will dance into the early hours and raise our glasses in delerious delightful exhaustion! We would love your help in spreading the word about the festival and the http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/floatingworldcomics/the-projects-experimental-art-comics-festival-in-p in these crucial last few days. Please, help make the inaugural year of The Projects a bright spot on the map of independent and experimental comics!!
    With big love and deep appreciation, Dunja, Lisa, Jason, and JTM

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