Arts and Craftsmanship
Forge & Thistle
The Forge & Thistle specializes in Renaissance, Scottish highland and pirate events. They offer an ever expanding array of quality hand-made products by Kevin Stephenson and Jamie Thomas. But, they are more than that. They personify craftsmanship in world of stamped out, robot-machined, assembly line disposable goods. When you purchase an original piece from Forge & Thistle you have gotten something unique that will last.
Obviously, this writer is a fan, but with cause. Check out their website and if what you are looking for isn’t there, ask them about it. You won’t be sorry.
Custom orders are always welcome.
Quicksilver’s Pirate Pots
Sturdy stoneware made by the hand of a pirate, using old-world methods and attention to detail. Custom work a specialty of his, but words fail to describe the artistry of his work.
Do yourself a favor and check out Quicksilver’s website. His work is not limited to the pirates on your list and you are bound to find something to fit nearly any taste!
Monkey Minion Press
Monkey Minion Press is, on the surface, just like any other fledgling design and illustration company trying to make it’s mark. However, a quick scratch at that surface and you begin to see that what’s underneath is a great deal more than that. They offer a well-rounded approach to any problem presented to them, be it illustration, design, layout or copy writing. They can do it all.
Now, this entry in our guide bridges the gap between two categories. Not only does Monkey Minion Press superior illustration, custom work and etched-ware, but they also offer a books, including “Captain Dan Takes a Day Off”. Visit the website for all the current items on sale, but if you don’t see what you are looking for you can hire Dane to produce what you want.
The Written Word
Geek in the City Comics
Sure you know renowned and nearly award winning “Geek in the City Radio”, but do you know about Geek in the City Comics? Writer Aaron Duran and artist James Sinclair (a colorist on “Hellboy” and “The Flash”), joined by editor/letterer Jennifer Alvin, present “La Brujeria” — their supernatural comedy about Althalia, a “gifted” temp who gets a job at a pawn shop that’s actually a front for a team dedicated to Fairy Tale Domestication.
Geek in the City Comics represents the best in indie comics, support them today!
Hollyanna McCollom’s “Moon Portland”-
Are you a carpetbagging transplant to PDX? Do you have visitors coming from out of town and want to empower them to find their own points of interest? Were you, perhaps, born here but wonder what you might have missed in this fine town. For any of these possibilities, we would like to point you to the wonderful guide, Moon Portland.
Longtime Oregonian resident, and PDXYAR pirate, Hollyanna McCollom covers the best of the Portland area — including the Cultural District, the Alphabet District, and Alberta Street. She provides a variety of travel strategies such as The Best of Portland, Pint-sized P-Town, and Rainy Day Portland. The guide also covers the most popular sights, including Ankeny Square, Skidmore Fountain, Union Station, and the Alberta Art Walk. Complete with expert tips on the best dining that spans different cuisines, as well as the best bars and nightclubs, Moon Portland gives travelers the tools they need to create a memorable travel experience.