Time for Free Comic Book Day!

Trivia Question: what is the significance of the first Saturday in May?

Answer:

Yes, that’s right. Free Comic Book Day is almost here! Of course this means you need to make plans to visit your local Things From Another World on Saturday, May 5th. The good folks at TFAW have put together a stunning collection of comic book creators, who will be at all three Portland area locations. And that is on top of the special free comics–while supplies last–as well as big savings, and even the beginnings of TFAW’s astonishing Mega Sale.

PDXYAR will, once again, be adding a decidedly pirate flavour to the day as we will be on hand at the Milwaukie & Portland Things From Another World locations. We will be singing shanties, engaging in a fight or two and of course posing for pictures!

Now if you find yourself not being able to make it to the Portland or Milwaukie locations, do not fret- all is not lost. While there won’t be a pirating presence at the Beaverton TFAW (not officially at least), there will be duly sworn representatives of the Empire and even the Rebel Alliance will be on hand throughout the day. As the great folks from the Vader’s Fist, the 501st Legion’s Cloud City Garrison will be joined by the Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion at the Beaverton TFAW store from 11am until 6pm. While they will definitely be posing for photos, I can’t promise you will get any intergalactic shanty singing out of them though.

When: Saturday, May 7th from 10am until 7pm
Cost: FREE (hence the name)
Where: The 3 Portland area Things From Another World locations (details below)

TFAW Portland, OR

9:00 am: Doors open!
12:00-2:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
* Jonathan Case – Artist for Dark Horse Comics’ The Guild FCBD book
* Terry and Rachel Dodson – Artists for Uncanny X-Men and Defenders
* Emi Lenox – Creator of EmiTown
* Steve Lieber – Artist for Alabaster, featured in Dark Horse’s FCBD books
* Jeff Parker – Writer for Hulk and Thunderbolts
Plus: The pirates of PDXYAR.

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4133 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212
(503) 284-4693

TFAW Milwaukie

9:00 am: Doors open–enjoy free coffee from Spring Creek Coffee House, while supplies last!
10:00 am: Trackers Earth will demonstrate how to shoot a bow and arrow like Hawkeye! (Note: foam arrows only.)
12:00-4:00 pm: Live-action Heroclix.
All day: Kids’ art table.
Plus: The pirates of PDXYAR.

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10977 SE Main Street
Milwakie, Oregon 97222
(503) 652-2752

TFAW Beaverton

BEAVERTON TFAW, 4390 SW LLOYD AVE. BEAVERTON, OR 97005:

9:00 am: Doors open!
2:00-4:00 pm: Signings with the following creators:
* Ben Bates – Artist for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog FCBD book
* Amy Mebberson – Artist for Strawberry Shortcake and Muppets
* Chris Samnee – Artist for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Serenity
* Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner – Writer and artist for Witch Doctor

All day (while supplies last):
Free Starbucks coffee for customers starting at 9:30 am!
Demos and giveaways from Game Trader.
Free cookies from Subway.
Plus: Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base Rebel Legion.

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4390 SW Lloyd Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
(503) 643-4222

The Frank Reade “Land, Sea and Air Tour” Begins!

What could be better than an evening of high adventure with the near-mythic steampunk inventor Frank Reade, Jr? How about if such an event spanned three nights and involved some local steampunks, superheroes and pirates?

This is what you will get when you attend the “Land, Sea and Air Tour” book launch event for Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett’s new work, “Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention.”

Yes, we are talking that Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. As in the same Portland duo that brought you the critically acclaimed book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel and the Eisner Award–nominated science fiction comic book series Heartbreakers. Now the pair are delving back into a time before Jules Verne had his flying machines and H.G. Wells envisioned spaceships, to when the globe-trotting inventor Frank Reade became the original steampunk hero. Beginning in the mid-1870s and continuing for over forty years, Frank Reade magazines were the world’s first science fiction periodicals. Now Paul and Anina are bringing Frank and his progeny are back in a new book: Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention!

“A stunning multimedia confection of the highest order”
Publishers Weekly

To celebrate the release of this new book, the Guinan and Bennett have created a thoroughly unique launch event. Dubbed the “Land, Sea and Air Tour” the event will run three consecutive Wednesday’s this month. Not only will each night feature a separate theme of Land, Sea and Air at different local book stores, it will also have special guests to compliment the theme. And yes, this does include PDXYAR. On the 15th of February, we will not only be providing our own brand of piratical fun for the “Sea” themed night, but Paul will be actually engaging in a battle with the crew of El Tiburon, while playing the part Frank Reade, Jr!

Obviously you will want to be at Bridge City Comics for that, but before you start thinking of what night to attend, might we strongly suggest that you attend all three. You see, there’s a prize at the Feb. 22 grand finale event. When you attend this Wednesday’s event at Floating World Comics for the “Land” event, with special guests Rose City Steampunks, Local 23, you will get a “Land, Sea, and Air” passport. Get your passport stamped at all three events and you will be qualified to win a special prize. The first ten adventurers who make it to all three events and get their “Land, Sea, and Air” passports stamped will receive a print of an original Frank Reade engraving signed by both authors, plus custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate “gold coins” (which will also be available for purchase).


Now that I have got your interest, here is the complete schedule for three events:

Feb. 8, 6-9 pm: LAND
Location: Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209
Guests: Rose City Steampunks, Local 23
Vehicle: Frank Reade Jr.’s Valiant, an electric battle-wagon

Feb. 15, 6-9 pm: SEA
Location: Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Guests: PDXYAR
Vehicle: Frank Reade Sr. & Jr.’s Centennial, an electric ironclad gunboat
Bonus: A mock battle between pirates and author Paul Guinan as Frank Reade Jr.!

Feb. 22, 7-10 pm: AIR – The Grand Finale
Location: Things From Another World
4133 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Guests: Alter Egos Society
Vehicle: “Wild” Kate Reade’s Aegis, a helicopter airship
Bonus: Prizes awarded to the first ten people who attend all three events, plus all attendees will have exclusive opportunity to purchase custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate “gold coins.” Also, an original skit by the Alter Egos Society!

If you are interested about learning more about Paul, Anina and Frank Reade, Jr, here are a few helpful links:

Visit the Frank Reade website by clicking here.
You can join the Frank Reade Facebook group by clicking here.
You can buy Frank Reade, and Boilerplate on Etsy by clicking here.
Read about the event on the Tor.com by clicking her.
Read the Comic Book Resources interview with Paul and Anina by clicking here.

TFAW Hosts Art Opening

On Friday, June 24th, Things From Another World’s Hollywood location will be hosting an art show and book preview with local artist Paul Guinan and writer Anina Bennett. The art show features a selection of prints and a display of rare toys and artifacts from the pair’s book, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. This book, a fictional “historical,” tells the story of a mechanical man/prototype soldier, built during the 1890s and follows his adventures through World War I. The work has not only received the Emperor Norton Award, it has also been recently optioned by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Fringe).

To add to the evening, the event will also include a sneak preview of artwork from Paul and Anina’s upcoming book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention. The intriguing concept of the book promises to be the chronicle of a family of steampunk inventors. As a feature of this exhibit, Paul will present the first public showing of the elaborate model he built of “Valiant”, Frank Reade’s electric battle wagon.

All this and you get to meet Paul and Anina, who will be TFAW’s special guests at this year’s SDCC without the long drive. The event kicks off at 7pm and runs until 10pm. There will be copies of Boilerplate will be available for purchase and signing. Also, you are invited to view an extraordinary collection of pieces while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine (with valid ID).

Hope to see you there!

The Total Pirate Weekend- Wonder Northwest, Geeklesque and More!

In the last few months you have seen the crew of PDXYAR in many lights. You have seen us at the Space Room when Dangerous Kids and PDXYAR have presented “Pirates” (which means you saw us clueless as to the inclusion of Kraken Rum in the drink dubbed the “Captain Redgoat”). We have helped put on Geeklesque, at Guardian Games, where an angry cleric almost left us leaderless. You have even seen us providing… shall we say, color at the Jolly Roger as Quiz Master Poly spun pirate trivia questions, at TFAW for Free Comic Book Day, on the ice of a Winter Hawks game and even on TV with Rick Emerson. Of course, if nothing else you have at least seen us shamelessly promoting our, now, successful Kickstarter campaign to build a pirate ship.

This coming weekend you will be able to see PDXYAR engaging in our usual shenanigans and skulduggery, but there will also be something new. In the midst of an exciting weekend packed with events such as the St. John Parade, the return of Geeklesque and the premier of the Wonder Northwest Expo, PDXYAR will get the chance to put on our living history hats… err… tri corns.

This Sunday, at the Wonder Northwest Expo, PDXYAR’s passion for living history will take the stage- literally. We will host our own panel entitled “Pirates: Fact & Ficton” from 2 until 2:45 on Sunday. In the panel, the privateers of PDXYAR discuss some of the truths, lies, myths, legends, and Hollywood “tall tales” regarding those who sailed the seas during the “Golden Age” of piracy. This promises to be an entertaining and lively discussion featuring questions and counter arguments from the audience.

Of course, the panel is not the only contribution that PDXYAR will be making to Wonder Northwest this weekend. Starting on Saturday and running through Sunday night, PDXYAR will have a mini-encampment and a merchandise booth on the vendor floor. This is on top of making general nuisances of ourselves, spontaneously breaking into shanty and more than likely engaging in a melee or two. Finally to round out the expo, our own Captain Redgoat will be one of the judges in Sunday afternoon’s costume competition, which will indeed have a Best Pirate Costume Award.

Now that you have put “2pm Wonder Northwest- PDXYAR panel” into your smart phone, I am willing to bet you are wondering about the other events I mentioned. First while the Forenoon Watch is crewing the booth at Wonder Northwest, a PDXYAR landing party will be joining in a tradition that has been around since 1962- the St. John’s Parade. We will be marching with other brethren in support of the Portland Pirate Festival in the parade which starts at noon. Click here for more details about the St. John’s Parade.

Rounding out our weekend is the return of an event we have been anxiously awaiting, Geeklesque! Special Edition. Once again PDXYAR will be sponsoring the event which promises an evening of sultry superheroines!… villainous vixens!… and fantastic flirts! If you made the standing-room-only show at Guardian Games, you know that this is a must see show. So, join us at the Bossanova Ballroom at 8pm on Sunday night.

PDXYAR Invades Things From Another World

Spring is upon us once again and with it comes a most cherished tradition. No, we aren’t talking about the swallows returning to Capistrano, this is far more important than that. You see, it is almost the first Saturday in May.

Yes, that’s right. Free Comic Book Day is almost here! Of course this means you need to make plans to visit TFAW this Saturday, May 7th. The good folks at TFAW have put together a stunning collection of comic book creators, who will be at all three Portland area locations. And that is on top of special deals like $2 doorbuster graphic novels, 60% off hundreds of sale items and TFAW Bucks!

Click here for details and a list of comic book creators.

PDXYAR will, once again, be adding a decidedly pirate flavour to the day as we will be on hand at the Milwaukie & Portland Things From Another World locations from 10am – 4pm, We will be singing shanties, engaging in a fight or two and of course posing for pictures! There is even a rumour that there might be a round or two a Scallywag Hunt with the chance to win swag as well (Click here to follow PDXYAR on Twitter and get in on the fun).

Oh and, speaking of photography, TFAW has set up a Flickr Group Pool where you can share the photos you take at the event. You can join the group here.

Now if you find yourself not being able to make it to the Portland or Milwaukie locations, do not fret- all is not lost. While there won’t be a pirating presence at the Beaverton TFAW (not officially at least), there will be duly sworn representatives of the Empire on hand throughout the day. The great folks from the Vader’s Fist, the 501st Legion’s Cloud City Garrison will be manning their posts at the Beaverton TFAW store from 11am until 6pm. While they will definitely be posing for photos, I can’t promise you will get any intergalactic shanty singing out of them though. On top of all of this, if you get by the store between 4pm and 7pm, you will be able to meet a great artist and one of PDXYAR’s close friends, Dane Ault.

When: Saturday, May 7th from 10am until 7pm
Cost: FREE (hence the name)
Where: The 3 Portland area TFAW locations (details below)

TFAW Portland, OR

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4133 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212
(503) 284-4693

TFAW Milwaukie

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10977 SE Main Street
Milwakie, Oregon 97222
(503) 652-2752

TFAW Beaverton

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4390 SW Lloyd Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
(503) 643-4222