Papercutter was launched in early 2005 by editor Greg Means as a showcase for emerging and underexposed cartoonists from Portland and across the country. Drawing from his background as librarian at Portland’s renowned art hub The Independent Publishing Resource Center, Means has put together sixteen issues featuring dozen of comic book artists that cut their teeth in the world of zines and minicomics. Stories from Papercutter have gone on to be included in Best American Comics, been turned into graphic novels from major publishers, and have won four straight Ignatz Awards (the comics equivalent of winning a Sundance Film Festival prize).
“We’ve been lucky to work with some amazing artists, and we’re proud to help introduce them to a larger audience. We are quite pleased with our status as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.” – Greg Means, editor
To celebrate the release of the latest issue of Papercutter we are hosting an art exhibit featuring an all star cast of Portland cartoonists who have been featured in previous issues of the local anthology.
WHO: Greg Means (editor), Graham Annable, Elijah Brubaker, Lisa Eisenberg, Jonathan Hill, Sarah Oleksyk, Jesse Reklaw, Bwana Spoons, Joey Alison Sayers (not in attendance), Aron Steinke,
WHAT: Papercutter #16 book release
WHEN: Thursday, July 7th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
Papercutter #16 is the latest issue in Tugboat Press’s long running anthology series dedicated to showcasing the best young, underexposed and emerging comic book artists. This issue features a darkly compelling cover story by Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), that follows the life of a middle school science teacher as his noble ideals about his profession start to crumble around him. Liz Prince (I Swallowed the Key To My Heart) returns with a brief look at the inner workings of her mind and finds it’s all to be pretty cool actually. Alexis Frederick-Frost (The Courtship of Miss Smith) wraps up the issue with a lush tale of a hunter who finds some of her prey to be adorable. Additional art by Nate Beaty.