THE PROJECTS is a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, happening at the IPRC and other locations in Portland, OR. This year's event begins with a week long artist residency which leads up to a huge 1 day festival at the IPRC on September 27, 2014.
4 days of workshops, exhibitions, panels, performances, projections and collaborative projects. Introducing experimental artists from comics, animation, and other narrative arts.
The festival is a free event, oriented toward creative process, idiosyncratic expression, and inspiration, leaving behind the flat model of comics as commerce.
Portland is a small big city, nestled among the forests below Mt. Hood, our sleeping volcano. Known for it’s high concentration of cafes, 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, a DIY self-publishing center around 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 many 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.
Thanks to our sponsors: IPRC, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Blossoming Louts, Sizzle Pie, Hollywood Theater, Ford Building, Floating World Comics and Eberhardt Press.