By Erika Moen on April 30, 2011
You guuuuuuys! My favorite holiday of the year has come and gone! That would be the Stumptown Comics Fest! Since the inaugural first Fest in 2004 at the Old Church, I have attended every single one and it has remained my most favorite convention. So I was especially honored when they invited me to be one of their special guests this year! Oh man, you can bet I felt pretty fucking validated this April.
Hold on, because I have approximately 20 million photos to share with you guys.
To start things out, Matt and I were delighted to have my ladybro Leia Weathington stay with us for five days.
Leia prepared a lovely tuna dinner for Adam Ellis, Matt and me. She is doing a good job wearing Matt’s Marmite apron.
We also had a chance to eat glorious French food at Petite Provence.
Watch out, Photo Dump Below:
My outfit I assembled JUST for DDLL!
-Top, American Apparel
-Skirt, second-hand from Buffalo Exchange. The gold dots are shiny!
-Leggings, Sock Dreams, gift from Trixie Biltmore when I was blue.
Sarah Oleksyk and me, showing off our bitchin’ outfits.
Sarah Oleksyk and Katie Lane
Natalie Nourigat and meeeeee. Lookit Tally’s hot leg action! Kick!
After, literally, YEARS of silent internet stalking, I finally got to meet one of my favorite artists, Emily Carroll!
Leia Weathington and Emily Carroll
Cat, Tally and Elizabeth did a great job with DDLL this year. Normally I kind of freak out at parties because, you know, people. Around me. Expecting me to be social with them. AHK. But I actually really enjoyed myself at this party and managed to relax and have fun! Amazing.
Then, at last, it was Saturday and time to start the convention.
I spoke on a few panels!
David Hahn, Dylan Meconis, Laura Hudson, me, and Jonathan Case
Photo by Deborah Lipski for the Portland Examiner’s “Making Comics” Panel Recap article.
Jonathan Case and me, sharing knowledge. (Photo by Deborah Lipski for the Portland Examiner’s “Making Comics” Panel Recap article.)
(Photo by Deborah Lipski for the Portland Examiner’s “Making Comics” Panel Recap article.)
And then it was back to my table!
I love this photo of Matt and me by Merrick Monroe :)
Conventions are great for allowing me to see my far away friends…
Like Jacq Cohen! WE DID NOT COORDINATE OUR OUTFITS, this just happened naturally.
Elisa, Jen Wang, Brenna Zedan and Chase Allgood— All people I originally met through different, unrelated corners of the internet who have been For Reals for friends for years now at this point, all standing next to each other.
My favorite creative family: Elisa, Phillip and Sophia. If you’ve seen naked photos of me covered in various substances or cephalopods, they were taken by Elisa ;)
Everett Patterson and Steve Lieber, directly across from my table.
Aaron Colter, Jacq Cohen and Dylan Meconis
Super exciting for me, I also got to meet another of my long-time internet stalkees, Molly Crabapple!
I was lucky enough to sit with her for dinner and this lady is class in a glass, I tell you what.
Finally, Sunday evening rolled around and it was time to pack everything up.
Matt and I loaded all my convention gear onto the back of his bike and my bike trailer and we rode home, forming our own bicycling nerd caravan.