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Category: GeekPortland
Venue/Location: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Phone: 503-241-0227
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 6:00 PM


Floating World Comics Presents:
500 Portraits Art Exhibit & Signing with Tony Millionaire

Admission: Free to the public

Floating Comics is proud to present a book signing and art exhibit with Tony Millionaire for his new book, 500 Portraits.

500 Portraits collects for the first time over two decades of portrait work by the beloved and award-winning creator of Drinky Crow’s Maakies, Sock Monkey and Billy Hazelnuts. Tony Millionaire’s gorgeous fountain pen illustrations, which mingle naturalistic detail with strong doses of the fanciful and grotesque, include the famous (Bob Dylan), the infamous (Abu Ghraib soldier/model Lynndie England), the fictional (Yoda), the animal kingdom (a cockroach), and everything in between. Literary figures (Hemingway), literary characters (Don Quixote & Sancho Panza), Hollywood legends (Steven Spielberg), comics icons (Hergé) and historical figures (Hitler) also figure prominently.

Millionaire’s impeccable linework resembles that of Johnny Gruelle (creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy), whom he cites as one of his main sources of inspiration along with Ernest Shepard and “all those freaks from the ’20s and ’30s who did the newspaper strips.”

Many of these 500 portraits were created for The Believer, the magazine founded by Dave Eggers that Millionaire has helped define visually with his signature portraits of interview subjects in every issue since the magazine started. But it also includes dozens if not hundreds of illustrations from various other publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Ephemera Press Historical Maps, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

Tony Millionaire’s Maakies is one of the most popular weekly comic strips in America, running in over ten of the largest U.S. weekly newspapers, including The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Seattle’s The Stranger. Maakies features the comical adventures of a drunken crow on the high seas, blending vaudeville-style humor and a breathtaking line that hearkens back to the glory days of the American comic strip. He has won numerous Eisner and Harvey Awards, including “Best Syndicated Strip” in 2004.

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