THE PROJECTS - COMICS FESTIVAL

Mural for the Independent Publishing Resource Center classroom

THE PROJECTS was a festival of experimental comics and narrative arts, which took place at the IPRC and other locations in Portland, OR. The event began with a week long artist residency which led 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 was a free event, oriented toward creative process, idiosyncratic expression, and inspiration, leaving behind the flat model of comics as commerce.

I was commissioned to create a collaborative mural in the IPRC classroom.  I wanted to celebrate the joys of discovering the diversity of voices uniquely available in self-published zines and comics.  I chose to leave all of the zine covers blank and invite people attending The Projects to collaborate on the mural with me by painting in imaginary zine covers for these characters.  I am thankful to all who participated and honored to have been a contributor to The Projects Festival!