Books with Pictures is holding a mini convention!
A WHAT?! A Mini convention! That’s right! All of those big grand things you missed from your local comic cons, squished down into our little shop. And by into, I mean outside of! And by big grand things I mean Artist Alley!
…What do you mean you go to cons for other things? Oh, well I suppose we can look into some other entertainment too, but you’ll have to STAY TUNED!
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jULY 2nd FROM 10AM – 6PM AT BOOKS WITH PICTURES!
LATEST NEWS: BwPCon is THIS WEEKEND?!
BwPCon (Internally pronounced bwip-con!) is an idea that came about in early 2022 after our first few in person events went amazing. We love our artist community and we know how important vendor events are for them, so we wanted a way to support them while also keeping in line with our own standards of safety.
BwPCon will be a one day event, and depending on its success may return next year! We plan to host 18-20 vendors, along with live music, activities, and maybe even a guest speaker! Not to mention our wonderful comic shop in the middle of it all, along with the food cart pod on the other side of the building.
Want to attend? Then come by on the 2nd of July! Absolutely no tickets required. Masks required indoors, and preferred in the vending areas.
BwPCon Artists and Vendors!
Are you an artist who wants to table at our minicon? Then look no further!
Applications close on JUNE 6TH!
We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be having over 30 wonderful artists tabling at our nifty little minicon! Please feel free to scroll through the list below and come check them out on Saturday!
We will be having a couple Comics Special Guest stars doing signings in our back garden!
Artist Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olson, One-Star Squadron) will be signing from 11am to 1pm.
Authors David F. Walker (Bitter Root, Naomi) and Brian Michael Bendis (Spiderman, Superman, Naomi) will be signing from 3pm to 5pm.
Trivia Contest with Douglas Wolk!
From 1:30 to 2:30 Our Garden stage will have the wonderful Douglas Wolk, author of All of the Marvels and our very good friend hosting a nerdy trivia contest! Winner will receive a $25 Gift Card to Books with Pictures and a Nifty T shirt!
Face Painting with Maia!
Our wonderful friend Maia will be around once more to paint your faces! Just like on free comic book day they’ll be back in the garden ready to take your requests.
Photo Booth with Hannah
Did you come in cosplay? Did you dress up real cute? Do you want to get a totally rad memory from this wonderful day that you’ll cherish forever and ever? Then come see Hannah to get your picture taken! Back near the Garden and the Short Box food carts you can pose and take home your very own photo strips digitally or printed. And the best part? It’s all Pay what You Want!
PDX Party Unicorn
Our friend @pdxpartyunicorn will be around making some beautiful bubbles for us! Come check them out and see how incredibly big they are! May or may not be an actual giant unicorn. Who’s to say?
? FAQ ?
Is this an outdoor event?
Yes! This event will take place entirely outside, surrounding the Books with Pictures building. We plan to have a handful of tables along Division itself, with the main alley along the side of the building on Orange Ave, followed by a little nook back by our garden. The Garden area and Division Sidewalks both have adequate shade thanks to trees, but the Orange Ave Sidewalk is pretty in the open.
Will there be shelter provided from the elements?
We will be acquiring as many tents as needed to make sure everyone is safe from the sun or rain, if it should happen (cross your fingers it doesn’t! It’s SUMMER for crying out loud!).
What’s the deal with Masks?
We will not be requiring masks outside, but we encourage everyone to mask up if they can. Any trips inside of the building will require a mask, so keep that in mind as well! (Inside is where the bathroom is after all.)
Can we Cosplay?
ABSOLUTELY. You can, and absolutely should come visit us in your snazziest costumes, this IS a CON after all!
Is the Comic store still open during all of this?
Yes! Books with Pictures is open right in the center of all this and would absolutely love it if you stopped in in the midst of it all. Get a book for our guests to sign, or learn where that trivia question came from! Snag a zine from a local creator who couldn’t make it, get some gifts for your friends! COME ON IN!