BwPCon! 2023 is on Saturday, July 8th! 👀

LATEST NEWS: Guest announcements coming soon…

About BwPCon!

BwPCon! (internally pronounced bwip-con) is an idea that came about in early 2022 after our first few in-person events went well and we saw the local creator community suffering due to a lack of COVID safety precautions being taken by major cons. We love our artist community and we know how important vendor events are, so we wanted a way to support them while also keeping in line with our own standards of safety.

BwPCon! 2022 went amazingly with over 30 local artists showing up to sell their wares and form community. With the success of the event, Books with Pictures is excited to turn our wonderful little mini-con project into an annual event!

BwPCon! is a one day event featuring a wide range of local artists all gathered to show your their stuff! The event is heavily inspired by the Artist Alley halls traditionally found at comic and anime conventions, giving our nerdier friends a chance to gather and support community.

BwPCon! also features live music, special guests, and fun things like a photo booth and face painting! Not to mention our wonderful comic shop in the middle of it all, along with the Short Box food cart pod on the other side of the building.

Want to attend? Then come by on the 8th 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 Open on February 24th and close March 24th.

Applications for BwPCon 2023 are now closed! Accepted artists will hear back by April 9th at the latest. Accepted artists will receive an invoice for the $35 table fee through our Shopify.
All applicants will receive an email whether they were accepted, wait listed, or turned down.

Miss out on this years application, but still want to get involved? Check back soon for our volunteer sign-up, and make sure you’ve got an account with us at the shop so you can get our newsletter and be notified when applications open next year!


BwPcon 2023 Special Guest Announcements coming soon!

Are you a Portland Local Comic Artist, Writer, or Creator? Do you make cool appearances at events and conventions? Do you have a published book to sign? Do you want to come to BwPCon?

Email Kitty at to get in touch!



This years attractions are still TBA!

If you have an idea for something you’d like to run or help with, email Nico at

Possible Attractions:

  • Trivia Contest
  • Face Painting
  • Cosplay Contest
  • and more?!

Photo Booth

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 pay-what-you-can!

2023’s photographer TBA.

? FAQ ?

Is this an outdoor event?
Yes! BwPCon! will take place entirely outside, surrounding the Books with Pictures building. Tables are mainly planned to be on Orange Ave, on both the sidewalk and a blocked-off portion of the street. Some may be on Division as well! 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?
All vendors will be covered by a tent/canopy! We want 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!

Can we Cosplay?
ABSOLUTELY. You can, and absolutely should come visit us in your snazziest costumes, this IS a CON.

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!

1401 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

(503) 841-6276

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