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Floating World Comics is a shop for readers, for artists, for book lovers of all ages. As inviting and accessible as an independent bookstore, we specialize in the coolest books of all – comics! Check out a fresh batch of genre comics every Wednesday – superhero, drama, crime, horror, romance, humor, sci-fi, fantasy, action and adventure. Explore the literary section and find your new favorite auteur. Our all ages section has a wonderful selection of classic and contemporary children’s books and YA graphic novels. Browse the best selection of small press, self published, underground and international comics found anywhere. Feeling inspired? Bring in your own mini-comic or zine to sell on our shelves. We are also home to Gravy Toys, featuring toys and art by local designer Bwana Spoons.
Since 2006 we have been proud to be a part of Portland’s renowned art community. We have hosted hundreds of events, signings, readings, performances and exhibits at the shop over the years. As part of the Downtown First Thursday art walk, you can always find new art on our gallery walls each month. We curated a psychedelic animation festival from 2008-2014, showcasing experimental videos from all over the world. In 2012-2013 we helped organize The Projects international art festival, supported by the IPRC and RACC.
Floating World is also an independent publisher, an exciting progression of our role in the comics community. Just as Floating World carries a unique, curated selection of the most interesting comics from around the world, our publications reflect this same comprehensive vision. Starting with tabloid newsprint comics and collaborations with Arthur Magazine, we have published over 60 comics, graphic novels and art monographs. Our books are distributed to the direct market through Diamond Comic Distributors and to the trade market through Consortium Book Sales. In 2011 we formed Press Gang, a publishing collective with Study Group Comics and Studio JFish. We attend multiple comic conventions a year under this banner, sharing our books with new audiences and meeting new artists wherever we go. Our entire combined inventory is available to order in our web shop. Retailers may contact us for wholesale terms.