- ADAM ROSKO
Atomic Arts is holding a fundraiser this on Saturday for the second season of Trek in the Park, which opens in a few weeks with the Trek episode Space Seed. In addition to music, food and drink specials, and the chance to mingle with the cast of your favorite local Star Trek reenactors, at the fundraiser Atomic Arts' Adam Rosco will be showing pieces of his very extensive collection of Star Trek memorabilia—a collection he calls "the motherlode of vintage Trek paraphernalia" (we're talking some 30-odd boxes. F'real.) Plus, a screening of Amok Time, last year's Trek in the Park production. That's Saturday from 8 pm til bedtime at Good Neighbor Pizza (800 NE Dekum).
Also, lots of comics-related activity in town this weekend, beginning tonight with Jim Woodring's appearance at Powell's. Woodring did the Mercury's cover this week; you can read my writeup of his first-ever graphic novel Weathercraft here. According to his publisher, Fantagraphics, Woodring will deliver a "multimedia talk and book signing"; that's at 7:30 pm tonight at the downtown store.
Tomorrow afternoon from 1-3 pm at Things from Another World's Hollywood location, Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma will be signing copies of Rapture, a series I have not read 'cause Dark Horse no longer sends me review copies of their books. (Something about tentacles?) The big draw here is Oeming, who co-created the superhero/noir series Powers along with Brian Michael Bendis. Oeming will be drawing single-character sketches for $40, with proceeds going to support the Hero Initiative, a "a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need."
Conveniently just up the road at Cosmic Monkey, Top Shelf creator Alex Robinson is also signing—Robinson is a really accessible graphic novelist best known for Too Cool to Be Forgotten, about a dude who time travels back to high school so he can decide not to smoke his first cigarette; and Tricked, six ultimately intersecting character studies. Robinson will be at the store from noon-2 pm.