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Between the just-wrapped Stumptown Comics Fest, the annual flea market that is the Portland Comic Book Show, the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and the not-too-far-away Emerald City Comicon, one would think Portland already has its fair share of nerd conventions. But one would be wrong, apparently: The first Wonder Northwest (no relation to San Francisco's WonderCon) is set to take place in mid-May.

So far, Wonder Northwest seems to be interested in pretty much everything geeky—its schedule is filled with panels ("Epidemiologic Methods for Investigating the Zombie Apocalypse"), a costume contest, Magic and Munchkin gaming sessions, a cosplay karaoke night, and a "Lolita fashion show." (I'm pretty sure that last phrase deserves a shudder or two, yes?) The guest list is similarly schizophrenic, spanning from acclaimed Blankets author Craig Thompson to the dude who runs starwarsholidayspecial.com.

Anyway, heads up! More info can be found here; once the show gets closer, we'll also have a piece about it in the Mercury.