Quick News: Future Prairie and partners are providing a creative basic income to artists for 3 months via The Imagination Project. Gary Cole and CoHo Productions are producing a COVID-19 relief fundraiser performance based on his novel Black Box and offering a LITPDX discount on tickets, see the upcoming events from the calendar. Black Feast is offering free Love Letter Care Packages with vegan, gluten-free deserts for Black folks in Portland, which you can RSVP for here or support via steps on their website. A national coalition of arts grantmakers have put together the Artist Relief for artists across mediums facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Shade Literary Arts is organizing a fundraiser for a Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund. You can apply for the funding through this survey link.

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Prior relief and support funds for small businesses and artists: NACF’s Native Arts Emergency Support Project, Portland Small Business Relief Fund, Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, RACC’s  Emergency Artist Relief Fund, RACC’s page for relief resources (and updated here), RACC’s COVID-19 relief Support Beam, Literary Arts’ Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, and Oregon Humanities’ emergency funding for organizations.

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Shrinking Books & Reading Performance by KEREN KATZ

December 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209 + Google Map

Keren Katz is coming to Floating World on December 18, just before the winter solstice! Come get custom shrunken versions of your favorite books, zines, cards and limited edition mini comics as well as hear about the making of  The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow.

It is a story of unrequited love set in a school for transmutation on top of Mount Scopus. It catalogs the disappearance and reappearance of four characters: Rivi the protagonist and eventual narrator of the book, Novak, Rivi’s roommate and popular yet elusive host of a live dishwashing show, Avner, Rivi’s father and Yakov, Rivi’s love interest. In her presentation, Katz will discuss the process of composing the image sequences in the  book as a choreography, and the interactive performances in which they originated, as well as the use of auto-biographical writing as a catalyst for generating real life adventures.

WHO: Keren Katz
WHAT: Book shrinking and reading performance
WHEN: Wednesday Dec. 18, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics

Keren Katz is an Israeli-born cartoonist, writer, and the non-fictitious half of The Katz Sisters Duo. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’s MFA Illustration Program. She is the author of The Academic Hour (Secret Acres), nominated for the SPX Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. Her work has been published in anthologies by Smoke Signal, Locust Moon, Rough House, Ink Brick, Retrofit Comics, The Brooklyn Rail, Carrier Pigeon, Seven Stories Press and NOW. Katz is the current Center for Cartoon Studies fellow, and recipient of numerous grants.

Keren’s Graphic Novels


400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
+ Google Map


Floating World Comics