Everyone in Portland, Oregon – I have something for you to do on Thursday night:
This October, Oni Press will be releasing 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, the debut graphic novel by creative team Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones. A love story told in twelve interlinking vignettes, it follows the ups and downs of a relationship, looking at all the things that drive men and women crazy about one another. To mark the release, Rich and Jones will be making appearances in Portland, Oregon, their current base of operations… [O]n November 2, the creative pair will be teaming up with new comic book store Floating World Comics to present pages from 12 Reasons as part of First Thursday. This gallery show will double as the grand opening for Floating World’s new downtown location. “I’ve known Jason Leivian, the owner of Floating World, from back when he worked at another comic book shop,” Rich said, “and it’s exciting to see him finally running his own store. It’s been too long since we’ve had a comic book store on the west side.”
“This is a nice converging of events,” Leivian added. “A new store and a new book are both good excuses to celebrate. I’d like to offer a different kind of comic book experience with Floating World, and Jamie and Joëlle have definitely created a different kind of romance comic with 12 Reasons Why I Love Her.”
“Since the book is crafted in various styles across its twelve chapters,” Rich continued, “Joëlle uses a variety of techniques. This lends itself well to a showing of this kind. It’s not just a graphic novel you’ll want to read, but one you’ll want to pause and linger on individual pages of. And that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do when the pages are hung on a wall.”
If you’ve seen any pages from the book, you’ll know that they’re worth the gallery treatment. So go see.