Wizard World Comic Con will feature Clark County area artists

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con event, which will be held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature numerous artists, writers, celebrity guests and more, including some Clark County area artists.

When Vancouver oil paint artist Faina Lorah talks about her love of making art she says much of her interest in art was sparked by fairy tales that she read as a child.

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con event, which will be held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature numerous artists, writers, celebrity guests and more, including some Clark County area artists.
Vancouver oil paint artist Faina Lorah will participate in this weekend’s Wizard World Comic Con at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Photo courtesy of Faina Lorah

“Most of my artwork has a whimsical feel to it,” Lorah said. “This makes me a great fit for Wizard World. I will be participating in their Artist Alley.”

Lorah is referring to the Wizard World Comic Con event that will be going on this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. According to a Wizard World news release, “Wizard World, Inc. produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrates the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more.”

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con event, which will be held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature numerous artists, writers, celebrity guests and more, including some Clark County area artists.
This work of art, titled “Waters Cannot Quench,” is one of many by Russian-born Vancouver artist Faina Lorah. Lorah will participate in this weekend’s Wizard World Comic Con event as a part of the event’s Artist Alley. Photo courtesy of Faina Lorah

Each Wizard World event features a first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment, with celebrity Q & A sessions, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. The Portland Wizard World event will feature numerous celebrity guests, including Matthew Lewis (“Harry Potter” franchise, “Ripper Street”); Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”); John Barrowman (“Arrow,” “Doctor Who”); Theo Rossi (“Luke Cage,” “Sons of Anarchy”); Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox (“CHiPS”); Dean Cain (“Supergirl,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”); Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and numerous others.

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con event, which will be held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature numerous artists, writers, celebrity guests and more, including some Clark County area artists.
This work of art by Vancouver artist Faina Lorah is titled “Village in the Sky.” Lorah describes most of her oil paint artwork as having a “whimsical feel to it.” Photo courtesy of Faina Lorah

Numerous creative comic artists and writers will also attend the Portland Wizard World event, including Keith Tucker (“Roger Rabbit”); Michael Golden (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”); Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Muppet Babies”) and several others.

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con event, which will be held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature numerous artists, writers, celebrity guests and more, including some Clark County area artists.
Battle Ground comic artist and writer Clayton Hollifield is a Clark County area artist who will participate in this weekend’s Wizard World Comic Con in Portland. Photo courtesy of Clayton Hollifield

Several local writers and artists, like Lorah, will also be a part of the three-day Wizard World event, including Battle Ground comic artist and writer Clayton Hollifield. Hollifield, 40, has lived in Battle Ground since 2002, graduating from Hudson’s Bay High School in 1994. By his senior year, Hollifield said he was already self-publishing his own comics in photocopied “zines” (magazines, fanzines), and doing local conventions.

Hollifield graduated from the University of Washington in 1999 with a creative writing degree, and also spent some time at Portland Community College studying figure drawing and printmaking. His “fine artwork” has been shown in galleries, both locally and internationally.

“I’ll be in Artist Alley (table D1) at Wizard World all three days of the convention, showing my comics and original artwork, and hopefully chatting pleasantly with whomever might stop by my table,” Hollifield said.

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con event, which will be held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature numerous artists, writers, celebrity guests and more, including some Clark County area artists.
Clayton Hollifield, a Battle Ground comic artist and writer, recently published a collection of some older comics that he drew called “ZenJeff: The Whole Shebang!” Photo courtesy of Clayton Hollifield

Hollifield said he recently published a collection of some older comics that he drew called “ZenJeff: The Whole Shebang!,” which will debut at the Wizard World event and is also available to order on Amazon. The book was written by J. Nick Reddoch and is an all-ages comedy book about a warrior and his pint-sized sidekick and their adventures.

“The keyword to describe ZenJeff is ‘silly,’” Hollifield said. “The comic book that I’m currently working on is called ‘San Gwynn.’ San is a terrible chef with a huge ego, so he gets fired a lot.  He’s also a flavor alchemist, which means that he can transmute ingredients into other ingredients, which would be useful, but San tends to use his abilities to torment other people.  The character is inspired by the insanely confident, foul-mouthed chefs that constantly show up on cooking shows.”

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con event, which will be held this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, will feature numerous artists, writers, celebrity guests and more, including some Clark County area artists.
The comic book that Battle Ground comic artist and writer Clayton Hollifield is currently working on is called “San Gwynn,” following the story of San, a terrible chef with a huge ego who gets fired a lot. Photo courtesy of Clayton Hollifield

Artist Faina Lorah, who will also be at the Artist Alley in the Wizard World event, is a Russian-born surrealist oil painter. Her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 she was just a small child and moved to Vancouver, where she has lived for most of her life. Lorah attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and studied there for two years. Several years later, she apprenticed under well-known artist Angela Pozzi and then returned to Vancouver to complete her associate degree at Clark College.

“My most current project is a book of Russian fairy tales,” Lorah said. “These stories are told in a more relevant way to spark the interest of readers who might not know a lot about Russian folklore. The book also includes over 20 oil painting illustrations. It should be coming out in a few months and will definitely be geared towards people who are interested in fantasy.”

More information about Lorah and her work can be found at www.artbyfaina.com. More information about Hollifield and his work can be found at www.claytonhollifield.com.

The Portland Wizard World Comic Con will be going on all weekend (Feb. 17-19) at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Portland. Hours of the event are Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For admission prices and more information, visit http://wizardworld.com/comiccon/portland.  

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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