Bits & Pieces
Wizard World coming
Aquaman will take part in the upcoming Wizard World Portland, Feb. 22-24, at the Oregon Convention Center.
Burly actor Jason Momoa, who plays the superhero in the movie "Aquaman," and eight "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" stars have been announced as headliners for the seventh annual event for the movie/TV, graphic novel, comics, gaming and cosplay crowds.
The "Buffy" actors coming are Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof, James Marsters, Juliet Landau, Julie Benz, Amber Benson, Clare Kramer and Charisma Carpenter.
Others expected to attend are Hale Appelman ("The Magicians"), Matt Ryan ("Constantine," "Legends of Tomorrow") and Thomas Ian Nicholas ("Rookie of the Year," "American Pie"). Additional celebrities will be announced closer to the event.
Top writers and artists scheduled to attend are Shawn Coss ("Cyanide & Happiness"), Scott Koblish ("Deadpool"), Thomas Estrada (Disney, DreamWorks), Tom Cook ("Masters of the Universe," "Scooby Doo"), Phil Ortiz ("The Simpsons"), Clinton Hobart (Disney), Jeremy Clark ("Grimm Fairy Tales," "Day of the Dead") and Mostafa Moussa ("Superman," "Fantastic Four").
For more: www.wizardworld.com.
In a recent interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting's John Notarianni on "Weekend Edition," the founder of Dark Horse Entertainment, Mike Richardson, talked about his company's new global partnership with a Chinese investment firm.
Richardson said Dark Horse, after 30 years of publishing, film and digital, looked to speed up growth. It found a partner in Vanguard Visionary Associates and chairman Stanley Cheung, formerly the chair of the Walt Disney Co. in China.
Dark Horse has an eye on expansion in the Asian country, Richardson told OPB.
"It's a huge market with hundreds of millions of people who purchase the kind of thing we do every day," he says.
Expansion also will involve more online streaming video options and self-financing film production.
"Television is the comic strip of the day. It's being replaced by Netflix and who knows what the next delivery system will be. No matter what that next thing is, we can fill that."
Part of the old Meier & Frank department store in downtown Portland has been turned into branch classrooms, and the Oregon State University Portland Center will hold an open house on Monday, Jan. 14.
The open house will be held from 1-6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the center at 555 S.W. Morrison St. Visitors can explore the center and talk to representatives from Oregon State colleges and divisions.
The Nines Hotel occupies the sixth through 15th floors. Retail stores occupy the ground floor and other tenants will occupy the third through fifth floors.
The Oregon Arts Commission has named its 2019 fellows.
Suzanne Haag of Eugene has been honored with the Joan Shipley Award. The other five performing artists: Crystal Akins, Portland; Linda Austin, Portland; Jason Graham, Bend; Anthony Hudson, Portland; Abigail Sperling, McMinnville.
Arts commission fellowships are awarded to Oregon artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work. They are selected by a panel of professional Oregon artists.