Trophy Room: Comic Book Costumes and Props Group Exhibit

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio invites Portland to step inside the world of comic books with “Trophy Room,” featuring real world pieces based on comic book items, props, and costumes. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe, with assistance from Elisabeth Allie, “Trophy Room” is a collaborative exhibit featuring artists from the local comics and cosplay communities, such as Alter Egos Society founder Benja Barker, outdoor and wilderness skills organization Trackers Earth, comic book editor and Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men host Jay Edidin, Boilerplate creator and Inkpot Award-winning artist Paul Guinan, Midnight Armor’s Jesse Lagers, professional cosplayer Ryan Wells, and Kyle Yount, host of Kaijucast, the world’s premier Godzilla podcast. “Trophy Room” opens on First Thursday, May 5th, from 6 to 10 pm, with several of the artists in attendance.


“With Free Comic Book Day coming up on Saturday, May 7, it seemed a natural fit to have a comics-themed show at Sequential Art Gallery + Studio,” said Elisabeth Allie. “There’s a passionate community of comic book fans and cosplay artists in Portland, and we wanted to bring them together for a one-of-a-kind experience that everyone can enjoy.” Exhibit curator Merrick Monroe also manages Bridge City Comics in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, where they’ll be giving away free comics (while supplies last) Saturday, May 7 as part of Free Comic Book Day, a worldwide annual celebration. Additional details here:

A partial list of the treasures on display at the Trophy Room exhibit include a World War II Captain America helmet, Hellboy’s Right Hand of Doom, Thor’s hammer, and the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange, as well as costumes from popular comics ranging from The Avengers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Entertainment Weekly cited Portland’s Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men as one of the 20 Podcasts You Need to Hear in 2015. Co-host Jay Edidin teamed with Dr. David Proctor, Domestic Engineer, to create a wall-sized replica of the Days of Future Past “Wanted” poster from the cover of Uncanny X-Men #141, a centerpiece of the exhibit.

“Trophy Room” will be on display throughout the month of May, with gallery hours on Mondays from 2 to 6 pm, Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and by appointment. “Trophy Room” will close at the end of business on Saturday, May 28th.

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe.

Elisabeth Allie, previously Senior Marketing Manager at Dark Horse Comics sister company Things From Another World, now handles freelance PR on a limited basis. She’s currently the Event Coordinator of GeekCraft Expo PDX, a curated craft show featuring geeky goods, which comes to Portland June 11-12 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Find GeekCraft Expo online at: