PORTLAND, Ore. — Comic cons are great. It is an absolute showing of cosplayers, both professional and amateur, and a place for artists to sell their works while getting to interact with their fan base.

As at most cons, at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, artist alley was a winding labyrinth of table after table of smiling faces framed by art with tiny dollar sign tags.

But in the D-block of Emerald City sat some local gems. Several Portland-based artists, writers and creators took the time to chat about what they had been working on and what they were most proud of (a surprisingly difficult answer for some artists to answer).

Floating World Comics, located at 400 NW Couch St. in Portland, was tabling as a publisher and had guests authors/artists Jason Fischer and Zack Soto flanking it.

Down the block sat author/artist Farel Dalrymple, writer Andrew Carl, and cartoonist Ian MacEwan.

Click here to watch the interviews:

Thanks to all the creators who took the time to chat.

It's awesome to support artists at cons, it helps them pay their bills and also shows your support. However, all of these talents and many more live right in our backyard. Works by these artists and writers can be found at Floating World Comics any day of the week!

Destiny Johnson is a digital investigative reporter at KGW who also reviews comic books and nerd news once a week on YouTube. If you wanna talk about nerd stuff or like pictures of cute dogs, she can be found on Twitter @hello_destiny.