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The Results Are In, and “The Most Portland Thing Ever” Is…


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Remember earlier this month when we asked you to comment on this blog (and our sister Facebook page) with stories of your Most Portland Ever experiences? In a week, we received well over 400 submissions, which ran the gamut from sordid tales of vegan stripclubbery to hijinks of personal hygiene, from picky vegan bums to naked bike riders. It was incredibly hard to pick the winner, so instead we chose five submissions for our local illustrator, Nicole Georges, to tackle. We’ll be posting them daily, along with the original stories that inspired their comic-ifications.

First up, commenter Bonnie Nicol’s amazing tale of late night Live-Action-Role-Play:

Check out the original story below:

It was around 1 or 2 in the morning, I was hanging out by the waterfront near the Burnside Bridge. I was a little nervous…it’s not the best area to be after dark, but I was in a contemplative mood and didn’t want to go back to the hostel I was staying at. Suddenly I heard people approaching and made the fear-induced decision to leave immediately. I turned to go and behind me were two guys dressed in poorly constructed medieval garb, wielding bent and limp cardboard swords. One of them even had a crookedly cut cardboard shield. The guys were either incredibly intoxicated or incredibly high. Or a combination of both. The three of us just stared at each other for a minute, no one moving, no one sure what to do or say, then the one with the shield broke the silence with, “Be gone from here, woman! This be a dangerous place!” He had a point, so without a word, I walked around them and headed back home. Before I walked out of sight, I turned around at one point and saw the guys staggering around in an “intense” cardboard sword fight.

Nicole Georges is an illustrator, educator, and graphic novelist based in Portland, Oregon. Her self-published autobiographical zine, Invincible Summer, has been anthologized in two volumes. She teaches self publishing and autobiographical comic workshops to children and seniors, and her first graphic novel will be released this year with Houghton Mifflin. Also, she does pet portraits.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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