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Bits & Pieces: The Two Phils


Phil Yeh, regarded as the godfather of modern American graphic novels, and Phil Ortiz, from “The Simpsons” fame who still draws “The Simpsons” comic book for Bongo Publishing, are collaborating on a mural to promote literacy and the arts, to be on display at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con, Friday to Sunday, Feb. 22 to 24 at Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Yeh and Ortiz will also draw on a Mini Cooper at WizCon.

Yeh has written and illustrated more than 90 books, including his “Dinosaurs Across America” graphic novel. He founded “Cartoonists Across America & The World” in 1985, a band of artists that has painted more than 1,800 murals in 49 states and 15 countries to promote literacy and the arts.

Actor Bruce Campbell, legendary comic artist Stan Lee, actor Henry Winkler, actress Morena Baccarin, WWE star The Miz and stars of “The Real World-Portland” (which debuts in late March on MTV) will be part of WizCon’s first Portland show. See www.wizardworld.com for complete details.

Flyin away

“The Paper Airplane Guy,” aka John Collins, will appear at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, 500 N.E. Captain Michael King Smith Way in McMinnville, for demonstrations beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Collins holds the world record for longest flight by a paper airplane — 226 feet, 10 inches, on Feb. 26, 2012. Info: www.evergreenmuseum.org.