After nearly four years at his Clinton Street location, Ken Dyber has become a mainstay in this corner of the district. Ken’s store, Cloud 9 Comics, plays home-base to his expanding comic book trade and helps anchor one of the more iconic intersections in Portland – 26th and Clinton. Let’s get to know him a bit.
Tell us about yourself and your business. “I’m Ken Dyber and I moved to Portland from Chicago 17 years ago. Cloud 9 Comics is a neighborhood comic book store that I run. In addition to selling new and vintage comics, kids comics, graphic novels, Manga, Funko POP’s, Magic & Pokemon cards in our brick & mortar store, we sell on our website, Ebay store, and at comic conventions around the country, such as San Diego Comic-con, Denver, NY, Baltimore, Seattle, Chicago and here in Portland. Our store celebrates its 4-year anniversary with an all-day event on Sunday, February 10th with a store-wide sale (everything will be 25-50% off) and free food, drinks & cake all day. Before selling comics full time, I ran Aesthetics, an indie record label which released almost 50 records over 14 years by such artists as: Isotope 217, L’altra (the band I played bass in), Pulseprogramming, Hood, The Eternals, 33.3, Sao Paulo Underground, Windsor For The Derby, and The Sorts to name a few.”
What makes working in the Division/Clinton Business District great? And why did you join DCBA? “The Clinton intersection has always been a favorite of mine in Portland, with a great neighborhood feel and a nice diversity of shops/restaurants over the years. Joining the DCBA seemed an obvious way to help promote the shop, as well as be more involved with the growing community of businesses and residents.”
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite place to hang out in the neighborhood? “Well, as any small business owner would attest to, we’re sort of “always” working, and as a former licensed contractor, I end up spending what little “off” time I have working on my house projects. When not at home, my go-to spot for dinner is Cibo on Division – great atmosphere & service with some of the best pizza in the city. Sessionable, across the street, I like for its craft beer and nice owners, and a it’s a bit more low-key than some other places. For dessert I really like Pinolo Gelato – great owners, gelato (the owner is from Pisa, Italy, so you’re getting authentic Italian goods here) and, for whatever reason, almost never any line. And…Clinton Street Theater is one of the coolest places in all of Portland.”
If Division/Clinton had its own soundtrack, what would be the theme song? “Wow, this is a tough one, as Division has changed so much in the last decade. I’d say Clinton Street is a bit Ramones, Sleater-Kinney and Belle & Sebastian, where as Division is probably a little bit more mainstream, say Radiohead meet Bruno Mars, but again, Division in particular is changing so quickly, so probably more Coldplay than Radiohead at this point if any music heads see what I’m inferring between the two groups.”
“Thanks for thinking of Cloud 9 Comics. We’re open 11am – 7pm 7 days a week. Come by and check us out!”