Words and Pictures
In this expanded, web-exclusive edition of Words and Pictures, we spend an extra half-hour talking with Ted Rall about his new graphic biography of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Drawing from Ted's conversations with Snowden's own ACLU attorney as well as friends, colleagues, and security experts, Snowden is a complex portrait of a mysterious public figure and the world of government surveillance he brought to light.
We also get nerdy about such wide-ranging topics as the state of political cartooning and of alternative media, the various shades of libertarianism, economics here and abroad, and Ted's battles with the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Police union.
To hear the original broadcast version of Ted's October 2015 appearance on Words & Pictures, click here.
In this extended version of our May 2015 conversation with Chuck Palahniuk we hear more about the inspirations behind Fight Club 2, the all-new serialized story from Dark Horse Comics featuring art by Cameron Stewart and David Mack. Chuck recounts the history of collaboration between fiction writers and comics artists in Portland, as well as the prankster legacy of the Cacophony Society, which partially inspired the original Fight Club book.
If you'd like to hear the original air version of this show, introduced by Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, that audio can be found on this page.
In this special extended episode of Words and Pictures, we welcome the international writing and illustrating team behind the comics-oriented guidebook Clusters and Your Economy, which examines collaborative communities from Renaissance Florence to California's Silicon Valley to find out why cultural and technological breakthroughs are influenced by something as simple as geography - even in the age of the internet.
Copies of their book, Clusters and Your Economy, are available for a pledge of support to KBOO. Call (877) 500-KBOO to find out about membership options.
Comics artist Lucy Bellwood has teamed up with journalists to report on Islamic environmentalists and the Women of Gitmo, and with modern mariners to tell the stories of life onboard historic sailing ships. Her new art show "Down To the Seas Again" will open in September at Portland's Sequential Art Gallery.
The César Award-winning French film Ernest & Celestine was recently nominated for an Academy Award for best Animated Feature. Adapted from Gabrielle Vincent's beloved storybook series by Benjamin Renner, along with co-directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, Ernest & Celestine tells the tale of a plucky orphaned mouse's unlikely friendship with a mischief-making bear. Benjamin Renner joins Words & Pictures host S.W. Conser in the KBOO studios to introduce this beautifully realized film to Portland audiences.
Words & Pictures kicks off its 11th season on the air with a visit from local artist, writer, musician and small-press maven Nicole Georges. From helping found the Portland Zine Symposium to teaching at the Rock & Roll Camp for Girls, Nicole has had a dramatic and lasting impact on local DIY culture.
Nicole's long-running zine Invincible Summer gained a widespread following and led to a series of book collections. And now, her fearless and funny graphic memoir Calling Dr Laura has drawn raves from the likes of Rachel Maddow, Carrie Brownstein, and Alison Bechdel.
Nicole took a break from her year as the Resident Fellow at Vermont's Center for Cartoon Studies to make a live appearance in the KBOO studios with S.W. Conser.
Venerable underground writer Dennis Eichhorn is notorious for his outrageous true-life adventures, which since the 1970's have been collected in such comics titles as Real Stuff and such books as The Legend of Wild Man Fischer. Dennis has collaborated with dozens of comics artists over the years, including Pat Moriarity and J.R. Williams, who, along with Poochie Press' Tom Van Deusen, have been helping him launch a brand new compilation, Dennis P. Eichhorn's Real Good Stuff. Dennis, Pat, and J.R. join host S.W. Conser in the KBOO studios and share hair-raising stories of a Pacific Northwest much wilder than the contemporary popular image.
In this extended and uncensored cut of the December 2013 Words & Pictures interview, Dennis, Pat, and J.R. regale listeners with true tales too edgy for broadcast radio. Enjoy!
Pulitzer finalist and Herblock Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Matt Bors returns to the KBOO airwaves to introduce his very first book collection. With a foreword by legendary Oregonian cartoonist Jack Ohman and editing assist by Bitch Magazine's Sarah Mirk, Life Begins at Incorporation takes a caustic look at the current state of American domestic and foreign policies, featuring such outrageous characters as Judge Prez, Predator Stork, and The Avenging Uterus.
Past KBOO appearances, with fellow cartoonist Ted Rall:
Ted Rall and Matt Bors: Unembedded in Afghanistan - October 2010
Ted Rall and Matt Bors: Extended Web-Only Afghanistan Stories - October 2010