Words and Pictures
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
Renowned Oregon Governor Tom McCall would have turned 100 years old this year. To commemorate this larger-than-life figure, Know Your City (formerly the Dill Pickle Club) commissioned a comic book about McCall's controversial decision to fund the Vortex I rock festival in 1970, which drew anti-war activists away from an American Legion convention in Portland. Author Sarah Mirk, who created the comic with artist Daniel Duford, joins Kick-Ass Oregon History founder Doug Kenck-Crispin to regale listeners with the history they didn't learn in school. Sarah will also share details about how to participate in the newest Know Your City project, Comics for Change.
Ben Katchor, the first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship grant, is also a writer, teacher, and performer of TED Talk recitations. His familiar-seeming yet skewed urban vignettes, such as Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer and The Cardboard Valise, have been appearing in magazines and alternative newspapers for over a quarter century. More recently, he's been collaborating with musician Mark Mulcahy on an absurdist musical play, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, and a comic-book opera, The Carbon Copy Building, both of which won Obie Awards. Seemingly unable to successfully arrive in Portland, Katchor joins host S.W. Conser on the phone from Seattle to discuss his latest book, Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories, a collection of architecture-related comics from Metropolis magazine.
John McAfee (yes, that John McAfee) is the guest on this special edition of Words and Pictures, along with local animator Chad Essley, who's been maintaining the WhoIsMcAfee.com blog and is now working on the graphic memoir The Hinterland.
Along with discussions of The Hinterland and other projects in the offing, listeners will hear tales of John and Chad's adventures in Belize (some never before discussed in either the print or the broadcast media) as well as some of John and Chad's ideas for film and game production in Portland.
Celebrated Portland comics artists Barry Deutsch and Jenn Manley Lee have been collaborating and inspiring each other since high school. Their separate projects, Barry's Hereville and Jenn's Dicebox, began as epic web comics but have now been collected and printed in hardcover graphic novel form. Barry and Jenn sat down at the KBOO studios with host S.W. Conser to discuss how comics are changing our conversations on gender, culture, politics, technology, and mythology.
Seattle comics artist, writer, teacher, and illustrator Ellen Forney has always brought a refreshing mix of frankness, whimsy, and fluid linework to her non-fiction comics, whether she's dealing with childhood nostalgia (I Was Seven in '75) or adult "playtime" (Lust: Kinky Online Personal Ads from Seattle's The Stranger).
Forney's new graphic memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me is her most confessional book, a heady mix of creative ferment, societal and psychological studies, and personal stories (following her initiation into "Club Van Gogh") that she hopes will shed light on the often misunderstood phenomenon of bipolar disorder.
Nation Institute Senior Fellow Chris Hedges (American Fascists, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning) and comics journalist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde) have teamed up to produce Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a sweeping portrait of the American underclass and the institutions that profit from their misery. Sitting down with West Virginia coal miners; immigrant farmworkers in Florida; Sioux activists at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; elderly residents of Camden, New Jersey; and Wall Street occupiers in New York, Hedges and Sacco bring together wrenching stories of crisis, despair, survival, and hope, the personal histories brought to life with Sacco's painstaking illustrations.
Also featured on today's show: a preview of the upcoming Projects International Art & Comics Fest with organizer Dunja Jankovic.
As part of KBOO's Fall Membership Drive, limited copies of the book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (in hardcover) will be available as thank-you gifts for your $60 pledge of support.
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Political cartoonist, sportsman, world traveler, and gadfly Homer Davenport has been called "Oregon's first media superstar" and "the last casualty of the Titanic." In the centennial year of his death, historian and author Gus Frederick invites host S.W. Conser to Silverton, Oregon, to tour Homer's ancestral home GeerCrest Farm, learn about the political ferment of the gilded age through a newly annotated collection of Davenport cartoons, and preview the Homer Davenport Days celebration coming up August 3rd through 5th.