Words and Pictures
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.
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Best-selling author and foreign correspondent Chris Hedges and comics journalist Joe Sacco tell more stories of their collaboration on the book Days of Destuction, Days of Revolt, as well as their adventures reporting from trouble spots both at home and abroad.
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In this extended version of Words & Pictures, we welcome Matt Bors and Ted Rall back to the KBOO studios for a freewheeling and often hilarious conversation about the burgeoning field of comics journalism. Two years ago, Matt and Ted had just returned from an unembedded fact-finding mission to Afghanistan. Since then, Matt has become the 2012 winner of the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning and a driving force behind the international media platform Cartoon Movement. Ted's latest work, The Book of O(bama): From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt, has just been published by Seven Stories Press.
Alison Bechdel, creator of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and author of the graphic novels Fun Home (Time magazine's Book of the Year 2007) and the just-released Are You My Mother?, is the guest on a special hour-long membership-drive edition of Words & Pictures.
Are You My Mother? Book Trailer (If you do not see the video below, it is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VHSBDDuopo
The creative team of Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich are rising stars in the comics world and featured guests at the upcoming Stumptown Comics Fest. Artist Joëlle is illustrating the Troublemaker books for Janet Evanovich, and writer Jamie is the prolific author of both prose novels and graphic novels, including the popular Spell Checkers series where mean girls meet witchcraft. Their collaborations run the gamut from the fractured romance of 12 Reasons Why I Love Her to the classic noir of You Have Killed Me.
Portland comics writer, novelist, and script doctor Greg Rucka is an Eisner-award winning author whose lean prose runs the gamut from espionage fiction to thriller to noir. An experienced martial artist and former EMT, Greg is the creative force behind the Queen & Country and Gotham Central series, and has teamed up with local artist Steve Lieber on the Whiteout books and with Matthew Southworth on the new graphic novel Stumptown.
What happens when an industrial Krautrock band gets mixed up with the radical Red Army Faction in 1970's Berlin? Find out on this special expanded edition of Words & Pictures' Winter Membership Drive special.
Joining us in the studio is Courtney Taylor-Taylor, co-founder and frontman for protean Portland band The Dandy Warhols. Courtney has teamed with chamelonic artist Jim Rugg and actor/musician/historian Donovan Leitch to craft the new graphic novel One Model Nation, set in an alternative version of Berlin where the burgeoning era of glam, noise, and punk meets the explosive anarchy of the Baader-Meinhof gang.
As part of KBOO's Winter Membership Drive, limited copies of the One Model Nation hardcover will be available as thank-you gifts for your $60 pledge of support. Also available at the $60 membership level will be the One Model Nation companion CD Totalwerks Vol. I (1969-1977).
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One Model Nation hardcover Titan Books BK ONEMODEL
Totalwerks Vol. I (1969-1977) The End Records CD ONEMODE
The creative team of Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan follow up their epic steampunk saga Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel with the companion book Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention. Combining the artwork and storylines from forgotten dime novels with real events of the Victorian era, Anina and Paul bring the swashbuckling character of Frank Reade back to life, warts and all. As in Boilerplate, meticulously sculpted miniature models find their way into the "archival images" of Frank Reade, leading readers to wonder where reality ends and fiction begins.
Anina and Paul will be appearing around Portland throughout the month of February, along with local costumers and scale models of the vehicles. More information will be available at FrankReade.com.
Comics artist and animator Vera Brosgol drew on her own immigrant childhood for inspiration in creating the character of Anya, the haunted teenager at the heart of her debut graphic novel. Anya's Ghost has been named a Kirkus Best Teen Book of the year and been called "a masterpiece" by author Neil Gaiman. Vera wrote Anya's ghost while working on storyboards for the Laika animated features Coraline and Paranorman, and has directed her own animated shorts, including the darkly comic Snow-Bo.
For over 25 years, Chel White has been breaking new ground in both animation and live-action filmmaking - mining poetry, mythology, and his own dreams for material while pioneering such technologies as Rapid Prototyping and Smallgantics at Portland production house Bent Image Lab. Now, with the assistance of producer and co-writer Laura McGie and a number of grants and awards, Chel has directed his first full-length feature. Bucksville has been chosen as the closing-night presentation at the 2011 Northwest Filmmakers' Festival.