Words and Pictures
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.
Words & Pictures celebrates its 100th show with PEN Literary Award-winning graphic novelist Daniel Clowes, whose newest book Mister Wonderful is an oddball romance first serialized in the New York Times Magazine. Also dropping by the studio is trademark-infringing cartoonist Brendan Douglas Jones, whose epic webcomic Breakfast of the Gods has finally been released in print form. Finally, we'll hear from Ron Diamond, the impresario behind the traveling short-feature showcase The Animation Show of Shows.
Expanded audio content of the Daniel Clowes and Brendan Jones interviews coming soon. Check back soon with Words & Pictures.
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For this month's show, Ally Fields and Kate Fletcher drop by the studio to tell listeners about the upcoming Kumoricon anime convention in Vancouver, Washington.
Then, host S.W. Conser pays a visit to the Po'Boy Art studio to talk to some of Portland's preeminent poster artists, Emek, Guy Burwell, and Dan Stiles, about the past and present of poster art, and to Jason Brown and Chris Haberman, curators of the Rock/Paper/PDX group show exhibiting at the Performing Arts Center.
In this extended version of August's Words & Pictures show, host S.W. Conser spends a little more time at the Po'Boy Art studio talking with some of Portland's preeminent poster artists, Emek, Guy Burwell, and Dan Stiles, about the past and present of poster art, along with Jason Brown and Chris Haberman, curators of the Rock/Paper/PDX group show exhibiting at the Performing Arts Center.
Slow Wave creator Jesse Reklaw and Gazeta anthology publisher Lisa Mangum join Words & Pictures to shine a light on the world of non-narrative comics and talk about the Comics Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.
Marc Moscato and Sarah Mirk of Portland's Dill Pickle Club introduce a series of comics highlighting unsung moments in Oregon history, and discuss their collaborations with local photographers, architects, tour guides, and middle-school students.
Two very odd and popular webcomics are collected in book form by mainstream publishers, while their creators continue to innovate on the fringes of the internet. Axe Cop, a fever dream of a comic featuring gun-toting dinosaurs and ninja moon warriors, is written by six-year-old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his 30-year-old brother Ethan. Dash Shaw's BodyWorld originated as the digital equivalent of a biblical scroll, telling the otherworldly yet strangely familiar story of a quiet community entranced by a plant with telepathic powers.
Special thanks to Mel Reslor, who edited the Dash Shaw segment, and to Liam Delta for his recording assistance on the AxeCop segment.
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Portland Mayor Sam Adams is fitted for a superhero costume by local costumed-event organizers Alter Egos Society, and plans an appearance at the Stumptown Comics Fest to benefit homeless youth advocacy group p:ear. Meanwhile, live in the studio, author Gan Golan introduces his epic graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man, brought to life with the help of co-author Erich Origen and a cast of legendary action-hero artists.