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Nearly half a century ago, the UPA animation studio was a haven for misfit geniuses struggling to create relevant cartoon films in the face of political and cultural repression. Gambling the future of the company on an hourlong television special featuring their most popular recurring character, they created a wildly successful holiday classic.
The new book Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol: the Making of the First Animated Christmas Special collects long buried archival material into an exhaustive artistic and historical document. Author Darrell Van Citters is joined by Magoo animator Jack Heiter to tell Words & Pictures listeners the story behind the Magoo story. Bill Dodge and S.W.Conser host.
Thanks to Emily Young for her engineering help on this show.
Thanks to Lyn Moelich for her engineering help on this program.
Comics artist Josh Neufeld met and talked with survivors of Hurricane Katrina while volunteering with the Red Cross in 2005. The result of these conversations is the graphic chronicle A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, a critically-acclaimed collection of first-person accounts from the Crescent City's various cultures, races, income groups, and neighborhoods. S.W. Conser spoke with Josh during the 2009 Wordstock Literary Festival.
Special thanks to Emily Young for her invaluable production help on this program.
As part of KBOO's Africa Special, artist Rupert Bazambanza joins Words & Pictures by telephone from Kigali, Rwanda, to talk about his graphic novel Smile Through the Tears, a memoir of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi population of Rwanda.
Lucy Knisley, author of French Milk, and Erika Moen, creator of DAR: A Super-Girly Top-Secret Comic Diary, join Words & Pictures' S.W. Conser to discuss cartoon travelogues, online journaling, collaborative art-making, and the fine line between Renaissance iconography and porn. Warning: explicit content.
S.W. Conser welcomes back to KBOO Rose Bond and Mack McFarland to offer a preview of Boundary Crossings, a two-week animation institute at the Pacific Northwest College of Art which features screenings, symposia, and gallery exhibitions. Rose and Mack discuss the emerging concept of "intermedia," and are joined by artists Daniela Repas, Todd Tawd, and Sonny Wilson, whose work Reduced Conception won the Animation Installation award at the 2007 Platform International Animation Festival.
Portland artist Arnold Pander has teamed up with Brother Jacob to create projects as diverse as nightclub murals and erotic short films shot in infrared. The Pander Brothers' latest releases are the independent film Selfless, an identity theft-themed thriller with an existential twist, as well as the self-published graphic novel Tasty Bullet, about an energy drink with strangely alluring properties.
A short story by Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring about the wonders of childhood and the mysteries of the great wide world is brought to the radio airwaves by director S.W. Conser and the One Take Pony players: David Chelsea, Zoe Loranger, Emily Young, and Mike Russell.
Joanna is the founder of the local animation society ASIFA-Northwest, and Joan is the Academy Award-winning creator of the films Creation and Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase. Their fiercely independent visions can be seen this Thursday evening at the Hollywood Theatre screening Words Worth a Thousand Pictures: Contemporary Animation about Language.
Dark Horse Comics president Mike Richardson returns to Words & Pictures to preview the 2009 Stumptown Comics Festival, running April 18-19 at the Lloyd Doubletree Hotel. The festival is preceded by a benefit dinner on April 17 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Mayor Sam Adams has declared April to be Portland Comics Month in honor of the strong base of independent talent making their home in Oregon. Mike is joined by comics artist and PNCA instructor Neal Skorpen, who is leading a collaborative workshop at Stumptown on The Instant Graphic Novel.