Audio by artist words_pictures

Animator Marv Newland

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Words and Pictures
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Mon, 10/30/2006

An American Animator in Canada

Marv Newland burst onto the animation scene nearly 40 years ago with his oddball student film Bambi Meets Godzilla. Since then, his subversive, raunchy, and surrealistic short films have earned him and his studio International Rocketship worldwide notoriety. S.W. Conser catches up with Marv in Vancouver BC, on the final leg of the Words & Pictures road trip. Originally aired October 31st.

31:28 minutes (12.61 MB)

Platform Animation Fest Preview

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Mon, 04/23/2007

Platform International Animation Festival Did you know that the biggest animation event in the country is happening this summer, and the host city is Portland? Tune in to Words and Pictures to hear the preview from event organizers, Marilyn Zornado and Shawn Bowman. Originally aired April 24th.

28:57 minutes (11.6 MB)

Viewmasters Exhibit at the 3D Center

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Thu, 04/26/2007

S.W. Conser hosts a discussion with sculptor Joe Liptak about an exhibit on Viewmasters that the 3D Center is mounting. Also an episode of History Detectives coming up in June takes place at the 3D Center.

28:21 minutes (11.36 MB)

Teresa Drilling on Words & Pictures

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Mon, 05/21/2007

Words & Pictures welcomes celebrated stop-motion animator Teresa Drilling. Dividing her time between Portland and London, Teresa has brought alive characters for Aardman Animation ("Wallace and Gromit"), Sesame Street, and most recently, the American version of "Creature Comforts," airing on network TV this summer. Plus, she's got a lot to say about Jungian archetypes. No, seriously.

32:31 minutes (14.89 MB)

Scott McCloud: Making Comics

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Mon, 06/25/2007

Special for the Platform Animation Festival - originally aired on Words & Pictures on June 26, 2007
Scott McCloud, the author of the landmark work "Understanding Comics" rolls into town on a 50-state lecture tour exploring the art of visual storytelling.

29:55 minutes (11.99 MB)

Animation Installations

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Mon, 06/25/2007

Special for the Platform Animation Festival - Originally aired on Words & Pictures on June 26, 2007

Rose Bond and Dryden Goodwin introduce the free animation installations that have been appearing in the Pearl District during the Platform Animation Festival. Rose is a celebrated local animator and visiting artist Dryden Goodwin has been featured at the Tate Modern Gallery.

37:45 minutes (15.13 MB)

Cartoon Brew Films

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Mon, 07/23/2007

Award-winning authors/film historians Amid Amidi & Jerry Beck have been rescuing forgotten animation from archives and festivals and collecting it on their website Cartoon Brew Films.  S.W. Conser and Bill Dodge catch up with Amid and Jerry following their appearance at the Platform International Animation Festival.

36:59 minutes (14.82 MB)

Zine Symposium Preview

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Mon, 07/30/2007

Hundreds of artists, writers, and self-publishers converge on Portland State University every August for the annual Zine Symposium.  Organizers Claudia McBarron and Patrick Devine offer a rundown of this year's events, joined by local cartoonist Erika Moen.

30:33 minutes (12.24 MB)

Pixar's Gary Rydstrom

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Mon, 08/27/2007

Academy Award-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom recently jumped into the director's chair to create the animated short "Lifted" for Pixar.  Gary hosted a screening at this summer's Platform Animation Festival in Portland, and has plenty of stories about finding soundtrack material in the strangest of places.

28:16 minutes (9.71 MB)

UPA's Tee Bosustow

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Mon, 09/03/2007

Words & Pictures takes a loving look back at the brilliant and quirky UPA studio (started by Disney strikers after WWII) with animation historian Tee Bosustow.  Tee's father Stephen helped found the haven for artists and oddballs, many of whom ended up blacklisted during the McCarthy red scares of the 1950's.

29:15 minutes (10.04 MB)

Mike & Laura Allred

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Mon, 11/26/2007

Mike and Laura Allred, the award-winning team behind such offbeat comics as Madman, The Atomics, and Red Rocket 7, sit down with Words & Pictures host S.W. Conser to discuss contemporary art, dream inspiration, and film adaptations of their work.  Recorded during the 2007 Stumptown Comics Festival.

47:07 minutes (18.87 MB)

Words & Pictures - Carol Lay

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Sun, 10/21/2007

Alternative cartoonist and writer Carol Lay, creator of Story Minute and Waylay, sits down with Words & Pictures host Bill Dodge during the 2007 Stumptown Comics Festival.

35:36 minutes (14.26 MB)

Words & Pictures - New Years 2008

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Mon, 12/31/2007

Up-and-coming Portland cartoonists Ryan Alexander Tanner (creator of the Xeric grant-winning comic Television) and Farel Dalrymple (author of the graphic novel Pop Gun War and artist for Marvel's offbeat title Omega the Unknown) share stories of building collaborative art scenes in Portland, perpetrating media hoaxes, creating comics for the Rose City Rollers, and occasionally managing to break into the big time.

 

43:43 minutes (17.51 MB)

Words & Pictures - Christmas Day 2007

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Mon, 12/24/2007

Bill Dodge ventures out on the streets of Portland for a live Christmas morning conversation with Philip Barasch, author of the painterly graphic short story Cornelius.

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28:56 minutes (11.59 MB)

Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi

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Mon, 01/21/2008

Marjane Satrapi's celebrated graphic memoir Persepolis has been adapted into a major motion picture which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.  S.W. Conser talks to Ms. Satrapi about animation for adult audiences, Persian art, Iranian politics, and the role of women in bringing about cultural change.

26:05 minutes (10.45 MB)

Charles Burns' Black Hole

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Mon, 02/25/2008

1970's Seattle is the setting for legendary Raw cartoonist Charles Burns' epic graphic novel Black Hole that concerns the the universal and very real difficulties faced by young people trying to figure out the opposite sex and other "growing up" issues told with a backdrop of classic film noir horror and incredible detail.

35:16 minutes (14.13 MB)

Jim Woodring on Words & Pictures

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Mon, 03/10/2008

Jim Woodring is responsible for some of the most mind-bending art and stories in the alternative comics scene, and his new book Seeing Things collects the most recent of his iconic imagery and nightmarish narratives. Jim is joined in the studio by Bob Rini, co-founder of the Seattle cartoonist collective Friends of the Nib.

41:30 minutes (16.63 MB)

Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson

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Mon, 04/21/2008

Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson is the special guest of honor at this year's Stumptown Comics Festival. Known for his staunch support of free speech and artistic autonomy, Mike has maintained his Portland roots while blazing new trails in publishing, film production, and licensing.

29:49 minutes (11.95 MB)

Ted Rall: Silk Road to Ruin

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Mon, 05/26/2008

Newly elected president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Ted Rall has courted controversy across the globe.  He's reported from war zones in Afghanistan and Pakistan, stared down right-wing pundits on the Fox News Channel, and written numerous books including Revenge of the Latchkey Kids, Generalissimo El Busho, and the recent Silk Road to Ruin.

48:50 minutes (19.57 MB)

Perry Bible Fellowship: Cartoonist Nicholas Gurewitch

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Mon, 06/23/2008

 

Words & Pictures visits the Stumptown Comics Festival and talks with award-winning web cartoonist Nicholas Gurewitch, creator of the outlandish and wildly popular comic strip The Perry Bible Fellowship.

32:54 minutes (13.18 MB)

David Malki ! on Words & Pictures

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Mon, 07/21/2008

David Malki ! talks about and performs readings from  his popular webstrip "Wondermark" and his book from Darkhorse comics titled  "Beards Of Our Forefathers" featuring new humorous essays and colleced strips from Wondermark.com

29:43 minutes (11.91 MB)

A People's History in Comics

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Mon, 07/28/2008

Words & Pictures welcomes guest Mike Konopacki, a labor cartoonist who collaborated with author Howard Zinn and historian Paul Buhle to create a comics version of Zinn's A People’s History of American Empire.  S.W. Conser talks with Konopacki about the power of images to raise public consciousness and the challenges of mixing caricature with historical portrayals.

30:50 minutes (12.36 MB)

UPA Retrospective

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Mon, 08/25/2008

Words & Pictures celebrates 65 years of the UPA animation studio with rare audio clips and stories from the people who were there.  Guest Jack Heiter helped animate Mister Magoo, Roger Ramjet, and the forgotten 1960's classic Gay Purr-ee; and animation historian Tee Bosustow is the son of UPA director Stephen Bosustow, who co-founded the studio in the wake of the 1940's Disney strike.

60:03 minutes (24.06 MB)

Bill Plympton: Idiots and Angels

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Mon, 09/22/2008

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bill Plympton pays a return visit to his hometown of Portland as his new short Hot Dog premieres in Mike Judge's upcoming Animation Show (beginning Oct. 26 at Cinema 21).  Bill's latest animated feature Idiots and Angels opened to critical acclaim this spring at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be arriving in Portland theaters in early 2009.

29:34 minutes (11.85 MB)

Greg Palast: Steal Back Your Vote

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Wed, 10/22/2008

Just in time for the 2008 election, investigative reporter Greg Palast has published a comic book, Steal Back Your Vote, with the cooperation of Robert Kennedy Jr. and cartoonists Ted Rall (America Gone Wild), Lloyd Dangle (Troubletown), and Lukas Ketner (Witch Doctor).  KBOO's S.W. Conser talks to Greg and the comic artists about steps that citizens can take to counteract voter fraud and suppression.

29:27 minutes (11.8 MB)

Voices of Northwest Cartoonists

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Mon, 10/27/2008

Words and Pictures presents a compilation of Pacific Northwest cartoonists reading from their works.  Guests include Carol Lay, Charles Burns, Jim Woodring, Bob Rini, David Malki, and John Callahan.

28:54 minutes (11.58 MB)

Comics and Animation Wizard Michel Gagne

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Mon, 11/24/2008

Words & Pictures travels north to Bellingham, Washington, to visit Canadian comics and animation wizard Michel Gagne, whose work runs the gamut from the abstract jazz-inspired film Sensology to concept design for Disney and Pixar. 

Gagne's bewildering take on the Dark Knight for DC Comics (Batman: Spore) infuriated traditional superhero fans, and his recently unveiled project Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet breaks the mold for computer-based gaming.  Recorded with the kind assistance of KUGS-FM Western Washington University.

38:52 minutes (6.68 MB)

The Amazing Bruce Bickford

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Mon, 12/15/2008

For more than 40 years, maverick stop-motion animator Bruce Bickford has been constructing dreamlike landscapes and bringing them to life, gaining notoriety in the 1970's as the fertile mind behind the Frank Zappa films Baby Snakes and The Amazing Mister Bickford. The subject of an award-winning 2005 documentary, Monster Road, Bickford still works out of his Seattle studio and has just re-released his surreal magnum opus Prometheus' Garden, which screened at the recent SuperTrash Film Festival.

26:11 minutes (23.97 MB)

Art Spiegelman: Breakdowns

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Mon, 01/26/2009

For the first time in three decades, Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman (Maus) has gathered his early groundbreaking comics into one volume.  The new edition of Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*! includes a new graphic memoir opening a window into both a personal and cultural history of the late 20th century. 

Art talks with S.W. Conser and Bill Dodge about comics as high art, breaking the media censorship of the Danish Muhammed cartoons, and creating picture books for children and grownups.

36:56 minutes (14.79 MB)

Henry Selick: Coraline's 'Other Father'

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Wed, 02/04/2009

Stop-motion animator Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) spent more than three years bringing the Neil Gaiman story Coraline to the big screen.  On the eve of Coraline's world premiere at the Portland International Film Festival, Selick sits down with S.W. Conser to talk about art, commerce, and the future of hand-crafted animation.

25:11 minutes (23.07 MB)

Spain Rodriguez on Che Guevara

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Mon, 02/23/2009

Who was the real Che Guevara?  Idealist?  Revolutionary economist?  Media icon?  In the wake of anniversary celebrations and Hollywood blockbusters, Words & Pictures poses the question to Spain Rodriguez, author of Che: A Graphic Biography, during his appearance at the Wordstock literary festival.  Himself an icon of the alternative comics scene, Spain has been an outlaw biker, political correspondent, and creator in the 1960's of the first underground comics tabloid, Zodiac Mindwarp, for the East Village Other.

27:37 minutes (11.06 MB)

Don Hertzfeldt on Words & Pictures

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Wed, 03/11/2009

Hosts S.W. Conser and Bill Dodge sit down with Don Hertzfeldt, award-winning filmmaker and co-founder (along with Mike Judge) of the touring festival The Animation Show.  A young animator who embraces the pre-digital tools and techniques of the previous century, Don plunges his simply-drawn yet evocative characters into such poignant, bizarre, and hilarious short films as Everything Will Be Okay and I Am So Proud of You.

38:17 minutes (15.34 MB)

Stumptown Comics Festival preview

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Wed, 04/08/2009

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.

29:36 minutes (11.86 MB)

Joan Gratz and Joanna Priestley

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Wed, 04/29/2009

Words & Pictures pays a visit to celebrated Portland animators Joanna Priestley and Joan Gratz

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.

31:32 minutes (12.63 MB)

Dinosaur Cage

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Wed, 06/03/2009

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.

8:03 minutes (5.53 MB)

Arnold Pander

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Wed, 06/10/2009

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.

28:50 minutes (11.55 MB)

Boundary Crossings: Rose Bond's Animation Institute

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Wed, 07/08/2009

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 RepasTodd Tawd, and Sonny Wilson, whose work Reduced Conception won the Animation Installation award at the 2007 Platform International Animation Festival.

32:20 minutes (12.96 MB)

Erika Moen & Lucy Knisley on Words & Pictures

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Thu, 09/10/2009

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.

31:58 minutes (12.81 MB)

Rupert Bazambanza: Smile Through the Tears

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Thu, 10/08/2009

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.

Special thanks to Trillium Shannon for her invaluable production help, as well as Jenka Soderberg and Mimi Villarqui for their excellent translation skills.

21:25 minutes (8.58 MB)

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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Thu, 10/15/2009

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.

46:21 minutes (18.57 MB)

Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel

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Thu, 10/29/2009

Words & Pictures travels to Steamcon, Seattle's steampunk convention, where Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett are debuting their historical magnum opus Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel.

Thanks to Lyn Moelich for her engineering help on this program.

27:55 minutes (11.19 MB)

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

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Thu, 12/10/2009

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.

For more KBOO audio about the history of the UPA studios, click here and here.

Thanks to Emily Young for her engineering help on this show.

28:13 minutes (11.3 MB)

Syncopated: Non-Fiction Picto-Essays

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Thu, 12/31/2009

Syncopated is a new anthology of non-fiction "picto-essays" created by a broad range of contemporary comics artists, including Alec Longstreth and Sarah Glidden, who join host S.W. Conser to discuss this unique storytelling form.

35:32 minutes (14.23 MB)

The Book of Grickle

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Thu, 01/14/2010

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Graham Annable now makes his home in Portland, where he recently drew storyboards for the film Coraline.  A leader in the new generation of indy cartoonists, Graham brought together the team behind the comics compilation Hickee, and now brings a graphic sensibility to the short-story form with his critically-acclaimed Book of Grickle.

31:33 minutes (12.64 MB)

Joe Sacco: Footnotes in Gaza

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Thu, 02/11/2010

Portland artist and self-styled "war junkie" Joe Sacco has carved out a niche in the publishing world for his war reportage comics.  For twenty years Sacco has plunged into global hot spots to bring back detailed graphic stories of civilian bystanders.  His books include Safe Area Gorazde, Notes From a Defeatist, and Palestine, which won him an American Book Award and led to a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His latest book Footnotes in Gaza takes us back to the Palestinian refugee camps to reveal first-hand accounts of a massacre that was officially suppressed for fifty years. 

45:05 minutes (18.06 MB)

Dame Darcy on Words & Pictures

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Thu, 03/11/2010

Host S.W. Conser welcomes Dame Darcy, painter, fashion designer, reality TV star, and frontwoman for the band Death By Doll, as well as the creator of the charmingly macabre comic Meat Cake.  Formerly based in New York and L.A., Darcy currently finds the murky climate of Portland much more to her liking.

32:55 minutes (13.19 MB)

Portland Comic Book Month

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Thu, 04/08/2010

S.W. Conser welcomes Stumptown Comics Festival director Shannon Stewart and Stumptown Comic Book Foundation president Kaebel Hashitani to talk about upcoming events this month — including the cartoon art show at the Portland Center for Performing Arts and the Comics Fest April 24-25 — now that City Hall has kicked off the third annual Portland Comic Book Month.

28:51 minutes (11.56 MB)

Oregon Cartoon Institute

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Fri, 04/23/2010

Oregon Cartoon Institute founders Anne Richardson and Dennis Nyback are working with cultural organizations around the state to spotlight the historical importance of locally-grown animators and cartoonists.  They're joined in the studio by musician Heather Perkins, OCI's artist-in-residence, who is composing an original concert piece inspired by Bugs Bunny and (Portland-bred) voice artist Mel Blanc.

30:29 minutes (12.22 MB)

R. Sikoryak's Mashups of Comics and Literature

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Thu, 05/13/2010

R. Sikoryak is a artistic chameleon who got his start in comics with the Art Spiegelman - Francoise Mouly compilation RAW, designed covers for the New Yorker, and created the G.W.Bush "Decider" character for The Daily Show.  His new book Masterpiece Comics boasts a hilarious and eye-opening collection of "mashups" in which such classic literary figures as Franz Kafka's Gregor Samsa find their iconic counterparts in the likes of Peanuts' Charlie Brown.

This audio file is the membership drive version of R. Sikoryak's appearance on Words & Pictures.  An expanded version of the interview will be added to the site soon.

30:14 minutes (12.11 MB)

R. Crumb: the Book of Genesis

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Thu, 06/10/2010

With the Book of Genesis exhibit opening this weekend at the Portland Art Museum, Bill Dodge talks with Chief Curator Bruce Guenther about the life and art of trailblazing comics creator R. Crumb.

25:46 minutes (10.33 MB)

Bill Ayers and Ryan Alexander-Tanner

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Thu, 07/08/2010

Distinguished Professor of Education and Fugitive Days author Bill Ayers has teamed up with cartoonist and ex-Portlander Ryan Alexander-Tanner to adapt his groundbreaking education textbook into comics form.  The result is To Teach: The Journey, in Comics.  Host S.W. Conser asks Bill and Ryan about their struggles to translate mountains of text into narrative art (while avoiding Fox News cameras during the 2008 election); Bill's fights against the No Child Left Behind juggernaut; and the transformation of a famous mug shot into a cartoon icon.

42:03 minutes (16.85 MB)

Shannon Wheeler and Steve Duin

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Thu, 09/09/2010

A page spread from Shannon Wheeler's Gulf coast sketchbook shows a sand-cleaning machine on the beach at Grand Isle, La.

Too Much Coffee Man's Shannon Wheeler returns to Words & Pictures, and he's had a busy year.  He's become an occasional cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, written and drawn a Captain America story for Marvel's Strange Tales II, and most recently visited the Gulf states in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill with the local group PDX2GulfCoastOregonian columnist Steve Duin joins Shannon to talk about the pair's adventures in and around New Orleans, and the upcoming graphic novel that they're writing together.

29:55 minutes (11.99 MB)

Ted Rall and Matt Bors: Unembedded in Afghanistan

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Mon, 10/11/2010

Ted Rall and Matt Bors spent the month of August traveling across Afghanistan without official handlers, meeting the local residents and sending stories back to their blogs in comics form.  Ted is the immediate past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and author of several books including the recent Anti-American Manifesto.  Matt is a syndicated cartoonist whose work appears occasionally in the Oregonian; he's also illustrated the stories for David Axe's book War Is Boring.

Additional web-only stories of Ted & Matt's Afghani odyssey can be heard at this link.

23:43 minutes (9.5 MB)

Ted Rall and Matt Bors: Extended Web-Only Afghanistan Stories

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Mon, 10/11/2010

Ted Rall and Matt Bors generously stayed around the KBOO studios following their live radio appearance of October 11 to tell more stories of their unembedded travels through Afghanistan.

The original live radio appearance of October 11 can be heard at this link.

Ted Rall's 2008 interview with Words & Pictures, including the tale of his near-death experience at the hands of the Taliban, can be heard at this link.

45:45 minutes (18.33 MB)

Comics at the Crossroads

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Thu, 11/11/2010

Words & Pictures pays a visit to the Maryhill Museum in the sleepy Columbia Gorge hamlet of Goldendale, Washington, where the works of 40 Pacific Northwest comics artists are currently on display.  Back in KBOO's Portland studios, we chat with Sarah Oleksyk, one of the featured artists at the Comics at the Crossroads exhibit and author of the forthcoming graphic novel Ivy.

27:58 minutes (11.2 MB)

Barry Deutsch's Hereville

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Thu, 12/09/2010

For its seventh anniversary show, Words & Pictures returns to its Northwest roots with guest Barry Deutsch, an up-and-coming Portland cartoonist whose debut graphic novel Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword has just been published by Amulet Books.  Hereville has been drawing rave reviews with its modern folk-tale story of a troll-fighting eleven-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl.  Barry also talks about crafting political cartoons for Z Magazine, Dollars and Sense, and his own website LeftyCartoons.com.

29:16 minutes (11.72 MB)

Comics Night at the Opera

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Thu, 02/10/2011

Twenty-five local cartoonists attended a special dress rehearsal of Puccini's Turandot at the Portland Opera, where they captured their impressions of the evening in comics form.  Comics Night at the Opera is the brainchild of Portland Opera's publicity and publications manager Julia Sheridan, P.R. and marketing coordinator Claudie Fisher, and CulturePulp's Mike Russell, who join S.W. Conser in the KBOO studios.

27:45 minutes (11.12 MB)

David Chelsea's Extreme Perspective

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Thu, 03/10/2011

Words & Pictures tours the studio of comics artist, illustrator, voice actor, and bon vivant David Chelsea, teasing out the twists and turns of a thirty-year career in the lively arts.

David's new book and DVD set Extreme Perspective! For Artists has just been published by Watson-Guptill.  Years in the making, the book features surprising tips and entertaining background history about the role of perspective in art, and the DVD includes resources useful to both mainstream and experimental cartoonists.

A book signing is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, from 2 to 4pm at Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland.

Special thanks to Emily Young for editing this month's show!

28:39 minutes (11.48 MB)

Mayor-Man and Unemployed Man at Portland Comics Month

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Thu, 04/14/2011

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.

28:44 minutes (11.51 MB)

Webcomics Special featuring AxeCop and BodyWorld

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Thu, 05/12/2011

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 EthanDash 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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Axe Cop   Ethan & Malachai Nicolle    BK AXECOPn1

Unemployed Man   Gan Golan & Erich Origen    BK unemploy

War Is Boring   David Axe & Matt Bors    BK warbored

28:19 minutes (11.35 MB)

Oregon History Comics

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 06/09/2011

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.

27:11 minutes (10.89 MB)

Jesse Reklaw and Lisa Mangum

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 07/14/2011

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.

33:47 minutes (13.53 MB)

Anime and Poster Art

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 08/11/2011

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.

31:22 minutes (12.57 MB)

Poster Art - the Extended Cut

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 08/11/2011

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.

34:33 minutes (13.85 MB)

Words & Pictures 100th episode with Daniel Clowes and Brendan Jones

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 10/13/2011

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.

Meanwhile, you can support KBOO and add to your graphic novel library during our Spring Membership Drive by clicking here and joining at the $60 level.  Enter the appropriate code below.

Mister Wonderful   Daniel Clowes    BK mister

41:39 minutes (16.68 MB)

Chel White and Laura McGie

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 11/10/2011

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.

28:30 minutes (11.41 MB)

Vera Brosgol: Anya's Ghost

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 12/08/2011

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.

30:28 minutes (12.21 MB)

Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 01/12/2012

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.

27:50 minutes (11.16 MB)

Courtney Taylor-Taylor and One Model Nation

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 02/16/2012

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).

You can join KBOO by clicking here and entering the appropriate code (below).

One Model Nation hardcover   Titan Books    BK ONEMODEL

Totalwerks Vol. I (1969-1977)   The End Records    CD ONEMODE

36:13 minutes (14.51 MB)

Stumptown writer Greg Rucka

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 03/15/2012

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.

29:10 minutes (11.69 MB)

Joelle Jones and Jamie S. Rich on Words & Pictures

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 04/12/2012

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.

30:52 minutes (12.37 MB)

Alison Bechdel: Are You My Mother?

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 05/17/2012

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.

39:15 minutes (15.73 MB)

Matt Bors and Ted Rall

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 06/14/2012

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.


49:58 minutes (20.02 MB)

Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Mon, 06/25/2012

29:08 minutes (11.68 MB)

Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco: Web-only special content

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Mon, 06/25/2012

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.

26:48 minutes (10.74 MB)

Homer Davenport Centennial Commemoration

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 07/12/2012

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.

41:30 minutes (16.62 MB)

The Projects International Art & Comics Fest, plus a conversation with Chris Hedges & Joe Sacco

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 10/11/2012

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.

You can join KBOO by clicking here and entering the appropriate code (below).

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt   Nation Books    BK REVOLT

30:20 minutes (12.15 MB)

Ellen Forney: Marbles

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 12/13/2012

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.

[audio-player] 36:37 minutes (14.67 MB)

Barry Deutsch and Jenn Manley Lee

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 01/10/2013

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.

26:37 minutes (10.67 MB)

The Hinterland: Chad Essley and John McAfee

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 01/24/2013

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.

29:03 minutes (11.64 MB)

Ben Katchor and the Architecture of Comics

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 04/11/2013

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.

35:06 minutes (14.07 MB)

Tom McCall Centennial

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Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 05/09/2013

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.

30:01 minutes (12.03 MB)

Matt Bors: Life Begins At Incorporation

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 07/11/2013

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
http://kboo.fm/node/24252

Ted Rall and Matt Bors: Extended Web-Only Afghanistan Stories - October 2010
http://kboo.fm/node/24256

Matt Bors and Ted Rall - June 2012
http://kboo.fm/node/36490

Matt Bors and Ted Rall - June 2012
http://kboo.fm/node/36490

29:49 minutes (11.95 MB)

God Is Disappointed In You

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 08/08/2013
Ever since he left the fundamentalist household of his youth, Mark Russell has become an amateur theologian, sharing his cockeyed take on the scriptures with the secular world.  Now Mark has teamed up with cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, and the two of them have compiled a less-than-canonical romp through their favorite Bible stories. 31:33 minutes (12.64 MB)

Joe Sacco: The Great War - Extended Audio

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 11/14/2013
Comics journalist extraordinaire and occasional Portlander Joe Sacco returns to Words & Pictures with a project unlike any other.  The Great War is a 24-foot long panorama depicting the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916. 37:53 minutes (15.18 MB)

Dennis Eichhorn's Real Good Stuff - Extended Uncensored Audio

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Fri, 12/12/2014
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. 42:20 minutes (16.96 MB)

Nicole Georges: Calling Dr Laura

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 01/09/2014

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.
28:17 minutes (11.33 MB)

Extended Audio - Ernest & Celestine's Benjamin Renner

program: 
Words and Pictures
program date: 
Thu, 03/13/2014

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 35:15 minutes (14.12 MB)

 

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