Audio by producer bill_dodge

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)

Words & Pictures - Carol Lay

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Words and Pictures
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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 - Christmas Day 2007

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Words and Pictures
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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.

More information: www.dancingchapmanstudio.com

28:56 minutes (11.59 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)

Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson

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Words and Pictures
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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)

David Malki ! on Words & Pictures

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Words and 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)

UPA Retrospective

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Words and Pictures
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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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Words and Pictures
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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)

Voices of Northwest Cartoonists

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Words and Pictures
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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)

The Amazing Bruce Bickford

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Words and Pictures
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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)

Spain Rodriguez on Che Guevara

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Words and Pictures
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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)

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol

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Words and Pictures
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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)

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)

 

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