White Stag Auditorium, 70 NW Couch, Portland


70 NW Couch St


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Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9am-4pm
A one day public history/arts education event which focuses on one chapter of Oregon print cartooning history. Members of the following non profit organizations receive the 50% discounted admission price of $30.00: KBOO, IPRC, OHS, NHN (Northwest History Network), KYC (Know Your City), OCTE (Oregon Council of Teachers of English). Tickets: http://undergroundusa.eventbrite.com/ General admission: $60. Faculty/teachers (with ID): $40. Students (with ID): $30 Two underground papers, the Willamette Bridge (1968-1971) and the Portland Scribe (1972-1978), provided first jobs for a generation of artists and writers who went on to have nationaI careers. Five of them - artists Bill Plympton and David Chelsea, and writers Norman Solomon, Richard Gehr, and Maurice Isserman - are coming to Portland to taIk about these earIy experiences. Among the questions they will address: What makes Portland so comics and cartooning friendly? Journalist Norman Solomon wrote for the Portland Scribe. Historian Maurice Isserman edited it. Two time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton drew covers for it. Graphic novelist David Chelsea illustrated it. Village Voice columnist Richard Gehr sold it on the street. What was the underground press? Who read it? Who wrote it? What role did underground comics play in creating the sensibility of the underground press? Was Portland's current affinity for comics/cartooning already in evidence during this forgotten period of regional media making? Through talks, presentations, onstage conversations and a culminating panel discussion, UNDERGROUND USA will explore these and other questions. Patrick Rosenkranz, author of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975, will give the keynote address. He will speak about two powerfully influential pop culture practitioners from Oregon, Carl Barks (1901-2000) and Basil Wolverton (1909-1978), and the impact they had on the cartoonists of the underground press. UNDEGROUND USA is presented in partnership with UO Comics & Cartoon Studies and PSU Comics Studies, and with support from Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins. Yes, there will be (Stumptown) coffee and (Voodoo) doughnuts! https://undergroundusa.wordpress.com/