Words and Pictures previews Boundary Crossings, a two week workshop at Pacific Northwest College of Art that aims to expand animation from the screen to the street. Organizer Rose Bond will discuss the concept of “intermedia” and the emerging art form of animation installations.
A preview of the 2009 Stumptown Comics Festival and Portland Comics Month
Dark Horse Comics president Mike Richardson will be live in the studio Thursday morning to help preview the 2009 Stumptown Comics Festival April 17-19, which includes a benefit dinner Friday night 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 the area. Also in the studio will be comics artist and instructor Neal Skorpen, who'll be leading a workshop on The Instant Graphic Novel.
The guest is Don Hertzfeldt, award-winning filmmaker and co-founder 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 short films as Everything Will Be Okay and I Am So Proud of You.
The guest is Spain Rodriguez, author of "Che: A Graphic Biography." Spain is an icon of the alternative comics scene. He has been an outlaw biker, political correspondent and creator of the first underground comics tabloid in the 60's, "Zodiac Mindwarp," for the East Village "Other."
Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman is th guest. His body of work runs the gamut from the Holocaust memoir "Maus" to political features in "Harper's" and "The New York Times Magazine", and his re-released collection of early underground comics "Breakdowns" opens a windo into both a personal and a cultural history of the late 20th century.
Words and Pictures honors maverick stop-motion animator Bruce Bickford. For more than 40 years 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 wroks out of his Seattle studio and has just re-released his surreal magnum opus Prometheus' Garden, which screened at the recent SuperTrash Film Festival.
The guest is Canadian animator Michel Gagne'. His work runs the gamut from the abstract jazz-inspired film Sensology to concept design for Disney and Pixar. His recently unveiled project Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet breaks the mold for computer-based gaming.
The guest is Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bill Plympton. His new short film "Hot Dog" arrives in Portlnad as part of Mike Judge's upcoming Animation Show. His latest feature film "Idiots and Angels" just premiered to critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival.