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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.
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.
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.
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Making of the First Animated Christmas Special collects long buried archival material into an exhaustive artistic and historical document.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.