Patrick Rosenkranz, Keynote Speaker


Patrick Rosenkranz will open UNDERGROUND USA by addressing the impact of two Oregon cartoonists, Carl Barks (1901-2000) and Basil Wolverton (1909-1978), on the cartoonists of the underground press.

Patrick Rosenkranz published Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution, 1963-1978 in 2002.  His most recent book is Pirates In The Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson.

Patrick was the business manager for the Willamette Bridge, the underground paper which preceded the Portland Scribe.

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Tickets are now on sale:

In the meantime, some words from a wise man:

I think it’s part of the responsibility of an artist to shock, to upset, to make people think differently, and to surprise people. And that’s where the good humor is, if there’s a surprise and there’s something unexpected. Something that’s not normal, not in the realm of general living expectations. Bill Plympton


UNDERGROUND USA is a public history/art education event made possible in part by a grant from the Kinsman Foundation and by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. It is presented by Oregon Cartoon Institute in partnership with UO Comics & Cartooning Studies and PSU Comic Studies, with support from Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins.

Oregon Historical Society’s Comic City USA exhibit is up until Jan. 31, 2017.

“People who read them when they first came out remember the initial impact — like getting whacked in the head with a two by four.” Patrick Rosenkranz, on underground comics

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