Just when I was wondering how I would get a handle on ten years of Portland underground newspapers, Dennis strikes up a random conversation with someone whose car he likes, and it turns out we have met Fred Nemo, former business manager for the Scribe (last two years, 1977-1978) and the proud owner of a full run of Scribe issues.
Q: Fred, will you help me understand what it was like to work at a Portland underground newspaper?
Q: Fred, will you let me come to your store, Black Hat Books, located at 2831 MLK Blvd, and peruse your Scribes?
Q: Fred, would you like to be comped into UNDERGROUND USA as a thank you?
Why? Fred is too busy performing with Hazel on a five concert reunion tour. Their first concert, tonight at Mississippi Studios, is SOLD OUT!!
Fred, the “silent but visible” member of Hazel, describes his evolution as an artist in this video by Adrienne Leverette and Rob Tyler.
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.
Comic City USA, the first exhibit to look at Oregon print cartooning history, is at Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, through 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