Keynote

Patrick Rosenkranz, the author of Rebel Visions: The Underground Comics Revolution 1963-1975, will open the symposium by discussing Carl Barks and Basil Wolverton, and the impact these two Oregon artists had on underground comics, the graphic novel, and the comic book art form overall.

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By Basil Wolverton (1909-1978)

“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

“I read some of my stories recently and thought, ‘How in the hell did I get away with that?'” Carl Barks, on his Disney comics

Comics scholar Donald Ault identified Carl Barks and Basil Wolverton as two of the three artists (the third being Harvey Kurtzman) whose pure auteurship inspired a generation of underground cartoonists.

This chapter of Oregon’s print cartooning history – which lies between the superstardom of Homer Davenport, and the tidal wave of talent which includes Bill Plympton, Matt Groening, John Callahan, Mike Richardson and Joe Sacco – has gone unexamined and under celebrated.

UNDERGROUND USA focuses on the group of artists and writers who came out of Portland’s underground press, 1968-1978. It will begin, however, with a crash course on the two self taught, monumentally influential Oregon artists who preceded, and inspired, the cartoonists of the underground press.

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For more information about our keynote speaker, Patrick Rosenkranz:

http://www.patrickrosenkranz.com/Welcome.html

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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 & Cartoon 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