Saturday, Oct. 15

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

UO White Stag Auditorium
70 NW Couch

General Admission, $60
Faculty/Teachers, with ID, $40
Students,with ID, $30

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Patrick Rosenkranz speaks about two pre-underground Oregon cartoonists, Carl Barks (1901-2000) and Basil Wolverton (1909-1978). Illustrated with slides, followed by Q & A.

Coffee courtesy of Stumptown, doughnuts courtesy of Voodoo.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Maurice Isserman conducts an onstage conversation with Norman Solomon about the politics and culture which produced Portland’s underground press, 1968-1978. Followed by Q & A.

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM
Anne Richardson discusses the cultural geography of Portland’s underground press in relation to Robert Johnston’s theory of Portland’s Progressive Era radical middle class. Followed by Q & A.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch, on your own

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
David Chelsea talks about the visual vocabulary of the underground press, and gives a guided tour of his own work. Illustrated with slides, followed by Q & A.

1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Richard Gehr talks about his own development as a music critic, beginning with the music he listened to during the underground era, when he sold the Portland Scribe (25 cents a copy!). Followed by Q & A.

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Richard Gehr moderates a panel discussion with Bill Plympton, Patrick Rosenkranz, Norman Solomon, Maurice Isserman, and David Chelsea. Followed by Q & A.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Thank you and goodbyes.

4:00 PM – whenever
Marthas/Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark



Sunday, Oct 16

8:00 PM

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Bill Plympton and his Plymptoons: The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation
Oct 16, 2016, 8:00 PM
Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan
Comic City, OR, USA

Tickets, $10: from McMenamins

Bill Plympton will introduce his favorite Plymptoons, including his latest short, COP DOG (2016), a Portland premiere.


Photo credit: Gus Frederick

Doors open at 7pm; minors allowed with parent; $10 admission.

COP DOG (2016) is the latest canine adventure in a series which includes GUARD DOG (2004), which was Oscar nominated, and then GUIDE DOG (2006), HOT DOG (2008), and HORN DOG (2009).

Everyone attending gets a hand drawn Bill Plympton cartoon. Truth!


Thursday, Oct. 13, 8:00 AM

UNDERGROUND USA panelist Norman Solomon appears on KBOO’s Voices From The Edge, 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. 90.7 on your FM dial.

Friday, Oct. 14, 7:00 PM

KXL hosts a “Night At The Museum” at Oregon Historical Society on Friday, 7:00 PM to Midnight. With Clyde Lewis broadcasting live, in honor of the Comic City USA exhibit. Refreshments. FREE.


Comic City USA, the first Oregon Historical Society exhibit to examine Oregon’s long history of print cartooning excellence, is free for residents of Multnomah County. It will run through January 31, 2017. Oregon Cartoon Institute recommends seeing the exhibit before coming to UNDERGROUND USA.

Friday, Oct. 14

7:30 PM

UNDERGROUND USA panelist Maurice Isserman reads & signs his latest book, Continental Divide: A History of Mountaineering,  at Powells, 1005 W Burnside. Free.



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