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Two Portland underground newspapers, the Willamette Bridge (1968-1971) and the Portland Scribe (1972-1978), provided first jobs for a generation of artists and writers who went on to have nationaI careers. Five of them – artists Bill Plympton and David Chelsea, and writers Norman Solomon, Richard Gehr and Maurice Isserman – will return on Oct. 15, 2016 to Portland to taIk about these earIy experiences.

Among the questions they will address: What makes Portland so comics and cartooning friendly?

Scribe cover artist Bill Plympton went on to publish a comic strip. Scribe illustrator David Chelsea became a graphic novelist. Scribe journalist Norman Solomon wrote The Trouble With Dilbert: How Corporate Culture Gets The Last Laugh. Scribe newsboy Richard Gehr wrote I OnIy Read It For The Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most BrilliantIy Twisted Artists. Four cartooning friendly careers from one newspaper.

Two future comics giants, Matt Groening and Mike Richardson, read the Scribe. Matt Groening briefly (very briefly) sold it as a newsboy in downtown Portland. Two likely Scribe readers, John Callahan and Joe Sacco, became internationally lionized cartoonists. That’s an additional four .

Is it the paper?

The period?

The city?

Scribe journalist turned historian Maurice Isserman will bring his professional perspective. He is the author, with Michael Kazin, of America Divided: The CiviI War of the 1960’s.


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