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Loneliness and the City: Graphic Novels and Memoirs on Finding Home

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 10:15 am - 11:15 am PST
1200 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Three new graphic memoirs and novels explore love, loss, and loneliness in the stories of three women: Nicole J. Georges brings a “bad dog” into her life and is forced to grapple with her own upbringing as she overcomes breakups, big moves, and personal upheavals in her memoir, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. In the memoir Present, Leslie Stein collects memories and moments as she moves through life as a thirty-something in NYC. And in the graphic novel I, Parrot, from writer Deb Olin Unferth and illustrator Elizabeth Haidle, Daphne is desperate to regain custody of her son—and to keep her boss’s forty-two endangered parrots alive. With moderator Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet).

Nicole J. Georges

Nicole J. Georges is a professor, writer, and illustrator, who has been publishing her own zines and comics for twenty years. She is the author of the Lambda Award–winning graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura and the diary comic Invincible Summer. Her most recent work is Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Elizabeth Haidle

Elizabeth Haidle is a freelance artist based in Portland, Oregon. She is the creative director and regular contributor at Illustoria magazine, while writing and illustrating a nonfiction graphic novel series and raising her teenage son. Her most recent work is I, Parrot, written by Deb Olin Unferth, for which she provided illustrations.
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Leslie Stein

Leslie Stein is a cartoonist and musician. She is the creator of the Eye of the Majestic Creature series, as well as the diary comic Bright-Eyed at Midnight, which the Paris Review praised for its “dreamlike watercolor” artwork and “magical quality.” Her diary comics appear regularly on Vice, and her most recent work is Present. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Deb Olin Unferth

Deb Olin Unferth is the author of five books, including Wait Till You See Me Dance, the graphic novel I, Parrot, and Revolution, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s MagazineThe Paris ReviewGranta, and Tin House. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer): BITCH PLANET (Image), PRETTY DEADLY (Image), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel), OSBORN (Marvel) got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers' rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick's most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.
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