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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. She is the author of Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, winner of the 2018 Oregon Book Award in Graphic Literature and the 2018 Readers' Choice Award.
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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 began her comics career writing the English adaptations of Japanese manga for Tokyopop and VIZ. After five years and more than 10,000 pages on books like SLAM DUNK, BLUE SPRING and SEXY VOICE AND ROBO, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA at IDW and OSBORN: EVIL INCARCERATED at Marvel. Today, DeConnick is well-known in the mainstream market as the force behind Carol Danvers' reinvention as Captain Marvel (the book that gave rise to the Carol Corps and influenced the 2019 film, for which she worked as a consultant) and as the first female writer of an ongoing Avengers title in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE. In 2013, DeConnick debuted on the independent scene in a big way with PRETTY DEADLY, a brutal mythological Western co-created with Spanish artist Emma Ríos. Hot on the heels of that critical and commercial success, DeConnick and co-creator Valentine De Landro masterminded the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET. This (also Eisner Award-nominated) ongoing series has been met with rave reviews since its debut in December 2014. She made her appearance writing for DC Comics with the ongoing series AQUAMAN in 2018. She currently develops television with her husband and partner, Matt Fraction, as Milkfed Criminal Masterminds. DeConnick co-founded and co-owns GOOD TROUBLE PRODUCTIONS with Andrew Aydin, Valentine De Landro, Matt Fraction, and Vaughn Shinall. Their first major project, RUN, produced with Congressman John Lewis and Abrams Comicarts, is in stores now.
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