Category Archives: events

Where is Dystopia? Podcast/Presentation


Where is Dystopia? Feb 9 2012
Last week I had the pleasure of lecturing and leading a discussion on dystopic literature at the Oregon City Public Library. Several people in attendance came up to me afterwards and asked if I would be posting my presentation slides online, so here they are condensed as a single PDF (34.8 MB). I’ve also edited and uploaded an audio podcast of the event which includes both my talk and the short Q&A session afterwards (72 min, 66.5 MB). My lecture is part of a series of events organized by the fabulous Maureen Cole at the OCPL that will culminate on February 23 with a community reads event hosted by Daniel H. Wilson, author of the recent novel Robopocalypse.

Many thanks to everyone who attended, especially my boys Dmitri and Dante who tagged along and assisted, and also to Maureen and her amazing staff.

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Bad Role Modeling @ Stumptown 2011

I’ll be exhibiting my pedagogical tyranny at the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. On Saturday I’ll disgrace the Teaching Comics panel, featuring Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Rosenkranz, Nicole Georges and Diana Schutz (3-4:45 pm room A106); on Sunday I’ll embarrass myself solo by leading the Tribute to Harvey Pekar session (12-12:45 pm room A104). For a full schedule of events you’d much rather attend, click here.


Scott McCloud: Oct 15 @ Clackamas CC

Zot! creator and Understanding Comics author Scott McCloud will give a keynote talk on writing and publishing in the digital age at 6:30 pm next Friday night, October 15 at the Niemeyer Center on Clackamas CC’s main campus in Oregon City. McCloud’s talk will kick off the Clackamas Story Jam, a 24-hour event featuring publishing workshops in comics, video and letterpress printing wherein participants will create a new project from start to finish within a single day.

The complete event is $150, and includes McCloud’s keynote on Friday night, a workshop, and lunch on Saturday. McCloud’s evening talk is free to current Clackamas CC students and $20 to non-students. To register for either the workshop or McCloud’s keynote, please contact the Clackamas CC registration office.


Workin’ for the Weekend(s)

While I’m neither cool or connected enough to AWP later this week, I’ll more than make up for it by presenting and teaching in three upcoming weekend festivals and workshops. If you’re in the Portland area, I hope to see you at some of the following events:

Saturday April 17: Character development workshop (Fellowship Writers Conference @ Clackamas Community College):  Gregory Forum, 12:30-2:20 pm

Saturday April 24: Teaching Comics Panel with Diana Schutz, Brian Michael Bendis, James Sturm, Katya Amato and Ben Saunders (Stumptown Comics Fest @Lloyd Center Doubletree): Oregon Room, 12-2 pm

Sunday April 25: Asterios Polyp reading discussion (Stumptown Comics Fest @ Lloyd Center Doubletree): Idaho Room, 12-12:45 pm

Saturday May 1: WR199: Web 2.0 and Social Networking for Writers: Clackamas CC, 10-4 pm (this is a 1-credit course offered through CCC for the steep price of $5, CRN #195123. click here to register)


Audio: My Best Enemy Panel

Here is MP3 audio of the “My Best Enemy: Signifying Supervillians” panel from day one (23 October 2009) of the Understanding Superheroes conference. The recording features yours truly reading excerpts from the first draft of my essay “The Joker: Portrait of the Lumpenproletariat as Performance Artist,” as well as papers from current U of Oregon PhD candidates Andrew Grace and Kom Konyosying. A short question and answer period follows.


Wordle snapshot of my essay on The Joker

Screen shot 2009-10-20 at 10.23.59 AMI’ll be delivering the sentence-and-paragraph version of my essay “The Joker: Portrait of the Lumpenproletariat as Performance Artist”at the Understanding Superheroes conference this Friday at the University of Oregon. Featured presenters at the conference include Charles Hatfield, Danny Fingeroth, Kurt Busiek, Matt Fraction, Gail Simone and Henry Jenkins, and from what I understand all events are free as long as you register ahead of time or on-site in Eugene.


&Now 2009: quick hits

I’m just back from the &Now Festival in Buffalo, NY, where the FWRebate crew premiered 1337BFF4EVAR. I’ve posted a few pictures and videos on my Facebook profile; a more complete flickr photoset is over here, so I’ll spare you a large and meandering recap. Instead, here are some quick thoughts and observations:

1 ) Buffalo is a much cooler city than I was expecting it to be. But then again, I got to stay in what is quite possibly the most amazing house ever built, a 4,000+ square foot former rectory in the Allentown neighborhood. It houses three of the world’s most generous and adorable men, who have dedicated an entire bedroom to their 7-year old turtle who will one day inherit the entire place.

2 ) Steve Tomasula never fails to completely blow me away. He presented his digital art novel TOC right after us, and the room constantly refreshed with ooohs and ahhhs from the audience. Fuck Spider-Man; when I grow up, I want to be Steve Tomasula.

3 ) Lily Hoang is my favorite dead-tree-edition writer right now, and she was on just about every friggin panel over the four-day schedule. I wasn’t there Saturday night for Percival Everett’s keynote, but I’d be willing to bet Lily gave that, too.

4 ) Is there anyone sexier-smarter than Shelley Jackson? Absolutely not. (Pssst…I’ve had a crippling schoolboy-style crush on her for years now…Please don’t tell.)

5 ) Speaking of crushes, I developed one on Matt Bell pretty quickly. When he turned his back on me to read to the rest of the room for Lily’s 30 Under 30 panel, that pretty much cemented it. I’m a total sucker for the hard to get game.

6 ) Finally meeting Kate Zambreno in person was a definite highlight, and I can’t wait for her novel O Fallen Angel to come out next spring. The world might very well never be the same.

7 ) Vanessa Place is pure genius. Oh. My. God.

8 ) The Olsens’ kindness and energy never ceases to amaze me. Everyone on the planet should be so lucky as to meet them at least once. And I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

9 ) Shawn Rider is a fucking machine and still rolls at 1,000 MPH. If I hadn’t slept in the same room with him, I would never believe the dude ever rests.

10 ) I missed Lidia a lot more than I thought I would. Luckily, Vanessa, Lily, Lance and Rob made me feel better by performing her “Voices” piece.

11 ) It was an absolute privilege to spend nearly every moment of this experience with Shane Hinton. Period.