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.
Here are slides and an audio recording from my presentation on Harvey Pekar yesterday at Stumptown. My seven year old son took some photos and video, too.
Here’s the audio recording from the Asterios Polyp discussion I hosted earlier today at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland. Here are the slides we used to help structure the conversation. Thanks to everyone who turned out!
This afternoon I hosted a short fiction workshop, sponsored by the Clackamas CC Writers Club in Oregon City. I lectured on repurposing Craigslist ads for both setting and character, and we discussed the potential stories we might make from this listing from the Buffalo, NY “housing wanted” section:
THIS IS A REAL NICE 1995 MOBILE HOME ALL REMODELED, MAINTANCE FREE WITH 3 ACRES. NEW BARN GOING UP AS MY LISTING GOES ON. THIS IS ALL STRAIGHT AND DRY PROPERTY WITH THE USE OF ANOTHER 4 ACRES. WOULD LIKE TO SWAP FOR A HOUSE OR FARM SOUTH OF BUFFALO. PROPERTY IS VALUED AT ABOUT 135,000. OPEN TO ANY SWAPS EVEN BUSINESSES WITH HOUSING. CALL 727-505-3882 ASK FOR MIKE OR SEND ME A EMAIL THANKS FOR LOOKING
ROGERLAND at BOSLEY (google map) (yahoo map) Location: SPRINGHILL FLORIDA
Here is the audio recording from the session, as well as a handout articulating a five-step approach to building a story using Craigslist. I had a great time; much thanks to the Writers Club for inviting me.
I’ve added a few courses to the digital archives here, including the literary theory class on Watchmen from last fall, a games studies course from last spring, and my recently completed Comics & Lit course. All of the above were taught at Clackamas CC in Oregon City, OR.
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.
Sinan and Joe over at Big Red Potion were kind enough to invite me to come on the most recent episode of their excellent podcast, and did a truly admirable job of tolerating me once they hit the record button. GamerNode‘s Eddie Inzauto also joined in for a fun and free-wheeling discussion about the thorny issues around deriving a functional definition for videogames.
Here’s a direct link to the show MP3. My apologies in advance to anyone who thinks anything at all positive about Roger Ebert.