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Think history is boring? Think again! Help print 10 comix about Oregon history, as told by Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk & 10 local artists!

Ten stories about Portland’s history. Ten Portland-based illustrators. Ten excellent history comics! Over the next year, Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk and the Dill Pickle Club will publish Oregon History Comics: 10 short comic books telling little-known stories from our state and city’s history. The series will present illuminating, marginalized and quirky accounts of local history in an accessible medium, engaging history fans and the public at large in learning about the place in which we live.

Many Portlanders are transplants, and have never learned or long forgotten Portland’s recent past. Printing these stories as exciting, engaging comics will encourage people who would never pick up a dense Portland history book to learn about where and how the social, racial and physical structures of their city were built. By celebrating Portland’s underrepresented histories, Oregon History Comics aims to provide a more informed perspective to current politics and public opinion.

Collected in a box set, the series will consist of:
Faces of Lone Fir Cemetery—Sarah Mirk (http://mirkwork.wordpress.com/)
Life and Death of the X-Ray Cafe—John Isaacson (http://www.unlay.com/)
Vanport Flood—Nicole Georges (http://nicolejgeorges.com/)
The Fall of Logging—BT Livermore (http://www.bigtimeillustration.com/)
Portland's Black Panthers—Khris Soden (http://www.khrissoden.org/)
Celilo Falls—Annie Murphy (http://ghostcatcomics.blogspot.com/)
Oregon Bike Building—Shawn Granton (http://urbanadventureleague.blogspot.com/)
Chinatown—Lisa Rosalie (http://lisarosalieeisenberg.com/)
Portland's Bridges—Zack Davis (http://www.appendixspace.com/)
Dead Freeways—Don Barkhouse

Preview our first comic as a PDF.

Money is needed to subsidize the printing and will be used as follows:
$100 per artist x 10 artists = $1,000
$100 to print each comic x 10 comics = $1,000
$200 box production, marketing, distro = $200
$300 writing = $300

total = $2500

All proceeds from sales will support the operations and ongoing programming of the Dill Pickle Club, an organization that curates educational programs focused on contemporary culture, politics and humanities in Portland, OR. For more information, visit: http://dillpickleclub.com/

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