Comics & Adaptations: A Conversation with Kelly Sue DeConnick and David F. Walker

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The University Library and Comics Studies Program at Portland State University invite you to attend a conversation with two of Portland’s most accomplished comics writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick and David F. Walker. Kelly Sue and David will discuss adapting stories and characters from other media, especially movies and books, into comic book form, and having comics they’ve created adapted into other media by others.

Wednesday, November 29
6:00 p.m.
Cramer Hall 53
Portland State University
Free and open to the public

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnickKelly Sue 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 and has since been nominated for an Eisner. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children. Under their company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc., DeConnick and Fraction are currently developing television for NBC/Universal.

David F. Walker

David F. WalkerDavid F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Secret Wars: Battleworld (Marvel Comics), Cyborg (DC Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics). In 2015, he wrote the novel Shaft’s Revenge, the first new novel starring private detective John Shaft in nearly 40 years. He is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. Recognized as a leading scholar expert of African-American cinema, Walker produced one of the definitive documentaries on the topic of Blaxploitation films, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted.

Nov 1 Workshop: Manage Citations with Zotero and Mendeley

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""Citation management software allows you to download citations and articles from various websites and databases, electronically store and organize the citations, annotate and highlight articles, and format the citations for your paper and bibliography. This workshop covers the advantages and disadvantages of Zotero and Mendeley, helping you decide which one is right for you.

Join librarian Michael Bowman for this workshop on Wednesday, November 1, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., in Library Room 160 (near the elevators on the first floor).


Library Website Sketch-a-thon

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Help Design the Next PSU Library Website

From now though June 14th, sketch your ideal PSU Library website and enter for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. 

  • No prior website design experience or art background is required
  • Simply sketch out your ideas and concepts
  • Tell us what is most important to you!

Grab a blank entry form, sketch, then drop it in the completed entry form basket at one of these locations:

  • 1st floor Circulation Desk
  • 1st floor Computer Lab
  • 2nd floor Reference Desk

Randomly selected winners will be announced June 15th.


24/7 Library Hours for Spring Finals

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Portland State Library will be open 24/7 for Spring finals starting Monday, June 5 at 7:30 a.m. through Thursday, June 15 at midnight.

Study Services at the Library

The Reference Desk and the technology support desk will be available regular hours. Room 160 will once again become additional study space for students (on the first floor, near the elevators). Additionally, the Learning Center will continue provide tutoring and academic assistance from dead week through the Wednesday of finals week, June 14th.

Can’t make it to the Library? The Library’s Online Research Guides will help you find resources for your research. Search by subject or search for resources for a specific course. Additionally, our 24/7 online chat reference will continue to be available for those who need assistance outside of the Library.

Stress Relief for Finals

On Wednesday, June 7th, SHAC‘s Wellness and Health Advisory Team (WHAT) will once again be at the Library providing stress relief services for students. They will have a table outside the library from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and they will also hand out stress relief kits to students studying inside the library.

Late Night Library Access

A PSU ID card will be required to enter the Library after 9:00 p.m. If you need a PSU ID card please visit ID card Services in Neuberger. Follow the steps below to enter the library after 9:00 p.m. with your PSU ID card:

  1. Have your white PSU ID at the ADA-accessible entrance
  2. Touch the PSU ID card on the black card reader at the ADA-accessible entrance
  3. After scanning the PSU ID card, push the blue ADA-accessible door button
  4. Wait about 20 seconds. That door takes a long time to open!
  5. You made it in!

Comic strip shows a photograph of a student using a PSU ID card to enter the library after 9pm

Getting Around Campus Late at Night

Several services are available to assist you if you are leaving the Library late at night. Call Campus Public Safety at (503) 725-4407 for a safety escort to your vehicle or dorm. College Housing Northwest (CHN) also offers extended hours for their Goose Hollow Shuttle during the 24/7 Library service.

More information:
Library Hours
Ask a Librarian
Portland State University Academic Calendar


Free Comics Event Series Celebrates Will Eisner Week

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Celebrate Will Eisner Week

Portland State University and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are joining forces with a week of special events to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Will Eisner, the legendary cartoonist whose influence defined the contours and possibilities of American comics in his lifetime and beyond!

Will Eisner Week Logo, subtitle the week of march 6th, every yearWill Eisner Week is an annual celebration around the week of March 6th, every year. It celebrates “graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.” Eisner is best known for championing the development of the graphic novel as a literary form, and for creating The Spirit, the iconic 1940s hero that redefined newspaper comics. However, Eisner’s achievements stretch even further.  In celebration of Eisner’s centennial, Will Eisner Week engages with his legacy for a week of thought-provoking events on the PSU campus.

Will Eisner Week 2017 Events at PSU

Race, Religion, & Stereotypes in Will Eisner’s Comics

Like Disney, Tezuka, Hergé, and other 20th Century masters, Will Eisner’s influential body of work is marred by the use of stereotypes in his images and writing, most notably through the Spirit character Ebony White. In his later career, Eisner acknowledged Ebony’s problematic characteristics and created work that fought stereotypes, most especially as applied to Judaism in The Plot. Join panelists Barry Deutsch, Jemiah Jefferson, and David Walker for a discussion of how to engage with 20th Century images, stereotypes, and storytelling for 21st Century audiences. Moderated by CBLDF Executive Director and Eisner/Miller author Charles Brownstein.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union room #238
1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Documentary Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist”

This award-winning full-length feature film is the definitive documentary on the life and art of Will Eisner, father of the graphic novel, and includes interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, and Frank Miller, among others. The documentary will be followed by a discussion between Marvel Comics best-selling writer Brian Michael Bendis and Eisner’s former Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz

Friday, March 3, 2017
12 noon – 3:30 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #150
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

The Spirit of Rebellion: How Will Eisner’s The Spirit Changed the Art & Commerce of Comics

Will Eisner lived a life of constant innovation. At the age of 22, with war on the horizon, he walked away from a lucrative partnership at the Eisner and Iger studio to develop a new kind of comic book—the newspaper comic book supplement—and the first creator-owned business model in comics. In the 1950s and ’60s, when comics were vilified in mass culture, he used the medium to create educational tools for military and industrial clients. In late life, he championed the graphic novel at a time when the idea of serious adult fiction in comics was laughably unlikely. Panelists Jim Valentino, Diana Schutz, and Dan Schkade are joined by moderator Charles Brownstein to discuss Eisner’s rebellious creativity and consider how his example is relevant today. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #53
Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

About the Panelists

Brian Michael Bendis is an award-winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller, and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last fifteen years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts. Brian has won five Eisner awards, including “Best Writer of the Year” two years in a row and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press “Excellence in Journalism” Award and was named “Best Writer of the Year” by Wizard Magazine and Comics Buyer’s Guide for three consecutive years. 

Charles Brownstein
Charles Brownstein

Charles Brownstein has served as the Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund since 2002. During his tenure the organization has achieved numerous legal victories, been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and has become the leading source of education and advocacy for combating the rising tide of comics censorship in libraries and schools. Brownstein is a prolific and sought-out lecturer on the history of comics and censorship who has addressed audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, and the United Kingdom.  In addition to his work at CBLDF, he also writes extensively about comics; his publications include Eisner/Miller, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, and Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy Art on Tour.  

Barry Deutsch
Barry Deutsch

Barry Deutsch’s best-known creation is the Oregon Book Award-winning Hereville series of graphic novels, about “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl.” With co-creator Becky Hawkins, he also creates the webcomic SuperButch, about a lesbian superhero in the 1940s. His political cartoons have appeared in dozens of publications and won the Charles Schulz Award. Barry had the good fortune to study under Will Eisner at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He currently lives in Portland, in a bright blue house with bubble-gum pink trim.

Jemiah Jefferson
Jemiah Jefferson

Jemiah Jefferson is an editor at Dark Horse Comics where she works mostly on European and manga titles as well as archival reprints of classic comics including Flash Gordon, Herbie, Captain Midnight, and Creepy.She is also a multiply published fiction writer whose titles include Voice of the Blood, Wounds, Fiend, and A Drop of Scarlet. She is an avid fan of genre movies and television, especially anything having to do with superheroes. 

Dan Schkade is a freelance comic book writer and artist from Austin, Texas. His credits include Will Eisner’s The Spirit, Battlestar Galactica: Gods and Monsters, San Hannibal, and The Fowl. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a member of the comics creator collective Helioscope.

Diana Schutz
Diana Schutz

Diana Schutz’s efforts as editor, writer, educator, and staunch supporter of creators’ rights have made her a venerable icon in the industry. She made immense strides not only in opening the mainstream comics world to independent, creator-owned works, but also opening the doors for women to work in positions of power. From her editorial work on acclaimed series like Sin City, Grendel, and Usagi Yojimbo, to her close relationships with other icons like Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Schutz has helped shape the modern era of comics for almost four decades and has laid the foundation for its future. 

Jim Valentino started his career in the late 1970s creating small-press, self-published comics, graduating to small-press acclaim with the superhero parody normalman and the autobiographical series Valentino. After a stint as a storyboard artist for various animation features, he returned to comics in the late 1980s, creating the era-defining run on Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. Valentino is best known as a founding partner of Image Comics, where he created the series ShadowHawk, served as publisher from 1999-2004, and continues to publish innovative creators under his Shadowline imprint. 

David F Walker
David F. Walker

David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment)—winner of the 2015 Glyph Award for Story of the Year—Power Man and Iron FistNighthawkLuke CageOccupy Avengers, Deadpool (Marvel Comics), Cyborg (DC Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics). He is also the creator of the critically acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. He teaches part-time at Portland State University.

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More Information:
Will Eisner Week
PSU Comics Studies Program
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund


Online Northwest Conference 2017

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About Online Northwest

Online Northwest is a one-day conference that connects librarians across the region. The goal of Online Northwest is to find best practices for topics that intersect libraries, technology, and culture. Online Northwest will be hosted and held at Portland State University on March 31, 2017.

The program for 2017 includes sixteen full sessions which cover user experience, design, engagement and impact and working with data and best practices. The program ends with  quick 5-minute lightning talks discussing real-world experiences and solutions. Discounted early registration for the conference is available through February 14th.

Dr. Safiya U. Noble, Keynote Speaker

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, Assistant Professor at UCLA

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She also holds appointments in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender Studies, and Education. Her research on the design and use of applications on the Internet is at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology.

She is currently working on a monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in search engines like Google (forthcoming, NYU Press). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015).

PSU Library Celebrates Open Access Week

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Open Access Week internationalInternational Open Access Week is upon us! Celebrate open access and publishing with the PSU Library from October 24 through October 30, 2016. Open access the movement to make scholarly endeavors available to the public without financial and licensing barriers. Open access is the immediate, online availability of research that have minimal license restrictions.

During Open Access Week, the PSU Library will highlight library services that support open access publication and open access resources offered by the Library. The PSU Library will join other libraries, academic institutions, researchers and publishers to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access. 

Open Access Services at the PSU Library

PDXScholar, Portland State Library’s institutional repository, is our foremost open access service. PDXScholar makes PSU student and faculty research available to researchers anywhere in the world. The Library also supports the publication of open access journals such as Anthos, Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs, and the PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal.

The Library supports the development of Open Educational Resources, educational materials that everyone can use, modify, and freely share. PDXOpen projects have already saved PSU students $61,294! Stop by the Library this week to see a display highlighting some of these books on our new books shelf.

More Information:
PSU Library on Open Access
Open Access Explained!
SPARC Open Access Fact Sheet (PDF)
PSU Library Facebook
PSU Library Twitter

Fall Term Drop-in Workshops

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Upcoming Workshops

Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

Zotero and Mendeley are web-based and desktop citation and PDF management tools that make it easy to collect, organize and cite research materials. Both are terrific tools for anyone working on a research project, as they can help you manage your research materials from multiple sources and insert them into your documents with ease.

Dates Offered
Tuesday, October 11th 4–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26th 4–5:30 p.m.

Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Michael Bowman

Research for Thesis and Dissertation Literature Reviews

A thorough literature review sets the stage for success in a large research project like a thesis, dissertation, or grant proposal. This session will give students tips and strategies for conducting an effective and comprehensive literature review.

Date Offered
Thursday, October 20th, 12 – 1 p.m.

Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Kim Pendell

Research Data Management

Your research data needs care and maintenance in order to be effective and retain its viability. What file formats and organization should you use? What documentation should accompany your data so that you (and others) can re-use it in the future? What are the current standards in your field for adding metadata and prepare it for deposit in a repository? Learn the answers in our workshop!

Date Offered
Wednesday, November 2nd 4–5:30 p.m.

Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Kim Pendell

Celebrate GLBT Book Month

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Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), GLBT Book Month is “a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.”

Portland State University Library is pleased to join ALA in celebrating GLBT Book Month with a display featuring a range of fiction and non-fiction books by and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

The display includes picture books for younger children, young adult literature, and a range of fiction and non-fiction for adults.

You’ll find the display on the first floor, near the front door. GLBT Book Month logo

24 Hour Library Begins Tuesday, May 31

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Portland State University Library will be open 24 hours from Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30am through Thursday, June 9 at midnight.

Promotional flyer for 24 hour libraryStudents who wish to enter the building after midnight will need to use their PSU Student ID/Access Card (the white card).

The Library building will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

A few reminders:

  • Please be careful not to leave your things around during finals if you leave your seat. We’ve had thieves in the Library building.
  • Don’t forget to return your library books before you leave campus for the summer.

For more information, please see the Finals page on the Library website.

Study hard! Good luck on finals!