This Thursday, December 12th, Know Your City is hosting a release event for our new box set, Comics for Change! Illustrated Stories from Oregon’s Front Lines at Darcelle XV, from 5:30PM – 7:30PM. The series of 10 comics celebrates the lives of living Oregonian activists who are making Oregon a better place for everyone. Writers and artists from the series will present a brief slideshow about the project, while original artwork made for the comic series will be on display for one-night-only. The comics are available for pre-order here.
As a way to preview the release event, we’re running interviews with some of the involved artists and writers all this week. Today we speak to artist artist Terrence Nowicki who illustrated the comic about Dan Handelman and Portland Copwatch.
Q: Comics for Change! is a project celebrating living Oregon activists. Have you always had an interest in Oregon history and activism? Did you discover this interest from working on a previous project?
A: I’ve been drawing editorial cartoons for a little over nine years, and being interested in socio-political issues and activism kind of comes with the territory.
Q: What kind of challenges did this project present to you?
A: There were some cases where it wasn’t readily apparent what sort of imagery should go with the writing, either because the writing was describing very abstract things that didn’t lend themselves to visual representation, or because it was, by necessity of the subject, describing things that would look boring, on the surface. I had to think outside the box to figure some of those out (I believe Amy used the term “magic” to describe what I was doing, there), and unfortunately there were a few cases where I was unable to come up with anything.
Read the entire interview (and see more images) after the jump…
Q: What did you learn from the interviewing/research portion of this project?
A: I wasn’t involved in the interview portion, however, the research portion taught me a lot more about the details and background of the various events described in the manuscript.
Q: Why do you think this story is important to share?
A: Because excessive force and violence by bad cops (or just cop-wannabes), carried out in the name of “justice,” is still a major problem in the US, as we have seen with recent events like the UC Davis pepper-spraying incident (where the victims were ultimately compensated less, individually, than the bad cop in question got for severance pay), the mistreatment of activists at protests (again, usually involving pepper-spray and other “non-lethal” devices, see: http://thisishistorictimes.
Q: Where can we see more of your work?