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 Khris Soden, who illustrated a comic on activist Paul Knauls. Enjoy the interview and see you Thursday!
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 have this idea that getting to know a place is like getting to know a friend. At first you learn about what’s going on in their day-to-day life, but your friendship gets more intimate when you know all of their past experiences and actions – both the good ones and the bad. I had this in mind when I moved here in 2000 and I’ve been becoming best buds with Portland and Oregon by learning as much about our history as I can. There are so many things I love about our state, but we’ve had a terrible history when it comes to racial equality.
I don’t consider myself an activist, but I do think that it’s important for people to be educated about the huge obstacles Oregon’s African-American community has had to face (and still faces). More people need to know about the tremendous amount of good being done by Paul Knauls and the other people profiled in Comics for Change.
Read the entire interview after the jump!