“Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen” in The Oregonian and on KLCC

Check out this early coverage of “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen” in The Oregonian newspaper by reporter Steve Duin. Read the full Oregonian article here

There is also an interview with Curator Ben Saunders on KLCC 89.7, listen to the interview here.

New! An article in Eugene Weekly by Aaron Ragan-Fore, “Raising Eyebrows” view the Eugene Weekly article here

Exhibit: “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics”


To celebrate the opening of the “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics” exhibit, the the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art will host an exhibition opening on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 6:00pm-10:00pm in the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art. The opening is free to all UO students and faculty. There will be food, drinks, and a DJ!

Entertaining Comics (EC) was the most aesthetically ambitious and politically radical commercial comic book publisher of the 20th century.  Primarily active between 1950 and 1955, the company produced such sensationalist, satirical, and subversive titles as Tales From The Crypt, Weird Science, Frontline Combat, and Mad.  At odds with the ideological conservatism of the era, EC rebuked racists and warmongers, critiqued the paranoid state, and mocked commercialism and consumer culture — provoking the ire of parents, schoolteachers, politicians, and cultural critics alike.  In fact, the company was ultimately forced out of business by the forces of reaction — with the notable exception of Mad, which survived the 1950s anti-comics backlash by becoming a magazine (and is still in print today).

The exhibition will feature over 120 original art pages on display, including several complete stories.  Every major EC artist and title, including Mad, will be represented by key works.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Coeta and Donald Barker Changing Exhibitions Endowment; The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the arts, a federal agency; Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; Philip and Sandra Piele; UO Comics and Cartoon Studies Minor; UO College Scholars Program; and JSMA members.


9/19 – 9/20 Rose City Comic Con

September 19th + 20th @ Oregon Convention Center


University of Oregon has partnered with Rose City Comic Con to bring the blossoming field of Comics Studies to the forefront of this event. Comics and Cartoon Studies Program Director, Ben Saunders, along with the staff of University of Oregon’s comics magazine, Art Ducko, are among the long list of panel guests. Get your tickets now at http://rosecitycomiccon.com/tickets

Statement of Condolence

“The community of comics scholars at University of Oregon is horrified by the brutal attack on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015 in which twelve people lost their lives. We extend our sincere condolences to the friends and families of those killed.”

Comics Pedagogy Symposium

2014 University of Oregon Comics Pedagogy Symposium: Friday, October 24th, 2014

Are you curious about how to integrate comics and graphic novels into the college classroom? Featuring nationally recognized scholars and local UO faculty, the goal of the Comics Pedagogy Symposium is to enrich our pedagogy by exploring the opportunities and challenges associated with teaching this exciting, hybrid medium.

EMU River Rooms 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
282 Lillis, Lillis Business Complex 4:00 p.m.

11:00 AM: Opening Remarks
11:15 AM: Exploring Critical Frameworks – featuring presentations by José Alaniz (University of Washington), Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), and Charles Hatfield (California State University, Northridge)
12:15 PM: Expanding the Frame – a roundtable expansion of “Exploring Critical Frameworks” featuring Elizabeth Wheeler (University of Oregon), Michael Allan (University of Oregon), Trevor Dodge (Clackamas Community College), and Glynne Walley (University of Oregon)
1:00 PM: Lunch Break
2:00 PM: Comics in the Classroom – featuring workshops and presentations by Julie Voelker-Morris (University of Oregon), Robert Voelker-Morris (University of Oregon), Charles Hatfield, and Veronica Vold (University of Oregon)
4:00 PM: Keynote Address by Hillary Chute (University of Chicago), introduction by Ben Saunders (University of Oregon)