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Portland State Library Celebrates Donation of Dark Horse Comic Collection, Oct. 16
Author: Office of University Communications, 503-725-3711
Posted: September 24, 2008

What: Portland State University will recognize and celebrate the Dark Horse Comics collection generously donated to the Portland State University Library by Dark Horse Comics, Inc., founder and president Mike Richardson and executive vice president Neil Hankerson. Richardson will give a keynote speech on the history of comics and of Dark Horse.

Portland State University alumni Richardson and Hankerson have donated copies of all publications and products generated by Dark Horse over the years to Portland State, and will continue to provide copies of all future items produced by the company, resulting in a complete collection of the Dark Horse corpus to be preserved in the Portland State University Library Special Collections. This valuable collection will be a destination resource for researchers in American studies, popular culture, art, sociology, gender studies, English literature and many other fields.

When: Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, third floor (1825 SW Broadway).

Cost: The event is free and open to public.

Contact: For more information contact Kimberly Willson-St. Clair at 503-725-4552 or email events@lists.pdx.edu.

Background:
Dark Horse Comics, Inc.
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, who sought to establish an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. By attracting the top talent in the comics field, Dark Horse continues to change the shape of the industry and grow its brand throughout the world. In conjunction with its sister company Dark Horse Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics has more than 350 properties currently represented under the Dark Horse banner, serving as the jumping-off point for comics, books, films, television, electronic games, toys and collectibles. In 2008, Dark Horse distributed its characters and concepts to more than 50 countries, continuing its mission of content creation and distribution in all of its forms throughout the world.

Portland State University Library
At the heart of an engaged university, the Portland State University Library supports the information, research, teaching and learning needs for more than 1,800 faculty members and 26,000 students at Portland State, covering 125 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. The Portland State Library has over 1.4 million volumes, subscribes to almost 19,000 journals with access to over 45,600 electronic journals and over 32,000 electronic books. In addition, Portland State Library is a collaborative regional depository for federal documents and a member of the Portals and Orbis/Cascade Alliance library consortia, collaborating with other libraries to serve the region and scholarly community at large.

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