Faculty

The Comics Studies program offers an exciting array of courses. Read on for more information some of our current and past faculty members:

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. Read more.

 

Nicole J. Georges is an illustrator, zinester and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She is best known as the author of the autobiographical comic zine Invincible Summer, whose individual issues have been collected into two anthologies published by Tugboat Press and Microcosm Publishing, and the graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura.

 

Susan Kirtley is a Professor of English, the Director of Comics Studies, and the Director of Rhetoric and Composition at Portland State University, where she is developing the Comics Studies program. Her research interests include visual rhetoric and graphic narratives, and she has published pieces on comics for the popular press and academic journals. Her book, Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass, was the 2013 Eisner winner for Best Educational/Academic work; she is currently working on a new book on comics.

 

Shannon Wheeler is an American cartoonist best known for creating the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man, and as a cartoonist for The New Yorker.

 

David Walker currently writes the "Shaft," "Luke Cage," and "Cyborg" comics and is the Director of the Portland Black Film Festival, a former film critic for Willamette Week, a filmmaker, and the author of essay collections and YA novels. Walker has taught at PNCA and the NW Film Center.

 

 

 

 

Other current and past faculty include Mark Russell, Jen Van Meter, Diana Schutz, and Andrea Gilroy.