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Greetings from the new IPRC!

Greetings! It’s my second shift volunteering at the new IPRC. For the past few weeks, I’ve watched the space evolve because certificate program classes were continuing prior to the space opening to the public. Now that the space is open and in action, people are trickling in for the first time and trying to find […]


Half way and time to change!

I can’t believe it’s already half way through the first semester of the comics certificate program! Times flies when you are having fun. Last night was our last class with Nicole (at least for this semester.) We turned in our inked memory comics and shared them with each other. My classmates’ comics turned out great. […]


Memory comics, romance, backgrounds, oh my!

I apologize for the lack of updates from the past couple of weeks. I have been working on projects and getting into the swing of things with the comics program and my life here. But, all is well! I’ve been doing lots of sketches and diary comics (some of which i’ve been posting on my […]

The cover of Julie Doucet's 365 days, a collection of diary comics.

2nd week, comics certificate program!

For those of you reading these entries for the first time, I’m Fiona, an IPRC comics certificate program student, writing about my experience at the IPRC as a student, volunteer, and newbie to Portland. Yesterday was the second class of the comics certificate program. It was just Nicole, as it will be until early November. […]

Comics Certificate Program: First day!

Yesterday was the first day of the IPRC Comics Certificate Program. It was pretty exciting! There are 11 of us in the program, all who are partaking for a variety of reasons. Nicole Georges and Jesse Reklaw are going to be our teachers for the first semester. Nicole will be teaching the first half, Jesse […]

Entry two: remembering Dylan Williams, collaborative work, and drafting nostalgia.

Alas, here is my second entry as a comics certificate student. Or should I say, my last entry as a pre-comics certificate program student? The program starts next week, and I’m really excited about it! But, before I go into that, first and foremost, I would like to acknowledge Dylan Williams, one of the comic […]

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Greetings from a comics certificate program student!

Hello IPRC followers, members, friends, and strangers! I’m Fiona Smith (sometimes I go by fionakilla, or Fiona Avocado… still feelin’ both of those out…) I am a newbie to Portland who moved here a month ago from Michigan to do the IPRC’s Comics and Graphic Novels Certificate Program this year! I’m really excited to be […]

From the Eyes of an IPRC Intern

My name is Natalie and I am the IPRC’s newest foster child (I’ll be interning here for the next 6 weeks)! I’m a literature and theatre student from Bennington College in Vermont (via California) and a longtime proponent of zinemaking. Although this is only officially my second day at work here, it’s obvious to me […]

R.I.P. Gocco

Times are tough for “analog,” or non-digital, media these days.  Last year, Polaroid announced it was ending production of its namesake cameras and film.  As supplies run thin, many enthusiasts are racing to find the last caches of film, and paying hefty prices for them. Photo: Gretchin Lair As personal computers make a easier and […]

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