icons redefined


Free Comics Event Series Celebrates Will Eisner Week

Portland State University invites you to a week of special events to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Will Eisner, the legendary cartoonist whose influence defined the contours and possibilities of American comics in his lifetime and beyond!

Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration around the week of March 6th, every year. It celebrates “graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.” Eisner is best known for championing the development of the graphic novel as a literary form, and for creating The Spirit, the iconic 1940s hero that redefined newspaper comics. However, Eisner’s achievements stretch even further.  In celebration of Eisner’s centennial, Will Eisner Week engages with his legacy for a week of thought-provoking events on the PSU campus.

Documentary Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist”

This award-winning full-length feature film is the definitive documentary on the life and art of Will Eisner, father of the graphic novel, and includes interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, and Frank Miller, among others. The documentary will be followed by a discussion between Marvel Comics best-selling writer Brian Michael Bendis and Eisner’s former Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz.

Friday, March 3, 2017
12 noon – 3:30 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #150
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201


Byzantine Museum of Veroia:

Icons and murals from the temporary exhibition “Panagia Mou”/“My Virgin Mary”. The exhibition presents the wealth of iconographic tradition in the region of Imathia from the 15th to the 21st century when it comes to the presentation of the most popular figure of Eastern Orthodoxy.

What is really interesting about the conservation of these type of murals and icons is the fact that it provided a safe and extensive practice ground for the Greek conservators. The technical knowledge safely earned from the conservation of these artifacts actually prepared the ground for the safe and one of a kind conservation of the Bronze Age murals from Thera, Pylos and Argos. Interestingly enough as we gain more and more knowledge about these prehistoric murals it is being proven that we are not dealing so much with frescoes, but rather egg tempera- the durable layered painting process using egg yolk as a binder for pigment that can be observed in most byzantine styled icons. Such discoveries help redefine the history of painting in greek space and by extension european space. Hariclia Brecoulaki is the archaeologist and conservator behind these breakthrough discoveries.