Comic Studies, Portland's Accelerated Economy, Top Portland Doctors, and a picture to take your breath away!
Look at me updating my blog regularly! I had a couple New Year's Resolutions; one being updating my blog every Tuesday, and the other to donate blood every 3 months. So far, YAY!
Okay, so this if fun.
Portland State University launches Comics Studies certificate for aspiring artists, writers and scholars
By Follow on Twitter on January 23, 2015 at 1:17 PM, updated January 23, 2015 at 1:36 PM
By Bess Pallares, Portland State University
Portland State University has launched a new Comics Studies certificate this month for students who want to join the city's robust comics scene as artists, writers and scholars.
Comics professionals teach courses in the program and connect students with the city's rich pool of writers, artists and publishers, including Dark Horse, Oni Press and Top Shelf. Visiting authors and artists include acclaimed Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis, Nicole Georges, author of "Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir," and Shannon Wheeler, a cartoonist for "The New Yorker" and creator of "Too Much Coffee Man."
"I've been teaching graphic novel writing at Portland State for a few years, and every year I am overwhelmed by the deep passion the students have for the subject," Bendis said. "The official launch of the Comics Studies Program is the definition of the students' voices being heard. Portland is one of the true creative hubs of the entire art form, and Portland State is the perfect place for this program to launch."
PSU is home to the only complete collection of Dark Horse Comics, one of the largest comic book publishers in the United States. Its founder, Mike Richardson, is a PSU graduate.
And now for some VERY good news...
Oregon's economic recovery accelerated in final months of 2014
Oregon's economic resurgence intensified in 2014.
The Employment Department's final report on the year's hiring, released Wednesday, drips with highlights:
- The state gained more than 53,000 jobs in the past year, more than in 2011 and 2012 combined.
- Nearly half of those came during the final three months of 2014, a positive sign coming into this year. Collectively, they were the best three months for job growth since 1990. December alone accounted for 8,200 new jobs.
- The unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in December, the lowest it has been since August 2008, shortly before the financial crisis. The rate had been stuck near 7.0 percent for most of 2014.
If you're moving to the PDX area, it's important you have a doctor you can love and trust. Here's Portland Monthly's top doctor picks for 2014!
Last but not least, this picture. Jarrod Lyman took this terrific shot! Http://mthoodterritory.com/