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We can deliver tasty, bite sized Oregon animation and cartooning history via a one hour lecture, a one day symposium, or a multi day festival. Take your pick! Lively, illustrated lectures with extended, relaxed Q & A are our trademark.

Oregon’s animation and cartooning history begins with Homer Davenport, Oregon’s first media superstar. A crew of Disney artists followed next: Pinto Colvig, Carl Barks, Marc Davis, Ralph Wright, George Bruns. Then there’s Mel Blanc and Basil Wolverton, exact Portland contemporaries. Harry Smith brings up the rear.

You may not know these artists. We can help you with that. ( Hint: You do know their work.)

Our Speakers Bureau includes:

Gus Frederick, our resident expert on Homer Davenport (Silverton). Gus has brought lectures about Oregon’s first pop culture super star to History Pubs in Portland and Bend, to Jack London Bar, and to Stumptown Comics Festival. gus (at) 2020oregon (dot) net

Dennis Nyback, our film archivist. Dennis’ expertise as an animation historian illuminates the careers of Oregon’s crew of Disney stalwarts, Pinto Colvig (Jacksonville), Carl Barks (Merrill), Marc Davis (Klamath Falls), and George Bruns (Sandy). We would love to add a lecture about Disney lifer Ralph Wright (Grants Pass) to this illustrious list, but unfortunately, we know very little about him. Dennis brings with him selections from his archive of 16mm classic Hollywood animation. arburyhall (at)

Anne Richardson, director of Oregon Cartoon Institute, also moonlights at the publisher of Oregon Movies, A to Z. Anne likes to place the careers of Oregon artists within the region specific cultural and intellectual environments which produced them. She can speak about Mel Blanc growing up in Jazz Age Portland, and about Harry Smith’s deep, complicated roots in the Pacific Northwest and his cross cultural explorations of Native American culture. mrs (dot) nyback (at)

We can tailor presentations to meet your needs. Contact us with your requests, and we promise to find a match.