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Linfield reading to host student comic creators

The creation of web comics will be the focus of a student reading Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Josue Rivas, a senior at Linfield, is the co-creator of a self-published web comic called “Massive Pwnage.” During the reading, “Panel by Panel: Writing and Developing Comics with Massive Pwnage,” Rivas will explain his current work and the creation process behind it. The comic is similar to newspaper comics as it regularly has new episodes. The comic follows three main characters, Encifer “Ence” Enfield, Locke Abrams and Allison Doyle, through their interests in video gaming, art and computers. The artist of the comic and co-creator, Jon Nielsen, will also be at the event. Nielsen will focus more on the graphic and design aspects of the creation process.

Both Rivas and Nielsen are from Portland and began the comic five years ago. Rivas is a creative writing major and philosophy minor. He has been interested in writing comics since middle school. Nielsen has also held an interest in comics and cartoon art since a young age. Recently, both Nielsen and Rivas were panelists for Kitsune Kon, a Wisconsin-based anime convention. They spoke on two panels where they discussed the writing and creation process for comics.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Nicholson Library.  For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517, swhyte@linfield.edu.