Murphy brilliantly weaves 1990s alternative culture, from Kurt Cobain and William Burroughs to Keanu Reeves and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with two centuries of the Pacific Northwest’s shameful history as a hotbed for white nationalism: from the Whitman massacre in 1847 and the Ku Klux Klan’s role in Portland’s city planning in the early 1900s to the brutal treatment of Black people displaced in the 1948 Vanport flood and through the 2014 armed standoff with Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch.
In Murphy’s personal reflections and heart-racing descriptions of scenes like infamous campfire kiss in My Own Private Idaho, the artist’s story becomes a moral anchor to a deeply amoral regional history and marks the incredible debut of a talented new voice to the graphic medium.
WHO: Mannie Murphy + Steve Bissette in conversation
WHAT: I Never Promised You A Rose Garden virtual book launch
WHEN: Tuesday March 23, 6pm PST
WHERE: Facebook.com/FantagraphicsOrder your copy from host shop Floating World Comics and it will include a signed and illustrated bookplate: ow.ly/cbiG50DF8XJ
This event will stream live to the Fantagraphics Facebook page at Facebook.com/Fantagraphics