Andréa Gilroy, PhD (University of Oregon, 2015) started her comics career in academia, teaching courses, working with academic conferences, curating comics exhibits, and building free educational material online. In March 2020, she opened Books With Pictures Eugene, in Eugene, Oregon. Despite terrible timing, the shop survived the pandemic. Andréa is thrilled to build and grow a space that uses the power of comics and the passion of fans to build community.
You’re a manga fan, but what do you know about how manga got to where it is today? Make sure to join us at Clark County Library on November 5 to see Andréa along with Zach Davisson for a fun session highlighting some of the most important artists and series – Osamu Tezuka, Shigeru Mizuki, Ryoko Ikeda, and Moto Hagio – from the past that manga fans should be reading today! Look for "Manga 101" on the programming schedule from 1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. in the main theater.
Q&A With Andréa Gilroy
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A fall night around a bonfire with people I love.
What is your greatest fear?
The work I do not only failing, but hurting people in the process.
On what occasion do you lie?
When telling the truth won’t help change anything but will hurt someone’s feelings.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Be more fit.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Keeping Books with Pictures Eugene open through the pandemic.
What do you most dislike about yourself?
Too hard on myself.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I go through phrase phases with some frequency.
What is your most treasured possession?
A sketch of Lois Lane & Superman by Chris Samnee.
What do you most value in your friends?
Kindness and snark in equal measure.
The quality you most admire in a person?
What supernatural gift would you most like to possess?
What is your favorite food?
Proper Japanese Ramen.
What is your favorite color?
Who is your favorite fictional character?
Who is your favorite person in history?
Who is your favorite artist?
Who is your favorite musician?
Who are your favorite writers?
Jaime Hernandez, Brian K Vaughan, Hayao Miyazaki.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My friend & business partner Katie Pryde.
DC or Marvel? Star Wars or Star Trek?
We can all get along.
What is your present state of mind?
What did I forget to do?
What is your motto?