A Life Underground: Exploring WSU’s Alternative Comix Collection was an art show I planned, organized, and hosted as part of an independent study (with help from Robert Franklin, a faculty member and fellow comics enthusiast). The purpose of the show was to bring indie/newave comics to WSU Tri-Cities, and to share them with people who might not otherwise get to see them. I also wanted to raise awareness of a valuable resource unique to WSU, and the source of these comics: the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections department (MASC) of the Holland and Terrell Libraries in Pullman, Washington. All the comics featured in the show were prints made from archived publications, located in either the Steve Willis Comix and Small Press Collection or the Lynn R. Hansen Underground Comics Collection.
Below are some images from the show’s opening reception on April 6, 2017.