For the month of June, The Art Institute of Portland Gallery is hosting Portland comic book artist JoÃ«lle Jones and writer Jamie S. Rich in a unique first look at their collaborated graphic novel You Have Killed Me, due this July from Oni Press. On view will be excerpts and original pages from the book, as well at the opportunity to speak to the artist and writer about the new book and the creative process behind it.
The Gallery show, titled â€œComic Noir: The Art of JoÃ«lle Jones,â€ will debut on First Thursday (June 4th) with an artist reception from 6-8 p.m where pre-orders will be taken for creator signed copies of the upcoming book, You Have Killed Me.
Jones and Rich first collaborated on the acclaimed comic book 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, and have since shown up as a team in the pages of Popgun, Portland Noir, and Madman Atomic Comics. Jones also did the cover and interior illustrations for Rich’s novel Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?.
Separately, they have multiple creative works between them. Jones has contributed to the long-running comic series Fables at DC/Vertigo, and she drew the Minx young-adult graphic novel Token, written by Alisa Kwitney. Rich has published four prose novels, including Cut My Hair, I Was Someone Dead, and The Everlasting, and wrote the comics series Love the Way You Love, illustrated by Marc Ellerby. He served as the editor-in-chief at Oni Press from 1999 until 2004 and has also worked on the editorial staff at Dark Horse Comics.
The exhibit will run June 4th – 30th.Â Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. â€“ 6 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m. ; and Saturday 9 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m.