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Comics for Change! 9: Walter Cole


This comic tells the story of Walter Cole, also known as the infamous Darcelle XV, founder and owner of the longest running female impersonation club in the country. Written by Douglas Wolk and illustrated by Jonathan Hill, Walter Cole chronicles the life of the local legend and the history of the iconic club, highlighting the role both played in shaping the city’s gay and activist communities.

Douglas Wolk is an author and critic, whose writing about comics and popular music have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and Pitchfork Media. He is a contributing author to the 33 ½ series. His has previously worked as a managing editor for CMJ New Music Monthly. Jonathan Hill is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, with contributions to Fantagraphics Books, the Willamette Week, and Powell’s City of Books. His first graphic novel, Americus, won the 2012 NAIBA’s Carla Cohen Free Speech award, becoming the first graphic novel to win the award. He currently teaches writing through Portland’s Writers in the Schools program and the Oregon College of Art and Craft.   

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