Oregon History Comics 8: The Vanport Flood
Written by Sarah Mirk and illustrated by Nicole Georges, The Vanport Flood chronicles the history of Vanport, Oregon, Portland’s neighboring city to the north and home to the largest population of African Americans in the region following World War II. Based on the account of Ed Washington, a Vanport survivor, this comic highlights the unique origin of this “Miracle City” and the eventual flood that destroyed the city in 1948.
Sarah Mirk is an Oregon-based writer and current online-editor for Bitch Media. Her work has also been featured in the weekly newspapers The Portland Mercury and Seattle’s The Stranger. Nicole Georges is an illustrator, zinester, and educator, best known for her autobiographical comic Invincible Summer. Currently, Georges works with The Right Brain Initiative, the Writers in the Schools program, and the Portland Rock and Roll Camp for Girls.