audra mcnamee Made with my good left hand. Tue, 23 Apr 2024 00:34:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 audra mcnamee 32 32 Mycology illustrations Sat, 03 Feb 2024 17:21:00 +0000 Drawn for mycologist Jessie Uehling (OSU professor), to be included in her open curriculum introducing the principles of mycology to middle schoolers

Drawing in orange and teal/blue of stages of development of a mushroom all connected by a network of hyphae.
Illustration. On left side, decomposing trash with mold and small mushrooms growing on it: an orange leaf, a coffee filter, a tea bag, an apple core, and a drum stick. On right side, a small plant whose visible roots have small blue fungus nodes on them. Arrows reminiscent of the reduce, reuse, recycle symbol surround image.
Illustration. A diverse group of nine people converse around a table on which many simple mushrooms are displayed.
Illustration of a rodent munching above a basket containing an assortment of mushrooms.
Marie Equi for the Oregon Quarterly Tue, 23 Jan 2024 18:00:00 +0000 Illustrated scenes from 20th century activist Marie Equi’s life for the Oregon Quarterly. To see everything I drew and to read the whole story go to the Oregon Quarterly article. Or go read the book the Oregon Quarterly article is based on. Or watch the OPB documentary about Equi’s life which is full of archival photographs (The Oregon Experience S17E3).

Drawing of Marie Equie orating on a soapbox surrounded by people holding signs with slogans including "votes for women," and "eight hour work day."

A graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School, Marie Equi was a homesteader, activist, lesbian, mother, and physician. Throughout her courageous life, she fought for labor reform, free speech, women’s suffrage, family planning, fair wages, and peace.”

Ed Dorsch, “She Risked Everything for Women, Workers, and Justice”, Oregon Quarterly, January 17, 2024
Marie Equi horsewhipping school superintendent O.D. Taylor. The image is captioned "she is queen today."

Process notes: Equi’s daughter was a pilot, so I looked up images of pilots in the Oregon Historical Society digital archives and found these photos of Amelia Earhart visiting Portland.

Drawing Marie Equi felt a little like returning to the Tingle zine. The only tragedy: yet again I’m so close and yet so far from using this extensive and amazingly well-indexed archive of Great Depression and WWII-era federally funded photography.

Describing the project to Shay Mirk: “I’m working on illustrations of this woman who was a doctor and openly lesbian in the early 1900s–“

Shay: “Oh, Marie Equi? I made a comic about her.”

(A brief google later, found it on Flicker. It’s excellent.)

Drawing of Marie Equi's San Fransisco Honor Walk plaque.
Mini zine: Pet Peeves #1 Wed, 17 Jan 2024 18:00:00 +0000 This is 100% Allia’s zine, I just drew the pictures. Not even all of them, either– her grumpy face on the second page was copied directly from the her layout sketch. I want to hear more pet peeves. We don’t have a second zine in the series queued up yet…

As usual, you can buy the zine. It was riso printed at Outlet.

For the record don’t feel pressured to change your favicon or your website builder! Outrage is funny to draw but I promise it’s not personal!

Mini zine: I Strongly Recommend the Library Mon, 15 Jan 2024 18:00:00 +0000 Debuted at the 2023 PDX Zine Symposium. The official copies were also riso printed at Outlet in Portland, but the photographed version was printed off at home. This was partially so I could post it on instagram before I’d gone to Outlet, but also because I’ve arbitrarily imposed the rule that I have to alternate black & white and colored images on my instagram feed. And I was due for a black & white image.

I can’t claim the rule makes my profile look any better (and I’ve definitely broken it at least three times) but having a silly little challenge I have to complete makes posting on instagram slightly more interesting.

All this to say if you buy a copy (they’re in the store!) you’ll get a nice seafoam green version.

Thanks to Drew for the photo of our table
Mini zine: Audible Sucks Sat, 13 Jan 2024 18:00:00 +0000 Made with Allia, riso printed at Outlet, and debuted at the 2023 PDX Zine Symposium.

You can buy a copy. Scroll to the bottom for citations as clickable links.

Annotated Bibliography

Page 2: market control and royalties 

Page 3 and 4: embargo and libraries

  • “The Harmful Impact of Audible Exclusive Audiobooks – Libro.Fm Audiobooks.” Accessed November 2, 2021.
    Libro.Fm is an independent audiobook seller that partners with local bookstores to sell DRM free audiobooks and gives authors a fairer deal. They write about Audible’s predatory business practices and how they hurt independent book sellers and libraries in this article.

Resources and Further Reading

Cory Doctrow one of Audible’s earliest and loudest critics on Audible and Digital Rights Management (DRM) — because of DRM you can only listen to audible audiobooks through the audible app, you can’t listen to it in spotify or itunes, you can’t download the mp3 to your computer even though you ostensibly own the book. Doctorow explains more about the history of DRM and how it affects audiobooks.

Louis illustrations Wed, 20 Dec 2023 17:54:56 +0000 For several birthdays this year I drew my cat Louis with the day birthday beetle of the day.

I’d been planning on making these since moving out of my college house– I was going to be living with different people in a different city, and I wanted to commemorate the little household we’d built, to say goodbye. And then it took me 10 months to get around to it.

I riso printed the most recent three at Outlet in Portland; I printed the earlier ones at my local print shop.

After making all these I remain uncertain about the concept of giving people an image of themselves. But worst case they can give it to a relation that would be delighted to see it/it’s very easy to store away or recycle.

That said I loved working on these and would absolutely make more of them, if likely photos of pals & their pets showed up in my inbox.

This cat is Sebastian (not Louis), but also a good lil guy.
Just parents (no Louis in sight). Drawback to reverse-chronological layout is the times I broke format come first.
100% classic Louis in the old house. Light and shadow was my favorite part of these, and this was the most interestingly lit of the bunch.
In the interest of accuracy: not old house. Still Louis tho.
Also not old house.
Ft. Einstein. I did my best to get painterly with the first few and it was an interesting challenge! I like how velvety this one is.
The Camouflage Conundrum (at The Nib) Sun, 30 Jul 2023 01:00:00 +0000 I interviewed Dr. Judit Pungor at the University of Oregon Neill Lab about octopus vision for the Color issue of The Nib. The whole thing is online at The Nib!

Psychedelic Mushrooms in Oregon: a prologue Tue, 30 May 2023 01:00:00 +0000 In 2020, Oregon voters approved a first-in-the-nation framework for legally consuming psilocybin-containing (“magic”) mushrooms.

After a robust rulemaking process, people in Oregon can now access Psilocybin Services in the state, where they choose a licensed facilitator who works with them through a preparation session, an administration session at a licensed service center, and an optional integration session.

Prototype comic for outreach project with neuroscientist Luca Mazzucato at the University of Oregon. This one is about Oregon’s psilocybin services, detailing what exactly Oregonians voted on, and how the ballot measure has been implemented so far.

Written May 2023. Your local laws and regulations may have changed since the comic’s release.

This comic has 15 more pages. You can currently read the whole thing on the Oregon Health Authority’s website. (Not because I made it for the OHA, but they were kind enough to post it there.)

The next chapter of the project will be a mycology 101 situation.

Following are all the citations for the full comic (because written citations are good and all, but links to citations are better).

Page One:

The QR code leads to ORS 475A

The final adopted rules can be found on the Oregon Secretary of State website, under the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division Chapter 333, Division 333.

Page Two:

More about M110 is at the Oregon Health Authority’s Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act web page

Page Three

The QR code leads to Griffiths, Roland R et al. “Psilocybin produces substantial and sustained decreases in depression and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer: A randomized double-blind trial.” Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England) vol. 30,12 (2016): 1181-1197.

Further reading:

Davis AK, Barrett FS, May DG, et al. Effects of Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy on Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2021;78(5):481–489.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board Rapid Evidence Review and Recommendations.

Page Four:

Bryan Roth, personal correspondence.

Roland Griffiths, from Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind.

Monnica Williams quote from “Psychedelics and Race: A Profile of Dr. Monnica T. Williams”, written by Patricia Kubala in Society for Cultural Anthropology.

Page Seven:

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board Rapid Evidence Review and Recommendations, page 12 and page 27.

Page Ten:

The trials by organizations currently furthest on the path towards FDA approval, Usona’s PSIL201 trial for Major Depressive Disorder and Compass Pathways’ COMP Single-Dose Psilocybin for a Treatment-Resistant Episode of Major Depression, both gave 25mg of psilocybin to trial participants.

Page Eleven:

Map of possible service center location from Psychedelic Alpha’s Oregon Psilocybin Services Act Local Jurisdiction Tracker.

Page Thirteen:

The previously mentioned Usona and Compass Pathways trials have three and two integration sessions respectively.

RSS is (not) dead (yet) (NED #3) Mon, 01 May 2023 01:00:00 +0000 How monopolies are destroying blogs, podcasts, and webcomics.

Illustrating the history of RSS. Created in collaboration with A. Service, and debuted at VanCAF 2023. Part two on how to use RSS forthcoming!

Dear Miss Tingle Tue, 01 Nov 2022 01:00:00 +0000

Comic illustrating exchanges from domestic scientist Lilian Tingle’s home cooking correspondence column in the Sunday Oregonian (1908-1929). Complete sources here. Created in collaboration with and based on research by A. Service. More about Lilian Tingle here.