At Books with Pictures Eugene, we believe comics are for everyone. If you like stories and you like art, there’s a comic for you—they can be fun and easy to read, but they can also be an incredibly complex, challenging narrative form. We’ve created a space where both new converts and lifetime fans will find something—a reading group, a creator talk, a new release party, or maybe just a pleasant conversation. We're especially excited to bring this space downtown—easily accessible year-round, near the library, and steps away from lots of other amazing local businesses.
Our shop will focus on a curated stock of new comics and graphic novels, with a special focus on books that cater to the interests of folks who often feel left out of traditional geek spaces: women, kids, BIPOC and the LGBTQ community. In doing so, we’re following in the footsteps of Katie Proctor, who founded our sister store, the first Books with Pictures location in Portland in June of 2016. Shortly after opening its doors, Books with Pictures became internationally known for its stock, events, and inclusivity with the slogan “Comics For Everyone”, in addition to being named one of six international finalists for the prestigious Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award in 2019.
Books with Pictures in Eugene is independent and locally operated by Dr. Andréa Gilroy, who earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon (UO) in 2015. Her dissertation focused on comics history and the way comics represent identity. Since graduation, she has worked as a comics educator, acting as Interim Director of the UO Comics & Cartoon Studies Program, and regularly taught courses on comics and popular culture at UO and PSU. She also served on the executive committee of ICAF, spoke at conferences and conventions, was associate curator of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, curated the 2019 Special Exhibition at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, “Origin Stories: Comics and Identity," regularly speaks at conferences and comics conventions, and runs the educational YouTube series Comics Crash Course. She is thrilled to build a space that uses the power of comics and the passion of fans to build community.
Floor manager Finlay Louden (they/them, the one with green hair and glasses) is also a graduate of UO, with a BA in Comparative Literature focusing on medieval Scandinavian and Russian literature and various language grammars (English, Spanish, Russian, Latin, Old Norse, Middle English, Finnish, and Dutch). They previously worked at an independent bookstore for three years, managing used book inventory, translations, comics, history, foreign language, and antiquarian books. They are currently writing and illustrating their own English grammar textbook-comic.