Raised on a cattle ranch in eastern Washington, Jay Olinger is an interdisciplinary artist-scholar residing in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches at Portland Community College and Portland State University.

Jay received a B.S. in Arts and Letters from Portland State University with Minors in Art History, English, and Medieval Studies; as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in Comics Studies and Art History. After holding a position at Marvel in the Special Projects Department in 2016, she pursued graduate studies in Scotland, where she graduated with Highest Distinction from the University of Dundee with a Master of Design in Comics and Graphic Novels, fully-funded by the Principal’s International Excellence Scholarship. Jay’s graduate project, Prompt(ed), was awarded the 2017 Duncan of Jordanstone Comics Prize. Prompt(ed) was an interdisciplinary project that combined research and hands-on application that explored the intersection of media application in Fine Art and Comics.

Along with teaching, Jay presents her research at international conferences, curates group exhibitions, and creates short comics. She welcomes opportunity for research, teaching, workshops and collaboration in any form.

Cancelled COVID Events: Transitions 9 in London, UK; Pop Conferences at DePaul University, Chicago, IL

September 2020-December 2020: Understanding Architecture (2) and Understanding the Visual Arts at Portland Community College

January 2021-March 2021: Portland Community College

March 2021-June 2021: ENG 300: Visual Narrative at Portland State University

Event Archive

July 27th, 2020

Over the weekend, I received a vintage tufting gun and thought I would try it out on a sample rug (below). I used a helm-weave, inspired by chainmail design, for the basic form and then filled in the background. It is 11"x14", a nice size perhaps for a back-patch, tote, or throw pillow.

On Sunday, I also participated in "Drawing Together: Graphic Medicine" via Zoom. It's a monthly drawing session hosted by the Graphic Medicine Organization, bringing together artists, creators, and healthcare workers from a variety of backgrounds. There was a brief warm-up session, and then a longer prompt, with ample time to share and discuss with the cohort. I find it very inspiring to have the opportunity to connect with the Comics Studies community from home--as long as I can remember the Zoom invite!

I also have been watching SDCC panels--what a treat! Despite some calling it a "dud" (iO9), I thought it was very insightful. The Cartoon Network storyboarding panel was fantastic, as well as the Coloring panels.