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

Auteur Creators

ART 217: Comics Art and Literature 2018

Course theme: Auteur Creators

Jay Olinger, Spring 2018, Portland Community College
Texts: 
    • Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud 978-0060976255 
    • Contract with God - Will Eisner 978-0393328042 
    • The Arrival - Shaun Tan 978-0439895293 
    • Asterios Polyp - David Mazzuchelli  978-0307377326 
    • The Making Of - Brecht Evens 978-1770460737 
    • Stitches - David Small 978-0393338966 
    • By Chance or Providence - Becky Cloonan 978-1534301863 
    • The Adventures of Superhero Girl - Faith Erin Hicks 978-1616550844 
    • Nimona - Noelle Stevenson 978-0062278227 
Lesson Plan:
    • Week 1
      • Comics definitions, comics studies, and terminology introduction 
    • Week 2
      • McCloud paired with visual analysis 
    • Week 3
      • A Contract With God
      • Gesture, encapsulation, and panel composition
    • Week 4 
      • Asterios Polyp
      • Use of color, typography,  and hermeneutic images
    • Week 5 
      • The Making Of 
      • International Comics Cultures
      • Intersection of Art History and Comics
    • Week 6
      • The Arrival 
      • International Comics Cultures
      • Memory and silent comics
    • Week 7 
      • Stitches
      • Memory and autobiography in comics
    • Week 8 
      • Superhero Girl
      • Superhero genre introduction
      • Mission, Powers, Identity convention (from Dr Peeter Coogan)
    • Week 9 
      • By Chance or Providence 
      • Genre and world-building in comics
      • Emphasis on page layouts as narrative device
    • Week 10
      • Nimona
      • Webcomics and self-publishing to publisher
      • Subverting genre expectations 
    • Finals Week 
      • Mini-comic peer assessment