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How the dark horse came in : Portland State University Library acquires Dark Horse Comics archive
College & Research Libraries News
  • Michael S. Bowman, Portland State University
  • Cristine Paschild, Portland State University
  • Kimberly Willson-St. Clair, Portland State University
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The article reports on the acquisition made by the Portland State University (PSU) on the archives of Dark Horse Comics Inc. The acquisition is done after PSU alumnus and founder of Dark Horse Comics Mark Richardson donated multiple copies of the past issues of their publication and succeeding copies of the publication. The donation is also for the purpose of preserving the publication in the university library. The donated publication is also expected to be used by researchers as a destination resource in popular culture, gender studies, and sequential art. Donating copies to the library, Richardson also expects to create an ideal atmosphere for creative professionals as well as a sense of ownership for Dark Horse creators.

This work was published in the 2009 issue of College & Research Libraries News (

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Browman, M., Paschild, C. N., & Willson, K. (2009). How the dark horse came in. College & Research Libraries News, 70(10), 570-572