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Drawing by Christina Tran, COPYRIGHT PSU 2021

In our 2022 Spring Arts Guide, Mercury critic Joe Streckert profiled a popular Portland State University (PSU) comics project called Changing the Narrative, which collected ten stories about homelessness, and what it means to cope with food and housing insecurity.

Printed as an 80-page full color comic, Changing the Narrative's print run of 4,000 copies—sold and distributed via Street Roots vendors—sold out in two weeks.

There's good news: PSU instructor Kacy McKinney says the second printing of the collection will be available, starting Wednesday, March 16. "Like the first run, it will again be sold by Street Roots vendors until they sell out," McKinney told the Mercury.

Changing the Narrative is a collaborative project headed by McKinney and made in partnership with Street Roots, the Independent Publishing Research Center, and the Downstairs Gallery. McKinney and her team produced ten comic narratives about PSU students who had, at some point, dealt with what it meant to experience homelessness. Read the full profile here.