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Jesse Springer's 'Only in Oregon' ribs the state's multi-faceted dynamic

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The cover of "Only in Oregon", Jesse Springer's latest collection of Oregon-centric cartoons.

A longtime political cartoonist based in Eugene has a new book out, celebrating – and lampooning – Oregon’s uniqueness.

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Eugene-area cartoonist Jesse Springer (during Zoom call with KLCC.)

Since the early 90s, Jesse Springer has skewered Oregon-centric issues including PERS, the Kicker, and the lack of a sales tax. Now his first book of cartoons since 2004’s “Nobody Messes with My Right to Dye” is available. This latest one is titled “Only in Oregon.”

Springer says Oregon’s history and citizenry gives him much to draw from.

“We’re sorta weird and traditional, we’re liberal and conservative, we’re urban and rural," Springer explained. "We’re also very passionate about political issues, and not afraid to speak our mind.

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A 2021 Springer cartoon shows Oregon's complicated relationship with precipitation.

"So it’s fertile ground for all these things, from the comical to the controversial, and everything in between.”

Springer's comedic take on Oregon life, culture, and politics has appeared in the Portland Tribune, Salem Statesman-Journal, the
Corvallis Gazette-Times, the Medford Mail-Tribune, the East Oregonian, the Grants Pass Daily Courier, and Roseburg News-Review to name a few.

Springer says with the decline of traditional newspapers and the advent of social media, he’s had to get savvy and self-market with the times. He’s set up a Patreon account to support his artistry, and copies of “Only in Oregon” are available on his websites, https://www.springercreative.com/ and https://www.springerdesign.biz/books.

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