Preparing for quakes and avoiding pathogen soup: a cartoon about water

*Important note! I describe the Benson Bubbler fountains as “self-cleaning” because the water is constantly in motion and most stuff gets washed away. However, the water bureau does have someone working hard to keep them shiny and inviting.

Gabriel Liston is an artist and illustrator documenting water history and domestic life. He leads walks for the Forest Park Conservancy, draws a column for Illustoria magazine, and is collaborating with writer, Justin Hocking, on a graphic novella about coastal erosion. His work can be seen in person at Portland’s Froelick Gallery or online at and Instagram

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