The latest CulturePulp comic strip celebrates the release of Roland Emmerich's mega-disaster-movie "2012" -- by giving readers a step-by-step recipe for crafting their own apocalyptic soap operas. Beware the Lava Tornado!
I absolutely love Bill Mudron's magma-tastic color work on this one. Oh, and in the comic's endnotes, there's a download link for a free print-rez version of the strip's "Lava Tornado!" movie poster.
In their latest comic-strip outing, beloved instructional characters Mr. Do and Mr. Don't teach Portlanders how to behave at various fall cultural events -- including a science exhibit, a costume ball, and a concert of video-game music.
The last panel may be my favorite drawing of Mr. Don't ever. ______
For the latest CulturePulp comic strip, I sat down with Portland-based comics artist Steve Lieber. We talked about "Whiteout" -- both the 1999 graphic novel (which Lieber illustrated) and the movie adaptation that opens nationwide on Friday, Sept. 11.
Also: Here's a link to the raw text of my full hour-and-a-half conversation with Lieber -- about "Whiteout," how to draw Antarctica, Lieber's almost supernaturally Zen attitude about the Hollywood development process, obsessive research, amateur spelunking, how to extract payment from difficult publishers, how to make a 100-page comic in 20 days, horrible teaching experiences, designing Hello Kitty floats, working for a literal ton of food, and why a 3-D map of Gotham City might be a nice way to appease the continuity gods.
Beloved instructional characters Mr. Do and Mr. Don't
teach Portlanders how to behave at the major cultural events of August 2009 -- in this
full-color, twice-as-long version of the strip printed in Friday's Oregonian. __________
Huzzah: CulturePulp returns to the pages of The Oregonian's A&E today! In this action-packed installment -- now online in living color at Webcomics Nation -- I tangle with costumed partiers and dead-serious UFOlogists at the 10th-annual UFO Fest in McMinnville, Oregon. _____
UPDATE: All booklets given away! Thank you for your interest!
So I have these ten Chick-tract-sized print versions of "Rigoleto: The Comics Adaptation." I designed this little booklet as a souvenir for the Portland Opera's cast and crew.
I will give away each of these ten copies, signed, to the first ten people to e-mail me here with the subject line "Rigoletto." (If you live outside the United States, you'll have to pay me a couple of bucks in postage via PayPal; we'll work it out.)
Of course, if you just want to make your own booklet at home, print out this PDF and follow the instructions after the jump.
So on Friday, May 8, 2009, the Portland Opera invited me and five other writers to participate in a “Blogger Night @ The Opera” performance of “Rigoletto.”
We got a backstage tour and sat at a special table in the lobby -- where (before and after the show and during intermissions) we were to chronicle our “Rigoletto” experience.
There was no way I was going to out-blog my pal Geoff, who shot the whole backstage tour with his Flip and posted the video on YouTube before the show even began. So I broke out a Sharpie and drew a “live comics adaptation” of the opera instead -- posting the drawings to Twitter as the show unfolded.