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Shannon and the Clams

A few years ago I was in Toronto for nxne and someone told me they were looking forward to seeing Shannon and the clams. The name stuck in my head and I looked them up and dug their sound. They were playing a post haloween show in Portland. The show was very fun, and they bring their sound of their records very accurately to their live show.

  Here is my warm up drawing.
Whoops, forgot one of the ns. Better draw them over again. Form where I was standing, the drummer was hard to see.

Beautiful music! Very surf garage! I love the 60s style organ sounds and the gritty rock vocals.

Here are some photos. 


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Katee Sackhoff

I got to see Katee Sackhoff at the Portland comic con. She talked about Battle Star Galactica and had a real sense of humor. What a charmer! I must look up her work on robot chicken and the Big Bang theory.


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Eugene and Portland Comedians

I have been attending open mics and comedy showcases here in Eugene. I went to the Bar of the Gods open mic a few times, hosted by Xander and Jen Tam.


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events here in Eugene have been hosted by Seth Milstein, Mike McGowan, Leigh Anne Jasheway and Nick Hough. Its a fun scene. I’m glad to be a part of it, its kind of a drag to hear everyone do the same material every week, but that will happen in any scene. I hope we can play, improvise, be willing to flop sometimes and do some creative things with the scene. I’ll challenge my fellow comics in some way, and report on the results. Stay tuned for more on this issue. I have some drawings I have made of comics in the scene. Yes, I drew Gina Ginsberg three times. She said “hey, why did you draw Mia all sexy and not me.”  I just draw what I see. I think Gina is beautiful, but in drawing her, I capture the “essence” that I see in front of me, and she judges those drawings to not be sexy.


I would say to the comics in my town: lets not be afraid to fail! There is no risk on stage, we have complete freedom, so lets flop and bomb sometimes. Please do new material, and even go up and don’t do anything you have planned- that will make us better. That will make it fun for us, so we can hear new material, so we can laugh at each other (because face it, most of the audience is… us) . We are free, so lets USE our freedom, instead of doing our same 7 or 5 minutes every time with small insignificant variations.



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Man Man at the Hawthorne

Man Man at the Hawthorne

Crazy wild band. Saxaphone, ukulele and malletKat joined in with an energetic drummer and humorous disturbing lyrics.

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Ezza Rose House party

Ezza Rose House party

This band from Portland Oregon can play songs that sound like 70s radio rock hits, Gorgeous Americana Folk, uppity ukulele happy pop songs and even played a jazz song “Crazy He Calls Me” made popular by Billie Holiday (actually by Carl Sigman and Bob Russell), and traded solos like a jazz band. The addition of Tony on trombone was fun. They have more shows in the state. I recommend them!

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Comics Class!

I am currently teaching a 6 week comics class an elementary school in Fairbanks Alaska!

I have these photographs of busy hands working:Image

I am planning a residency in a high school for April, and I have these dates confirmed for my march tour:

Redmond Library, March 26 at 6:30.  For ages 10 up. 
Downtown Bend Library, March 27 at 2 pm.  For ages 10 up.

I will be adding a date at a Portland library as well… (around march 22-24)

If you want me to come to your school or library and do my comics workshop let me know! You might have to get in touch with a PTA or something but we could make it happen. Here are some things kids have said about my workshop”Your comics class is awesome!” -10 year old.

“I’m so glad you are back, last time I looked forward to it all week!” -9 year old




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