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Dec. 3, 2004: CulturePulp takes in a performance by Storm Large and her band, The Balls.

Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Grey-tones for this installment by Chris Hanel.

2. A little history: This comic was actually researched, written and drawn nearly two years before Ms. Large did her sensational turn as a contestant on the reality show "Rock Star: Supernova." Her TV appearances made this -- by quite literally tens of thousands of page-views -- the most-looked-at CulturePulp comic ever to appear at, owing to the blog version of this comic being one of the first few Google search results of her name at the time. 

3. As you may have gathered by now, there was a lot of banter, things done with microphone stands and general foul-mouthedness during this show that I simply couldn't convey in a family newspaper. Most of it was hilarious; I am now simultaneously afraid of and titillated by Storm Large -- which is, of course, exactly as she’d have it. As she  puts it in one of her rock songs, “Thank God”: “Just about everything about me / screams that I’m the anti-debutante.”

4. Audience report: The crowd skewed 30-ish — lots of sweaters and cool clothes and smart Amelie haircuts and that body-softness that suggests the light debauchery of your 20s is starting to catch up with you. Also a fellow in a baseball cap and sweats.

5. Would you like to know more? Ms. Large maintains a comprehensive Web presence over at — complete with mp3s and live bootlegs, videos, a message board and even some dirty-cheesecake photos of Storm by Kristin Gerbert and Portland’s own Marne Lucas. (Warning: only the live-bootleg mp3s really capture the loose, salty, anarchic spirit of her cabaret performances.)

You can download a high-rez PDF of CulturePulp 018 right here: CulturePulp018.pdf

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