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Feb. 27, 2005: CulturePulp goes thrift-shopping with Portland radio and TV personality Daria O'Neill.

Endnotes and Digressions:

1. Colors for this installment by Chad Essley.

2. This comic has online bonus features! As mentioned, I did conduct a lengthy interview with O’Neill -- about radio, comics, writing, scandal, family, fans, theater and the aforementioned sexual mythologizing. You can read it (and see a couple of my better reference photos) by clicking here.

3. Daria pointed out a fun little quirk of both Green Noise Records and Xtabay: The proprietors of both stores tend to affix tags and stickers with handwritten commentary to their merchandise. One frock at Xtabay sported a tag that read, “One must seriously try this on to realize the magnitude of this dress.”

(Jeffrey of Glamour Gallery struck me as being sort of the living incarnation of these sorts of stickers.)

4. Being that this comic was made in early 2005, “Bad Dates” is of course no longer showing at Theater! Theater! (3430 S.E. Belmont St.). However, you can still find a listing for the play online here. Ms. O’Neill did a perfectly credible job playing a lonely, thirtysomething restaurateur and single mother who riffs on her horrible encounters with men -- all while sorting shoes and changing outfits in her boudoir for an hour and 20 minutes. It was a surprisingly intimate show, punctuated by some extremely funny gapes of horror. For tickets or more information on Triangle Productions' current season, visit

Lettering too small? Download a high-rez PDF of CulturePulp 023 right here: CulturePulp23.pdf

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