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Mike Russell does another "live comics adaptation" of a Portland Opera production -- this time of the dress rehearsal of "Pagliacci," alongside nearly 20 other, better cartoonists.

Endnotes & Digressions:

1. You can also download a PDF version of this comic right here. (It contains two bonus panels of "Carmina Burana Funnies.")

2. Before the show, the Portland Opera plied us with complimentary food and wine at Morton’s, then gave us a backstage tour at the Keller Auditorium. The evening was dubbed “Comic Artist Night @ The Opera.” (Here's the official press release.) I hope it’s the first of many — because it was an absolute gas.

3. The "Comic Artist Night" sketches will be on display in the Keller Auditiorium during the Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 performance of "Pagliacci" and "Carmina Burana," with a few of the cartoonists (including yrs. truly) in attendance. Come on by and pick up a free print version of this comic and maybe even my "live comics adaptations" of "Rigoletto" and "The Barber of Seville."

4. Click here to check the Portland Opera's collection of dozens of sketches from the other artists who attended — some of Portland’s finest cartoonists, no joke — working in media ranging from pen and ink to finger and iPad screen. You can also find work by the individual artists online at these links:

5. Thanks to the Portland Opera for letting me participate in yet another of their barmy/cool PR experiments. The Opera’s ridiculously open-minded marketing team (which includes Jim Fullan, Julia Sheridan and Claudie Fisher) cooked up “Comic Artist Night” as a fun/inclusive way to expand on the “live comics adaptations” I’d done previously for their productions of “Rigoletto” and “The Barber of Seville.”

The show was, as usual, fantastic. Thanks to all the remarkable performing artists involved for letting us scribble while they worked. You can learn more about the show and buy tickets here.

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