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CulturePulp draws another "live comics adaptation" of a Portland Opera production -- this time, Puccini's "Turandot."

Endnotes & Digressions:

1. You can also download a PDF version of this comic right here.

2. As they did on two previous occasions in 2010 -- for "Pagliacci" and "Hansel and Gretel" -- before the show, the Portland Opera offered the cartoonists complimentary food and wine at Morton’s. Then they gave us a backstage tour at the Keller Auditorium. And then -- during the show’s dress rehearsal -- we were asked to draw whatever we wanted.

3. The "Comic Artist Night" sketches will be on display in the Keller Auditiorium during the Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 performance of "Turandot" -- possibly with a few of the cartoonists in attendance. Come on by and pick up a free print version of this comic, and maybe even print versions of my "live comics adaptations" of "Rigoletto," "The Barber of Seville" and "Pagliacci" while you're at it.

4. Thanks as usual to the Portland Opera for letting me participate in yet another of their mad collisions of pulp and classical art. And, once again, thank you to all the performing artists who let us scribble while they worked.

5. Click here to check out the Portland Opera's gallery of dozens of sketches from all the attendees — all of them reacting in completely different ways to what was happening onstage. And here are links to art by the participants at their own webpages and elsewhere:

Assorted candid photos from the evening:


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