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, 2011performance 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.