February 1st, 2009

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Slide Rule - exciting comics performance!

Last night I went to a show by this Seattle comics performance group called Slide Rule (how have I never seen them before??) It was such a great way to experience comics. Essentially individual comics artists show their comic sequentially on a slide projector overhead, sometimes doing voices for the individual characters as speech bubbles lit up, sometimes singing songs of the words, sometimes the show was closer to animation... My friend Helen Parson (who is so amazing you guys: http://www.strawberryghost.com - check out No Release on her site, eg. It's missing a lot of her recent amazing stuff though.) did a beautiful musical accompaniment to one of her deeply disturbing wordless comics, flipping slides with her feet while she played the guitar....  Seeing comics performed was so cool, I can't recommend it enough if you want to do something similar yourself or watch it if you're ever in Seattle. Here's a kind of square newspaper article about the show and its organizer (it's not sketch comedy even though they call it that.) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/ae/398236_sliderule31.html