Saturday’s ‘Superheroes!’ Presentation by the Cincinnati Pops at Taft Theatre was more than I was expecting. I had looked forward to a replay of 2013’s amazing ‘Superheroes!’ concert, but instead found that the show had been refashioned into a full-blown musical, charting the adventures of heroes Conduktor and Rubáto, and villains Purrfect Pitch and Otto Tüün, as portrayed by members of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. The plot had the heroes laying waste to the bad guys’ scheme to replace live music with electronic, and — as an aside — destroy the world with a phalanx of gigantic tuning forks. An origin story was tucked in there as well. Songs from Hercules, The Wiz, Newsies, and Hairspray were repurposed to help tell the story along with selections from the Pops’ original Superheroes! concert. Great fun to see the characters I co-created with Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell live onstage.
Many of the kids, and even parents, in the audience came dressed in their best superhero outfits, and conductor Russell and I had a great time meeting attendees and signing programs and masks for them afterward.
Many thanks to the Cincinnati Pops team and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati!
That’s me with Joseph Hamzy (who played Conduktor in the show) and Cincinnati Pops conductor John Morris Russell. Other featured performers were Xavier Carnicom, Brooke Chamberlin, Austin Harvey, Trinity Gibson, C. J. Zimmer, Ethan Marx, Marlo D’Ascenzo, Mia D’Ascenzo, and Courtney Hammonds.
Tuning Forks of Doom!
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Here’s a drawing I did last weekend at the terrific Lake Effect Comic Con. I’m often asked if I can do caricatures from photos, and the answer is yes, I do that all the time. If you’d like a drawing of yourself or your kids as a superhero or other fantasy character, drop me a line via e-mail . Also check the Caricatures & Commissions page for more information!
Tailipoe is the amusing saga of the Howlington family and the little monster who complicates their lives. The Tailipoe Webcomic Collection, written and drawn by Archie Comics cartoonist Craig Boldman, is now available at the Shop in three volumes; plenty to keep you occupied while awaiting the onlgoing Tailipoe comic book series! Check back here regularly for all things Tailipoe!
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Check it out — I’ll be signing programs and copies of my Conduktor drawings after the Cincinnati Pops Lollipops “Superheroes” concert on June 10. The concert starts at 10:30 am, click the link for tickets!
The Cincinnati Pops Superhero characters are the co-creation of Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conductor John Morris Russell and myself. The occasion was the 2013 Cincinnati Pops “Superheroes!” concert, a program of superhero themes from movies and television (see the track listing on the CD cover after the jump!) and the subsequent CD recording of that concert.
Three volumes of Tailipoe are now available in the Shop! Copies ordered through my website are signed and sketched!
If you’re getting older, or know anyone who is getting older, you need to grab this new funny greeting card assortment, art and writing by me, now available at your local Half Price Books! Square-format cards, 16 per box, 4 each of 4 designs.
Griffin Kwanjang and Company stopped by for a chat with me at this past September’s Cincinnati Comics Expo: