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Notebook on Cities and Culture S2E17: Grueling Whittling with Mike Russell

Colin Marshall sits down in northwest Portland with comic artist and film critic Mike Russell, co-host on the Cort and Fatboy podcast, creator of Culturepulp, Mr. Do and Mr. Don’t, The Sabertooth Vampire, and more. They discuss the excruciating process of drawing an interview; his adaptation of a page of David Foster Wallace’s “Up, Simba”; what it’s like to artistically live-blog the Portland Opera; the unusual robustness of the Portland comics industry, and its incentivization of “putting comics where they shouldn’t be”; his current task of drawing a comic for a set of European finance ministers; the origins of Portland podcasting, and how he became a part; how Star Wars formed at least part of his cinematic consciousness, and what it takes to grow up into an astute genre fan; the worrisome effects of nostalgia and “remix culture”; the Portland “put it out there, what the hell” attitude; Portlandia‘s proper title of Southeast Portlandia, and how Los Angeles still sees the dream of the nineties as alive in the city; Portland as an undrying source of drawable weirdness; and the quintessentially Portland sport of “hashing,” or taking runs from bar to bar, drinking beer at each.

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