Your Weekly Callahan

Part 5: "A tasteless error"

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Arts & Books
This is the last chapter of The Weekly Callahan, short clips from the 2007 documentary, Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel, made about Portland cartoonist John Callahan. Callahan's quadriplegia most certainly informed the darkness of his comics, but it also led to international acclaim. An effort is currently underway to raise money for a memorial to Callahan, who died in 2010, to be built near his stomping—er, ...   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 4: "He bled through the pen"

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Arts & Books
It would be a genuinely dark shame if future bipeds, particularly those who visit Portland, were to lose the memory of John Callahan, the talented and tortured cartoonist, musician and author, whose art emerged from a corpse, as he called it, that sat under his head.In an effort to see that this doesn't happen, a number of friends and members of his family are raising money to build a memorial to Callahan.  ...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 1: "There's Nothing Wrong With Cleaning"

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Movies & Television
Careful readers of WW know that for 27 years, the irreverent voice of cartoonist John Callahan graced the pages of our paper.  Until Callahan died in 2010, the quadriplegic, whose disability masked a ferocious work ethic, drew cartoons, made music, created TV shows, wrote books—all with a sadness that was exceeded only by a piercing wit's eagerness to poke at propriety.Last year, his friends ...   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 3: "I couldn't feel my ass"

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In this third clip from an award-winning film about cartoonist John Callahan, he describes the event at the age of 21 that put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. It's a life that ended in 2010, but not before his work, which at its height was syndicated in more than 200 newspapers, earned Callahan international acclaim for its dark humor.We're publishing these clips (with the kind permission ...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014

Your Weekly Callahan

Part 2: "I Had A Dream"


Arts & Books
How does a quad draw?It's a question many had but few asked of John Callahan, the Portland cartoonist whose work in the pages of WW led to both boycotts and belly laughs. This clip, from the award-winning, one-hour documentary "Touch Me Someplace I Can Feel" answers that question.A copy of "TMSICF" can be yours by giving a $100 tax deductible donation to the John Callahan Memorial, which will honor ...   More
 
Friday, April 4, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN

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