Your Weekly Callahan

Part 5: "A tasteless error"


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 1: "There's Nothing Wrong With Cleaning"


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

One Small Step for Man, One Great Leap For The Memory Of John Callahan

John Callahan

Arts & Books
The journey to build an appropriate tribute to John Callahan rolled forward this month with the receipt of a $100,000 challenge grant toward the design and construction of a memorial honoring one of Portland's favorite and most provocative sons. Last year, we announced the donation of land for a memorial to the quadraplegic cartoonist.Now, thanks to an anonymous donor, every time someone makes a charitable ...   More
Saturday, March 8, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN

Q&A: Kinky Friedman

With the 1973 release of his now-classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully-formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilariously offensive ditties like the bigot-baiting "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" and feminist-feather-ruffling "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed"— which earned him ...   More
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

John Callahan dead at 59

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

A Brief John Callahan Primer

If you don't know the story of JC, or the years have eroded from memory some of the finer details of the life and career of this gentle, sad and acutely funny Portlander, then we suggest you get out of the heat for a few minutes and check out two wonderful stories about him. The first, by Chris Lydgate and the second, Beth Slovic. For 27 years, WW has been proud to be a home for John's cartoons. ...   More
Saturday, July 24, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

John Callahan is "Walking Now"

That quote in the headline was uttered recently by a former girlfriend of John's, part of the community of colleagues that extends from his base at Northwest Lovejoy Street across the globe. Many friends and fans have been reaching out since Callahan died Saturday at Good Samaritan. They're marking his death on butcher paper at Callahan's apartment at 2449 NW Lovejoy St. And they're remembering ...   More
Monday, July 26, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

Obits Around the Nation for John Callahan

National media are beginning to weigh in on the death and life of John Callahan. Here's a delightful and personal appreciation in The Washington Post. Here's another piece in the Post by a fellow cartoonist. And The Gray Lady herself weighed in with this obit, a somewhat passionless piece that said Callahan "viewed the world through a dark and wicked lens." Here's the piece that WW did ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

John Callahan's Funeral

The irony of cartoonist John Callahan's final wishes escaped no one. A few days before his death last weekend, Callahan told one of his brothers that he wanted a Catholic funeral. That surprised the family, given that Callahan devoted a good portion of his cartoons' biting humor toward the church, even though he had been raised Catholic. Below is one of those cartoons. The family nevertheless ...   More
Friday, July 30, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

Tribute Set for John Callahan

"An Evening with John Callahan (sort of)" has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Mission Theater and Pub, 1624 NW Glisan St. This tribute to the late cartoonist, artist and musician will include performances of a few Callahan songs, videos of him, as well as remembrances from good friends, colleagues and a few surprise guests. Admission is free to this 7:30 pm event. But be forewarned: ...   More
Thursday, August 5, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN


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