After my trip to Seattle, the Thanksgiving holiday and a number of naps to catch-up on sleep, I’ve finally finished writing about the fun I had at the Panel Jumper LIVE show and my trip. Enjoy!
On my way to West of Lenin in Freemont, I pass through numerous neighborhoods; one after another, characteristically unique. I fall more in love with Seattle with each visit. I used to live here but was too young at the time to recall memories. I’ve traveled here to witness and revell in the effort, talent and passion that’s generated from a group that thrives in a hardworking, life-loving creative scene. It’s embedded, here in the damp, misty city by the sound. Last night I had the pleasure of witnessing and partaking in the sold-out, comic book based spectacular, The Panel Jumper LIVE, Episode III.
Photo by Dennie Chong
I looked up the participants beforehand, I attended the tech rehearsal the night prior, I thought I knew what I was in for but the live show revealed to be so much more. Cole Hornaday opened the show with an inspired and empowering speech calling upon attendees to rally around the improve mantra, “yes, and…”. Encouraging -in this time of political transition and threatening wave of bigotry- everyone to rise up and support each other; creatively, physically and most importantly, emotionally. Last night, at West of Lenin, The Panel Jumper -a comic book themed variety show- acted as a source of hope and inspiration… it was also absolutely hilarious.
When I told Cole I’d be flying into town to see the live show, he asked if I’d want to chat about my upcoming Swamp Thing fanzine along with my collection. I was happy to oblige and brought along a mock-up of the zine that I’m currently editing. Based on the crowd’s reaction, they enjoyed my stories relating to my collectibles and the upcoming book. I met some wonderful folks in participating in the live show and look forward to staying in contact. I’m always thrilled and surprised by how lucky I am when getting to know fellow Swamp Thing fans.
Me (right) chatting with Cole – Photo by Dennie Chong
Photo by Dennie Chong
Cole and Ben Laurence enthusiastically wove the show together, introducing each act and discussing current comics news. They also aired their brand-spanking-new Panel Jumper episode!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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