Little Fish Studio’s Night at the Opera

Little Fish Studios of Ocean Beach in San Diego (under the auspices of San Diego Comic Fest), hosted an exhibit of sketches and illustrations done at the San Diego Opera by such local cartoonists as Scott Benefiel, Marty Davis, Rebecca Hicks, Joe Sanabria, Eric Shanower, and yours truly. The operas included A Masked Ball, Don Quixote, Pagliacci, Carmen and Murder in the Cathedral (a tip of the fat lady’s Viking hemet to San Diego Opera’s Ed Wilensky for enlisting us! Ed writes a fun blog about the SD Opera, which you can read here.). Little Fish Studios’ Matt Dunford and Alonso Nunez were fabulous hosts and worked with Comic Fest’s own Beata Csanadi to curate the exhibit. Speaking of Comic Fest, Wendy Wildey and Mike Towry were on hand to support the show and to spread the good word for their “friendly intimate comic con experience” next weekend! I met Will Terrell and Brandon Adkins, up and coming cartoonists who just moved from Texas to San Diego, and their work just blew me away. I have no doubt you’ll be hearing more about these guys! By the way, Little Fish Studios is a terrific place that encourages aspiring cartoonists with classes and community projects. Kudos to them! Go here to read more. The exhibit will be up for two weeks; you can read more about the exhibit and find Little Fish’s location here.

Finally, all of us are ecstatic that the beleaguered San Diego Opera has prevailed and will have a 50th season. One of these days on this here blog, I’ll share my thoughts on how comics and opera have more in common than one might imagine! In the meantime, enjoy some pix from the opening reception.


Me with Little Fish Studios’ Matt Dunford.


Eric Shanower and Marty Davis.


Works by Joe Sanabria.


Scott Benefiel’s sketchbook.


Don Quixote by Scott Benefiel.


Me with Beata Csanadi.


A wall of Eric Shanower and Joe Sanabria sketches. My sketchbook is on the table on the right; if you attend the exhibit, flip through it if you are so inclined!