cartoonist Shannon Wheeler

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Tue, 12/07/2021 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
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Shannon Wheeler's Forbidden Love, cartoons submitted to the New Yorker magazine

On Tuesday December 7, 2021, Joseph Gallivan interviews cartoonist Shannon Wheeler about Forbidden Love, his show of cartoons submitted to the New Yorker magazine. Wheeler talks about the single panel gag joke, the value of waking up at night to jot down a joke, what it’s like submitting to Emma Allen at the New Yorker. Oh, and why a snail crawling toward salt is a metaphor for the pain and agony of being a cartoonist.

This show was edited by KBOO volunteer Ray Bodwell.


Portland’5 Centers for the Arts is excited to feature the work of Portland-based comic artist Shannon Wheeler in the upcoming exhibit: “Art Show,” featuring cartoons and roughs submitted to the New Yorker.

“Every week I submit ideas and every now and again they bite,” says Wheeler, who recently resumed New Yorker submissions after taking time off to collaborate with Oregonian writer Steve Duin on a graphic novel adaptation of the Mueller Report.

Shannon’s cartoons have also been featured by Willamette Week, Funny Times, American Bystander, Weekly Humorist, MAD, The Onion,, and His published book collections include Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius (IMAGE), Why Did We Trust Him (IDW), and Too Much Coffee Man (Dark Horse).

You can find Shannon on Twitter @muchcoffee, Instagram @muchcoffeeman, and Etsy.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours prior to event must be presented along with matching photo ID to enter the reception. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the venue.

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Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune, where he is currently the Business Reporter. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on


This show was recorded at PCPA aka Portland’5 Center for the Arts on a Zoom H2N recorder on Nov. 23, 2021.

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