Author Archives: James Stafford

Cinder’s Poster Art!

Major Manatee’s Travelling Story Sideshow has been moving slowly, but it’s far from dead!  Cinder recently completed the poster art.  It’s ready for typesetting when we’re ready to kick off.  We also have a wonderful composer working up some theme music — more on that as it develops.  Anyway, here’s a sneak peek at Cinder’s work.  The Major is very, very pleased.



Sideshow Artist Christian Cinder At Maiya Gallery

Cinder is appearing in a group show at MAIYA Gallery in Sacramento in March. MAIYA is a great gallery that prices work competitively.  This is a great opportunity to pick up top quality stuff at entry level prices.

More on MAIYA:!/MAIYAGallery

The Coveted Golden Manatee Resurfaces

Not seen since it was lost during the Major’s legendary opium bender in Tangiers, the Coveted Golden Manatee recently resurfaced at a flea market near Craters of the Moon, Idaho.

After much consideration, Major Manatee has decided that his good fortune should be your good fortune.  Writer-performers will have the opportunity to take home their own Coveted Golden Manatee.  More on this exciting update later, but while you wait why not visit the “Submit” page?  You’re on your own putting together that opium bender.


June Sideshow Artist Announced

Major Manatee has selected Northern California pop surrealist Christian Cinder to paint the June Sideshow poster.  More to come on this as it develops.  Meanwhile, click the painting below to visit Cinder’s blog.


Seeking Performers For the June Travelling Sideshow

The Major estimates that his walk from Barrow, Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego will land him in Sacramento, California in early June of this year.  As the preeminent cad, ne’er do well, and cultural anthropologist of our time, he wants to bring Major Manatee’s Travelling Story Sideshow to the fine people of the Golden State.

Are you a writer, singer, tap dancer, ham carver, or sock puppeteer with a true, entertaining story that you’ve been dying to share with an audience?  Your jib might have just the cut that the Major is looking for.  For the June show he’s looking specifically for funny music-related stories (playing it, listening to it, having your life changed by it, etc.), but as long as it’s a true tale and it will entertain a crowd he’s willing to give it a look.

More information to come, but if you’re ready to rock the Submissions page is up and running.  Onward!