Hello and welcome! My name is Evan, and I made this website. This site is a resource for anyone interested in learning about the lives of Shiprock & Anchordog. The two dogs travel together across magical landscapes, and make many friends as they go.
This site and all of its contents are free and intended for all ages. Everything here is independently created, produced and published by our small network of artists. You will find no ads or sponsorships, since we own both this web platform and all its content, and since the dogs have no masters. This virtual world is entirely yours and ours to expand and enjoy.
There are many collaborators in this project. The Shiprock & Anchordog live band is Evan, Courtney, Kat, and Chris, transmitting the heart energy of the Dogs. Evan works on creating comics, and publishing them here on the site, documenting the friendly actions of the Dogs. Evan and Seana run the theatre workshops, and students sign up and perform every year, embodying the spirit of the Dogs.
I'm really happy to report that our big summer show was successfully staged in August 2018. I'm now writing a new story for 2019, called SHIPROCK & ANCHORDOG: ORIGINS. It will chronicle the early days of puppy Shiprock and puppy Anchordog. I’m working with my longtime collaborator Seana on the project, which will be our ninth annual rock opera workshop and performance. Reserve a space for 2019 for your student anytime through our contact form!
SOME SHIPROCK & ANCHORDOG BACKSTORY:
I met Shiprock and Anchordog about ten years ago by chance, while I was in college. I was on break at work and was getting a bite to eat when I saw two dogs and asked to pet them.
The dogs were accompanied by a man named Kiini. He told me all about how he found Shiprock and Anchordog in the Southwest desert on the Navajo reservation and took them in. Shiprock is named after the sacred Navajo monument, and Anchordog is the anchor that holds the group together.
After hearing their story from their human companion, they stayed in my head. I began writing and singing about the dogs' adventures. I wanted to create a series of musicals, like a set of storybooks.
Kiini knows about the project and is very pleased with it, and has stated that the energy of the dogs is flowing through our music. He has attended our live performances and has even brought Shiprock and Anchordog, the real dogs themselves, to see several shows!
A timeline of the Shiprock & Anchordog project shows that we've had a lot of collaborators. We like to get as many people involved as possible, and since the project is multimedia, there are a lot of ways to take part.
In the fall of 2010, my good friend Lolo and I performed a musical story about Shiprock & Anchordog at a small venue in Turner's Falls, Massachusetts. Jackie, a local director, saw the show and wanted to turn it into a musical. In early 2011 with assistant director Sasha, we held a weekly after-school drama workshop at the Hilltown Charter School and rehearsed with a group of students. Then we staged a rock opera in May. Lolo and I played the backing music. Later in 2011 I teamed up with a group of producers and musicians to turn that musical into a rock opera album with music and skits. Local kids provided the voices of the characters in the story. In May 2012 I released the first Shiprock & Anchordog album on CD.
In June 2012 I held a new drama workshop and staged the sequel to the our adventure musical. We called it "Shiprock and Anchordog Include Everyone" and it included new songs as well as old, and 20 kids acting, singing and dancing. I worked with a large band to perform the music. In the fall I recruited local filmmaker Lindsay and her team to create a music video for the song "Blueberries."
In early 2013 I released a Shiprock & Anchordog single produced by local music wiz Josh, called “I’m Just Like You”, which featured awesome musicians Andrea, Jesse, and Jeff. In the spring I teamed up with my old friend Greg and began the Shiprock & Anchordog comic book series. I stayed at Stone Soup Farm for two more workshops that summer and staged two productions of a rock opera called "Shiprock and Anchordog and the Monster Problem". Both rock opera productions featured large groups of kids acting, singing, and dancing, with live bands playing the backing music in the barn at Stone Soup.
In April 2014 Greg and I released the first Shiprock & Anchordog comic. In the summer Seana and I staged a new summer rock opera show called “Shiprock & Anchordog Meet the Dinosaurs”. Courtney and I performed in the new Dinosaur rock opera as the backing music duo, with electronic beats. Late in 2014 I built this website, revamping the old website.
2015 brought us a successful crowdfunding campaign by mid-year, and we released our new crowdfunded rock opera album "Include Everyone" in December. I recorded and mixed the album myself and sampled crowdsourced voiceover phone recordings from over 30 fans. Our summer rock opera show was called “Shiprock & Anchordog in Space” and featured a group of local children acting, singing and dancing while Courtney and I led the music performances over electronic beats.
In 2016 I released a new comic with my old friend Andrew. I storyboarded the comic, and then Andrew did everything else: the drawing, inking, coloring, and lettering. Seana and I staged a new rock opera about interdimensional travel, “Shiprock & Anchordog in Hyperspace”, with a group of local kids and a live rock band. Throughout 2016, Courtney and I performed lots of engaging duo shows.
In 2017 Seana and I staged "Shiprock & Anchordog Get Energized", our 7th summer rock opera, at the Hilltown Charter School, a new venue for us. The show featured a live rock band and another big group of local kids performing. Mimi and Sophie had vocal showcases in the show, backed by a full rock band. Courtney and I began performing live shows with Kat and Chris, who round out the band nicely as a quartet.
2018 is proving to be a great year for Shiprock & Anchordog. We have our ninth rock musical in the works, plus our third album, and our fourth comic book, and we have a solid line-up in our live band. So there's a lot to look forward to...
"My daughter has been obsessed with the Shiprock & Anchordog album since we got it. We've been listening to certain tracks on repeat for literally hours at a time. She has changed her name to Cari, for now." - J. T.
"Shiprock & Anchordog isn't flashy or loud; it's gentle and sweet and engaging. It's testament to the fact that kids absolutely can appreciate subtle storytelling when it comes from a place of authenticity. It'll be fun to see what they do next." - Bill Childs, of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child