Hello and welcome! My name is Evan, and I made this website. This site is a resource for anyone interested in learning about the adventures of Shiprock & Anchordog. The two dogs travel together across magical landscapes, and make many friends as they go.

Here’s the cover of issue 3 of the Shiprock and Anchordog comic series

Here’s the cover of issue 3 of the Shiprock and Anchordog comic series

Shiprock and Anchordog learn and convey lessons about love, compassion, friendship, and community. They are teachers and adventurers and true friends.

This site and all of its contents are free and intended for all ages. Everything here is independently created, produced and published by Shiprock and Anchordog and friends. You will find no ads or sponsorships, since we own this web platform and all its content, and since the dogs have no masters. This virtual world is for everyone to expand and enjoy.

Shiprock & Anchordog: Kindred Spirits  by Barbara Johnson. My mom painted  Shiprock & Anchordog  because she loves to support the project.

Shiprock & Anchordog: Kindred Spirits by Barbara Johnson. My mom painted Shiprock & Anchordog because she loves to support the project.

There are many collaborators in this project. The Shiprock & Anchordog live band is Evan, Courtney and Kat, transmitting the compassionate 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 theatre workshops, and students sign up and perform every year, embodying the adventurous spirit of the dogs.

Scene from our  first musical in 2011 ,  Shiprock & Anchordog: an Adventure Musical for All Ages.

Scene from our first musical in 2011, Shiprock & Anchordog: an Adventure Musical for All Ages.

Courtney and Evan performing as Shiprock & Anchordog

Courtney and Evan performing as Shiprock & Anchordog

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.

Lindsay Van Dyke creating the "Blueberries" music video in 2012

Lindsay Van Dyke creating the "Blueberries" music video in 2012

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.

Performing in the 2012 musical

Performing in the 2012 musical

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/farmer, saw the show and wanted to turn it into an adventure musical about food security.

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 called Shiprock & Anchordog: an Adventure Musical for All Ages. Later in 2011 I teamed up with a group of keen musicians to turn that musical production into a rock opera album with music and skits. Local kids provided the voices of the characters in the story.

Scene from our first musical in 2011

Scene from our first musical in 2011

Preparing for our 2012 musical

Preparing for our 2012 musical

In May 2012 I released the first Shiprock & Anchordog musical story album. 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. 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 S&A single produced by local music wiz Josh, called “I’m Just Like You”, and 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 in the barn at Stone Soup Farm, with a live electric rock band playing the backing music . 

Courtney and Evan performing as Shiprock & Anchordog at Old 78 Farm Fest

Courtney and Evan performing as Shiprock & Anchordog at Old 78 Farm Fest

In April 2014 Greg and I released the first Shiprock & Anchordog comic to much fanfare. 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 a backing music duo, with electronic beats. Late in 2014 I built this website, revamping the old S&A website.

2015 brought us a flurry of mini-grants by mid-year, and we released our crowdfunded rock opera album Include Everyone in December. I recorded and mixed the album with sampled 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.

Courtney and Evan performing as Shiprock & Anchordog at the Eric Carle Museum

Courtney and Evan performing as Shiprock & Anchordog at the Eric Carle Museum

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 energetic acoustic shows with occasional guest musicians.

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.

In 2018 I recorded and digitally released calm, ambient Shiprock & Anchordog music on this website to ease the stress and tension of any listener and help facilitate relaxation, sleep, and meditation. Seana and I staged Shiprock & Anchordog Clean Up, our 8th summer rock opera, at the Hilltown Charter School. I finished and printed the third comic book in the S&A series, written and illustrated by me. I played lots of fun shows with Courtney and Kat. It was a year of continued successes for the Shiprock & Anchordog project.

2019 is proving to be another great year for Shiprock & Anchordog. We have our ninth annual rock musical coming right up, our third full-length album, and the fourth S&A comic book, and we have a solid line-up in our live band. So there's a lot to look forward to...

Courtney Parker and Evan Curran as Shiprock & Anchordog at Old 78 Farm Fest

Courtney Parker and Evan Curran as Shiprock & Anchordog at Old 78 Farm Fest

"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.

Evan performs in 2011

Evan performs in 2011

"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

Shiprock & Anchordog by Andrew Greenstone

Shiprock & Anchordog by Andrew Greenstone