SO BUTTONS: INTREPID

By Guest Contributor

So… it’s serendipitous timing that with the added attention towards the Space Shuttle Enterprise landing at NYC’s The Intrepid, that I bring you my own piece of Intrepid history.

It’s possible that this was my favorite story for a long time.  It was at least the most serious and heartfelt that I didn’t try to cockblock with some kind of forced joke at the end.

Artist Tim Ogline was the guy that brought my comics to the Wild River Review, where “So… Racist” was first published. A great artist in his own right, Tim’s style reminds me of one of my favorites, Bernie Mireault.  Particularly the color.  Just compare the black and white linework to the finished.

Beautiful! (Tim even worked at Comico where Bernie had some of his work published.)

My uncle’s an amazing art lover and self-taught artist himself and in a bit of faux-tobiography magic, a conversation that actually happened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art near the Temple of Dendur (“Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash”) was replaced with being on the deck of the Intrepid itself.  His tale of his return trip to the Intrepid was so vivid and alive that I felt like I was there as he told it.

This story has had a little life of its own post-publishing.  It appeared in a Rutgers University syllabus on Graphic Narrative.

And it was also awarded Second Place in the Philadelphia Sketch Club Art of Sequential show! Congrats to Tim!

-Jonathan Baylis

Before Jonathan Baylis wrote auto-bio comics, he interned at Marvel Comics, Valiant/Acclaim Comics, and was an Associate Editor at Topps Comics. His comics have been published locally in New York City in Free Comics NYC, The Comical Magazine, & The Comedians Magazine. “So… Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China” was the first comic story to be published in The Florida Review. His first fiction story with David Beyer was published by Arcana Press in Dark Horrors 2. Jonathan & T.J. have two-pagers that were published in the Random House/Three Rivers press collection edited by Julia Wertz, “I Saw You… Missed Connections”, as well as Poseur Ink’s “Side B: The Music Lover’s Comic Anthology”.

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This story and more can be found in So Buttons #2 and can be ordered at http://sobuttons.com/ordering.html

P.S. – That baseball cap I’m wearing is for the New York Knights, the team that Redford’s character Roy Hobbes played for in “The Natural”.  I worked for the real Redford at Sundance Channel.  But that’s another story!