“SCHMUCK has a heart underneath its gritty crude input from main character Adam Kessler’s friends, a belief that love will find you in the end.”– Hannah Means Shannon, The Beat “While SCHMUCK is packed with humorous anecdotes I feel that the relate-ability of this book is the most powerful aspect of it.” – Justin […]
Omar Angulo is an illustrator, designer and noise maker documentarian. His art is a graphic combination of mark making, music, comics, film and design. Since the 1990’s he has collaborated with artists, labels, and promoters to create album art, custom packaging for punk rock and experimental music labels, and limited edition collectible art and merchandise. […]
Nick Bertozzi is the Harvey Award and Ignatz Award-winning author of LEWIS & CLARK (First Second) and THE SALON (St Martin’s Press), a graphic novel about Picasso and magical absinthe, and the upcoming SHACKLETON (First Second). He has collaborated with Jason Lutes on the cartoon-biography HOUDINI: THE HANDCUFF KING (Hyperion), and with Boaz Yakin on […]
Nathan Schreiber left the fashion industry in 2008 to focus on comics full time. His comic Power Out won a 2009 Xeric award and has been nominated for an Eisner and multiple Harvey awards. In 2012 he illustrated the New York Time’s bestseller Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, and How It […]
Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 in New Jersey. He first came to readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz award nomination in 2010. His work has appeared in the Denver alt-weekly Westword, Mad Magazine, and multiple graphic anthologies including Mome and The Best American comics 2011. His […]
Jon Allen grew up in Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn. He is currently working on the third and final part of his graphic novel, Vacationland. His comics are distributed online by Secret Acres. “SCHMUCK has a heart underneath its gritty crude input from main character Adam Kessler’s friends, a belief that love will find you […]
Read past installments of SCHMUCK Christa Cassano is a Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator who recently came into comics by way of a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Christa is a member of Hang Dai studios in Gowanus, Brooklyn and the comics collective Studio Yolo. Look for her comic “Lonesome Vibrato” in the […]
Leland Purvis is an artist and craftsman currently working in graphite and pigments on paper, using pictures to tell stories. His major works in recent years have been graphic novels, historical fiction, largely aimed at younger readers. He prefers baseball, single malt highland scotch, the speed of sailboats and the smell of horses. And he […]
Skuds Mckinley is a Professional comic book artist and Illustrator based in Doylestown Pa. His first Self Published comic work, I’ll Take You To The Moon And Leave You There Vol.1 was met with fantastic reviews and quickly sold out of print. He has designed merch and album covers for Heavy Metal and Punk bands […]
Stephen DeStefano began his career as a professional cartoonist at the age of 15. He’s drawn the comic book adventures of SpongeBob and Mickey Mouse, has been the chief licensing artist on Popeye the Sailor for 25 years, and served as a storyboard artist, voice artist and designer in television animation on the Ren and […]
George Schall: 26 years old, born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, decided to get into comics little more than two years ago. Illustrated Hector Lima’s script for Maurício de Souza Productions MSP+50 (a Monica’s Gang anthology) and self published a collection of short stories, alongside another brazilian writer, Matheus Alves, intitled Micro. Now, you […]
Read past installments SCHMUCK 1: Beer, Babes and Bowel Movements THE SCHMUCK DIARIES: Mein Roommates SCHMUCK 2: The Burning THE SCHMUCK DIARIES: The Lap-Date SCHMUCK 3: The Hook-Up THE SCHMUCK DIARIES: Writing (No) Class THE SCHMUCK DIARIES: Number 32 THE SCHMUCK DIARIES: Send in the Clones Part-1 THE SCHMUCK DIARIES: Send in the Clones Part-2 […]
About SCHMUCK Comix
“SCHMUCK has a heart underneath its gritty crude input from main character Adam Kessler’s friends, a belief that love will find you in the end.” – Hannah Means Shannon, The Beat
“While SCHMUCK is packed with humorous anecdotes I feel that the relate-ability of this book is the most powerful aspect of it.” – Justin Fah, Spandexless
“…Brutal and honest.” – Brett Schenker, Graphic Policy
Whenever Seth Kushner did anything foolish growing up, his mother would call him a “Schmuck,” that beloved Yiddish term of not-so-endearment. So, of course, it’s the title of his new comix semi-autobio on TRIP CITY, an online multimedia arts salon. Renowned for his books The Brooklynites (with Anthony LaSala) and Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (With Christopher Irving) and the webseries CulturePOP Photocomix, photographer and author Seth Kushner now throws his hat into the comics arena. SCHMUCK chronicles the period after his being dumped by a girlfriend, and the ensuing cascade of blind dates, Internet hook-ups, and comically tragic situations he endured with the hopes of finding “true love.”
SCHMUCK sheds a brutally honest light on 20-something relationships. Adam Kessler, our “hero,” is based on Kushner, ten years ago – a pop-culture-obsessed photographer torn between pleasing Mom by finding a “nice Jewish girl,” and figuring out what he really wants. His internal monologue is filled with the standard inane, perverted and self-deprecating thoughts we all have but are ashamed to admit. Meanwhile, his shit-talking, sex-obsessed Brooklyn boys stand by with their own, often wacky, advice.
SCHMUCK is an anthology series with different artists illustrating short “schmucky stories,” which can be read individually, or together to tell the complete narrative. SCHMUCK artists include; Sean Pryor (Pekar Project), Bobby Timony (Night Owls), Shamus Beyale (The Grimm Fairy Tales), Ryan Alexander-Tanner (To Teach), George Schall, (Dark Horse Presents) Nathan Schreiber (Power-Out), Leland Purvis (Resistance), Stephen DeStefano (‘MAZING MAN), Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo), Nick Bertozzi (The Salon), Jon Allen (Vacationland), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Christa Cassano, Omar Angulo and more TBA.
What to expect: heartbreak, diarrhea, painful STD removal, rejection, Kung-Fu, Natalie Portman, vomit, boobs, self-loathing, unkempt genital regions, sex with an ex, drunkenness, sexual dysfunction, depression, misogyny, and somehow, hope.
Influences on SCHMUCK include; Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, Alex Robinson’s Box Office Poison, Bob Fingerman’s Beg The Question/Minimum Wage, Dean Haspiel’s Street Code, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, works by Nick Hornby, Jonathan Ames, Woody Allen, Adrian Tomine, Jeffrey Brown, Chester Brown and Joe Matt.