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Which You?

by Chris Miskiewicz

“I’m very old fashioned for a bisexual polyamorous girl,” she said as I lit a cigarette, which was an odd thing to do since I don’t smoke. “Well that’s very interesting, but I’m afraid that we’re out of time. I have another appointment down the block at three.” Her smile dropped some of its [...]

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The Artists’ Colony

by Dean Haspiel

  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sitting at the head of a long dinner table at the mansion until I was granted a second residency at the legendary artists colony in upstate New York. It wasn’t because I demanded an audience or that the seat positioned me in a way to judge my [...]

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Wrestling With Big Fat Freddy

by Seth Kushner

When I was in junior high, I was obsessed with professional wrestling.  I was finally interested in something the “cool” kids were into, but casual interest has never been my way, so I became a “wrestling nerd.” While the well-adjusted were content to simply watch wrestling on Saturday morning TV, I had to subscribe to [...]

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Howard Chaykin’s Blush

by Dean Haspiel

I witnessed Howard Chaykin blush once. Of course, that doesn’t mean anything to people who don’t know Howard. So, it’s good to know a few things about the man. Howard is an upright citizen that leans left and expresses himself with intimidating clarity and authority and is uber-self aware and confident of his virtues and [...]

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Wear Your Hoodie To Work

by Zach Chassler

The first time the Trayvon Martin story hit me hard was when I heard it on FOX News. Before then, I only knew the basics: another unarmed Black kid had been shot dead by someone who thought he was carrying a weapon when in fact all he was packing was something harmless – in this [...]

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Carrying the Superhero Torch

by Dean Haspiel

The ancient Greeks had their angry gods of wit, strength, speed, lightning bolts and betrayal, and the Norse had their bastion of immortals wielding swords, shields, hammers, lightning and lies, too. Moralistic mythologies that were, arguably, superhero stories for all ages. It wasn’t until 1938 that America gave birth to its first sustainable superhero when [...]

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ANATOMY OF A COVER: FORCE FIELD FOTOCOMIX

by Seth Kushner

When I was compiling and creating my photocomics for my first self-published anthology, FORCE FIELD FOTOCOMIX VOL.01, I knew I had to have a striking cover.  I got to thinking about doing an homage to things I like, but filtering it through my own aesthetic, of course. I keep a folder on my Macbook desktop [...]

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LOAD Comix 2013

by Dean Haspiel

NOTE: Please allow a minute for the gallery of comix to populate above (which you can click thru using the left & right arrows or just click on the actual images). Meanwhile, enjoy the historical recollections below. Thanks! “Dusting off lost lampoons” by Dean Haspiel It was on Facebook that I discovered a SUNY Purchase [...]

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SCHMUCK DIARIES: ADULT COSTUMES

by Seth Kushner

I like Banana Republic. I like how they display their items in just such a way as to cue me in to what’s “cool” and “in style.”  I’m not one for digging through racks of clothing trying to figure out what I like.  I also appreciate that everything there seems cut to fit thin guys [...]

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It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s a review of “It’s Superman!”

by Guest Contributor

Comics history is full of all types of weird things: bizarre comics, bizarre behind-the-scenes stories and (every once in a while) something like It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman! Staged on Broadway in March, 1966, and other than the original Broadway cast recording and a dismal ‘70s TV special, It’s Superman! has mostly become memories [...]

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ANATOMY OF A PHOTOCOMIC

by Seth Kushner

Making a photocomic is a unique process in that it starts with an idea, then a script, then it becomes a photoshoot and finally a Photoshop session, or more accurately, many Photoshop sessions. The idea for my new photocomic, “The Hall of Just Us,” sprung from a script Dean Haspiel wrote.  Dean had a superheros-in-a-bar [...]

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SCHMUCK DIARIES: NEUROTIC CINEMA

by Seth Kushner

Across the table from me was Ami, a pretty Asian singer/songwriter with dyed blue hair and blue contacts.  We sat at a small table, approximately six inches from the tables on either side of us, at a small restaurant in the East Village, which if it were a tad larger could be considered “intimate.” The [...]

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