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Jen Ferguson’s Race Horses + Railbirds

by Dean Haspiel

I’ve had the honor of knowing Jen Ferguson for over 20-years. I first met her when I was a waiter in Soho, NY at Nick & Eddie restaurant while on my journey to becoming a professional cartoonist and she a painter. I had the pleasure of dabbling with her on impromptu collaborations, late night bar […]

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The Florida Canal

by Chris Miskiewicz

  After going through one of the longest trials in American history, the Supreme Court passed a verdict based on the overwhelming data that the current state of America’s collective intelligence, and economic demise, as well as its inevitable bankruptcy due to the it’s 100 Trillion Dollar deficit owed to China, was in fact the […]

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Firewater and Pixie Dust

by Guest Contributor

If she thought about it, the whole affair with David had started in Sophie’s Bar on a sweltering July night and died somewhere on the way to the no-name pub on the first evening that tasted of Fall: They spanned only one season, and more bar nights than she meant to. She’d sworn off meeting […]

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HANG TEN

by Jef UK

A young man with scruffy cheeks and chin-length hair told me to hang ten today. He was what I can only describe as the surfer type, with matching attire as you might imagine. When I got home, I did exactly as he instructed: I hung ten. After hanging the first five, I admit my satisfaction. […]

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Are We Journalists? Expanding the scope of Autobio Comix

by Hannah Means-Shannon

At the Small Press Expo last autumn, in a panel about the role of place and landscape in comics, the word “journalistic” popped up in discussion several times to describe the ways in which a cartoonist might record and commemorate the places that have had the biggest influences on their work. “Journalistic” feels like a […]

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SCHMUCK DIARIES: Unhappy New Year

by Seth Kushner

I spent Christmas alone and sick.  Alberto was out of town with his family and I was bedridden with fever.  It made my Jewish Christmas Envy even worse than usual.  I was miserable. The only thing this Grinchenstein hates more than Christmas is New Year’s Eve, or more specifically the pressure surrounding it. “What are […]

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A CHRISTMAS STORY: The Movie Revisited

by Ron Scalzo

[Yano Anaya, Ian Petrella & Scott Schwartz] “Two dollars.  I want my two dollars.”  If those 7 simple words mean anything to you, than you will enjoy what you are about to read.  You will understand. If you’re a movie nerd like me, then you’re often quoting random lines from the movies you grew up watching […]

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Save Sunny’s Bar Benefit

by Hannah Means-Shannon

When Anica Archip, Dean Haspiel, TRIP CITY, and a host of talented people turned out to make themselves heard on behalf of Sunny’s Bar, it definitely made a statement about what Brooklynites and the wider arts community holds dear. The Save Sunny’s Bar Benefit, held December 1st at the Hamilton Gallery Theater in Carroll Gardens, […]

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The Atlantic Center for the Arts: Residency #147

by Dean Haspiel

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In October, 2012, I spent three weeks as a Master Artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where I helped select, mentor, and impart comix-making wisdom […]

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Where It Goes

by Dan Goldman

Spencer Tyrell was already late for work at the Cinnabon when he killed that pigeon. His ratty Adidas pumped BMX pedals all the way up the boardwalk back to his old hood, now the upscale part of T-Beach. He squinted into the salty breeze, dodging open cracks where the sun baked open the asphalt like […]

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Last Night at Sunny’s

by Chris Miskiewicz

Last night the wind was so strong outside of Sunny’s as it whipped off the bay. A building has to have something to it to take that much spirit in the face so often. That constant force, unending, coming straight from the sea. I remember when we found the bar ten years ago. Red […]

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SCHMUCK DIARIES: Thanksfornothing Dinner

by Seth Kushner

It was Thanksgiving at my mother’s house.  In attendance were: my mom, my second cousin David, my friend/roommate Alberto, and myself. I remember when I was a kid and we had huge Thanksgiving dinners at our house.  My sepia toned memories of those dinners are of my grandparents,  aunts and uncles and cousins, my father, […]

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