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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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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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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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Mark Hamill Changed My Life

by Seth Kushner

A cloaked figure entered the second floor Times Square location of Midtown comics. He glided over to the front counter and waved his finger at the clerk. “You will take me to the photographer now.” That’s how I like to remember Mark Hamill’s entrance. In actuality, it was a middle-aged guy in a leather jacket […]

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Your Schmuckiest Story Contest 2nd Place Winner

by Seth Kushner

TRIP CITY asked readers to send their schmuckiest, most happless, awkward, embarrassing and/or clumsy personal stories. After reading through all the entries, Seth Kushner (Schmuck) picked the top three which were then read by a jury comprised of Emmy Award winning cartoonist, Dean Haspiel (Bored To Death, Billy Dogma), Eisner award winning cartoonist Nick Abadzis […]

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Your Schmuckiest Story Contest 3rd Place Winner

by Guest Contributor

TRIP CITY asked readers to send their schmuckiest, most happless, awkward, embarrassing and/or clumsy personal stories.  After reading through all the entries,  Seth Kushner (Schmuck) picked the top three which were then read by a jury comprised of Emmy Award winning cartoonist, Dean Haspiel (Bored To Death, Billy Dogma), Eisner award winning cartoonist Nick Abadzis […]

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The intersection of 22nd and 3rd

by Guest Contributor

Walking in my new work neighborhood near Gramercy Park, I saw a ruckus in front of me. At first I thought it was just kids horsing around. Then as I got closer I saw people milling around in the street. Cars weren’t moving. Then a man next to me cried out ‘Why? Why?’ In my […]

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