24 Hours of Webcomics: SCHMUCK

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TweetSCHMUCK is the brain-child of pop culture man about town and award-winning photographer Seth Kushner. He sets out to tell a semi-autobiographical story  in the hands of a host of talented comic artists featuring the brutal honesty of real life when looking for love. One of the dominant themes is coming from a Jewish background, […]

Friday Art Blogging: George Jurard

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Tweet George Jurard is a versatile artist working in an indie spare-line style, often with soft, muted pastels and grey-tones in color choice. He’s currently working on a creator-owned web series, BEACON LIGHTS, for TRIP CITY, a series of “loosely interlocking stories that take place over the course of 200 years”. As you can tell, […]

INTERVIEW: OUT OF LUCK and Kentucky Derby-Chasing with Jen Ferguson

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Tweet Pop culture is a bizarre creature and often creates strange intersections in media. Brooklyn-based artist Jen Ferguson has found herself standing at a cross-roads of TV, blogging, and illustration in her projects OUT OF LUCK, based on the HBO series LUCK, and in the Triple Crown horse racing previews that she’s been asked to […]

24 Hours of Women Cartoonists: Jennifer Hayden

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Tweet Jennifer Hayden writes and draws her own comics as well as working as an illustrator, and her work appears both in webcomic form and in print. Her first full length book, UNDERWIRE, about her life experiences and family, is already out from Top Shelf, but she’s spent the past winter working relentlessly on a […]

On the Scene: NIGHT JOB Salon Gets Personal

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Tweet On March 21st 2013 at the Union Hall bar, restaurant, and music venue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, comics creator and TRIP CITY co-curator Dean Haspiel and comedian/actress Katharine Heller launched what may be the first of several salon events featuring comics, comedy, prose, and musical performances entitled “NIGHT JOB”. Though it was a new […]

REVIEW: ‘Shoot This’, FORCEFIELD FOTOCOMIX, #.01

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TweetPhotocomix are strange creatures. They look like a hybrid of a photography medium and a comics format, and when you spot them in the wild you’re never sure whether they arose as some part of a natural evolutionary process in art or if they were the result of some kind of misguided experiment, maybe even […]

On the Scene: ‘The Cartoonist in Comics’ at Housing Works with Haspiel, Fingerman, Gulledge, Young

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Tweet Autobiographical comics used to be a feature of zines and small private presses, but readers are increasingly able to follow their favorite genre of the comics medium in graphic novel editions from mainstream book publishers. There’s no doubt that the artistic appreciation for autobiography and semi-autobiographical works is on the rise, but amid commentary […]

The Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Experience with Studio YOLO

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TweetIn October of 2012, eight cartoonists spent three creatively game-changing weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida as part of a Master Artist-in-Residency program with Emmy Award winning artist and educator Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA, CUBA MY REVOLUTION). The ACA has hosted non-profit artist-in-residency programs since 1982 in various […]

On the Scene: Saving Sunny’s, the Bar at the End of the World

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Tweet On Saturday, December 1st, the Hamilton Gallery Theater in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, hosted a benefit for a Red Hook landmark, Sunny’s Bar, in attempt to help bring it back from the verge of storm-ravaged closure. Sunny’s Bar, only a short distance from the waterfront, was filled with water and sludge by Hurricane Sandy, and […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: From Seth Kushner’s Male Uterus

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TweetTRIP CITY at one year old is quite a verbal-visual-aural beast containing over 600 items of content including comics, podcasts, essays, stories, poems, and all points in between. Where does a massively productive digital arts salon go from here? This anniversary week, co-founders Chris Miskiewicz and Jeffrey Burandt have talked to us about their digital […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: Around the Digital Campfire with Dean Haspiel

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Tweet As the “Brooklyn-filtered Literary Arts Salon” TRIP CITY rounds home plate on its first year of existence, the four co-curators Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA), Seth Kushner (CulturePOP, LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS, SCHMUCK), Chris Miskiewicz (EVERYWHERE), and Jeffrey Burandt (AMERICANS UK) have agreed to be interviewed by The Beat about how this unusual multi-arts experiment came […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: Chris Miskiewicz and Jeffrey Burandt Talk Multi-Media

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Tweet It’s anniversary week for TRIP CITY, the Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon that launched digitally one year ago in November 2011 under the guidance of founding members and curators Dean Haspiel (BILLY DOGMA, BORED TO DEATH), Seth Kushner (CulturePOP, LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS, SCHMUCK), Chris Miskiewicz (EVERYWHERE), and Jeffrey Burandt (AMERICANS UK). TRIP CITY has also […]

TRIP CITY at One Year: The Shock of the New

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Tweet Disclaimer: this journalist is one of the newest additions to the TRIP CITY collective. When I first heard the name TRIP CITY, since I have lyrical turn of mind, it fired my imagination. A digital city? What might that entail? When I first visited the TRIP CITY website, I found what seemed to be […]

On the Scene: Dean Haspiel Storms Long Island

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Tweet “An Evening with Dean Haspiel”, held at the Cinema Arts Center, in Huntington Long Island on October 4th, was as much a tour of the last twenty years of comics history as a look at Haspiel’s long and varied career thus far. His immense oeuvre presented plenty of fodder for discussion, as well as […]

On the Scene: Independent Creators at Asbury Park Comic Con

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TweetBy Hannah Means-Shannon Asbury Park Comic Con wowed fans last May at it’s inaugural event with its atmospheric venue and bevy of guests who had one particular trait in common: a penchant for creator-owned projects. The founder of the con, comics creator Cliff Galbraith set out to interpret comic cons in a new light, away […]