Issue #5 has four stories on a theme of Hard Work. Andy Warner returns with a story about sex workers in San Francisco fighting to change their legal status. Emi Gennis takes us back with her historical comic about the Radium Girls of the 1930s. Erik Thurman and Editor Josh Kramer round out the issue with two shorter stories about the hard work of South Korean coffee shops and a cookies food truck, respectively. (For mature audiences only.)
Issue #4 is the first truly themed issue. Five stories stories on a theme of Distress. New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee brings us a story about rattlesnakes called Rattled!, that is the first really funny comic we’ve ever had. Colin Tedford’s has The Story of Jake Tuesday about men who dance with bells on their legs. Still, each comic is about adversity and what triumphing over that actually looks like in the real world. Josh Kramer discovers how some in D.C.’s suburbs deal with the aftermath of June’s destructive storm in Derecho? Darryl Holliday and E. N. Rodriguez are back to tell us about those being deported in from the U.S. in Night Watch, and Jess Ruliffson’s featured story Bethesda introduces us to one of one of our country’s wounded warriors.
Issue #3 is an exploration of true urban stories. First, Darryl Holliday and Erik Nelson Rodriguez take us inside Chicago’s Cook County Jail and show us a very different kind of courthouse wedding in Wedlock: Love and Marriage in The Cook County Jail. Then, Ethan Leners interviews an art student who has something to say, in her own words, about choosing to express one’s self in Julia Vericella: The Girl Who Plays Solitaire. Editor Josh Kramer makes a brief appearance in Two Years Without Plastic Bags with a piece on Washington D.C.’s plastic bag law and the lady who enforces it. Finally, join featured cartoonist and cover artist Andy Warner in The Man Who Built Beirut, as he seeks to unravel the myth of asassinated lebonese billionare-politician Rafik Harari.
Issue #2 is the first anthology issue. Editor Josh Kramer concludes Fly by Night, the ski jumping story from the first issue and briefly salutes teenagers about to rock in School's IN for Summer. Bill Volk contributes 'Arn, an interview piece about the changing legacy of The Pittsburgh Brewing Company. Finally, Center for Cartoon Studies co-founder James Sturm and Katherine Roy have a lengthy excerpt of Honk and Wave, where they show what it means to run for Governor in a state like Vermont.
Issue #1 features two non-fiction stories. Both were reported and drawn by Editor Josh Kramer in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Fly By Night, Part One follows a high school ski jumping team through their season. Bittersweets & Bittersharps is the story of Steve Wood, an apple farmer who reinvented his orchards to make hard apple cider. Rounding it off is a one-page color story on local Ice Fishing.
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