ACT-I-VATE 1-year anniversary party

This Thursday, Feb. 1:

Come celebrate one full year of free web comix at their best… with your favorite ACT-I-VATErs!

Village Pourhouse
64 Third Avenue (corner of East 11th Street)
NYC

open bar 6–7 p.m.

A.D. mentioned on The Gothamist

SMITH Comics Editor and all-around man-about-town Jeff Newelt (AKA JahFurry) is profiled/interviewed by The Gothamist, where he waxes rhetorical about A.D.

“Lionel’s Lament” appearing Monday-Friday on ACT-I-VATE

Starting today, man_size & I will begin serializing “Lionel’s Lament,” our unique two-man narrative corpse, on ACT-I-VATE. A new strip appears daily, Monday-Friday, as man-size & I trade episodes in the life of a frankly pathetic young man. Check it out now…

Gesundheit!

Recently I’ve been experimenting with a new sneeze. I’ve never liked the traditional “Aaaaa-chooo” type of sneeze — it always felt like it went on too long, called too much attention to the sneezer, and was very wet. Most of all, I didn’t like the extended loss of control feel of that kind of sneeze. (Plus, I met this woman a while ago who, when she sneezed, she screamed. Not a cute little scream, but a long, loud, piercing scream that made everyone look at her in alarm. And she had the nerve to act like it was a normal sneeze, no big deal, like, “What the hell are you looking at?”)

So over the last year or so, I’ve been working on a new sneeze. It’s much more controlled and efficient, and doesn’t call as much attention to itself. Basically, I’ve trained myself to hold the “Aaaaa…” part inside (maybe with a slight unfocusing of the eyes), and then let loose with a short, sharp “choo.” It’s quick, and seems cleaner (less wet) than the traditional sneeze. I’m quite pleased with it.

The only problem with this new sneeze is that most people don’t recognize it as such — no one ever says “Bless you” when I let one loose. Not even Sari. So the other day I asked her about it, and she confessed she didn’t know what it was that had happened to me. Like she thought it was a cough or something. So I explained that it was indeed a new sneeze I had invented. Instead of congratulating me, however, she refuses to endorse my new creation. She still won’t give me the common courtesy of a simple “gesundheit”. She just thinks it’s “weird”.

Why is it “weird” to buck convention? Where is it written that we all have to go “Aaaa-chooo”?

Oh well, all of our great ideas were scoffed at at first. But eventually the rest of the world catches up. I can be patient. Because my new invention is nothing to sneeze at.

“A.D.” Prologue Part I

A.D.: New Orleans After the DelugeFresh from our trip to NOLA, we’ve posted the initial foray into the A.D. experience. It’s part I of the prologue, titled “In The Beginning…”, documenting Hurricane Katrina as it builds from a tropical storm in the Bahamas and moves inexorably toward New Orleans. Check it out over at SMITH.

I hope to post the second part of the prologue in a couple of weeks, with chapter 1 — and the introduction of our five central characters — to follow within a month.

A.D. Launches on SMITH

My new project, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, debuts on SMITH Magazine this week (which is also Smith’s one-year anniversary). Following (belatedly) in the footsteps of Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman’s critically acclaimed Shooting War, A.D. is about Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the lives of five real New Orleans residents. A.D. will also deal with the effect of the storm on other regions, such as Biloxi, in the parts of the project dealing with my personal experiences as a Red Cross volunteer. This is my most research-heavy project ever, and is going to be a major focus of my time for the next six months (at least). I plan on putting up a new chapter at least once a month, and hopefully more often than that. And it’ll all be free for viewing at SMITH.

Flyin’ to New Orleans

I’m getting excited about my next project, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, which debuts on SMITH Magazine this weekend (which is also Smith’s one-year anniversary). Following (belatedly) in the footsteps of Anthony Lappé and dangoldman‘s critically acclaimed (and justifiably so!) Shooting War, A.D. is about Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the lives of five real New Orleans residents.

I’ll also be dealing with the effect of the storm on other regions, such as Biloxi, in the parts of the project dealing with my personal experiences as a Red Cross volunteer.

This is my most research-heavy project ever, and is going to be a major focus of my time for the next six months (at least). I plan on putting up a new chapter at least once a month, and hopefully more often than that. And it’ll all be free for viewing at SMITH.

As part of the research, I’ll be visiting New Orleans this weekend (along with A.D. editor/SMITH founder Larry Smith), where we’ll meet with the characters from the project, tour around a bit, and take lots of photos. This’ll be the first time I’ll be visting NOLA since shortly after the hurricane, when I came through just for an afternoon.

We’ll have the good fortune to be put up right in the French Quarter, in the guest-house of one of our subjects, a doctor and local NOLA character. And dinner at Galatoire’s is on the agenda!

Should be quite a trip.

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