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bertozzi.jpgNick Bertozzi grew up in and around Providence, Rhode Island, has lived in Philadelphia and Madrid and currently lives in Queens, NY, with his wife and daughter. He received a Xeric Grant and multiple Harvey Awards and Ignatz Awards for his smart and human cartooning. He is the author of The Salon, a graphic novel about Picasso, the discovery of Cubism, and magical absinthe from St Martin's Press. He collaborated with Jason Lutes on the graphic novel Houdini: The Handcuff King for Hyperion. He's hard at work on the cartoon biography of Lenny Bruce for Houghton-Mifflin, written by Harvey Pekar, as well as, drawing Glen (the Colbert Report) Eichler's Stuffed! for First/Second. You can read his ongoing sci-fi/fantasy cartoon, Persimmon Cup, for free every week at ACT-I-VATE. And for the past several years he has been teaching cartooning at NYC's School of Visual Arts and has also taught at RISD. ames.jpgJonathan Ames is the author of I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, Wake Up, Sir!, and I Love You More Than You Know. His graphic novel, The Alcoholic, with art by Dean Haspiel, will be published by DC Comics in September 2008 and a new collection of essays and fiction, The Double Life is Twice As Good, will come out in 2009. In addition to writing, Mr. Ames has had two amateur boxing matches fighting as "The Herring Wonder" and his record is 1-1. His web site is www.jonathanames.com
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34 Responses

  1. josh

    Love it! Ames & Bertozzi make GREAT collaborators - which isn’t surprising if you think of their individual styles & subject matters. I loved all the little details, textual and visual, which augment and never duplicate each other. And I actually laughed out loud at the thought of pugilist Ames screaming for help, scared of a cockroach! Excellent debut for Haspiel’s N-D-N anthology.

  2. Tim Hamilton

    Awsome teaming of Ames and Bertozzi.
    Ames should do a comic just about his hair.

  3. Jim D.

    This is sweet! Nice work, gennulmen.

  4. Jeanette Cheezum

    I guess in a set up like that, you can cook or wash your buns
    in the area.

  5. Simon Fraser

    Always good to see more Bertozzi and Ames. Together is even better. Looking forward to The Alcoholic.

  6. jahfurry

    wow, this teamup in concept was killer, and its execution is uberdooperkiller! the last panel kills me.

  7. dangoldman

    Slick work, boys… Bertozzi gives great Ames!
    An auspicious beginning to the NDN series indeed…

  8. Ed Piskor

    This strip is a fantastic opener. A great story to set the pace.

  9. Thomas Baehr

    Well - I just love it. Period.

  10. Al Garcia

    Well, the story is great and I like that scary atmosphere… but I think the quality of drawing and inking has nothing to do with the one I saw in The Salon… It really dissappoints me

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  12. katie

    good as always, nick!

  13. Gloria Karimian

    I could definitely relate to this on so many levels…good stuff!!

  14. ant volley

    The whole baseball-bat sequence is FANTASDTIC! The story is pretty good, but for me it’s the art that does it. The Salon is fucking fabulous too.

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    Занятно. А информацию не с ЖЖ случайно взяли? :)

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  20. John

    It was a great strip thanks for the work.

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    I really enjoyed the strip it was a lot of effort thank you.

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