34 Responses

  1. josh

    Poetry - of words and images. Excellent piece, Mike. Wyckoff sounds like a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t wanna live there

  2. Kevin Colden

    Yes - excellent as always. Great mood of impending doom.

    “Nihilism Keeps Me Awake” should be the name of your autobiography.

  3. Simon Fraser

    As Sartre said “There’s no need for red-hot pokers. Hell is … other people!”

    I like the raggedy line, the fragmenting edges and the way that your character doesn’t ask for sympathy. Your characters never do.

  4. April Isaacs

    Hey Fiffe: I think you capture the unwholesomeness – and infinitude – of a sleepless night really well and in only a few screens. It’s a collective feeling, too. You kind of experience everyone’s anxiety and despair.

    Never lived on Wyckoff, but I’ve certainly had similar nights in other neighborhoods.

    molto bene! And thanks for sharing the link!

  5. Federica

    yes… I want the mouse-pet back too :( … Very nice work ;)

  6. Pedro Camargo

    Wow. Although I think I’ve seen this before, maybe it was just thumbnails or pencils, I feel like I hadn’t seen it completed until now, it looks very different from how I remember it, and I think I’d remember more clearly considering this is now one of my favorite comics by you. I love the experimental, very poetic stream of images and words, it feels very much like some kind of rambling by some worn out beat poet who’s just sick of everything, yet somehow finds a way to turn that filth into something beautifully sad, I don’t know. Love everything about it. ai, que liiiiindo.

  7. Barbara

    What a night of horror. Don’t spend too many like that! Love the pencil work. Mazel tov!

  8. Wood

    Great work as always, Mr Fiffe !

  9. Jim D.

    Love it, love it, love it…

  10. Michel Fiffe

    Thanks, guys! Although many other nights were anxiety ridden, this was always a stand out. I can almost write books about that place alone, but I’ve already made a few attempts to document some other Wyckoff St. highlights:

    “Super vs Landlord”: http://act-i-vate.com/37-1-3.comic
    “My Super”: http://act-i-vate.com/37-1-10.comic

  11. Steve Fuentes

    So great. Do your comics come intravenously? Maybe it’s a good idea.

  12. Tim Hamilton

    I wasn’t going to read this because I read it already back when you first did it. But after the first screen, I was sucked into it and read the whole thing again like it was brand new.

    I think I’ll read it every Christmas from now on.

    It has a heart warming coldness to it.
    Thumbs up.

  13. kat

    this seemed like such an artistic jump for you at the time. it’s great to see now how seamlessly you’ve integrated these new successful elements into all of your work that has followed. i LOVE the extra cartoonishness you use to portray the more sinister parts of the story. it really commands attention, without bringing in any unnecessary melodrama. beautiful, beautiful work!

    this almost makes me nostalgic for that place. almost.

  14. Elizabeth Genco

    That first screen is a doozy. I hate it when the mouse gets it!

    Very well done, darling. xoxo

  15. jahfurry

    g’dammm. that’s one tight real/surreal toenibblish tale! I don’t know if my soul could recover so easy from such a nibble. heebiejeebies!

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  17. alicia

    yo bups!! i remember that apt. and the trumpet player. i love this one. its familar and funny and great. miss you.

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