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51 Responses

  1. Mike Cavallaro

    Loved it.

  2. Thomas Baehr

    Glad I’m vegetarian … Anyway, the whole thing is totally Brooklyn! And great coloring here!

  3. Jim D.

    This was really terrific. Such a classic, yet tragic weird-neighbor story. I particularly liked the convention of having the whole thing in monochrome except for Glenna. Oh, comics - is there anything you can’t do?

  4. Eric

    Wow. Great stuff!

  5. Joan Reilly

    Great story and art. My favorite panel is “Touché, Baby.” I want that on a T-shirt or something. Nathan, you did a beautiful job portraying Glenna. I love the color vs. monochromatic thing, too, and how at the end when the couple is moving out, we see Glenna’s color fading.

  6. courtney

    great story and fab artwork. Poor Glenna ;(

  7. Amy Calhoun

    Nice work! This is a well done slice of life story… many of us have had neighbors a bit like Glenna, and yes, you do miss them when they are gone! Loved the art work - esp. Glenna and her colors!

  8. Marianne

    great story and artwork… kind of sad! can definitely relate to those overbearing neighbors! love the friend with the ‘relax’ tee!

  9. Lisetter

    Great illustrations and great panel composition!

  10. Barbara Rushkoff

    this was so much fun to do. thank you so much nathan for capturing glenna so well.

  11. Nathan Schreiber

    Thanks for the story Barbara, it was a joy putting it together. And thanks everyone for the kind words!

  12. michael jay

    Great work, you two! The story and images are incredibly complimentary. Perahps, more collaboration in the future?

  13. Tim Hamilton

    I never did see this in it’s finished state.
    You fit quite a bit of story in there and did a good job of it.

    The restrained use of color worked well.

  14. jahfurry

    WOW. This was a charged somethin-else! I’m curious how the meatloaf tasted, did either of you ever try it?

  15. Barbara Rushkoff

    we never ate the meatloaf. i had shopping with glenna and knew she bought the most absolute worse cuts of meat. there was no way i was eating it! poor glenna. she meant well — when she was yelling at me, anyway.

  16. Simon Fraser

    Nice job with Glenna, the splash of colour, the mannerisms.
    I guess she left a hole when she died, which is about as much as any of us can hope for.

  17. Drizzo

    Nathan brings great artwork and storytelling as he always has even since his days on Terrell Quimby. I always look forward to his work. I agree that the color scheme is fantastic. As if this annoying neighbor brought some color to the drab and normal life of the narrator. It really is strange how we sometimes miss these familiar irritations when they are gone.

  18. Nathan Schreiber

    Barbara, good to know I wasn’t that far off when I had Glenna purchasing “Liquid Beef”

    Thanks again everybody for all the kind words!

  19. a leya

    wow, i love this. the character development was phenomenal - i was immediately sucked into the story! i have to agree with reilly - my favorite panel is “touche, baby.”

  20. Shawn

    Great story and great art. They really go hand in hand.

  21. Beth B

    Even non-New Yorkers can relate to this story. Good pacing. Liked it.

  22. shawn

    great comic, slowly taking over my memories, hope you guys do more stuff together.

  23. Ronchick

    Great job Barbara & Nathan! You really brought
    Glenna, the apartment & the meatloaf to life!
    You should definately work on another project together.
    I was actually teary eyed at the story’s end.

  24. carol zakaluk

    hi barbara and nathan,

    congratulations on a well-told, poignant story and great art. it’s a tale that can touch every apartment dweller. man, i wanted to see inside glenna’s apartment, but the hallway outside had to do. looking forward to more.

  25. B. Barnette

    Very nice little story. I especially like the illustrations!

  26. Barbara Rushkoff

    the thing is: NO ONE saw her apartment. even the super couldn’t get in (literally, it was blocked with stuff and with stuff, i mean crap) when it came time to replace the windows. i was told it took 2 dumpsters to empty her studio apartment. i knew she had great vintage stuff but i never got to see it.

  27. LAN

    There is a story behind a story here. Good work, Barbara and Nathan. I really enjoyed it.

  28. Len A.

    Great story and pics. Ahhh, apartment living.

  29. Marcy

    That was incredibly touching. I feel like an ass, because I actually got something in my eyes that made them well up a bit. Maybe the fumes off something, like a moldering meatloaf. Definitely not tears. Cranky old farts like me don’t cry over lonely old ladies.

    Much.

  30. sue

    wtf is “she had me at fibromyalgia” supposed to mean? that only batty old ladies get it?

  31. Barbara Rushkoff

    sue: i meant that glenna had gotten to me on some level bec. she was being so personal about her illness in a handwritten note to me. in the end, she did “get me” at fibromyalgia — it was the start of me caring for her in some way; the way you care about an elderly neighbor, esp. in nyc, where i think everyone wonders what will happen to them some day esp. if they are all alone.

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  34. Shirley Xu

    Very good! I love it

  35. sandra

    glenna is awesome! i like a lady who makes meatloaf. nathan, i always appreciate how you weave illustration and text for lucid storytelling. and i love the colors and textures and glenna’s funkwear.

  36. Xanadu Xero

    I’m scared to death of turning into Glenna.

    This was utterly absorbing, seamlessly funny and sad.

    Barbara - did you ever hear her show tunes?

  37. Barbara Rushkoff

    Sadly, no, we never heard her show tunes. Her speaking voice was booming though so I couldn’t imagine what her singing would be like….

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    Well it is a shame that the woman died but she seemed so lonely that may have been the best for her. She choose not to reach out and help others but become a bitch.

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    I am not sure how much is the crazy neighbor thing and how much is the perspective of a pregnant woman who takes everything to heart.

  44. Dorothy Weeks

    It was a great story and it is true that there are many older folk who pretend to be hard but really have been hurt a lot and find it easier to put up a harsh front.

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    This was a great strip and very true to life. In my hypnosis practice I help many of these people to stop holding back and enjoy life. Hypnosis is a marvelous tool to teach you how to deal with any issue.

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    That is a very accurate portrayal of life. Many older folks pretend indifference to insulate themselves from being ignored or hurt. It is a great strip and I enjoyed it.

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