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59 Responses

  1. Nathan Schreiber

    Grindcore felt. awesome!

  2. Ed Piskor

    Great strip. Awesome use of color. I’d love to see this on paper!

  3. Bob Fingerman

    Really great. I liked the art and verse. And who doesn’t enjoy a poetic diatribe decrying the woes of horrible neighbors?

  4. Tim Hamilton

    It’s like a Wally Wood Mad Magazine strip!
    Only, you know it rhymes…& stuff.

    Turned out real real nice thar.
    The two of you melded like Shakespeare and some
    artist what lived back…in Shakespeare times.

    It all came together!

  5. Thomas Baehr

    Oh yes, grindcore. On it’s highest level. On it’s highest level of real art.

    I saw the word already above, but what can I do: Awesome.
    Highlight!

  6. Benjamin Houston Moody

    This comic is amazing! I want a printed copy!!!!! We need more comics that follow verse. This story was woven beautifully! I feel the grind-core, a worthy weapon, best kept in the back of every ones arsenal.

  7. a leya

    so unique…loved reading this. loved the grindcore art. it’s gritty, tough, yet poetic at the same time. and ben, i agree - someone get me a printed copy of this!

  8. Shawn Kittelsen

    On my fantasy Top 10 of comic artists I want to work with before I die, Joe Infurnari ranks high. This story is just another showcase for why I, and probably most comics writers, feel that way.

    Joe and Alexis, you’ve knocked this one out of the park.

  9. Lynn

    Cool, like a combo of Will’s Eisner and Shakespeare.

  10. Debby

    LOVE IT. The drawings convey the tension and angst so beautifully and the story is - well, just a painfully accurate and hilarious account of just about everyone’s life in NYC (I myself related to the barking dog part).

    This is genius. I want MORE! Thanks for sending. :)

  11. Dan Goldman

    This is terrifically Eisneresque in the way it captures city-dweller life as well as its fauna and flora, but it’s also winking back at you from every panel like a cool uncle, making sure you’re picking up on all the yuks. Really well-done work.

  12. Adam McGovern

    Joe! Brilliant — like a Dr. Seuss classic for the disillusionments of young adulthood. The versatility of texture and the wide vocabulary of pop lore are staggering. It’s like an ominous EC comic meets the unquiet extras in the correspondence-school ads at the back of the book. In terms of technique, it seems you can dip a brush right into atmospheres and experiences — from the luminous dinge of the apartments to the rainbow fantasias of the exaggerated ordeals, supernatural next-door foes, etc. I like the architectonic device of the panels running off the edges of some pages, a nice postmodern variation on the room-as-proscenium device from Eisner. Did you see the necromantic loft-band in Jeff Parker’s “Walk-In”? I hope not, I’d like to think that such a bizarre idea can occur to different artists independently. I’m occasionally distracted by the shifts in meter, but with enough phrases like “e’en in this dry bed hope springs eternal” it’s worth it — right up there with the best of Joe Casey free-dissociation. You already knew I want to work with you, but now I need you to paint my house too!

  13. Michael Criscuolo

    Nice going, Alexis - you have quite a flair for this hardboiled grindcore. Excellent writing, as usual - I have come to expect nothing less from you. When will your next foray into comics be? Soon, I hope!

  14. Hope

    Alexis! Such great verse and it speaks to me all personal-like, I must say, especially now that I’ve lived in 3 of the 5 boros - I think I’ve encountered every last beast you conjure here. So fun to see it brought to life by the very capable Infurnari hand as well. Lady A, find yeself more comics writing opportunities tout fast!

  15. Jon Hardhat

    You know the story is quite good. It’s really the story that makes the whole strip. Not so much the drawing but the story is truly incredible. Dickensian I dare say.

  16. ant volley

    Brilliant art! Like a modern take on Wood/Eisner et al…must admit I had’nt heard of Mr. Infurnari’s before, but I’ll be sure to look out for his stuff. Thanks!

  17. JoeInfurnari.com!

    [...] has struck twice! This just in, Vs., my story written with Alexis Sottile for SMITH magazine’s Next Door Neighbor webcomics [...]

  18. Nominaciones a los premios Eisner « Comicopia

    [...] The Lady’s Murder de Eliza Frye - Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican de Elan Trinidad - Vs. de Alexis Sottile y Joe [...]

  19. 2009 Eisner Award nominees - EN World D&D / RPG News

    [...] of a Space Mexican, by Elan Trinidad, SPEAK NO EVIL Vs., by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, Vs. | Next-Door Neighbor Best Reality-Based Work Alan

  20. Digital Strips: The Webcomics Podcast

    [...] by Carla Speed McNeil The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye Speak No Evil, by Elan Trinidad Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe [...]

  21. » Blog Archive » 2009 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

    [...] Bodyworld, by Dash Shaw, http://www.dashshaw.com Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil, http://www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/ The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye, http://theladysmurder.elizafrye.com Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican, by Elan Trinidad, http://www.theoryofeverythingcomics.com/SNE/ Vs., by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneig…2/08/story-18/ [...]

  22. Lisa Ferber

    Alexis, congratulations. This is so true, so true so true.

  23. Iain’s blog » Blog Archive » Comics Talk: The 2009 Eisner Award Nominees Are…

    [...] Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneighbor/2008/12/08/story-18/ [...]

  24. The 2009 Eisner Nominees for Best Digital Comic « The Webcomic Overlook

    [...] Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari [...]

  25. The 2009 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees | TwelveFingers

    [...] * Bodyworld, by Dash Shaw, http://www.dashshaw.com * Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil, http://www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/ * The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye, theladysmurder.elizafrye.com * Speak No Evil, by Elan Trinidad, http://www.theoryofeverythingcomics.com/SNE/ | Mirror Site * Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneighbor/2008/12/08/story-18/ [...]

  26. Eisner Award 2009 « samuel kissemberg

    [...] de Carla Speed McNeil The Lady’s Murder, de Eliza Frye Speak No Evil, de Elan Trinidad Vs., de Alexis Sottile & Joe [...]

  27. 2009 Will Eisner nominees announced | The Daily Cartoonist

    [...] Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneighbor/2008/12/08/story-18/ [...]

  28. Nominaciones a los Premios Eisner 2009 » Fondeblog

    [...] Lady’s Murder, de Eliza Frye - Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican, de Elan Trinidad - Vs., de Alexis Sottile y Joe [...]

  29. Nominaciones a los premios Eisner 2009 | Es la hora de las tortas!!!

    [...] - Bodyworld, de Dash Shaw, http://www.dashshaw.com - Finder, de Carla Speed McNeil, http://www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/ - The Lady’s Murder, de Eliza Frye, theladysmurder.elizafrye.com - Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican, de Elan Trinidad, http://www.theoryofeverythingcomics.com/SNE/ - Vs., de Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneighbor/2008/12/08/story-18/ [...]

  30. Ross

    No disrespect to all other artists (because this entire series has been amazing)… but this has got to be one of the best on here, colours? Beautiful… writing? Amazing!!! Top class!

  31. josh

    Yeah, this is definitely one of the best N-D-N’s in the entire series. Top-notch story/verse and art/colors

  32. Eisner Watch, Pt. 2: The Lady’s Murder, Speak No Evil, Vs. « The Webcomic Overlook

    [...] Vs., by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari [...]

  33. JoeInfurnari.com!

    [...] Sottile on their Eisner nomination (think Academy Awards for comics) for Best Digital Comic for “Vs.,” their virtuoso contribution to Next-Door Neighbor, SMITH’s truelife webcomic anthology, edited by [...]

  34. Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment » Slash Print | Following the digital evolution

    [...] Joe Infurnari, creator of The Transmigration of Ultra-lad and the Next-Door Neighbor story “Vs.” Joe’s also annotating “Vs.” over at [...]

  35. Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Webcomics: the end of actual work?

    [...] Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, [...]

  36. Chris Miskiewicz

    This rules.

  37. Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment » Unbound: Reconsidering the Eisners

    [...] Vs., by Joe Infurnari and Alexis Sottile : This short story has a few clever, if not entirely original, conceits: Typical New York types are transformed into imaginary animals and torment the narrator with their noisy lifestyles. The art is expressive and dynamic—it reminded me strongly of Mad’s Dave Berg—and color is thoughtfully and sparingly applied. On the downside, it’s in rhyme—well done, but not to my taste, I’m afraid. This is part of a continuing series hosted by Smith Magazine. It’s easy to navigate, the comic is formatted for the screen, and there is a spot for readers to comment. The color looks better on the screen than it would on paper, but other than that, there’s no need for this to be a webcomic. [...]

  38. JoeInfurnari.com!

    [...] Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, smithmag.net/nextdoorneighbor/2008/12/08/story-18/ [...]

  39. Eisner Awards Results «

    [...] Best Lettering * Farel Dalrymple, Omega: The Unknown (Marvel) * Jimmy Gownley, Amelia Rules! (Renaissance) * Scott Morse, Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! (Red Window) * Nate Powell, Swallow Me Whole (Top Shelf) * Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #19 (Acme) Best Digital Comic * Bodyworld, by Dash Shaw, http://www.dashshaw.com * Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil, http://www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/ * The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye, theladysmurder.elizafrye.com * Speak No Evil, by Elan Trinidad, http://www.theoryofeverythingcomics.com/SNE/ | Mirror Site * Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneig…2/08/story-18/ [...]

  40. Eisner Awards 2009 - Videogiochi :: Gamesource.it Forum

    [...] No Evil, by Elan Trinidad, Speak No Evil | Mirror Site Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, Vs. | Next-Door Neighbor Best Reality-Based Work VINCITORE: What It Is, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly) Alan’s War, [...]

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  47. The PullBox : 2009 Eisner Awards nominees

    [...] Best Digital Comic Bodyworld, by Dash Shaw, http://www.dashshaw.com Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil, http://www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/ The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye, http://theladysmurder.elizafrye.com Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican, by Elan Trinidad, http://www.theoryofeverythingcomics.com/SNE/ Vs., by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneig…2/08/story-18/ [...]

  48. Eisner Award Nominierungen für 2009 | Spoiler Alert

    [...] Best Digital ComicBodyworld, by Dash Shaw, http://www.dashshaw.comFinder, by Carla Speed McNeil, http://www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye, http://theladysmurder.elizafrye.comSpeak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican, by Elan Trinidad, http://www.theoryofeverythingcomics.com/SNE/Vs., by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneig…2/08/story-18/ [...]

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  54. The 2009 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees | Hero Spy

    [...] * Bodyworld, by Dash Shaw, http://www.dashshaw.com * Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil, http://www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/ * The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye, theladysmurder.elizafrye.com * Speak No Evil, by Elan Trinidad, http://www.theoryofeverythingcomics.com/SNE/ * Vs. by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari, http://www.smithmag.net/nextdoorneighbor/2008/12/08/story-18/ [...]

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