Next-Door Neighbor

The Vestibule
By Tara Seibel

Introducing: “Night of the Black Chrysanthemum by Michele Carlo & Rick Parker

May 6th, 2009 by Larry Smith

The 28th installment of Next-Door Neighbor, SMITH Magazine’s true-life webcomic anthology, is a very special one: it’s written by a reader. Brooklyn native Michele Carlo’s story, “Night of the Black Chrysanthemum” was the winner of our “What’s Your Neighbor Story?” contest. Last fall, storytelling legend Harvey Pekar (an NDN contributor himself) chose Carlo’s intense and funny tale of her family’s voodoo feud in the Bronx as the top reader story. “My family had been the first Latin family to move into our apartment building,” Carlo writes. “So when two other Latin families finally moved in on either side of us, we thought we’d have allies. We were wrong.” Paired with veteran artist Rick Parker, Carlo’s story unleashes a raw, delicious energy that could only be set in New York in 1979. For more on the amazing Michele Carlo, a Brooklyn native a storyteller about town, visit her site.

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