Next-Door Neighbor

The Vestibule
By Tara Seibel

Introducing…Tara Seibel and a New Neighbor Story

May 21st, 2009 by Jeff Newelt

We’re pleased as a Pekar to present the perfectly imperfect, precisely imprecise, jazzily rendered work of newcomer-to-comics Tara Seibel. Harvey Pekar (of American Splendor fame) recommended Tara, a new frequent collaborator (including on an upcoming SMITH comics project) and fellow a Clevelander. She’s got a decidedly different approach to comics, equal parts designer to draftsman. “She’s doing this without preconceptions of what comics should be and doin’ things with color that I’m really diggin,” says Pekar of his protege. And we flipped too from her pastel yet powerful piece. After 28 installments, we wrap up Next-Door Neighbor with the equivalent of a graphic intermezzo. “Vestibule” is touching, with no horrible landlords, no dickheads, no nasties. Instead what we have is a romance. The magic of meeting someone, the sweet story of her first encounter with Aaron who she, well…here’s a spoiler for ya: its a happy ending; too bad.

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