Next-Door Neighbor

The Vestibule
By Tara Seibel


True-Life Webcomix Anthology,
Launches on SMITH Magazine, 04.08.08

“Everybody has a neighbor. No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story,” says NDN Editor Dean Haspiel. “With this in mind, I asked some of my favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so that we at SMITH Magazine could share them with you over the next year.”

New installments of Next-Door Neighbor will appear every two weeks on online storytelling community, SMITH Magazine.

The first wave of stories launches with an urban “daymare” titled “Next-Door Neighborless” written by novelist Jonathan Ames and illustrated by Nick Bertozzi, whose graphic novel The Salon, was hailed as among the best comics of 2007. Upcoming stories feature the talents of Kevin Colden, John Cebollero, Joan Reilly, Ed Piskor, and Miss Lasko-Gross. The second wave will be announced in June and includes a super-secret, special first-time writer/artist matchup.

True to its reader-generated spirit, SMITH is concurrently launching a contest, “What’s Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?” Readers are invited to submit their own true stories. The winning tale will be matched with an artist, and transformed into a full-color, multipanel webcomic. This “user-generated” tale will appear as the last installment of Next-Door Neighbor.

NDN is the third original Webcomic presented free on SMITH Magazine. The first was the media sensation SHOOTING WAR, by Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman, expanded into a hardcover graphic novel from Grand Central Publishing. The second is the currently-running A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, a serialized nonfiction webcomic by Josh Neufeld about escaping and surviving Hurricane Katrina–and what happens next in the lives of a cross-section of Crescent City residents. SMITH comics editor Jeff Newelt aka JahFurry brought all three projects to the site.

Dean Haspiel is a founding member of both Brooklyn’s DEEP6 Studios and the webcomix collective ACT-I-VATE, and has drawn superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics. He collaborated with Harvey Pekar on THE QUITTER, THE ESCAPIST, and Vertigo’s relaunch of AMERICAN SPLENDOR. Haspiel’s BILLY DOGMA: IMMORTAL was nominated for an Eisner Award, and he is currently drawing the sequel, BILLY DOGMA: FEAR, MY DEAR. This summer, Haspiel will publish STREET CODE, a semi-autobiographical webcomic (Zuda), and come this fall will publish THE ALCOHOLIC, an original graphic novel collaboration with author Jonathan Ames (Vertigo) and MO & JO: FIGHTING TOGETHER FOREVER, a Toon Book collaboration with underground legend Jay Lynch (Raw Junior). For updates, please visit MAN-SIZE.

SMITH Magazine, launched in January 2006 by Larry Smith and Tim Barkow, is a home for storytelling of all forms and kinds, with a focus on personal narrative. Its first book of six-word memoirs, NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING: Six-Word Memoirs By Writers Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial), is a New York Times bestseller, and first in a four-book series. SMITH is the publisher of the webcomic sensation SHOOTING WAR, which was expanded into a hardcover graphic novel from Grand Central Publishing. SMITH conceived and produced the serialized, nonfiction webcomic, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, written and illustrated by Josh Neufeld, which comes out as a full-length book from Pantheon in summer 2009.

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Jeff Newelt; 917.450.7013

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