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Wordy One-Pager [Nov. 8th, 2009|10:53 pm]
Lucy



To be fair about my paralyzed reaction to this sort of contact, I had no idea how to deal with boys, despite being about 13 and having almost only male friends. Up until that year (when Gareth noticed I was female), I was...um... I had a singular style, and never had to think about boys beyond how much I enjoyed hanging out with them and playing Ren and Stimpy on Sega Genesis.

In order to draw this comic, I did a little research into bottle-base sidewalks. They were made to illuminate the basements below the city buildings, because NYC is so crammed that it's mostly built up and down. Turns out, there are a TON in downtown Manhattan, where I was a kid. They exist in other cities too, but they aren't that common, anymore. What's really sad is that a lot of them are wearing away-- the prisms busting out and breaking. But look: aren't they fascinatingly beautiful?
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[User Picture]From: irisamelia
2009-11-09 05:02 am (UTC)
Your last panel is genius.

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: sandor_baci
2009-11-09 06:43 am (UTC)

Agreement --

-- what a wonderful thing you've made!
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[User Picture]From: auraesque
2009-11-09 05:03 am (UTC)
My first kiss was on a bus. His lips were chapped, and I remember "knowing" that I was supposed to close my eyes, because that's what my best friend told me to do. It was nice. I wonder what happened to him.

Brilliant comic. Made me think of my own memories.
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[User Picture]From: pinkroo
2009-11-09 05:03 am (UTC)
besides being a great cartoonist, you're a good writer. I loved this.

Seattle has purple bottle-base sidewalks in parts of downtown--so pretty.
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[User Picture]From: darthhellokitty
2009-11-09 05:16 am (UTC)
I love those things! I once did the Seattle Underground Tour, and they look very cool from underneath, too, with the light coming through.
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[User Picture]From: eclectictastes7
2009-11-09 05:03 am (UTC)
I've seen bottle-base sidewalks in places other than NYC; I know there's one outside City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, because I have a lovely memory of standing in the basement staring up at it, seeing one from the underside for the first time. They're really cool things.
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[User Picture]From: granulac
2009-11-09 05:05 am (UTC)
Lovely. :)
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[User Picture]From: tapestry01
2009-11-09 05:06 am (UTC)
That is a wonderful comic. When I was growing up, we'd visit my Grandma in Missouri. The front porch of her house had glass blocks that were lit from underneath... they always seemed so magical to me.
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[User Picture]From: art_lurker
2009-11-09 05:14 am (UTC)
this is beautiful!!
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[User Picture]From: beautifuldream7
2009-11-09 05:14 am (UTC)
There are some of those sidewalks in Seattle - I thought they were absolutely fascinating - and later I realized there are also some in Victoria, BC as well, although I don't know what they might be illuminating. I'm not aware of an underground, if there is one. Mystery!
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[User Picture]From: corvideye
2009-11-09 05:29 am (UTC)
This is beautifully expressed.
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[User Picture]From: katiehasonefish
2009-11-09 05:32 am (UTC)
I noticed a bunch of broken bottle-base sidewalks in Philly a few months ago when I visited, and was excited to see them still alive and well in NYC.
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[User Picture]From: demongoldfish
2009-11-09 05:42 am (UTC)
in adelaide we have coins in the sidewalk
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[User Picture]From: vin_edgar
2009-11-09 05:42 am (UTC)
Wow.. deep. High-five for deepness.

...High-fives are weird.
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[User Picture]From: angrypacifist
2009-11-09 05:42 am (UTC)
Wow. I love this. Thinking about the past is something I do regularly--might as well call it a hobby--but I often wonder what a moment for me meant for someone else, and it drives me mad sometimes to not be able to know.
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[User Picture]From: coffeebased
2009-11-09 05:43 am (UTC)
I love this comic. Thank you for sharing.
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[User Picture]From: tony_dot_bmp
2009-11-09 05:45 am (UTC)
I love your comics
always
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-11-09 06:12 am (UTC)
This is the best one-page comic I've read all year. It's pretty much perfect.

M. Cho
www.michaelcho.com
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