Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Releases

Graphic NYC’s Seth Kushner has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day: the online premieres of both an original webstrip, Schmuck, and a video documentary, The ACT-I-VATE Experience.
“What began as a promo piece for ACT-I-VATE became an informative film about webcomics, web vs. print, and the future of the industry,” says Seth.
The ACT-I-VATE Experience, a documentary directed and produced by Kushner and Carlos Molina, ( gives a behind-the-scenes look at the premiere webcomics collective, makes its online premiere at esteemed comic news portal Newsarama ( The film has already premiered at the Baltimore Comic Convention and Brooklyn’s King Con, SPX in San Francisco and Quimby Con in Chicago.

Kushner shows off his writing chops with Schmuck, a semi-autobiographical graphic novel that outlines Kushner’s days as a bachelor, on ACT-I-VATE (, with art by Fishtown’s Kevin Colden. Colden’s clean art is complemented with Kushner’s distinctive photo-comics segments smattered throughout for specific sequences. The strip runs weekly as Kushner works on shopping around the print form of Schmuck.
“One of the first things Seth showed me when we first got together on Graphic NYC was a PDF pitch of Schmuck,” Kushner’s Graphic NYC partner Christopher Irving says. “Let’s just say that he’s upped his game with the online aspect of it, and it’ll only make our site more than just the premiere New Comics Journalism site. And just wait until you see what he’s got in store for next week…”

Look for The ACT-I-VATE Experience on and Schmuck on, both on Thanksgiving Day.

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