Monday, April 26, 2010

CulturePOP - Photocomix Profiles of Real-Life Characters on


In this week's edition, Caits Meissner: Dear Roger, I slightly break format and collaborate with subject Caits Meissner by visually illustrating one of her poems, rather than taking the text from a recorded interview. I think the result is just as revealing.
See it HERE.

Monday, April 19, 2010

CulturePOP - Photocomix Profiles of Real-Life Characters on


The second installment of my webcomic, CulturePOP: "Photocomix Profiles of Real-Life Characters" is up live. This week's features graffiti artist/sculptor Carlos 'Mare 139' Rodriguez.
See it HERE.

CBDLF website

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund just launched their new website, designed by Charlie Orr and featuring my photos.

The concept Charlie and and CBDLF Executive Director Charles Brownstein had was to use my cartoonist portraits to give a face to the organization," Seth says. "The photo (with a quote from each artist), located in the upper right corner of the main page, changes when you refresh the page.

Currently, there are several cartoonist photos being rotated on the site, including Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel, Neil Gaiman, Molly Crabapple, Ben Templesmith and more. A roll-out of more images is planned in a few months.

Go to and help support a good cause

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MoCCA Fest photos

I spent last weekend at the Mocca Fest and with exclusive access, took the portraits below. Thanks to Jeff Newelt and Brian Heater.

The panelists of The Art of the Superhero: When Singular Vision Meets Popular Mythology, which gathered these iconic cartoonists,

Dean Haspiel and Frank Miller

Jaime Hernandez

Ward Sutton

See the full posting at GRAPHIC NYC.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Seth Kushner's CulturePOP: "Photocomix Profiles of Real-Life Characters" launches at ACT-I-VATE today

New profiles every Monday, starting 4/12 on

Seth Kushner loves comics and loves taking photos of interesting people. Over the past year, Seth began experimenting with combining the two passions, in the form of photocomix, AKA fumetti, first popularized in the U.S. with Harvey Kurtzman's Help and later in Robert Crumb's Weirdo. In those cases the photocomix were played for laughs, but Seth's doing something different: a fusion of photojournalism, personality profile, and comix. His first photocomix profile was of Harvey Pekar, for GRAPHIC NYC, the comics journalism site he co-edits, and the reception was so positive it set Seth to concocting an ongoing photocomix project.

"What Seth achieved with that Pekar interview-cum-comic was a triumph," said Jeff Newelt, Harvey's editor on The Pekar Project. "He took key moments of an interview, matched the words with photos he took, and sequentially arranged the results so as to read as smoothly as an American Splendor comic. I work with four artists who masterfully illustrate Pekar's words, and I was dumfounded by how much Seth's experiment succeeded."

"Seth Kushner's omniscient lens distills NYC's brave and bold into graphic time capsules," says Dean Haspiel, creator of Billy Dogma, & The Alcoholic.
With Culture POP, Seth's shines his flash on the lives of subjects including poet Caits Meissner, sousaphonist/producer Clark Gayton, singer/songwriter Elyssa Loveless, designer John D'Aponte, graffiti artist/sculptor Carlos "Mare 139" Rodriguez, yoga instructor Melisa Winitzsky, former US champion rhythmic gymnast Olga Karmansky, toy designer Super Sucklord, author Douglass Rushkoff, VJ Jonny Wilson of Eclectic Method, artist Jen Ferguson and more TBA.

CulturePOP is co-curated by Jeff Newelt, and edited by Dean Haspiel.

Seth Kushner — shoots portraits of celebrity-types for such publications The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Businessweek, L'Uomo Vogue and others. Seth's first book, The Brooklynites, (with Anthony LaSala) was published by powerHouse Books in 2007 and was) considered ”a terrific coffee table photo/interview book” by The New York Times. Currently, he's co-editing the comics journalism site Graphic NYC ( with Christopher Irving and working on his next book on comic book creators. Seth first comics work was Schmuck, with artist Kevin Colden and can be seen on

See it at ACT-I-VATE.