Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Seth Kushner's CulturePOP Season 2 starts 10/4 on


Seth Kushner's CulturePOP:

"Photocomix Profiles of Real-Life Characters"
Season 2 starts 10/4 on, FREE
All 12 episodes of Season 1 available free:

Seth Kushner loves comics and loves taking photos of interesting people. Over the past year, Seth began 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 experiment was played for laughs, but Seth's doing something different: fusing photojournalism, personality profile, and comix. His first photocomix profile was of the late, great Harvey Pekar, for GRAPHIC NYC, the comics journalism site he co-edits. CulturePOP is his new ongoing series of photocomix profiles on

"What Seth achieved with that initial 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."

In CulturePOP Season 1, Seth's shined 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 Douglas Rushkoff, VJ Jonny Wilson of Eclectic Method, burlesque performer Jennie Fiske and artist Jen Ferguson.

"Seth Kushner's omniscient lens distills NYC's brave and bold into graphic time capsules," says Dean Haspiel, creator of Billy Dogma, & The Alcoholic.

CulturePOP Season 2 launches Tuesday 10/5 with a photocomix profile on Bronx Flavor TV host Baron Ambrosia. Episodes run every other Tuesday and will include such scintillating subjects as writer / erotic editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, cartoonist Dean Haspiel, illustrator / designer Dave Franzese of Dark Igloo, aerialist Lisa Natoli, hip hop performer Akim The Funk Buddha, comedian/musician Reggie Watts and more TBA.

“Working on CulturePOP has been a dream come true,” says Kushner. “It’s the melding of my life-long love of comics and my photography into a new form of profile for me. Working on the first twelve was such a challenging and rewarding experience that I can’t wait for viewers to see some of the new tricks I’ve incorporated into the next twelve.”

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

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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

Monday, September 27, 2010

ACT-I-VATE Live Comix Reading

I was very happy to be a part of a cool even this past Sunday - The ACT-I-VATE Live Comix reading at the DUMBO Arts Fest Digital Summit.

Simon Fraser started things off with a reading from Lily MacKenzie, and donned a purple wig to channel his avatar, Cosmo.

Joe Infurnari
did a dramatic reading of his strip Vs. from SMITH MAG's Next-Door Neighbor series.

Graffiti artist/sculptor Carlos 'Mare 139' Rodriguez read from my own CulturePOP Photocomic profile on him.

Jeff Newelt, ACT-I-VATE Minister of Hype used his famous Havey Pekar impression to read from the late writer's Next-Door Neighbor piece, illustrated by Rick Veitch.

Jeff also read another Harvey piece, from SMITH Mag's The Pekar Project, edited by Jeff and drawn by Sean Pryor.

Dean Haspiel read from his autobio work, Street Code, with an assist from Chris Miskiewicz.

The event closed with a reading of Dean's Billy Dogma story from The ACT-I-VATE Primer. Assisting Dean were Jeff Newelt and Natalie Kim.

Thanks to Noah Norman for his help in making this a successful event.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dumbo Arts Fest Digital Summit


I'll be a part of a very cool event this Sunday. Following a talk with Doug Rushkoff (a past subject of mine) there will be a live ACT-I-VATE comix reading with my CulturePOP photocomix profile on Carlos 'MARE 139' Rodriguez will be read by the subject himself, while the images are projected.

Dumbo Arts Fest Digital Summit: RUSHKOFF Talk and ACT-I-VATE Comix Reading

Sunday, September 26TH
4:00pm - 8:00pm
St. Ann’s Warehouse
38 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY


4pm - Media theorist / author Douglas Rushkoff's
Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Era

5pm - Live Comix Reading with members of webcomix collective, Dean Haspiel, Joe Infurnari, Simon Fraser, Jeff Newelt AKA JahFurry, Seth Kushner and special guest Carlos 'MARE139' Rodriguez

6-8pm -- After Party / Wine Tasting: Brooklyn Oenology's “FRIEND” Riesling, label art by Jen Ferguson.
Blanc & Rouge, 81 Washington Street


Media theorist / author DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF presents:
Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Era
new book available at

Do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” says Douglas Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”

We continue to accept new technologies into our lives with little or no understanding of how these devices work on us. We do not know how to program our computers, nor do we care. We spend much more time and energy trying to figure out how to use them to program one another, instead. And this is a potentially grave mistake.

Just as the invention of text utterly transformed human society, disconnecting us from much of what we held sacred, our migration to the digital realm will also require a new template for maintaining our humanity. In this talk, Rushkoff shares the biases of digital media, and what that means for how we should use them.

Big-Screen Live Comix Reading with members of webcomix collective, Dean Haspiel, Joe Infurnari, Simon Fraser, Jeff Newelt AKA JahFurry, Seth Kushner and special guest Carlos 'MARE139" Rodriguez.

This crew will be reading comix not only from ACT-I-VATE but from SMITH Magazine's Next-Door Neighbor anthology as well at The Pekar Project.

Dean Haspiel is co-founder of; creator of Billy Dogma and Street Code; creator/editor of Next-Door Neighbor; co-creator of The Quitter w/Harvey Pekar; the brand-new CUBA: My Revolution w/ Inverna Lockpez, and The Alcoholic w/ Jonathan Ames. Dean recently won an Emmy for his illustrations in the main title sequence for HBO's Bored to Death, the show based on Jonathan Ames life starring Jason Schwartzman as Ames and Zach Galifianakis loosely based on Dean.

Jeff Newelt AKA JahFurry is ACT-I-VATE's Minister of Hype, as well as comics editor of SMITH, Heeb, & Royal Flush Magazines. He is editor of The Pekar Project, Harvey Pekar's (American Splendor) webcomics series on SMITH. Jeff will be reading two Pekar stories in his patented Pekar voice.

Photographer Seth Kushner, in addition to his renowned portrait series of on GraphicNYC, is the creator of CULTUREPOP: Photocomix Profiles of Real Life Characters. one of those real life characters, Carlos "MARE 139" Rodriguez will read his own profile. Carlos is a legendary graffiti artist and sculptor
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Joe Infurnari is an Eisner-nominated cartoonist with two books forthcoming from First Second and is the creator of the ongoing ULTRA-LAD strip

Simon Fraser is a Scotland-born cartoonist, is currently creating 'Lilly Mackenzie and the Mines of Charybdis' and 'Nikolai Dante' the Eagle Award winning character that has graced the pages of Great Britain's 2000AD since 1997, co-Created by Robbie Morrison.

AFTER PARTY 6pm - 8pm
Blanc & Rouge 81 Washington Street
Brooklyn Oenology winemaker Alie Shaper will be tasting the newly released “FRIEND” Riesling, which features the art of Jen Ferguson. A portion of the proceeds from this wine will go to support animal welfare. Jen Ferguson's art will also be on display in the store.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Graphic NYC site update.

While the Graphic NYC site updates has definitely slowed, we have two recent posts of some substance.

Where Superman Was Born: A Visit to Jerry Siegel's House


I was recently in Cleveland for a shoot and made time to visit the former home of Jerry Siegel. It was an amazing experience. See my thougths and photos.

Michael Kupperman and Tales Designed to Thrizzle's Lessons in Absurdity