Art By Jason Naylor, Photo By Gail
While it’s been hot and steamy for a few weeks already, the official first day of Summer, June 21st, has arrived at last. Despite the inherent stickiness of a NYC summer it is, hands down, my favorite season of the year. Summer ushers in a feeling of joy and freedom that cannot concisely be put into words, and I am so ready to launch into three months of crazy fun. Feel free to share the reasons why you love summer, in the comments!
Image Courtesy of Carol Lay
American alternative cartoonist Carol Lay is best known for her weekly comic strip, Story Minute, which is a work of genius. I was a devoted reader and enthusiastic supporter of the Story Minute for years when it appeared in an alternative weekly paper here in the city that I eventually had to break up with because its publisher was too much of a right wing nut job, at which I point I lost track of Carol and her fantastic strip. But I digress.
The point is that Carol’s slightly twisted stories of life in very surreal times struck a chord with me, and I still have a couple of her Story Minutes tacked to a cork board in my office, where they continue to inspire me. Carol Lay, seriously, I worship her. Currently, Carol is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a comic book she is creating called Murderville: A Farewell to Armories. It is crime story which she describes as The Sopranos Meets the Addams Family, and it looks just insane. I can’t wait!
You can all read about the Murderville Kickstarter Campaign and see a fun video made by Carol, plus peruse all of the bitchen swag you can get in exchange for a few dollars of support At This Link. The campaign expires on Friday, June 21st, 2013 and she is about one-third of her way to a goal of $19,000. Please help Carol realize Murderville, because creative geniuses should always get what they need to make rad art. Good luck, Carol!
Happy Summer Solstice and Cheers to the Fortieth Anniversary of The Summer Of Love. It’s going to be a hot one!