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The Bridge Project Volume One
Ed. by Matt Leunig
It’s only natural for a cartoonist living in the middle of the country to glamorize life on the west or east coast of the U.S. There, you’d always find someone to drink and draw with who could help you fix your bike or navigate public transportation. Sounds great.
The Bridge Project, edited by Matt Leunig, is an anthology focused on west coast cartoonists. Particularly, it demystifies a little about the dreams and lifestyles of 23 of cartoonists living in Portland, OR, and California’s San Francisco Bay Area. I believe the core audience for this material is made up of the following people: those considering a move to these areas, and those current inhabitants who would like to contribute to volume two.
A team was assembled for each of the book’s 13 stories including one cartoonist from each region (so two artists on one story ideally), and the problem lay in how those collaborators would complete their contribution. The result is an interesting display of temperament and cooperation from creative-types in two cities who are more accustommed to doing things solo AKA DIY.