Lunch Break :: June 24, 2011

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Sarah Becan lives in Chicago, where she draws some things, designs other things, and plays still other things on the accordion. She has two cats, but they have only three eyes between them. She has selected these fine comics for you as today’s Lunch Break guest editor.

Lunch Break is a short round-up of favorite webcomics appearing here each weekday at noon. Here’s something for you to enjoy over your lunch break or whenever. The premise is simple: it’s another day on the internet. Here’s a new or forgotten comic that seems interesting.

We’d love to have you guest edit Lunch Break! Check out the Contribute page for more information.

  1. I Love You Chicago Page 1 and I Love You Chicago Page 2 by Lucy Knisley // June 2011
  2. Prologue by Kenan Rubenstein // October 12, 2008
  3. March 30th Dream Journal by Emily Carroll // March 30, 2011
  4. Dream House by Corinne Mucha // January 18, 2011
  5. Map of Thursday City by Joshua Ray Stephens // date unknown

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The Cross Hatch Dispatch – 6.8.11

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[Above, D&Q staff evidently spend A LOT of time discussing hottie cartoonists up in their office. Below, Cross Hatch staff spend an awful lot of time talking about how nice you all are. Really!]

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Paranormal Activity in Comics

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This footage comes from the Paranormal Activity in Comics panel conducted at the Minneapolis Indie Xpo on Saturday, August 21, 2010.

The Cross Hatch’s own Brian Heater led the discussion between Sarah Becan (The Ouija Interviews), Ed Choy Moorman (Ghost Comics), Tim Sievert (That Salty Air) and Will Duff (Ghostbustin’ 911).

Topics include ouija encounters, haunted apartments, Bigfoot and the rights of ghosts and zombies.

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Lunch Break 12.24.2010

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Lunch Break is a short round-up of favorite webcomics appearing here each weekday at noon. Here’s something for you to enjoy over your lunch break or whenever. The premise is simple: it’s another day on the internet. Here’s a new or forgotten comic that seems interesting. Have something to recommend? Email us: crosshatchdispatch@gmail.com.

  1. I Think You’re Sauceome by Sarah Becan // December 20, 2010
  2. Watergate Sue by Megan Kelso // 2007
  3. “Evil Coffee” from Narbonic: Director’s Cut by Shaenon K. Garrity // 2000
  4. High Maintenance Machine by Matt Reidsma // August 8, 2010
  5. Untitled by Anthony Woodward // October 2, 2008

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The Complete Ouija Interviews by Sarah Becan

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The Complete Ouija Interviews
by Sarah Becan
Shortpants Press

ouiI pity the ghoul who hasn’t played with a Ouija board.  Sometimes they’re unresponsive but more often they’re eerily insightful and communicative.

My cousins and I once made a Ouija board, drawing the appropriate letters and numbers on the back of some other board game and using the lid off a heart-shaped box as the planchette.  Believe it or not, you don’t need Milton Bradley to manufacture a Ouija board.  Pretty much any style board will do.  And really, because we made our pitiful board from our own tools and youthful cunning, it was even more thrilling than it ought to have been when the ghosts started talking to us.

In this Xeric Award-winning book, Sarah Becan illustrates real conversations with dead people that she and others had using a Ouija board in Nantucket.  Why Nantucket?  Well, although the island’s small size apparently makes it a magnet for ghosts, Becan was drawn there because her brother worked in a Nantucket hostel.  Still, after learning a thing or two about ghostly romances in the after-life, I’m inclined to think a certain limerick is to blame for all the dead in Nantucket.

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