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Josh Neufeld, Ages 15, 16, 17, 21, & 27
Comics journalist Josh Neufeld is the author of A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge and A Few Perfect Hours (and Other Stories From Southeast Asia & Central Europe), illustrator of The Influencing Machine, and co-editor of FLASHed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose. He created these comics as a series of birthday presents for his father, Leonard Neufeld.
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— Josh Neufeld, Ages 15, 16, 17, 21, & 27
“At this point in my life, I was living deep in Brooklyn with my father, my step-mom Elynn, and my half-brother Jacob (and my faithful dog Dojo). My father was a freelance writer/editor and a stay-at-home dad, Elynn was going to law school, and Jake was just a kid (he’s 12 years younger than me). I went to Music & Art High School, and was getting serious about one day becoming a ‘professional comic book artist.’ I was obsessed with superhero comics, but I took a break from those activities once per year to draw this series of one-page comics in honor of my dad’s birthday. They detail a very mundane life—which my wife recently pointed out is not so different than my own today! And after all, as Harvey Pekar famously said, ‘Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.’ I continued these comics sporadically up into my late twenties, the last one being a very baroque homage to newspaper comic strips (Peanuts, Ziggy, and Calvin and Hobbes, to be specific). Plus, a callback to my trompe-l’oeil series…”