SCHMUCK is the brain-child of pop culture man about town and award-winning photographer Seth Kushner. He sets out to tell a semi-autobiographical story in the hands of a host of talented comic artists featuring the brutal honesty of real life when looking for love. One of the dominant themes is coming from a Jewish background, facing family pressures to find a nice Jewish girl, and all of the chaotic mishaps of the average pop culture obsessed Joe facing embarrassment, miscommunication, and repetitive disappointment looking for the “one”.
But SCHMUCK has a heart underneath its gritty crude input from main character Adam Kessler’s friends, a belief that love will find you in the end. SCHMUCK has appeared in 10 installments since its inception in 2012, and will be building towards its conclusion throughout 2013. Interspersed with the comic episodes are semi-autobio narratives as bonus features following the same narrative time-line as the comic, known as THE SCHMUCK DIARIES. Both the comic and the narrative episodes can be read for free at their home site of TRIP CITY, a multi-media arts salon that features several other intriguing webcomics and a mind-boggling variety of artistic talents at work.
SCHMUCK #1 kicks off with the ominous title “Boobs, Beers, and Bowel Movements” and the self-depricating humor of Kessler’s inner monologues are a highlight of the series. Series artists include Kevin Colden, Bobby Timony, Sean Pryor, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Pierce Hargan, Shamus Beyale, George Schall, Stephen DeStefano, Skuds McKinley, and Leland Purvis. Giving so many artists a shot at visual storytelling means that readers get new insights into Kessler’s character and the world he moves in as imagined through the lens of the diverse experiences of a generation.
Hannah Means-Shannon writes and blogs about comics for TRIP CITY and Sequart.org and is currently working on books about Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore for Sequart. She is @hannahmenzies on Twitter and hannahmenziesblog on WordPress.