November 15th, 2005


Quality of Life, Part 2

I respect "quality of life" issues and I agree that a bicyclist doesn't belong on a sidewalk when heavily trafficked by pedestrians. However, I also believe that everyone has the right to practice good judgment and navigate said "quality of life" issues on a case-by-case basis. I ran across an article in The NY Daily News yesterday that caused me to write the journalist of a local newspaper for the very first time:

Dear Melissa Grace--

I was skimming the 11/14/2005 edition of The NY Daily News when I came across your article "Handcuffs, bars for bicycle rider," the story of Wesley Alexander who went out on his bike to grab grub only to serve jail time for riding the sidewalk sans identification, and [once again] I was angered by the police in our city. As much as I respect the quality of life issues, I feel that this new policy to arrest and/or give summons' to bicyclists for occasionally riding the sidewalks is preposterous and blurs the lines of any common sense law. As you may have guessed, I had my own run in with the police regarding the very same matter.

I keep a Blog where I hype my projects [I'm a professional illustrator & cartoonist] and sometimes write about my life in NYC, specifically, in Brooklyn. I wrote about my personal experience this past summer when undercover police tried to charge me with this ridiculous policy and I was able to honestly and effectively defend my stance sans summons. The original online post is located here:

Anyhow, I wanted to thank you for blowing the horn and alerting our community about this egregiously subversive law. I'm appalled to learn that this particular law [and who knows what other laws constitute an "infraction"] has affected over 2,700 bicyclists in the past week, alone!

If you desire to pursue this matter any further and if my tale can be of any assistance, I would be more than happy and available to help.


Dean Haspiel

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Flash Forbes

In recognition for his dedication and contributions to the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, MoCCA presented Christopher "Kip" Forbes with a specially commissioned piece depicting his favorite comics character, The Flash, in a surprise ceremony at the museum this afternoon @2:30pm.

The piece was two years in the making and the event was celebrated by a select group of MoCCA staff, including honoree Christopher Forbes, MoCCA Chairmen Lawrence Klein, MoCCA officer Ken Wong, MoCCA Board of Trustee Jim Salicrup, NY Times Op Ed art director/illustrator Steven Guarnaccia, cartoonist/illustrator Bill Sienkiewicz, actor Roger Rees, and myself.

Kip was very gracious and it was a nice way to thank someone of his magnitude with the simple art of comix. I asked Kip if he was planning to hang the Flash piece over his office desk and he said he would consider replacing his portrait of Napoleon. We all laughed.

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