July 30th, 2015


Nat Towsen's Downtown Variety Hour w/Jena Friedman, Dean Haspiel & more!

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Next Monday - come see me read some naughty and poignant comix + other great entertainment for only $5!


Monday, August 3rd 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, East Village
153 E 3rd St, New York, New York 10009
Tickets Available www.ucbtheatre.com
"[August] is the cruelest month," wrote T.S. Eliot, during a brief, undocumented summer visit to New York before the invention of the air conditioner. Why not head to UCB East to cool off, laugh, learn, drink, and wait for the sun to go down?

Join your host Nat Towsen for another whirlwind tour of downtown past, present, and future. Special sponsor Two Road Brewing Company will be on hand to dispense some chilly giveaways, and you'll be treated to these special guests:

Jena Friedman
* Field producer for The Daily Show
* Performing material from her upcoming Edinburgh Fringe show

Dean Haspiel
* Emmy winner, HBO's Bored To Death
* Artist for Marvel Comics
* Creator of Fear, My Dear and many other comics!

Anthony Atamanuik
* Seen on Broad City, 30 Rock
* Member of the legendary Death By Roo Roo

NYC Trivia
* With guest host Pete LePage (of Comic Book Club on the Nerdist Network)
* Win prizes from our local business sponsors!

Downtown History
* Learn about your city while sitting and/or drinking!

With giveaways from:
* Two Roads Brewing Company
* Two Boots
* Forbidden Planet NYC

16+ unless accompanied by a adult

When I first met Seth Kushner

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I'll never forget the first time I met Seth Kushner because he recorded it with the power of his eye and camera lens. He picked me up in his car in my Carroll Gardens neighborhood and we drove to the end of Red Hook by the old railroad cars, near Sunny's Bar, before Fairway moved into the bottom floor of that enormous warehouse space by the sea. We went there to take my portrait for his then upcoming love letter to Brooklyn, a photo/essay book collection called The Brooklynites, with writer Anthony LaSala. We talked about why I loved Red Hook but that quickly transitioned into comic books. See, for my portrait, I was holding two of my favorite Jack Kirby comic books, The Fantastic Four and OMAC, and that's when Seth revealed his passion for the medium and Superman, Spider-man, etc. We became fast friends and I put a bug in his bonnet to do the same thing he was doing for Brooklyn but to do it for comics, too. We had a few brainstorming sessions about it and, later on, he did just that with writer Chris Irving for their book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origin of American Comics. During that time, Seth helped me out on several projects with the prowess of his unique photography and I became his comix mentor. With several other artists we formed Hang Dai Studios in Cobble Hill directly over Book Court and launched TripCity.net, our multimedia salon, where he rocked his CulturePOP and Schmuck comix series, among many other things. A year or so later, we moved our studio to Gowanus, next to a bunch of other comix studios that I used to work at, and formed Hang Dai Editions, our self-publishing concern, where Seth would create a superhero called The Brooklynite with artist Shamus Beyale, and I would create an antihero called The Red Hook, before he passed away. When I think about the fact that we simultaneously created heroes that honored where we first met, I can't help but smile about that.

Brady Dale at The NY Observer wrote an obituary, "Lost and Found: Seth Kushner—October 30, 1973 to May 17, 2015" http://observer.com/2015/07/lost-and-found-seth-kushner-october-30-1973-to-may-17-2015/