Long Island Bar

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Long Island Bar. 110 Atlantic Ave., at Henry Street in Cobble Hill. F/G train to Bergen St. (718) 625–8908. www.thelongislandbar.com. Open daily, 5:30 pm–midnight.

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American Cheez

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American Cheez. 444 Seventh Ave. at 15th St. in Park Slope. F/G train to Seventh Ave. (347) 725–4665. www.facebook.com/americancheez. Open Mon–Fri, 3 pm–4 am; Sat, Sun, noon–4 am.

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Roof @ Whole Foods

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For a bar inside of a supermarket, it actually has a decent atmosphere!

The Roof at Whole Foods Market. 214 Third St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus. (718) 907–3622. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/brooklyn. Open Mon–Fri, 11 am–11 pm; Sat, Sun, 10 am–11 pm.

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Making Manhattans

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2013: The Year of Bill

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… that’s pretty much what the last four months have been like.

Back in April I spent about 3 weeks doing nothing but working on a 6-page comic for the Anything That Loves anthology. Then I posted it online in August (after the book was published), and the Internet exploded. It got tens of thousands of views on Tumblr, and was re-posted on Upworthy, the Huffington Post, and The Nib (linking that last one, because those awesome people actually pay me). I was profiled on Buzzfeed, was a guest on a Chicago NPR morning show, and talked to Dan Savage on his podcast (near the end). It was translated into Portugese, and I got a lot of followers in Brazil!

So that’s all been awesome but overwhelming, and I don’t feel like I’ve capitalized on my fame as much as I could. But still – all that puts 2013 solidly in the “WIN” column.

But that’s not all I did this year! I drew 50 pages of Bar Scrawl this year, and about 30 pages of additional comics!

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My brain is broken.

Also, I had a solo gallery show at the 20-Sided Store in Williamsburg, where I displayed most of my Dungeons & Dragons art!

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I published 4 mini-comics this year (Hot Men of the Monster Manual, Bar Scrawl: Carroll Gardens, Bar Scrawl: Williamsburg, part deux, and a mini version of Orientation Police (they’re all in the store). I only exhibited at 2 conventions (MoCCA – where I was a panelist for the first time!) and Locust Moon Comics Fest in Philly, though I

In personal stuff: I got to show my parents around New York City for a couple of days, which was really fun. I traveled to Virginia a few times to visit my brother and to play with my nephews. I survived jury duty in Brooklyn, saw some great theater (Monkey’s Journey to the West, Cinderella!), played in two D&D games and started running my own game.

The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage on the federal level in June, so I attended two gay weddings this year, and I officiated at a third!

Also:

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I’m working on fixing that in 2014.

Finally – this is the 500th installment of my journal comic. I think it’s time for another book!

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How I deal with rejection

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Bar Below Rye

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Bar Below Rye. 247 South First St., between Roebling and Havermeyer streets in Williamsburg. G/L train to Metropolitan/Lorimer. (718) 218–8047, www.barbelowrye.com. Open Mon–Thu, 7 pm–2 am; Fri, Sat, 7 pm–4 am; Sun, closed.

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Nine Goblins

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As a Christmas present to myself, I drew something that wasn’t on deadline! Just something fun for me.

So here’s some Brady Bunch-style fan-art for the novella “Nine Goblins” by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon), which I read earlier this year. It’s really fun, and I advise you to check it out on the Kindle.

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The Great Georgiana

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The Great Georgiana. 248 Dekalb Ave. at Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene. No phone. Open Sun–Wed, 5 pm–2 am; Thu–Sat, 5 pm–4 am.

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The Brew Inn

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The Brew Inn. 924 Manhattan Ave., at Kent Street in Greenpoint. (718) 576–3345. www.thebrewinnnyc.com. Open Mon–Thu, 4 pm–2 am; Fri, 4 pm–4 am; Sat, 11 am–4 am; Sun, 11 am–2 am.

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