“I was worried, when we first decided this was going to be the band name about all the negative puns that would happen,” singer Nate Ruess says. “Like, ‘This is no fun at all!’
Ed Piskor is one of the best-known comic artists in Pittsburgh. He worked with Harvey Pekar, of American Splendor fame, early in his career, and since then he’s been neck deep in a variety of comic and illustration projects.
I live in a writers’ co-op called the Cyberpunk Apocalypse, so I do a lot of thinking about how we live in an information age similar to those described by William Gibson and other 80′s science fiction writers. Ian Page, it would seem, thinks about it a great deal more. Ian has created art across the world. He’s spent time in Europe, Latin America, the Arctic, and yes Pittsburgh.
Jim Rugg is a Pittsburgh artist best known for his work in comics. He co-created and drew Street Angel, Afrodisaic with Brian Maruca, and worked for for D.C. Comics on their The Plain Janes series.
Up-and-coming local artist Masha Vereshchenko was one of many contributors to the tome; a collection of poetry, art and prose “from Western Pennsylvania and Beyond.” We talked with Masha about what makes her tick, where we can find more of her amazing work, and what’s in store for the future.