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Lauren Weinstein is a bit of a personal hero to me. I’m not particularly attracted to her art style but her authenticity is stunning, especially in her book “Girl Stories”, which is a loosely autobiographical telling of many of her experiences and feelings from 8th to 9th grade, including but not limited to Homemade Barbie fashions, pining over Morrissey and feces in the locker of a certain ruthless bully.

Corps as College Students: Sequel to Corps as High School Students

Cadets: music major, up all night practicing, carries tuba on their back to every class, never forgets extra pens or paper

Cavaliers: exercise sport science major, spends more time in the gym than in the library, has to repeat chem 1301 twice, has one notebook for 5 classes

Blue Devils: photography major, is the yoga instructor, studies outside under a tree, the person you can always to trust to have a lighter, only drinks craft beers

Phantom Regiment: history major, won’t shut up about their study abroad in Rome, recites poetry in a casual conversation, has a vinyl collection, calls to professor by their first name

Carolina Crown: interior design major, has perfect fashion and makeup through the whole year, can walk all around campus in heels, president of their sorority and their little is the absolute greatest

Bluecoats: mechanical engineer, goes to class in sweats and a t-shirt, starts homework the night before, desk covered in bud light cans and ramen noodle cups, makes straight A’s, the one you go to for “the hook up”

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Dubbed the “Lord of Louche” by the New York Times, Frederick Seidel likes to write about his hand crafted Italian shoes, his love of Ducatis, and the occasional vacation - where he finds it stifling to be comforted by good weather and dog walkers. Who is this guy? Do we even like him? Maybe we’re offended by his lavish sensibilities. We don’t know yet. Paper Cavalier takes a look at: Frederick Seidel.

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Let’s first take a gander at a piece from The Cosmos Trilogy, “In Cap Ferrat”:

God made human beings so dogs would have companions.

Along the promenade dogs are walking women. One is wearing fur Although the day is warm. The fur Trots behind a cur. The mongrel sparkles and smiles Leading her by the leash. The month of March, that leads to hell, Is plentiful in Cap Ferrat. There is gambling around the bend In the bay at the Casino in creamy Monte Carlo. White as the Taj Majal, White as that stove of grief, Is the cloud Just passing by. The air is herbs. The sea is blue chrome curls. The mutt sparkles and leers And lifts a leg. White as the weightless Taj Majal, White as the grief and love it was, The day is warm, the sea is blue. The dog, part spitz, part spots, is zest And piss and Groucho Marx Dragging a lady along. The comedy Is raw orison. Dogs need an owner to belong to. Dogs almost always die before their owners do. But one dog built a Taj Majal for two. I loved you.

Frederick Seidel is that infuriating boyfriend who is full of charm and wit and good looks - but you can never tell if you’re the butt of his joke, or if he assumes he’s the butt of yours. 
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We honestly can’t tell.

But we’re curious. Maybe we like his fancy restaurants and his hand crafted shoes. 

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What do you think, readers?


Richard Sala’s book titled “The Hidden” is a story about the survivors of a strange apocalyptic event that has ravaged the cities and left strange frankenstein/zombie creatures roaming the world.

As the tale unfolds we learn more about these strange creatures, how and why they were created and kill, and the connection between them and one of the protagonists leading to a not so happy ending.

What attracts me the most to this book are the full color illustrations for every panel as well as the monster designs and purpose. It’s not really a “fun” read but definitely great none the less.

In Defense of Aaron Burr

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Brian D. Hardison, a lawyer and judge on the outskirts of Atlanta, has built a persuasive case in defense of Aaron Burr. Since the 1990s he has been acquiring mounds of paperwork showing this politician’s sympathetic sides.

Much of the collection goes on view May 16 to July 28 at the Grolier Club in Manhattan. The exhibition, “Aaron Burr Returns to New York: An Exhibit of Burr and His Contemporaries,”spans his career: from his heroism under fire during the Revolutionary War, through his remorse for his killing of Alexander Hamilton, to his stoic reactions to family tragedy and his persistent ability to earn a living.

The Grolier has published his book, “Burriana: A Catalogue of Rare Books, Pamphlets, Letters, Manuscripts, Documents, & Objects by, About, or Relating to Aaron Burr.” Its 523 entries are full of poignant tributes to dead loved ones.

Opening May 16th at The Grolier Club’s Ground Floor Gallery

47 East 60th Street

New York, NY 10022

(212) 838-6690


“Can you ever escape your fate?

Three shadows stand outside the house – and Louis and Lise know why the spectral figures are there.  The shadows have come for Louis and Lise’s son, and nothing anyone can do will stop them.  Louis cannot let his son die without trying to prevent it, so the family embarks on a journey to the ends of the earth, fleeing death. 

Poignant and suspenseful, Three Shadows is a haunting story of love and grief, told in moving text and sweeping black and white artwork by Cyril Pedrosa.”


David B- Epileptic

The book tells the story of the artist’s early childhood and adolescence, focusing on his relationship with his brother and sister. His brother develops severe and intractable epilepsy, causing the family to seek a variety of solutions from alternative medicine, most dramatically by moving to a commune based on macrobiotic principles. As the epileptic brother loses control of his own life, the artist develops solitary obsessions with cartoons, mythology and war. The book’s graphic style becomes increasingly elaborate as the children’s fantasy life takes over, with their dreams and fears (including epilepsy itself) appearing as living creatures. In brief interludes, the children appear as adults when the artist begins the process of writing the story.


So free comic book day is tomorrow, May 5th, and I encourage everyone to go out to your local shop and pick up anything that interests you and see what sticks, you never know what you might like! 

If you aren’t aware of free comic book day, that’s ok, it’s only about 10 years old. It started in 2002 by the North American comic book industry and it’s a great way to bring in more people into the world of comics.

This year the list is fairly promising but personally I’m most excited for the Adventure Time comic based off of the wildly popular television show on Cartoon Network and following the continuity of the main comic storyline. 

For a full list of the comics available you can check here


David Hamilton’s Sisters came through the office. I’m a huge fan of the “is it art or pornography” debate, and David Hamilton gives everyone a chill with this collection of photographs depicting ambiguously erotic situations. Next to the work of Sally Mann and Jock Sturges, admittedly David Hamilton looks pretty sleazy. His images, however, are so robust with elegance that you may enjoy the discomfort.


Vanessa Davis is another cartoonist I have a great deal of admiration for. She primarily works in the realm of the autobiographical comic and she’s incredibly genuine with all the subject matters she touches upon.

This is what Amazon has to say about her and her book titled “Make Me a Woman”

“…No story is too painful to tell—like how much she enjoyed fat camp. Nor too off-limits—like her critique of R. Crumb. Nor too personal—like her stories of growing up Jewish in Florida. Using her sweet but biting wit, Davis effortlessly carves out a wholly original and refreshing niche in two well-worn territories: autobio comics and the Jewish identity. Davis draws strips from her daily diary, centering on her youth, mother, relationships with men, and eventually her longtime boyfriend…”