Issue #265 October 16, 2014

Ghost Stories

why I’m not afraid of a good frightful tale

by Mike Paulus

Ghost stories are not common in my family. Sure, a number of different family members have lived in an old farmhouse where things have ... happened. Weird things. Shaking beds. Screen doors flinging themselves open ...

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Issue #265 October 16, 2014

Falling Out of Love with Football?

abuse and concussion scandals are clouding our affection for the gridiron game

by Luc Anthony

I’m in a complicated relationship with football. One recent Sunday afternoon, I turned on the Packers-Bears game, part of the usual weekend routine: watch the NFL, almost regardless of the teams on the TV. I occasionally caught a few ...

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Issue #265 October 16, 2014

On the Cover | Oct. 16, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Levi Gilbert

"The Wolf Ranger is a digital painting created in Photoshop. Levi implements traditional painting techniques when working digitally and often combines traditional and digital media to create his artwork. Inspired by fiction, film, and folklore ..."

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Issue #264 October 2, 2014

The Best of Me

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was a doozy!

by Mike Paulus

The votes are in, the polls are closed, and the tallies have been ... tallied. So it’s with great pleasure and excitement that I present to you the results of my 2014 Best of the Mike Paulus Poll wherein I polled only myself. Strenuously.

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Issue #263 September 18, 2014

What Happened to Our Neighbor-stores?

a dwindling handful of properties deep within our neighborhoods still allow commercial use

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Beth Czech

So I was out for jovial walk with the family one evening, and while we merrily strolled through the neighborhood, I was struck (as I often am) by an all-encompassing urge. I wanted a tasty coffee-based beverage. Unfortunately, we were upon ...

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Issue #263 September 18, 2014

Neighborly Maintenance

wherein V1’s community-minded leader, despite his best intentions, frequently fails at the neighbor game

by Nick Meyer, illustrated by Janae Breunig

As it turns out, I’m not the neighbor I wish I was. And considering my role at the helm of Volume One – certainly a community-minded organization – what I’m about to confide is actually kind of embarrassing. My only solace is that some ...

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Football Fever 2014

Big Expectations

annual survey of Valley sports media finds optimism for Packers, Badgers, and beyond

by Luc Anthony

How big is football nowadays? Big enough that NBC moved the Primetime Emmys from their traditional Sunday evening timeslot to a Monday, to make room for a preseason Sunday Night Football telecast. In other words, a game that does not ...

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Issue #262 September 4, 2014

Get On Board

sometimes life is a downhill battle

by Mike Paulus

The hill on 14th Street always made me nervous – which is odd. It’s not very tall. And also, it’s not very steep. It’s just a gradual slope through a residential Eau Claire neighborhood. And at the time in question, its blacktop surface ...

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Issue #262 September 4, 2014

On the Cover | Sept. 4, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Wendy Ike

“My work reflects a passion for horses with large brush strokes and vivid colors. Motion and expression is what gets noticed and is reflected in my horse paintings and landscapes. ‘Fire and Fury’ is one of my favorites as it is named after my ..."

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Squirrel City, USA

exploring Eau Claire’s tree-bound rodent population

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Joe Maurer

Some people love squirrels. Some people hate them. Some think they’re cute while others see only big, fat rats with enormous, hairy tails puffed up with enough germs and bacteria to kill a Triceratops. They are rodents after all ...

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

Stop the Ride

what doesn’t kill you makes you queasy

by Ken Szymanski, illustrated by Serena Wagner

As the Tilt-A-Whirl is about is about to unleash its madness, the announcer offers this reassurance: “If at any time you want to exit the ride, give the ‘two thumbs down’ signal, and the operator will bring the ride to a stop ...

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Issue #261 August 21, 2014

On the Cover | August 21, 2014

learn more about this issue's cover art by Lauralee Stenzel

“I usually work on Arches cold pressed paper, but for ‘The Watchman’ I chose Arches hot pressed paper. I showed the effect of changing light on the color of the rooster’s feathers using a variety of dark valued pencils.  The background ..."

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Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Fun By the Truckload

amazing childhood memories about uncomfortable transportation

by Mike Paulus

At one time, my entire family could fit into the cab of my dad’s mid-’80s Ford F-150 pickup truck. My dad, my mom, my sister, and myself – all of us nestled in, side by side on the truck’s vinyl-clad bench seat.

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Issue #260 August 7, 2014

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Don’t think auto racing is worth watching? A visit to the track can change that.

by Luc Anthony

Wisconsin is home to plenty of sports fandom subcultures. We have our kubb hotspot in Eau Claire, and you have to imagine there would be an audience for organized curling and speed skating leagues ...

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