Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Clown Theory

this year’s clown phobia is rooted in something serious

Steve Russell, photos by Travis Dewitz

Everybody loves clowns, right? They do tricks, they twist balloons, juggle, do magic, and make people laugh. Good, right? So when, how, and why did it all go bad?

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Issue #317 October 5, 2016

The Best of Me (2016)

this year’s Best of the Mike Paulus Poll was something else

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

The votes are in, the polls have been slammed shut, and the tallies have been tilly-tallied. So it is with great pleasure and excitement that I present to you the results of my 2016 Best of the Mike Paulus Poll.

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016


still feeling the rhythm of my old band classes

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Janae Breunig

Deep in Northwestern Wisconsin, you will find the tiny town of Webster. Just outside of Webster, out in the woods, there is a house. In the basement of this house ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

A Box of Clues

on a historical hunt, books uncovered, records spun, and a resurrection gone awry

BJ Hollars, photos by BJ Hollars

Let me tell you how I first met Fannie Ingram Schwahn. How I was browsing the local antique store a few summers back when there, buried amid the flotsam and jetsam, I came upon a wedding ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

On the Cover | Sept. 21, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Jan Killian

"Alcohol Ink has become my passion! I was immediately attracted to the vivid colors and the challenge of attempting to gain control of this free-flowing ink on non-porous surface. I have been painting with the inks daily for the last two years on Yupo ..."

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Issue #315 September 7, 2016

Trailing Off

chasing shadows along an old Wisconsin railway

Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

They say the crews of men who built the railroad tracks running through Northwestern Wisconsin would dance. As the legend goes, their hand tools were manufactured down in Chicago ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

The Magic Network

social connections forged in a small city are priceless

Katie Venit

Once upon a time I lived in a place far, far away, filled with so many people that one could walk the streets in total anonymity, never bumping into a friend at the grocery store, never seeing a particular stranger ...

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Issue #314 August 24, 2016

On the Cover | August 24, 2016

learn more about V1's cover art from Mark Lone

The ‘Luna Moth’ piece is a very special piece to me, as the day I was working on this my grandmother Arlys Lone passed away of natural causes. When I heard the news, I kept drawing to try to keep my mind off feeling grief. I couldn’t stop thinking about ..."

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016


August is a time for tangled branches and rebellion

Mike Paulus, design by Serena Wagner

Maybe it’s because we never had sidewalks. Or a curb or a gutter. Everyone’s lawns just rolled right up the blacktop, no fancy concrete to separate the two ...

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