Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Halloween Scenes

stories of yore from Octobers in Eau Claire

by Mike Paulus, illustrated by Serena Wagner

boy in 1980s Eau Claire is so excited by his He-Man Halloween costume he can’t stop looking at it. It includes a stiff plastic mask with a thin elastic string tied around the back, with holes for each eye and each nostril ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Lights Out

there is nothing to fear but …

by Ken Szymanski

Shhhhh. Listen to this. My story is brief. You’re lucky it’s brief, though, because you’ll be scared out of your mind. If, at some point, you need to toss this magazine aside and run for daylight, there’d be ...

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Issue #318 October 19, 2016

Clown Theory

this year’s clown phobia is rooted in something serious

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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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