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Jeremy Crisi

By Gary Wien


Jeremy Crisi is a cartoonist who grew up in Ocean County and is moving back to the Shore after living in Northeastern Pennsylvania for a while. His strip "Man's Best Friend" was published weekly in "The Weekender" over there. With any luck you'll be seeing it in a Jersey paper sometime soon. Hell, we'd probably publish it if we had any money to offer the guy but we're doing the next best thing - letting you know about him. If you'd like to see more of his work visit his website at: http://philabong.deviantart.com/gallery/

How long have you been involved in creating comic strips?
Since I realized that they amused others... I'm like a dancing monkey...Some people want to be rich, some people want to be powerful... I'd settle for being amusing...

What first interested you in this field? Do you do other types of art? Drawing, painting, etc?
I got hooked on Saturday morning cartoons... what keeps me hooked is Sunday night cartoons... I've always made my main focus cartoons. I got in trouble a lot in art class....

Was the Weekender the first newspaper to publish your work?
The first paper was my high school newspaper... but that didn't count cause I didn't get paid. The second paper was the Weekender... I got paid, but I couldn't get along with my editor... he's now my arch-nemesis...

It sounds like you kind of feel like you were screwed somewhat by the Weekender. What did you learn from that first experience?
I learned that it was harder than one would think to have a weekly-published, full-color comic. Especially when you have "creative differences" with the guy in charge of publishing it...

How do you come up with the ideas for your strips? Are they based on real life experiences?
I come up with a lot of ideas when I listen to music... most are based on some sort of life experience, tho... not necessarily, my life experience, but the experiences of life in general... for the New Year's comic, I had one of my main characters, Doug, the chain-smoking dog, make a resolution to quit smoking. I figured a lot of people probably made the very same resolution. Doug, like so many others, failed miserably, but really tried for a while. I drew the comic because I knew someone would get it... I, however, made no such resolution... smoke if 'ya got 'em... that's what my grandmother always taught me...

What's the best advice you can give other cartoonists just starting out?
Honestly, I have no idea what I'm doing yet... I'm in no position to give advice... here's something tho, be all that you can be... oh, wait... I think that's someone else's... don't eat yellow snow... words to live by...



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Event calendar
Sunday, May 19, 2019


MUSIC

Believe: A Fundraiser Benefit for Marilyn's Place @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 4:00pm

Tash Sultana @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park - 6:00pm

Will Martin Sings Dean Martin @ Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 3:00pm

MICHAEL BOLTON @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm

Band Together for Veterans @ Bar Anticipation, Lake Como - 1:00pm

ART OF THE DOUBLE CONCERTO - NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 3:00pm

Carmina Burana New Jersey Youth Symphony 40th Anniversary Concert @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm

Derek Bermel's Mango Suite @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 4:00pm

Laurie Berkner, Solo @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 3:00pm

Grace Morrison at Riverside!! @ Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme, Succasunna - 4:00pm

The Bronx Wanderers @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 5:00pm and 8:00pm







THEATRE

Frost/Nixon @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 2:00pm

Surfing My DNA @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Camelot @ Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan - 3:00pm

She Loves Me! @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 2:00pm

Morir Sonyando @ Passage Theatre Company, Trenton - 3:00pm

Rapunzel @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

MET Encore: Dialogues des Carmelites @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 1:00pm


DANCE

Roxey Ballet Presents Cinderella @ The College Of New Jersey’s Kendall Main Stage Theater, Ewing - 2:00pm

Kick Dance Studios presents I LOVE the 90s @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 1:00pm


KIDS

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 2:00pm

Double Dare Live @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 7:00pm


SPIRITUAL

Transform Your Thoughts & Heal Yourself Spiritually @ 10 Colonial Court, Hainesport, NJ 08036, Hainesport - 1:30pm

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