How did you decide to create the Bar Scrawls?
I made the first strip for a friend, who was editing the "Zinester's Travel Guide to New York City," and immediately realized that I should do this all the time. After all, they say to do what you love, and I love going to bars, I love drawing comics, and I loving passing judgment on places.
What’s the hardest part of reviewing a bar?
Making the review interesting when the bar itself is mediocre. If the bar is good or bad, you focus on the good stuff, or on how they screwed it up. But it's very difficult to make "it's okay, I guess" interesting. I usually do so by drawing the bar with some sort of a complicated perspective.
Has anyone tried to bribe you for a good review?
Maybe! I've occasionally gotten more buy-backs than I'd expect, but I'm not sure if they recognized me, or were just feeling generous.
What’s your favorite beer/cocktail?
Beer: Red Hook Double Black Stout (they don't make this anymore, sadly).
Cocktail: The Brooklyn Cocktail – it's a variation on the Manhattan, with dry vermouth instead of sweet, and Amer Picon instead of bitters.
What’s something you never thought you’d be doing as part of your job?
Going to Urban Outfitters! The one in Williamsburg installed one on the roof, because of course they did.
What are the best/worst things about living in Brooklyn?
The best part is that everything in the world is here in Brooklyn – we've got the best bars, the best food, the best bands. The worst part is choosing what to do, and trying to line up your friends at the same events
What restaurant/bar do you love most in your neighborhood (what neighborhood)?
I live in Kensington, and I'm a big fan of the beer bar/restaurant Hamilton's.
What do you daydream about?
What’s the last book you read?
"Bryony and Roses" by T. Kingfisher – it's a retelling of Beauty & The Beast, with an extremely practical heroine, a sarcastic Beast, and clockwork bees.
Whats the longest you've gone without sleep, why?
About 50 hours, in college – I pulled an all-nighter finishing my final creative writing project, turned it in at the last possible moment, then started an "end-of-semester" celebration that lasted well into the next morning.
If I opened your fridge right now what would be inside?
Many things, including all of the ingredients for a quesadilla, eggs, leftover jambalaya, a bottle of Smaug Stout, several limes, and half-empty bottle of dry vermouth.