Current Sketchbook Theme: NRA ’66
Dining establishments named in the 1966 National Restaurant Association member directory. Sketches from 2002.
Haitai Confectionery: Ad slogans and product descriptions awkwardly translated from Korean to English. Sketches from 2001-2002.
Andy's Yearbook: Quotes taken from autographs in a 8th grader's middle school yearbook.
Sketches from 2000.
Dissatisfied With the Vehicle: Quotes taken from transcripts of conversations between a market research firm and various dissatisfied car owners.
Sketches from 1999-2000.
I Made These so You Would Read Them:
Hey, did you know you can read 4 full issues of Jen’s minicomic Pocket Editor online? You totally can, and probably should!
The Hex Diner was mentioned in Jack Edward Shay’s 2012 book Bygone Binghamton: Remembering People and Places of the Past as part of a list of defunct restaurants that “deserve a final nod of recognition before they pass completely into oblivion.” It was also called Bo-Dan’s at some point.
Want ads for the diner show up in various scanned issues of the Binghamton Press from the late 1950s through the ’60s, including this one from 1960 (pdf), calling for a waitress to do “night work”. Presumably that’s a euphemism for putting hexes on people.
Side note: I’m fascinated by old classifieds. The bluntness of some of these employers and landlords’ ads (pre-equal employment/fair housing laws) makes for compelling—if off-putting—reading. Plus, the linked page above has a layout artist hiring himself out for $4/hr and a Nancy strip to boot!
Sean Bieri said (and I think he meant for this to apply for the previous sketch in the series as well)
I feel like I should apologize somehow…
Sean is no stranger to this site. No further information is available about Christ’s A&W.
The Dwarf House’s claim to fame was a chicken sandwich they called the Chick-fil-A. This evolved into the fast food franchise of the same name. The Hapeville location is still open, now known as “The Chick-fil-A Dwarf House”.
Matt Feazell writes:
Chuck A Burger was on the riverfront. Their slogan was “Best burger west of the Mississippi (so far)”
This might be the only sketch in the bunch where an artist drew a restaurant they were actually familiar with. It’s still in business!