Bands of Ball Point: The Buttermilk Sisters

ButtermilkSisters

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Christ’s A&W Drive-in (Deadwood, SD)

by Sean Bieri

by Sean Bieri

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.

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Smack McDonalds (Venice, FL)

by Sean Bieri

by Sean Bieri

No relation to any similarly-named burger joints, Smack McDonald’s started out as the Smack Restaurant in Sarasota before moving to Venice. Here’s a photo. Here’s another. Home of the Smackburger!

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Bugs of Ball Point: Well-Intentioned Borer

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The Dwarf House (Hapeville, GA)

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by Rich Watson

Rich Watson previously.

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”.

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Bugs of Ball Point: Spotty Beefweevil

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Chuck-A-Burger (St. Louis, MO)

by Matt Feazell

by Matt Feazell

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!

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Sucker Street is ready for your traffic.

SuckerStackedMedAs promised, my new webcomic’s here! Visit this link to follow the story and, if you like what you see, share it with friends.

The restaurant sketchbook series will return soon. Thanks for your patience while I launch this new project!

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Bugs of Ball Point: Slip-of-a-Thing

slip-of-a-thing

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Coming soon — Sucker Street!

Sucker Street in progressPictured on my drawing table: the first few pages of Sucker Street, my forthcoming webcomic. I’m preparing a printed version of the prologue for purchase this Saturday at the MSU Comics Forum. Then, beginning in March, I’ll be running the ongoing series here on fridge-mag.com, releasing a page a week until…oh, I dunno, however long it takes. Maybe the rest of my life?

This is a departure for me. As a minicomics creator, one of my personal challenges has been to tell a self-contained, one-shot story in 1-12 pages. Sucker Street, by contrast, will be a long-form serial with a sprawling cast of characters and multiple, interwoven story arcs. While I always intended for it to be a big story, I resisted doing it as a serial. Believe me, I tried to compress this big world I’ve created down to a single book, or even a collection of books. I’ve come to accept that this just isn’t that kind of comic.

Yeah, yeah, I know. You want me to get to the part where I tell you what the comic’s about. Okay, fine. It’s about a close-knit neighborhood in a floundering Michigan municipality (a fictitious one, although my home state has no shortage of live models to work from) and the people who live and work there.  The setting and a couple of the characters first appeared ten years ago (in very primitive form) in a 24-hour comic called A Quest for Quiet Cat Toys. The full comic’s there at the link, but it’s not required reading. A lot of changes have happened on the street since then.

Anyway, after 4 years of digging in my heels, I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone and release this thing into the world, page by page. Chapter One needs another rewrite and I still haven’t fully scripted Chapter Two or anything beyond. And— just between you, me and the internet—that kinda freaks me out. In a way, though, it’s nice to know I’m still capable of being freaked out by cartooning, after so many years doing it. I’m looking forward to this new adventure and hope you’ll join me. I’ll let you know when the comic goes live!

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