Cartoon Tuesday: Joe’s Parking and Vision Zero Comics

Parking Comics #1 from Melthology #14, art by Joe Linton
Parking Comics #1 from Melt-Thology #14, art by Joe Linton

It’s a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I wanted to share of pair of comics pages that I drew. These comment on issues that many Streetsblog L.A. readers care about: parking and Vision Zero. I think that parking, of all the issues that dramatically affect cities, is highly misunderstood, and I wanted to see if I could use a fun visual medium to begin to scratch the surface of the insights I’ve learned from parking expert Donald Shoup.

Vision Zero Comics from Melt-Thology #16. Art by Joe Linton
Vision Zero Comics from Melt-Thology #16. Art by Joe Linton

Apologies that these aren’t highly polished and thoroughly plotted masterworks. They’re a couple of my efforts at Melt-thology, a monthly “comics jam” event where aspiring comics creators crank out a comics page in less than three hours. The comics are then collected in a handsome xeroxed chapbook. Melt-thology takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month (for example, tonight) at Meltdown Comics at 7522 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

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