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This first panel was an incident that I read about being a true story. A New Yorker slips on ice, another person offers help and the New Yorker says “fuck you.” I just had some fun and pushed it to the ridiculous. I was looking at the cartoonist, Milt Gross when I drew this. I felt a strip like this needed a more sketchy, breezy drawing style to get you in and out of the panels as quickly as possible — but still have some funny looking characters. And before any New Yorkers get bent out of shape I want you to know that I lived in Manhattan for close to 20 years and I know New Yorkers can be kind — but I also know the knee jerk “fuck you” attitude that comes from being squished on an overpopulated concrete island.
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