Leah Wishnia is a reminder that being a lynchpin requires labor. As the founder, editor, and publisher of Happiness, the 26-year-old has harvested a biannual bumper crop of idiosyncratic young alternative cartoonists.
There’s a scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where one of the bad guys tries to press Indy’s face against a conveyor belt that would pretty much sand off his skin. Your first glimpse of a Heather Benjamin drawing feels something like that.
The Louisiana-born, Brooklyn-based 28-year-old MIT grad produces work at a slightly dizzying rate, in such a wide range of styles, genres, and formats that picking a logical starting point is difficult.