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How Jeremy Nguyen Went From Bushwick Satirist to New Yorker Cartoonist

Photo by Tony Wolf

Last time we spoke with Jeremy Nguyen, he had created a custom crayon for his newly released book of cartoons, Stranger Than Bushwick. The crayon’s color– Gentrify White— spoke to the wry satire found in his comics for Bushwick Daily. Volume three of Stranger Than Bushwick will debut this weekend at the MoCCA Arts Festival. It’s longer than the others, but will be “the last issue I publish for a long time while I move on to other projects,” according to the 27-year-old. That’s sure to disappoint his many local fans, but it’s hard to blame Jeremy for moving on. In January he started submitting cartoons to the New Yorker, a process that is notoriously selective. Incredibly, he sold his first one three weeks later, after pitching just 30 pieces. Since then, he has sold two more.

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‘This Is My Gym’: Illustrator Jeremy Nguyen Gets His Workout at Drink N’ Draw

The debut book from Joshua D. Fischer – and the first to come from Bedford + Bowery – is called Meet the Regulars: People of Brooklyn and the Places They Love.” To get you psyched for this hardcover collection of photos and interviews (out in May from Skyhorse Publishing), here’s another new installment of the series.

(Photos: Joshua Fischer)

(Photos: Joshua Fischer)

As an avid and committed artist, Jeremy Nguyen visits Drink n’ Draw sessions all over New York. But he considers himself a regular at the one every Wednesday at Bat Haus, a coworking space in Bushwick. This is where 26-year-old Jeremy goes to “work out” his life-drawing skills. It’s where he’s met friends and girlfriends. It’s where he vets potential candidates for gigs at a day job at a digital comics publisher. Most importantly, it’s where he can hang out with people without having to just go to a bar. “I’m kind of a lightweight,” he says.

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