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Daedalus Howell researches the recherche near the epicenter where arts, society, and culture collide. This magazine is a record of his explorations.

A Petaluma Boy Goes to Hollywood

CUT! Goddamn tourist trams. It's a hazard of the neighborhood we're shooting in, a tony faux burg that affords the beau ideal of establishing shots--a nice wide angle of the Leave It to Beaver...

Hold Me With Your Robot Hand

Neil Alden may have an artificial arm, but he has no tin ear. Despite being born without his right arm, Neil has yearned to play bass like his hero Michael Anthony of Van Halen....

The Late Projectionist Review

"...A torrid tale of angst set in a surreal little town a bit like Petaluma. Our narrator is a frustrated and slightly delusional would-be screenwriter coping with art, love, and life while searching...
Brenda Starr

Brenda Starr Creator Dale Messick Endured Deadlines and Sexism

"I'm a half-assed celebrity -- everyone knows Brenda Starr but nobody knows me," laughs cartoonist Dale Messick. "I still get fan letters after all these years -- five or 10 a week. They all want a sketch and an autograph because people collect these things. People collect anything. That's why I never take my [dental] bridge out -- they might collect bridges!" Messick is the creator of intrepid, fire-haired comic-strip news reporter Brenda Starr--an enduring conflux of stouthearted vixen, uber-frau, and svelte, impeccably coiffed career woman with a penchant for breaking news and difficult men.