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Be in a comic! The Wonder City is a graphic novel that traces the mythological origins of New York City and we want you to be a part of it.
62 backers pledged $5,518 to help bring this project to life.

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The Wonder City Book Release Party and Comic Creator Meet-Up!

Posted by Courtney Zell & Justin Rivers (Creator)

What lies between history and myth? Join the us for a few beers and find out on June 29 at 7:00 p.m. at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn-based blog, F’ed in Park Slope, along with comic creators, Justin Rivers and Courtney Zell, invite you to celebrate the release of the first volume of their self-published graphic novel, The Wonder City: The Great Whale of Coney Island, a series that intertwines the secret mythology of New York City with a centuries old mystery. A work in progress for 5 years, The Wonder City is a successfully-funded Kickstarter project, and Justin and Courtney would like to say thank you in person for making the book a reality!!

Meet-up with other comic creators and pick up your very own copy of The Wonder City! There will be a chance to win amazing door prizes: a custom-made bike rack from Brooklyn-based Gowanus Furniture Company and other great prizes!

Visit for more information!

Party Details:
Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m
The Bell House, 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), Brooklyn
F/G to 4th Avenue

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The Wonder City is On Sale

Posted by Courtney Zell & Justin Rivers (Creator)

Dear Kickstarter Backers,

I'm sure by now most of you have heard that the first volume of The Wonder City, The Great Whale of Coney Island, but as of today they're officially for sale!

Financially, this is largely in part to your generosity and your belief in our work. And since we feel we haven't said it enough, THANK YOU! 5 years ago if you were to tell me on June 1, 2011, Courtney and I would be selling an entire graphic novel I would've told you it was wishing thinking. Instead you helped make it a reality.

So, with that, our book is available through our website on amazon and etsy! Within a week or two there will also be an ipad version available through a company called Lush Comics. Coming soon will also be an android and iphone app as well, which we are very excited about.

Also, save the date: on June 29th at 7PM in Brooklyn, we are having our official launch party at The Bell House in Brooklyn, but we'll save that for another email.

We sincerely hope you enjoy it. And please, any and all honest feedback is greatly appreciated.

We have one more request: If you enjoy the book and think it's worth the read please spread the word. Tell all your friends and family. Our continued success now depends on word-of-mouth and yes, sales. The book can be easily purchased through amazon from our website at Also, be sure to check the blog through our website from time to time. Starting next week I'm going to be putting up some fun supplemental material that will give clues to what happens in the next book.

Thank you for keeping us company along the way and, most importantly, thanks for visiting The Wonder City. 

With gratitude,

Justin & Courtney
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First Look Friday-Pg. 80

Posted by Courtney Zell & Justin Rivers (Creator)

It’s actually on Friday this week. This is progress.

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First Look Friday (ish)-Pg. 79

Posted by Courtney Zell & Justin Rivers (Creator)

Almost there...

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First Look Friday-Our New Home

Posted by Courtney Zell & Justin Rivers (Creator)

No page today for all you first lookers. This week we are featuring our brand new website. Go on over and take a look:

Many thanks to Jo Tsai who put her time, effort and incredible talents into putting together the website for us.

And this Monday I will be rebooting The Case Files of Tobias Finch. This is the story of how Velma, shadowing an aging gumshoe, really becomes the Velma we come to know in The Wonder City. So stay tuned for that. I promise it will be a fun read.