This week on State of Art we’re talking with Anchorage artist Duke Russell. At the end of 2019, he released his first comic book called “My Paper Route.” It’s a lighthearted, but heartfelt look at what it was like being a young Russell trying to navigate the high hopes and crushing realities of a kid seeking financial independence. From deadbeat customers who refused to pay to his family skipping on rent in the middle of the night, it’s a child-like narrative told and illustrated in a way only Russell can.
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He tells us about his history with comics, self-reflection while sober and we get a taste of his current musical project, The Shirt Tuckers.
Duke Russell’s website
Duke Russell Experience Facebook (The Shirt Tuckers)