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About michaellewisart

I am an artist, cartoonist, collector of hats, books, comics, toys, and movies. I am a big Film Noir and Hardboiled Fiction Fan. I am a fumbling memoirist (its hard when your my age and the memory is shot), an inveterate punsters and a computer illiterate (but doing the better). I've worked in the social services for some 33 years. I grew up in Las Vegas but have lived in Canada most of my life. I like Randy Newman, the Coen Brothers and Raymond Chandler. I like Thomas Hart Benton and Otto Dix. My mindscape is decorated mostly by the 1930s and the 1940s. I enjoy meeting new people, even when I've met them before.

ALAS, IN WANDERLAND, SEA CZAR CITY, VOL. 6, PAGE 25

I knew that Pine, a master of disguise, was somewhere in the gloom, but where?

Was he one of slushers, or the little old lady with the ratcoon on her lap?

Too late I realized there was something out of tune with the bandstand’s decor.

Not a second later I heard Conya shriek, having been slapped by a running bit of tropical foolage.

Pine was the palm.

He was leafing through the door with Conya’s key in his open frond.

I had rented some guards and they were a lot per suit but I knew they still wouldn’t catch him.

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A LOT PER SUIT

 

 

ALAS, IN WANDERLAND, SEA CZAR CITY, VOL. 6, PAGE 24

After my hangup, I found a smith named Jones to dummy  up a key to nothing.

I asked Conya to wear it as a dependant at the night’s manual Snow Ball Fling.

She looked great and I admit I wouldn’t have turned down a roll in the sleigh, but nothing was sled.

Conya pretended to open the Rink Panther’s cage with the counter fit key, while she slipped me the original after Sid Freeze and Joy brought the skating cat out on thin ice.

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SID FREEZE AND JOY

 

 

ALAS, IN WANDERLAND, SEA CZAR CITY, VOL.6, PAGE 23

“Hey” Lee Z. continued, “I even found Holly Bridgair”s dog, Bikini.

Remember it took a running quite a while back after she got a dogpass from Redlamb Prison for the Sea Czar City Smart Dog Contest?

Looks like it didn’t want to go back to do more kennel time.

The cemetery residents have been sharing their bones.

She’d toughened up quite a bite with her trip up  river.

She’s now staying with Doghouse Brown at the Lost And Pound.

I hear Holly Bridgair will be out  soon, so terrier and terrorist will be a pair again.”

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DOGHOUSE AND BIKINI

 

 

ALAS, IN WANDERLAND, SEA CZAR CITY, VOL. 6, PAGE 22

I borrowed the day phone to call Lee Z.

He answered with a “She was only a banker’s daughter but oh my, did she know what to do with her endowment.

Hija Bumclue.”

I asked about his cemetery  assignment.

“Nearly departed!

Turns out the turnover was your granddad’s spooky business partner.

The Spector Of The Lost Lunchman”s Mind was gravely dispirited and was trying to dig up a little company.

I hooked him up with Ghost Of A Chance, ‘the dating service for the recently deceased’.

He and Lady McDoom are currently seeing through each other and all is fine.”

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LONGVIEW AT A SHORT PEER

 

 

ALAS, IN WANDERLAND, SEA CZAR CITY, VOL 6, PAGE 21

French Slappers were originally frenzied duelists who first settled Mount Seeall but Lou Pine took his lineage latterly, being a master second-story man with a thing about keys.

Conya was worried because the famous Rink Panther had been borrowed from Clowntown and to insure the safety of the skating cat, there was only one key to it’s enclosure which Conya kept on her at all times.

I had treed Pine once before so knew him for a sticky adversary.

Toboggan with Conya didn’t seem right, so when she asked me my rate, I smiled and told her: “A dollar a day and all I can sleet,”

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THE SECOND STORY MAN

 

 

ALAS, IN WANDERLAND, SEA CZAR CITY, VOL.6, PAGE 20

After I debarked from the rough wooden seats on the Cantorberry Rail And Ferry, I headed for The Broken Bone Bar at the She Shall Lay.

I was looking for a little winter snort of Old Jack Horner.

As I expected, there in the manager’s booth was Conya Penny, daughter of TV star Jake Penny, world champion fleer, former Old Limp Pix model and quite a cooker.

“Slalom!”, she said when she looked up, “Just the Gumchew I’ve been waiting to see.

Lou Pine, the French Slapper is back on the mountain!

He slapped a couple in their cabin last night, then stole their keys.

You know what this will do to my trade if word gets out?”

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AT THE SHE SHALL LAY

 

 

ALAS, IN WANDERLAND, SEA CZAR CITY, VOL. 6, PAGE 19

The first thing, next morning, I went to Secondhand Stan”s to see what he had in a nervous duck down.

Just inside the door I ran into Pete Skates.

I asked him where he was going with an old suitcase.

“For Heaven’s sake,” he answered “I know I’ve got to get a grip.”

“You run off again,” I told him “and your name will be Flood with me and half the town.

The valise you can do is letter see your a man and not a postcard.”

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SECONDHAND STAN’S

 
 
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