Columbus' latest attempt at a free humor and cartoon newspaper launches next Thursday, Sept. 18 at Kafe Kerouac. For co-founders Matt McClure and Wes Ruvalcaba, The Sequelialist started seven years ago when Matt would visit Wes in Columbus and they'd lament the lack of a paper dedicated to non-fiction stories told in cartoon form. Think "This American Life" told through illustrative storytelling, McClure told me during an interview at One Line Coffee in the Short North. "We're doing this because we want to," he said. "It's a passion project for both of us." The first issue of the monthly newspaper will feature Columbus artists Julian Dassai, Bryan Moss, Thom Glick and Lavinia Westfall.

Columbus’ latest attempt at a free humor and cartoon newspaper launches next Thursday, Sept. 18 at Kafe Kerouac. For co-founders Matt McClure and Wes Ruvalcaba, The Sequelialist started seven years ago when Matt would visit Wes in Columbus and they’d lament the lack of a paper dedicated to non-fiction stories told in cartoon form. Think “This American Life” told through illustrative storytelling, McClure told me during an interview at One Line Coffee in the Short North. “We’re doing this because we want to,” he said. “It’s a passion project for both of us.” The first issue of the monthly newspaper will feature Columbus artists Julian Dassai, Bryan Moss, Thom Glick and Lavinia Westfall.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

If I could put a cot in there and sleep there, I would. I got a tour of the archives once and that was like Indiana Jones opening the ark — face melting off. It was incredible. In the construction of [The Sequentialist], I spent a lot of time there reading old issues of Hoot [a former Columbus humor newspaper], and seeing other exhibits and art. It’s a fantastic resource, and the people there have been incredibly encouraging. I cannot recommend the place enough.

“The Magicians Land” by Lev Grossman

I just read the final chapter in his book series, which is essentially Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia from a humanistic, real world perspective. It’s absolutely amazing.

Cosmos

It’s been on in the background while I’ve been working on all this. It’s a breath of inspiration, and there’s a certain intelligence and beauty to the way [Neil deGrasse Tyson] presents everything. For someone who loves science and digging deeper into things ... that series is a constant inspiration. I’m a junkie for it.

Harvest in Clintonville

[Wes and I] started going after long production hours for a quiet, comfortable spot. We don’t eat when normal people eat unfortunately, so we’ll go right before they close or early dinner. There’s something very wonderful about simple food being made really complex. They know what they’re doing. The pizza, the drinks are fantastic, and I really like the turkey sandwich. I shouldn’t have been able to eat the whole thing, but I shoveled it into my face. It hurt so good.

Audible app

I cannot live without it. I keep it in my pocket and there’s a library of information, stories, books, newspapers and podcasts with me at all times. I don’t always have time to sit down and read a physical book. If you don’t like a book you can return it. There have been books I started and whether it’s the person doing the reading or the book itself, I can return it and get a new book. You can actually track people you like who read books. It’s so great. It’s just a fun app, for anybody who loves stories.

Wholly Craft

I love places that give creators opportunities to showcase their work. There are so many hoops to go through with the traditional channels, and now we have all these digital opportunities to sell your work, but Wholly Craft does that really well on a small storefront level. They bring the community in to do workshops and learn. There’s something else we’re working on [with Wholly Craft] that’s super-secret. I can’t announce anything yet. I was talking to them earlier last week and it was humbling to have people in the community we respect say what we’re doing is cool but what if we also did this, building on it.