Creative Destruction

April 9, 2006

About Ampersand

Filed under: New Author — Ampersand @ 3:54 am

I (Ampersand, a.k.a. Barry Deutsch) was born to a queen in 1968. Well, not really, but I was born in Queens, which is even better.

Barry juggling, circa 2000Probably some folks here know me from my blog, “Alas, a Blog.

I’m a cartoonist; you can find more about my cartooning on my home page. Of particular note is my current, but for now apparently abandoned, comic book project, Hereville, and my ongoing political comic strip Ampersand, published in the lefty economics magazine Dollars and Sense.

Some favorite movies: Mulan, Fanny and Alexander, Ran, Henry Fool, Duck Soup, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Cyrano de Bergerac, Bullets Over Broadway, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sideways, Singing in the Rain, West Side Story, Pulp Fiction, City of Lost Children, Brazil, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.

Some favorite TV: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Deadwood, The Sopranos, Absolutely Fabulous, WonderFalls, Dead Like Me, Roseanne, Pennies From Heaven, Six Feet Under, West Wing, Medium.

Some favorite musicals: Sweeny Todd, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Bounce (notice a pattern?). Also Falsettos, The Secret Garden, Candide, Parade, Avenue Q, Wicked, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Some favorite comics: Cerebus (despite itself), From Hell, Zot!, Dicebox, Maus, Dykes To Watch Out For, Stuck Rubber Baby, Love and Rockets, the Weirdo-era R. Crumb, Peanuts, Pogo, Calvin and Hobbes, Krazy Kat, Barnaby, Cages, Understanding Comics, Finder, Usagi Yojimbo..

Some favorite books: Guns, Germs and Steel, The Riddle Master Trilogy, The Secret History, To Kill a Mockingbird, Big Fat Lies, Too Late To Die Young, The Accidental Tourist, Breathing Lessons, Red Mars, Duluth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, all the Harry Potter books (but especially Prisoner), Misery, Doomsday Book.

I live in a big house with a bunch of my friends (including “Alas” posters Kim (basement variety!), Bean, Charles, and Elkins) in Portland, Oregon; the house is painted bright blue with bubble-gum pink trim. Aside from that, I watch too much TV, work for a non-profit historic society (among my other hats, I’m a wedding coordinator), write about feminism, fat equality, and whatever else catches my interests, and beyond that I just hang out a lot.

You can send me email at barry (at) amptoons (dot) com.



  1. New blogger here at CN

    Well this doesn’t happen too often, but I’m pleased to announce that Cynical Nation has a new author — Adam Gurri of Sophistpundit. He’s been a regular commenter here for some time, and so will probably be familiar to most…

    Trackback by Cynical Nation — April 9, 2006 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  2. You’re about my sister’s age, but she can’t juggle.

    Comment by Lauren — April 9, 2006 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  3. Ahahaha! A Harold and Kumar fan!

    And a Firefly fan! I knew I invited you for a reason 🙂

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 9, 2006 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  4. found your blog today and stayed longer than i expected…what can i say? i’m an urbanite at heart…living on a tiny island in the middle of the pacific, and starved for intelligent conversation 🙂 aloha

    Comment by talulah — October 24, 2007 @ 1:53 am | Reply

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