Commentary by Joshua Allen
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Week Twelve Match Preview

Hello Brooklyn

Dudes, who here loves getting their Civil War re-enactments on? Show of hands.

Don't even be shy about how you like to slowly buckle your cavalry saber and almost erotically apply your huge fake mustache and then head on down to the parking lot behind Applebee's to rain some Antietam down on goddamn Mitch from Sales.

OK so then we all know how civil wars are the bloodiest (and therefore awesomest) wars available today. And folks, that is exactly what we're dealing with in this week's match. The two gents battling it out not only actually know each other, not only have worked together before, not only are the in the same art and design collective—but will be competing in the same room

Oh my god, you guys. Can you even begin to imagine the tension in that tiny horrible room? Can you even imagine the stench?

So we've got two scrappy white guys in up-and-coming Brooklyn with wildly different styles. They both got their start making flyers for bands and are now doing groundbreaking design for top-notch clients all over the world. And we're putting them in a room and locking the door. I'm talking about two men entering and then, a little bit later, one man leaving. Bust a deal and face the wheel.

Will there be attempts at sabotage? Will there be slap-fights? Will they litter their layers with extremely personal attacks, the kind you can only make when you truly know and maybe even love your enemy? I almost guarantee it!

One question remains: Who is the racist Southerner and who is the carpetbagging Northerner? In my ridiculously strained civil war metaphor, I mean. Let's find out! Take my hand, won't you? I SAID TAKE MY HAND.

Jason Gnewikow

Our first ball-smasher is Jason Gnewikow, and when I ran spellcheck just now it said "gesundheit." NO OFFENSE JASON, JUST STATING THE FACTS. Jason cut his emo teeth playing guitar in The Promise Ring and also doing the graphic design for the band. This honed his chops for a full-on design career with his own Public Studio where he handles music packaging, editorial illustration, and identity design.

Matt Owens

Then over here we got Matt Owens, the principal of volumeone which was established in 1997, back when the marquee tag could still get you laid. He got his start running a punk label called The Buddy System in Austin. Nowadays he is doing print, web, and motion work for clients as well as himself.

Joshua Allen

Joshua Allen has abandoned all his other projects to work on his unpublishable novel, Chokeville. He quit The Morning News. The Knowledge for Thirst is on hiatus. The House of Wigs is defunct. I mean seriously what is his problem.


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