Key West is a national anomaly that offers a unique charm unlike any other city in America. This southernmost point of the continental U.S. is rich with culture and folklore, is known for its reputation as a refuge for LGBTQ+, and has no shortage of unique characters, each with a story worth listening to. The famous Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is where it all comes together, a nightly festival for artists, vendors, and entertainers to capture the attention of tourists from around the world.
Drawn To Key West explores how Mallory Square evolved from the chosen anchorage of pirates to a staple attraction, creative haven for many visual and performing artists, and an integral part to Key West’s magic. The story delves into the art and lifestyle of the street performers, who are the backbone of it all.
– Writer & Illustrator –
Theresa Chiechi is a New York born illustrator/cartoonist now living and working in Key West, Florida. She constantly questions how she made all the correct life choices to get her to where she is today. All of her professional work can be found at theresachiechi.com or visit Instagram @la.fumettista for comical doodles.
– Colors –
Vanessa Matte is a freelance illustrator from Ottawa who loves cats and quesadillas. She is represented by Astound Us agency. Her illustrations can be found at https://nessillustration.com/
– Letters –
Ellen Chao has been putting pencil to paper since she was two years old and unfortunately does not intend to stop. She likes cryptozoology and making zines by hand. She currently lives in NYC, where she works as an illustrator and graphic designer. You can find her on Instagram at @100crows and see her work at ellenchao.com
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Drawn To Key West
Issue 1 - Mile Marker 0
The first installment of Drawn To Key West.
In this first issue, the story focuses on the history of Key West, the development of Mallory Square and the famed "Sunset Celebration," and talks with Jean Morabal (Blue) about his experience as a street performer.