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- PRINT & PHOTO SERIES -

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CIVIL DEFENSE: LIBERTY

Created by Michael Tessler
Written by Philip Tice and Richard Christianson 
Art by Chandler Misseijer

It is New York like you’ve never seen it before. Set in the 1950s, it has become a walled off city-state in a vast post-apocalyptic American hellscape. We follow legendary gangster Lucky Luciano who seizes control of the iconic Coney Island and transforms it into his own personal gangster’s paradise. Lucky’s ambitions to capture Brooklyn put him into direct conflict with Manhattan’s de facto ruling family, the Rockefellers. Who will maintain control of the Big Apple when smugglers and criminals reign supreme?

 
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CIVIL DEFENSE: CITADEL

Created by Michael Tessler
Written by Philip Tice and Richard Christianson
Art by Wolfgang Landers

A group of soldiers stationed at a military installation in Southern California find themselves alone in the wake of a devastating attack against the United States. After their chain-of-command crumbles and a total communications blackout occur, they struggle to maintain order and discipline among their ranks. Unlikely leaders rise as small factions grow within the walls of Fort MacArthur. Their divisions reach a breaking point when refugees arrive at their door and a foreign enemy approaches from the coast.

 

FORGOTTEN HISTORY: COME FROM AFAR

Photography by J.W. Hendricks

Creative Direction by Michael Tessler

Costume Design by Bandera Jones

Hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the Americas, ancient runes and historic wedding rituals  indicate that the Vikings likely traveled to Mexico and the West Coast, meeting peacefully with the Seri tribe.  We explore the natives’ nonbinary cultural norms and beliefs, as well as why the meeting between Vikings and Mexican Natives occurred without conflict.

CIVIL DEFENSE: CITADEL 

Photography by J.W. Hendricks

Creative Direction by Michael Tessler

Costume Design by Ariel Werner

A group of soldiers stationed at a military installation in Southern California find themselves alone in the wake of a devastating attack against the United States. After their chain-of-command crumbles and a total communications blackout occur, they struggle to maintain order and discipline among their ranks. Unlikely leaders rise as small factions grow within the walls of Fort MacArthur. Their divisions reach a breaking point when refugees arrive at their door and a foreign enemy approaches from the coast.

BEFORE/AFTER

Photography by J.W. Hendricks

Creative Direction by Julia Tranfaglia

Costume Design by Michael Tessler

This historical photo series is a poignant portrayal of average Americans evolving during times of immense cultural change.  From riveters to housewives, punks to pencil pushers, this series showcases the incredible resilience and diversity of the United States throughout the decades.