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Self Made man: Jeff Rowland

As we know from previous Self Made Man articles about online cartoonists and other artists whose work lives on the Internet, a lot of them stay afloat through merchandise sales; t-shirts, messenger bags, coffee mugs, etc. Retail management is its own... 

Self Made man: Chad Atlas

In my other TSB column, Awesome Men Throughout History, we looked at the strange but ultimately successful career of Bernarr MacFadden, a health and fitness guru who got Americans thinking about their longterm health in a more serious, goal-oriented way. I’d... 

The Self-Made Man: Marc Maron

Marc Maron and his groundbreaking comedy podcast, WTF, have been referenced a lot in my columns here at TSB, and I’ve often considered him for an Awesome Men Throughout History column, but upon reflection, I think Maron’s more of a Self Made... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Vic Green

This week’s Awesome Man Throughout History is cartoonist Vic Green, whose near-total obscurity is quite impressive in this day and age. Vic was a painter and cartoonist whose comic strip “Willie Dee” ran in newspapers from 1948 to 1952, and... 

The Self-Made Man: Gordon Lugauer

If there’s one thing that should be dead and buried by now, it’s board games. Think about all the dynamic, technologically-superior stuff competing for everyone’s very limited free time. It’s crazy to think that board games are... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Howard Werth

This week’s installment of Awesome Men Throughout History focuses on someone you should have heard of, but probably haven’t; musician and record producer Howard Werth. Werth was the frontman of Audience, a British art rock band that achieved... 

The Self-Made Man: Bryan Dwyer

This week’s Self Made Man, pizza enthusiast and Pizza Brain owner Brian Dwyer, might come across a bit sillier and less driven than other entrepreneurs in this series. Maybe he is, at least by conventional standards, and that’s okay. Not everyone... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Bernarr MacFadden

Some of TSB’s readers might think that current organic/gluten-free/juicing/etc. health fads are a modern thing brought on by fretful yuppies with too much disposable income. That’s only half-true, though; weird health and fitness trends have... 

The Self-Made Man: Jeph Jacques

Making a living as a working artist is ungodly difficult, on a scale that your average tech start-up couldn’t begin to imagine; while theirs can be a very stressful world too, at least techies’ skills are respected by the world at large. Try... 

Awesome Men Throughout History: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story is a familiar one in our culture; a brilliant artist who self-destructs and dies young. In his specific case, he died of a heroin overdose at 27, and only spent eight years as a proper working artist. I’m not here... 

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