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The Dispatch wrote Online strip chronicles move

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

BY KEVIN JOY

Rich Watson felt like a city mouse, nesting in a shoe-box-sized apartment, scraping together a living with a series of 9-to-5 jobs and hustling to survive the New York rat race.

Until he’d had enough. “People talk about New York in a certain way,” said the 36-year-old, who hails from the borough of Queens. “It reached this point: OK , I want to see what else is out there.”

So, in June, Watson packed up his belongings and moved into a friend’s West Side apartment to start anew in Ohio. The graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan is chronicling his relocation through an unusual medium: an online comic.

Since July, he has documented his transition to the Buckeye State through “City Mouse Goes West” — an animated, autobiographical look at Columbus through the eyes of a bespectacled rodent.

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