2013 Could be a Magical Year

It’s New Year’s Day 2013 and a lot of people are out there working on their New Year’s resolutions. Personally, when I hear the word resolution all I think of is dpi. (dots per inch for those of you who don’t dabble in pixels) I do, however, look at the New Year as a fresh slate and I make every effort to jump in, feet first, with a positive attitude and lots of ambition which uses up enough energy to have me exhausted by the end of week one.

This year, of course, has everyone staring down that infamous number “13″ as their triskaidekaphobia sets in, but after surviving the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar, what do we have to worry about?

In truth the number 13, though widely considered unlucky, has a long history of mystical powers supported by astrological and geometric significance.

If you would enjoy having your eyes burned out of your head by green type on a black page you can read an otherwise fascinating and informative web page about the sacred powers of the number 13 as it refers to the Holy Grail on the site The Vessel of God. www.thevesselofgod.com/thirteen

The number 13 has worked for me over the years. My mother and daughter were both born on the 13th, my daughter actually on Friday the 13th!

The number 13 has also had a significant impact on CO2 Comics. I’ve written often about DUCKWORK the newspaper that Bill Cucinotta and I published while in college at the Philadelphia College of Art in 1980-1982. This is where we first became involved with Matt Wagner, Mike Leeke, Joe Williams, Tina Garcaeu, Joe Matt, and Dave Johnson, all Comico and/or CO2 Comics collaborators.

DUCKWORK had an office, a lowly, tiny room that we had, literally, abducted from the security guards who had previously used it as a locker room. The DUCKWORK office sat on the south side of the ARCO Building on the corner of Broad and Spruce and was on the 13th floor! Those of you that have been in high-rise buildings know that, for superstitious reasons, most buildings do not have a 13th floor. This made our scrawny, little DUCKWORK office all the more magical and exciting place to be every day.  To compound the mystique, the entire floor had been abandoned, relegated merely for storage, only two rooms saw human involvement, our office and the new security locker room. We were in No Man’s Land and we loved it!

Duckwork Covers 1-6

The elevator ride to the office was usually a hectic and congested adventure which I personally avoided each morning by using the stairs. My trek up each of those thirteen flights was compounded by the thirteen city blocks I would walk after being dropped off by my neighbor’s father, who worked near the Franklin Institute. I counted each flight with labored breath, diligently anticipating the last step leading to door that opened to the 13th floor! Needless to say, going down was a lot easier!

Life on the 13th floor with the DUCKWORK crowd was the highlight of my college career that led to many comics publishing experiences and a lifelong friendship with Bill Cucinotta, my partner here at CO2 Comics.

Yup! The number 13 works for me and I am looking forward to a great 2013. I hope you are too!


Gerry Giovinco

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6 Responses to “2013 Could be a Magical Year”

  1. Raine Szramski says:

    My apartment number is incidentally 13. And I have two black cats. 🙂

  2. My birthday is the 26th, I’m 52, and my street address is 7540, all numbers divided evenly by 13 ( x 2, 4 and 580 respectively) oh and I have a black cat too!

  3. Steve says:

    Is the Dave Johnson you worked with the same Dave Johnson who is going to be at MegaCon in Florida next month? I went to the MegaCon website and got excited to see that someone named Dave Johnson will be there and when I looked up his credits I saw the Robotech work. But then the picture of the Dave Johnson you have on this blog doesn’t match up with the pictures of the Dave Johnson that I’m finding for the MegaCon guy. Do you know if it’s the same guy?

  4. Steve, the Dave Johnson at MegaCon is not our Duckwork/Robotech Dave. You would not be the first person confused by this.

  5. co2admin says:

    Steve, The Dave Johnson at MegaCon is not our Duckwork/Robotech Dave Johnson. You are not the first person confused by this.

  6. Steve says:

    Thanks for the answer. You’ve saved me the bit of embarrassment I’d feel if I asked the MegaCon Dave if he was Robotech Dave. I’ll guess I’ll be leaving my Robotech comic at home now.

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