Cartoon for a Pandemic Halloween

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Rivi Handler-Spitz, who uses Rivi as her cartoon moniker, says she’s been drawing “since I could hold a crayon.” But her official art training was just a one-week course at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction last year. Though now on sabbatical in Middlebury, Handler-Spitz is an associate professor in the Asia Languages and Cultures Department at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.; a fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina; and an author, editor and translator whose three books focus on classical Chinese and comparative literature.

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She has a sharp sense of (sometimes black) humor, which has helped her get through pandemic days. Handler-Spitz is a contributor to COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology, due in February from Penn State University Press. She sent this cartoon to Seven Days for consideration and, well, how could we say no? Trick or treat safely, people.

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