Neal Breton

A New Hampshire native, Neal has been a professional artist for 20 years. He studied painting at Pasadena City College under Douglas Bond, a successful and published artist known for his realistic representations. After a stint in Los Angeles, Breton moved to the Central Coast where he opened a short-lived art supply store. Currently he illustrates for New Times and curates regularly for Studios on the Park. He was the inspiration for the character of Neal in Ashley’s book, The Scourge of the Righteous Haddock.



Reid Cain

Dr. Reid Cain, Esq is at once a fake doctor and fake lawyer. He can oft be found dispelling his “wisdom” from his throne five days a week at Dr. Cain’s Comics in downtown San Luis Obispo. He is 5’6″, a buck sixty five, plays cheap guitars in a number of local musical projects including punk rock sweethearts Magazine Dirty and honky tonk heroes The Tarweed Two with his soon-to-be-wife Hayley Thomas. He has been known to draw funny pictures and paint fancy ones. If he had more time he would surf a lot more.


Maeva Considine

“Philanthropist, humanitarian, animal rights activist, and political powerhouse.” These were all words use to describe John F. Kennedy. Probably. Maeva Considine’s mother and friends would describe her as a “cantankerous, lazy eater, and part-time furry, semi-illiterate, soft-skulled idiot-savant.” These descriptors might not share the same shiny and positive veneer as JFK’s biography, but then again her friends are mostly jerks and convicts. In Maeva’s waking life she edits the events section of a small town alt-weekly paper and contributes writing frequently. In her sleeping life she is the owner of several Taco Bell franchise locations, and a custom Fiat that also doubles as a submarine. She shares a house with a cat and a nice elderly couple that happened to birth her.

Accomplices-MattFountainMatt Fountain

He had it all going for him: a rewarding job, an apt social life, a plentiful bank account, good health. Then he started working under the draconian Schwellenbach regime at New Times. Now he can be found spending his few hours of free time sobbing into pint glasses in dark houses of ill repute, begging for change and asking strangers to apply Neosporin to the whip lashes on the part of his back he can’t reach.





Mignon Khargie

Salon alumnus Mignon Khargie is a design director of She is an author and illustrator, and dabbles in pottery by way of







Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller is a husband, father, editor, and writer. Also, he reads. A lot. He’s worked at New Times Media Group since 2000 and has freelanced for local, regional, and national publications, including California Northern, the Knight-Batten Innovation Award-Winning 48 Hour Magazine, and San Louie. He’s also very slowly working on something called the Loteria Project, which gathers stories and art inspired by the traditional Mexican game of chance. He collects loteria decks, thimbles, dragons, teas, and first-edition books. Ryan has been known to participate in FAWM, which encourages people to write and record 14 songs in the 28 days of February; though he’s never successfully completed the challenge, he’s penned some tunes of which he’s particularly proud. His favorite authors are Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, and Italo Calvino.

Nick Powell

What can one say about Nick Powell that hasn’t already been said about Ernest Hemingway, Don Draper, and that guy from the Dos Equis commercials? Well, Nick may be narrowly renowned for his writing skills and charm, but many people don’t know that he’s actually a college drop out/ teenage father who did manual labor until he realized that writing articles was a lot easier. He began his career as an intern for the alternative weekly newspaper, New Times, and rose through the ranks to become a staff writer. His work has also been published in San Luis Obispo County Visitor’s Guide, Central Coast Active, and Sierra Magazine.


Colin Rigley

In the spring of 1982, a sperm squirmed its way into the egg that was to become Colin Christopher Rigley. Some 30 light years away, stars formed and exploded, sending extraterrestrial particles screaming toward the Earth. After approximately 11,000 days, that journey of light and matter and accidental procreation coalesced into this very profile—the one you’re reading right now. Following his uteral escape, Rigley worked for a variety of Californian newspapers, such as New Times, where he covered the Morro Bay Aquarium (aka, “The Saddest Aquarium on Earth“), mounting violence at Atascadero State Hospital, and the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.   Twitter   Facebook   LinkedIn


Lena Rushing

Lena Rushing is a Central Coast narrative painter of strong women in strange company.






Accomplices-AnnaWeltnerAnna Weltner

Anna Weltner spends her days underground as arts editor for the San Luis Obispo, California alt-weekly New Times. The sun burns her porcelain white skin, but come nightfall, she has been known to bust a move. Weltner also enjoys reading books, speaking German to her cat, and doing yoga awkwardly at work.




  Accomplices-BryceWilsonBryce Wilson

Bryce Wilson is a freelance writer, and the author of Son Of Danse Macabre, a personal history of the last 30 years of horror. You can also read Bryce’s work in Paracinema Magazine, and the San Luis Obispo New Times where he has served as the retro film critic for eight years.




Chris8570_10151725953268355_1311059545_nChris White-Sanborn

Chris White-Sanborn has been scattering words across the New Times canvas for a few years now, when not archive-binging the reviews of Roger Ebert or inviting restraining orders with the lyrics of his favorite ukulele tunes. This long-time choir member’s gallimaufry of wit is perhaps nowhere more evident than in “Cougars & Mustangs,” a weekly New Times column for Central Coast college students that Ashley Schwellenbach passed onto him shortly after beginning his second internship there. While often a venue for promotion of various student-relevant art events, unique experimentation with narrative voice allows frequent dips into the comedically absurd, the bitingly opinionated, and occasionally even the soberingly heartfelt, as in one strip taking a serious eye to a widely-advertised apocalypse. Ardent and geeky, prone to giggle when someone unknowingly speaks in iambic pentameter, and totally-not-crushing-on-Imogen-Heap,-where-did-you-get-that-idea?, this young poet hopes to approach his future with a bright outlook, because really, it’s going to be a good one.


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