Watch a quick video about the project
MANCHESTER, NH – Bound by friendship and a mutual respect for the Queen City, wordsmith Will Stewart and cartoonist Peter Noonan are in the final stages of collaboration on what they hope will be the quintessential guidebook for all things Manchester: “An Insider’s Guide to Manchester.”
It’s a book in the making, announced on Sept. 6 informally but boldly, with invitations for friends – and friends of friends – to “like” the project on Facebook and follow along on Twitter @ManchGuide.
The Kickstarter launched Oct. 3. Stewart has until the end of October to raise the initial $7,500 to keep the project alive.
So, what should you expect from this who’s who and what’s what of the “queeniest of all queen cities”?
From the authors:
“An Insider’s Guide to Manchester” is organized geographically by neighborhood to encourage immersive exploration of the city. The book begins with a chapter on the Millyard, then proceeds outward from the Merrimack River. Each of the seven neighborhood chapters, plus an additional one covering Manchester’s suburbs, is broken down into sections aimed at helping readers identify both the more traditional and well-known aspects of each neighborhood, as well as more hidden, obscure, or otherwise off-beat finds known only to long-time residents.
Don’t worry: We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this epic tome. In the meantime, you can poke around here.
About the author and illustrator:
Will Stewart got his start in Manchester when he moved here in 2004, sight unseen, for a reporting job at the Hippo.
He stayed, anyway.
He is now President of the Greater Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, but keeps both feet firmly planted in the Queen City in his spare time, as co-chair of Bike Manchester and captain of the Oak Park Neighborhood Watch, serving as a Manchester Transit Authority commissioner, and is a board member for Friends of Wagner Park.
Peter Noonan also did time at the Hippo, as cartoonist and illustrator. A native of Manchester, Noonan is an an award-winning magazine illustrator, caricaturist, fine artist and the owner of NoonanArts design firm. He takes an unhealthy interest in all things political, and recalls that time, at a 1987 campaign rally, when he presented then-Vice President George Bush with a pencil drawing of the Veep, whereupon Bush responded: “Is this supposed to be me?!”
He says he’s still getting over it, although his cartooning skin has thickened a bit over the ensuing years, and kept his work equal parts edgy and relevant.
In fact, Noonan contributed several pre-primary editorial cartoons for Manchester Ink Link featuring Trump and Clinton, and we hope to see more from him as Election Day 2016, aka political Armageddon, bears down on us.