This next sequence is based on my memories of the Sunday night Open Mike at ABC No Rio, a performance space in a derelict building on Rivington street in the East Village. Toehead is based on Matthew Courtney, a dapper, baldheaded poet who hosted the Open Mike for most of the 80s. Matthew was the best emcee I ever saw, with a quick wit and timing like Bob Hope. This YouTube video captures Matthew in his prime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v20igMP-yk
Meta is based on no one in particular, but her plot line is taken from a notorious 1980s crime story (no spoilers!). Just for fun, I gave her the face of an ex-girlfriend.
First installment: https://www.patreon.com/posts/16348139
Previous installment: https://www.patreon.com/posts/16592530
Next installment: https://www.patreon.com/posts/welcome-to-zone-16860504