This year’s comix issue hits the stands today. The theme is “Declaration of Independents.”

There are a few dozen submissions online at City Pages website. A lot of them are really great…the editors must have had a tough time deciding which ones to put in the print issue.

Here’s mine. It’s about student loans.
The idea is this: if you’re 23 or younger and you fill out a FAFSA, you have to provide your parents’ tax info. The more money your parents make, the less financial aid you qualify for, regardless of whether your parents are actually able or willing to help with tuition. Pretty presumptuous, no?
If you qualify as in independent adult, you don’t have to factor in your parents’ tax bracket…but the criteria by which they determine independent status are designed to exclude most typical college students.