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The Market Street Chess Players in Their Own Words: Wendy MacNaughton Explores 6th x Market in SF

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010

We first introduced you to Wendy last month before her show opening at Shoe Biz on Haight Street. Her quirky sketches and watercolors drew us in, keeping our minds pondering her witty phrases and honest portraits of people she mostly observed through years of commuting to work on both Muni and Bart.


This new comic, The Market Street Chess Players in Their Own Words (John and Marvin’s most of all), sees the artist immersing herself in subcultures of the city. The first in a new ongoing series Wendy is doing for The Rumpus, titled Meanwhile, she plans to exercise her drawing and communication skills by telling people's stories through sketches and quotes from different sets of SF residents.


We tagged along with her one day last week as she sketched some of the habitual chess players who frequent the public chess tables at 6th and Market Streets in San Francisco. The final result, just released this morning, is at once humorous, touching, and above all, honest. The texts she includes are all direct quotes from various chess players, with whom she spoke with and befriended over the course of a month-long study of these unique people.



The Market Street Chess Players in Their Own Words (John and Marvin’s most of all)

By Wendy for The Rumpus, a great SF-based literary community you can learn more about at


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