Most of the time when young people reminisce about their 9/11 memories it’s not particularly impressive – maybe from living in New York, I’ve become desensitized to hearing the same story over and over. But this comic book that chronicles Brooklyn-based artist and photographer Mike Falco’s 9/11 experience MORE than worth reading.
One supposedly normal day in a middle school in upstate New York two kids decide to eat a tab of acid. The comic book retraces the beginning of their hallucinations and then ends with them watching the twin towers fall to the ground on television.
(Jeezus, imagine tripping on acid while watching that footage on T.V, shit was traumatic enough)
Mike elaborates about his experience below:
SUPERCHIEF: How did it feel to see the twin towers fall while tripping on acid?
Mike Falco: It was really surreal, serendipitous if you will. First off I was not only too young to comprehend the severity of the situation, but I was also too young to really be doing these drugs in the first place. Luckily I had Nate there with me, who was also bugging out and trying to make sense of what was happening.
Did you think it was real or just your imagination?
It was definitely real. I clearly remember my teacher grasping my hand when the towers fell and how clammy and foreign it was. Everyone was shooting us dirty looks because we couldn’t stop giggling and smiling. I was a real douche in middle school, always provoking the teacher and students, so I’m guessing that they just brushed it off as usual. If it hadn’t been for the chaos of the day I probably would have gotten caught.
What do you think of your misadventure looking back at it now?
For years I didn’t really talk about it because it just felt inappropriate. No one wants to be the guy bragging about taking drugs on a day that brings up so many painful memories. I wouldn’t have even considered making it a comic until my friend told me that it was a good idea. The process in retrospect was somewhat therapeutic, it gave me a chance to work out a lot of things that I never really took the time to process.