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“Hello New York,” Lauren Beukes wrote on Instagram [@laurenbeukes], “I have traveled for 26 hours to see you, including limbo time in airports, to do these cool things in town this week.” She goes on to reel out a list of events and appearances.

This was last month when she and Dale Halvorsen aka Joey Hifi came to New York to promote their latest project–a horror comic titled Survivors’ ClubNYC is obviously the perfect place to launch a work that cool, but it also presents opportunities to hang out with friends, which the both did. They also visited MoMA and attended the New York City comic con.

New York city is a long way to fly from Cape Town, so the duo were clearly on a mission to make every minute of the visit count.

Next stop was LA where they met up with fans and fellow comic nerds at Meltdown Comics and did a good bit of book signing. Looks like the highlight of the LA visit was a trip to the legendary Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho.

35 hours of travel and a flight grounded for technical difficulty, the pair obviously arrived home exhausted. But we get the sense that they had a trip of a life time.

Congrats to Beukes and Halvorsen for a putting out a great book and getting the chance to promote it in a fun visit to the US.

Here is a selection of images from the trip tagged with Beukes’ hilarious Instagram captions.

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Turns out that Dale Halvorsen’s super power is having arms long enough for decent selfies. James hotel, New York City. Come catch us at some of the events we’re doing this week.

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“New York ComicCon day 2. Love the Haitian Wonder Woman (when all my interests align) We were at the DC stand under the son of the Bat, doing interviews and signing previews. Thanks to everyone who came out.”

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“Loved the Free Shrugs guys at NYCC. They did indeed give free shrugs. I got quality.”

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“Hey L.A. Joey Hi-Fi and I are heading your way! We’re doing a signing at Meltdown Comics on the 21st and adventuring around town. If you have recommendations of cool things to see and do, or feel like playing tour guide or taking us out for a drink, tweet me!”

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“The full LA experience. Doctors visit in the morning, vegan burgers, writing comics in a coffee shop next to a guy on his Bluetooth talking movie deals… To his mom. And then we got our car towed. We’re basically locals. Thanks Hollywood Urgent Care for the awesome care and service especially to the wonderful Noelle who helped us find out where the car was and drove us to the pound.”

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“Tuned to a dead station. TV garden, Echo Park.”

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“Bates Motel by night.”

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“Chased down the stairs of the Bates motel by Norman Bates himself. My dreamy expression explained by being stoned on fear from Alien vs Predator. One of the many, many awesome things we did at Universal’s Halloween horror night.”

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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