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Phantom of the Funny Pages

The pseudonymous new cartoonist behind “Nancy” is giving an old comic strip a millennial-approved update.

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ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON in September, Olivia Jaimes was hiding in a storage closet at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, Ohio. She’d been in there for two hours, watching episodes of The Good Place on her laptop and dressed like a chic fugitive—sunglasses, hair beneath a hoodie, face obscured by a scarf. In a few minutes, she would emerge to greet a crowd of admirers as the closing act of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus comic convention, her first and only public appearance to date. The library wasn’t really built for staged events, though, so the musty closet was the closest thing to a greenroom where a reclusive headliner could take shelter. It was filled with stuffed animals and puppets for the children’s section of the library, and an idea occurred to Jaimes: “I’m like, What if I

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