Subway Ghosts by Chris Russell

Affinities, Print This!

February 24th, 2021

Chris Russell draws a lot, often on his commute, mostly on the 7 train in New York City. In 2018 he began drawing small portraits of fellow subway riders on acetate or transparencies, then photographing the drawings in the space the rider vacated when they left the train. He made a one-page mini-book from a few of these drawings, and he gave me a copy way back when. I asked him if I could share it with Siglio readers. He kindly said yes, so here it is.

Print it out (from the link above) on a 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper. To fold and cut your mini-book, follow Chris’s directions on YouTube (he taught a mini-comics book class for The Believer last year). Just make sure the first fold keeps the printed side on the outside!

Chris Russell is a visual artist whose work has been published in The Believer, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Poetry Ireland Review, among other places. He is the associate art editor of Stonecutter Journal, and is currently working on an extraordinary graphic translation of Witold Gombrowicz’s Cosmos, forthcoming from Siglio! You can find Chris on Instagram @herecomeseverybody and online at