Poplin: Why ‘Jumpin’ Jim’ nearly got airborne

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We’d like to say straight away that all the journalists who write for The Ann are fascinating people and the stories they tell on these pages are meaningful and interesting.

Having said that, we have to say that this month’s centerpiece by Jeremy Wheeler is our most eagerly anticipated yet. We’ve wanted to tell a story in graphic novel form ever since we started this magazine four years ago. We were waiting for the perfect circumstances to arise. Then we heard about Jeremy. When he agreed to use these pages to give us all a glimpse into the future of Ann Arbor, well, our designer “Jumpin’ Jim”



McBee almost lived up to his nickname.

Everybody’s got talent, but Jeremy ended up with more than most. He can draw, write and think deep thoughts … and blend it all into a single experience. Be sure to check out his rare genius, and notice that he’s seeking your feedback. What did he get right or wrong about the future and what else should he have included?

Next up, in November, The Ann will take a look at the dismal condition of our local roads. We’ll ask state and local officials why our roads are so much worse than those in other states with similar weather.

On a personal level, we want to know why those massive tandem trucks — the 18-wheelers that morph into 36-plus-wheelers — are allowed not just on our highways, but to cruise through downtown. And why does it take half a year to pave an intersection?

We’ll bet you’ve got some questions of your own. Send them to us via phone, text, email, snail mail, Facebook or Twitter, and we’ll try to get some answers.

What does your crystal ball say about the future of Ann Arbor? Share it with your fellow readers of The Ann; email theannmag@gmail.com, visit facebook.com/theannmag or call 734-369-4239.

Kyle Poplin

Kyle Poplin is co-founder and editor of The Ann magazine.