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Brice and His Birds

“It’s so easy to poop on everything,” Brice said, making an observation both about people and birds at once. “And I literally do it—poop jokes—but that’s not what I’m about.”

"Two Birds from Alameda" cartoonist, Brice. Photo Thushan Amarasiriwardena.
“Two Birds from Alameda” cartoonist, Brice reflects upon one of his comics. Photo Thushan Amarasiriwardena.

Indeed, his work is littered with poop jokes.

Brice (pronounced Breece) is the creator of the Island-focused webcomic, “Two Birds from Alameda,” which runs weekly in the Alameda Post and is posted on his Instagram page. The hyper-local cartoon strip playfully needles on quirks and qualms about Alameda through the tales of two avian friends, Seagull and Goose.



“Alameda was so much better back then in so many ways… Alameda is so much better now in so many ways.”

How is it that one of the few restaurants on this island with a seaside view is a mere McDonalds? Or why is it that the oft-ignored island-wide speed limit of 25 mph somehow still results in it being harder to get a speeding ticket than a ticket to Taylor Swift’s Eras tour?  And then of course there’s constant comment on geese poop at all our bayside parks.

Through the span of nearly 60 comics the past year, Brice—he prefers to go with just his first name—said he aims to bring a bit of levity to talk of the town. “The truth is it’s mostly for fun. If it’s not fun, there’s not much other reason to do it,” he said.

Alameda Post - "Two Birds from Alameda" cartoonist, Brice. Photo Thushan Amarasiriwardena.
“Two Birds from Alameda” cartoonist, Brice, and local inspiration. Photo Thushan Amarasiriwardena.

Walking around Crown Beach near his home, he motions over to the duck pond: “Here’s the stinky pond.” A lifelong Alamedan, Brice said much of his inspiration for the comics come from watching the birds here fight over marginal things. “They’re always arguing with each other,” he said.

In a recently printed zine of his comics, he draws closer comparisons between the birds and human Alamedans.

Alameda Post - Cartoonist Brice shows off the first issue of his comics zine. Photo Thushan Amarasiriwardena.
Brice shows off a spread from the first issue of his comics zine. Photo Thushan Amarasiriwardena.

“Seagull can represent those of us who have lived here ‘forever.’ Goose stands in for the ‘newcomers.’ Sometimes, I feel like a Seagull,” the artist said. ”Other times, I let Goose speak for me… I loved growing up here. Alameda was so much better back then in so many ways. I love that my boys get to grow up here. Alameda is so much better now in so many ways.”

Reevaluating the odiferous pond again, Brice remarked, “It’s actually good, it doesn’t stink today.”

And perhaps that’s the lesson—the nits about the Island just depend on how the wind blows.

Thushan Amarasiriwardena is walking all the streets of the Island and documenting it along the way at EveryStreetOfAlameda.com

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