Crusher Comics (AKA ChrusherComix) Issue Selector!

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ChrusherComix (Chris’ Crusher Comics) were founded in 1988 in a high school study hall. Innocent, goofy, immature, and slapstick violence eventually morphed into somewhat more mature offerings, and into what is now the final chapter in the story – End Cycle. Enjoy!

ERA FOUR: 2007-up

For the fourth era of ChrusherComix, a mature, thrilling story is in store.

End Cycle – Part #1

A serial killer has been systematically slaughtering people all over the world. And although forensic artist/private detective Chace “Chrusher” Kristoph has been tracking the psychopath for over a decade, he may have unwittingly become a target. All the while haunted by a beautiful woman from his past. A globe-spanning thriller about crime, love, hatred, and revenge. This Graphic Novel is being debuted in serialized comic book format before released as a book. This is the Rated-R edition of the book. Go to the 1st page to begin reading!

End Cycle – Part #2

The End Cycle graphic novel continues as we meet a Senator Stephen Foule, the intriguing relationship he has with his beautiful assistant, and we learn more about the grizzly murder scene as Dr. Welker examines the corpse found in issue #1.

What you have read above is not all there is to tell. The author has twenty years of interrelated (but interdependent) comics that occur before that storyline. They are as follows…

ERA ONE: 1988-1994

Year One – Origins, 1st Appearances, and Freshman Follies

In 1988, an Oswego High School freshman named Chris Stevens decided to take his talent of drawing and entertain himself and his friends by drawing a sketchbook-with-a-storyline featuring character-driven comedy and violence. It became a hit. This whole website is devoted to the ongoing series that started as sketches on lined paper and evolved into the sophisticated professional artwork you see today. Enjoy!

In the late 1980s at an everyday high school in Oswegonia, a war is brewing between a band of nerds and misfits known as The Welforce, inept and corrupt school faculty, low-level criminal masterminds, and a band of teen quasi-vigilantes known as The Conquerors – led by a lad known as Chris Crusher – or Chrusher for short. Starting in 1988 when 14-year-old Christopher Galletta Stevens drew a comic book in high school study hall to entertain himself and his friends. The book continued ever since, and — after never seeing print and being in storage for two decades — has now finally seen publication! Read the exciting, humorous, and highly action-packed “sketchbook with a storyline” from the first crappily-done issues! The saga ends in the new interrelated — but not interdependent — “Chrusher: End Cycle” – which is also being printed simultaneously. Enjoy the unknown comic book which readers call the funniest ‘unknown’ comic they ever read!

Classic ChrusherComix #1 | Chrusher vs. Foule vs. Butski!

It is the year 1988, and two 14-year-old high school misfits and nerds — named Mike Butski and Ronald Foule — have a fight in the Oswegonian High School hallways, then drag Chris Crusher into their spat. This seemingly meaningless high school disagreement birthed a twenty year grudge match which spreads all the way to the “Chrusher: End Cycle” graphic novel. Witness the humble beginnings of the “ChrusherComix” universe and watch it grow from an amateur, silly serial in a high school notepad twenty years ago to a full-fledged comic book today. The complete collection begins with this issue, which is itself a collection of the first three mini-issues in normal comic book format. Enjoy! Story & art from 1988 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 20th Anniversary cover from 2008.

The Fury of the Teenage Mutant Raking Cow | CLASSIC CHRUSHERCOMIX #2

“Chrusher” must face the crazed student known as Scott “The Cow” – and the madness of his lethal rakes. Yes, I said rakes. But Cow is not the only foe that is lurking… a powerful enemy with an insatiable desire for inflicting pain is waiting in the wings for violent revenge! A digitally re-mastered collection of the “Chris’ Crusher Comics” Mini-Issues #4-6 from 1988 printed for the very first time! Story & art from 1988 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 20th Anniversary cover from 2008. Read.

The Obliterator’s Revenge | Crusher Comics Classics #3

The Obliterator – a ‘roid-raging bully to pwn all bullies – is back, and he has not forgotten when Chrusher and Terminator has done to him. Revenge – especially in the hands of an unstoppable madman with incredible strength and determination – is a most lethal combination. An important afterschool special on how ‘roid rage can be cool when the comic’s protagonists get their asses beat down, and a janitor gets killed because, well, fvck it… he was stupid enough to intervene when s#it was going down. The bastard. Story & art from 1988 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 20th Anniversray cover from 2008. Go.

Rake Science | Classic ChrusherComix #4

Scott “The Cow” Gagnoni returns, and “the power will be too much for “Mish Wood!” When Cow takes over the class, he – with his perverse assistant, Justin ‘Strangler’ Plankton – begins to school his fellow classmates in the art of – RAKE SCIENCE! What is rake science, you say?  Find out. One of the stupidest, yet funniest comics in the 1st season of Crusher Comics. Story & art from 1988-89 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 20th Anniversary cover from 2009.

#5 | The Night Rise of the Grim Raker | Crusher Comics Classic #5

Justin Plankton’s severed arm (at the hands of a high school student dressed like a ninja and flailing a katana blade around) has cost him his life. But in the 1980s, there was this problem of dumping toxic waste everywhere and making hings mutate. Well, the toxic waste was dumped on Justin’s grave. Yeah, you know what happens when that happens. Yep. All that and Keith “Slasher” Clarkson has a showdown at the high school dance with Preston” Pain Master”, another wanna-be ninja. Story & art from 1989 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 25th Anniversary cover from 2013. Go. Read.

 #6 | Welforce™, The | Chrusher Comix Classics #6

When police apprehend the juvenile delinquent hooligan nerds that were raiding Charity boxes, The COMMANDAH’ decides to utilize them instead of punishing them. He gave them a job! Hired to now protect the locations they once stole from. This new unit is called… THE WELFORCEStory & art from 1988-89 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 20th Anniversary cover from 2009.

#7-8 | Hitman RaYzor’s Hostile Takeover | Welforce II – Classic ChrusherComix #7

The fourteen-year old high school freshman who calls himself Hitman – and who others call him (S)Hitman – RaYzor Cadildo has a master plan. As a member of Welforce by default – as they moved in on his elementary school pro-wrestling grounds and adapted him into their ranks – he plots to join Chrusher’s Conquerors at the expense his fellow – and soon-to-be-former – Welforce agents. Betrayal, backstabs, maniacal laughter, sadistic smackdowns and mass-defeat are soon to follow. RAISE YOUR FULL-LOADED CONDOM LAUNCHERS! FIRE! (Also includes the bonus issue #8: “(S)Hitman Comics!” written and storyboarded by Ray Castaldo!) Story & art from 1988-89 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 20th Anniversary cover from 2009.

#9 | MEGA-RON!, (Puberty Strikes and the Menace of…) | Welforce II – Classic Crusher Comics #9

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Ronald’s feelings towards the opposite sex are finally awakened after he stumbles upon Mike Butski drooling over a Playboy. Prior to that, he had no idea men and women had different naughty parts! And here you thought he was gay! Silly you! So then he basically attempts rape, grabbing the arm of the 1st hot chick he sees (a very cute leggy, shapely brunette classmate, yowza!) walking down an alley. Naturally, he then gets muto-raked up the wazoo, he transforms into a transorganic Megatron. He then realizes he can finally overpower his worst enemies… Hitman RaYzor and Chrusher! “Mega-Ron!” is born! Story & art from 1988-89 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 25th Anniversary cover from 2014-15. Go.

#10 | The Wrath of the Rake – Season One Jumbo-Sized Finale!

Chrusher, Terminator, and Crasher may have bested Obliterator in the past. And Slasher may have hospitalized Cow and Wanna-be-Ninja Chadtraw may have killed Justin who became the Grim Raker… year year. But… see… they combined forces in the hospital. Now… the Conquerors and Welforce will have to combine forces to defeat this mad trio. A trio who brutally attacks and devastates Terminator! Can the Conquerors and Welforce co-exist and defeat these new evil super group? Jumbo-sized finale to season one! Enjoy! Story & art from 1989-90 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with 25th Anniversary cover from 2013.

Year Two:

#11 | The Rize of The RaYzor (Jumbo-Sized Issue)

Year Two bring Clouds of Darkness… a time most foreboding to the ChrusherComix Universe. As hulking monster punks calling themselves “The Mutant Mobsters” take over Oswegonian High, Chrusher has gained a small amount of attention and fame when his exploits as a justice-loving high school vigilante (and his good friend Aaron Terminator’s mysterious passing) get noticed in the high school newspaper and television station. Secondly, the attention has garnered him interest between three young ladies – classmates of his, and while one would think that the lustful affections of three well-developed teenage girls would be heavenly for teenage Chrusher, his shyness around pretty girls and the attention from jealous boyfriend rivals is anything but for our young hero. Meanwhile, Hitman “RaYzor” Cadildonian is in a race against time as he must try to stop Chris “Crasher” Chassis from telling Chrusher the truth – that RaYzor attempted to destroy Crasher to take his place in the Conquerors as Chrusher’s 2nd in command. He enlists David Scruanot to help. All while Chrusher’s little brother’s friends want to join in Chrusher’s Conquerors, and create super-hero secret identities to impress the older Conquerors. One of them, the  juvenile named Robbie “Roboman” Reegun, an immature 12-year-old boy – with an unhealthy obsession with evil masterminds in both human history and fiction – dressed up on a metal suit that dangerously emits lethal amounts of energy, and Chrusher is caught in an electric blast that leaves him incapacitated and believed dead. A will believed left by Chrusher instruct the remaining Conquerors to have a No Holds Barred/Mixed- Martial-Arts/Wrestling/Boxing battle royale at Fort Crusher to determine who will become the new leader. RaYzor cheats to win, and leads the Conquerors into battle against the Welforce. But are they too much for RaYzor’s abilities? [Story from 1989-90 by Christopher Galletta Stevens, but due to being lost/destroyed, the comic is reproduced with both surviving story & art from that year and additional retconned material from 2014-up.] Read it.

#12 | The Last DaYz of the Glare – Part 1 – Crusher is Gone?! RaYzor In Command?!

Chrusher is dead. Killed by the juvenile named, “Roboman” Reegun, an immature 12-year-old boy – with an unhealthy obsession with evil masterminds in both human history and fiction – dressed up on a metal suit that dangerously emits lethal amounts of energy. Instructions left by Chrusher deemed the remaining Conquerors to have a No Holds Barred/Mixed- Martial-Arts/Wrestling/Boxing battle royale at Fort Crusher to determine who will become the new leader. RaYzor cheats to win, and leads the Conquerors into battle against the Welforce and their new leader – Ian “The Brain” Babble, who disposed of prior leader David Scruanot and easily outsmarted Butski and Foule. But are they too much for RaYzor’s abilities? His massive ego takes a tremendous blow when the unthinkable happens. Story and art from 1990. Read it.

#13 | The Last DaYz Of The Glare: Part II – Welforce Triumphs

After being defeated by Welforce, in what would be the 1st ever defeat the Conquerors took vs. the gang of misfits, Commander RaYzor is gradually losing control of the Conquerors, and with it, his sanity and his hair. He also wasn’t prepared for the massive target placed on one’s back when becoming leader of the Conquerors… namely Chrusher’s arch enemies. *Cough* Obliterator… *cough* more murderous than ever… *cough* Story and art from 1990 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#14 | The Last DaYz Of The Glare: Part III – Crusher is Back… RaYzor Snaps.

Chrusher returns from his apparent death/coma and amnesiac episode (because that has never happened before in fiction, right?) to greet his comrade RaYzor, who watched over the Conquerors while he was gone. But something’s wrong. RaYzor has snapped – lost to Welforce, mutinied by the Conquerors, defeated by Obliterator AND Ron Foule, lost most of his luxurious hair, lost what little weight he had, and near suicide, has now turned homicidal, and turned fire on Chrusher upon his comeback! And he isn’t the only one with sights on his death! The saga FINALLY starts developing some of those seeds of the grander plot that have been carefully buried throughout the story thus far (and thusly, most people have all missed). Story and art from 1990 by Christopher Galletta Stevens. Enjoy!

#15 | The Last DaYz Of The Glare: Part IV – The Asylum with Guns n Poseurs

RaYzor has been incarecrated and instiutionalized. Apparently, the mad rise and fall that began in Welforce #1 has finally hit rock bottom. But RaYzor meets his role models – Guns n Roses – in the Asylum?! Wait… that’s not them. Looks like ’em… but not them. Will RaYzor be on the road of recovery? Or will he relapse? Find out. Story and art from 1990-91 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

Year Three

The 3rd season of Chris’ Crusher Comics (portmanteau is ChrusherComix) began a far more grittier storyline with somewhat more edgy artwork (and far more detail). The greatest growth in art quality is seen between the 1st and 3rd year of my comics, all seen here on this website. Even so, typos (well, misspellings, as I hand-wrote all the text) are often seen, as well as MANY pencil smudges. My high school art teacher – a talented painter whom I greatly respected – appreciated my pencil work, but suggested to me to ink my work to preserve it, to which I did in the following season, 1992. Enjoy VOLUME 3!

 

#16 | The Chaos Conjuror! The Revelation of Babah & The Bloodsword Seeker

It is the year 1991, and a new villain has been revealed. As seen in last season’s “Last DaYz of the Glare”, someone has been trying to assassinate Chrusher, hiring his friend and fellow Conqueror RaYzor, mutant-like gangsters, Ninjas, his greatest foe Obliterator, and even a now perished girlfriend. The greatest challenge lies ahead for the Conquerors – Oswegonian High School Justice-Seeking Vigilante Team. And a prelude into one of the most perplexing, odd, unique, dangerous, insane, sadistic, immoral – and hilarious characters in the ChrusherComix Universe – Steven “The Renegade Barbarian Bond” Howeird!Let the madness of Howeirdmania begin! Story & art from 1990 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#17 | The Bezerker! The Hybrid Renegade Barbarian – Steven Howeird | Year 3: Issue #2

Wallowing in the dump after being humiliated after being bested by fellow new recruits while trying out for the Conquerors, what little sanity Steven had has now been extinguished. He begins chanting in an undetermined (and possibly made up?) language, says he is the offspring of several nonsensical mixes of ethnicities (that would be difficult, if not near-impossible, to be), wears nothing but a loincloth of some sort of jackal, hyena or large wild cat, wields a giant axe, does not wash nor groom himself, has a perverse worship of feces, and most bizarre of all… his sexuality takes an extremely curious freedom from boundaries – with woman, man, and animal all seemingly fair game to his rampaging hormone-driven rage! I defy you to find a crazier, sicker, stupider-looking comic book villain ANYWHERE! And this was made twenty years before Adult Swim or anything even close to it. Parental discretion… this… is fvcked. Story & art from 1990-91 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#18 | Fort Crusher… GONE! | Year Three, Issue #3

The small, yet formerly indomitable Fort Crusher, headquarters for the Mighty Conqueror group, has been destroyed in the rampage of Barbarian Howeird. Clues pile up lead Chrusher to Anil Inc., and it’s head… King Babah – a mysterious crime lord with chromed armor! Meanwhile, Masuto continues his search in American for a lost master to teach him one of the lost arts… The Buffalo! Read it today! Story & art from 1991 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#19 | Battle of the Bloodsword | Crusher Comics: Year Three, Part 4

What the fuck has the 16-year-old Chrusher and his high school buds gotten themselves into? They go directly in a head-on attack of a secret castle dwelling a large, armored, sword-wielding crime lord?! Oh, and he has a ninja clan to boot. A kinda’ wimpy, Saturday-morning jobber one, but one nonetheless. I mean, are you kidding me? This cannot end well. These boys are WAY over their heads. Battle of the Bloodsword wraps up Year Three of ChrusherComix. And not all will survive. Promise. Story & art from 1991 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

Year Four:

#20 | The Welfwar to End All Welforce, the Headstrong Posse & the Golden Crayon

The Chrusher and his friends (and classmates) have made it to their 4th and final season at the Oswegonian High School. We have seen much during the crazy first three years. Chrusher and the Conquerors meets their doppelgangers of nearby Pulasonian High, a group known as The Headstrong Posse Led led by Martin Scovillian & The Spiceman Spicer! And  they meet Cow Gangnoni, who is seeking a most rare collectible – a Golden Crayon! Ian Babbler, Ronald Foule and Mike Butski break up Welforce with a welf-war! And a matte black garbed entity lurks in the horizon, lethal and clearly psychotic. Enjoy the giant finale of 1992! Story & art from 1991-92 by Christopher Galletta Stevens, with additional retconned material from 2010-15.

#21 | The (Tr)Ogre Soundtrack Storybook | ChrusherComix One-Shot Annual

A perverse side-chapter in the ChrusherComix Universe! Wesley “TrOgre” Stevenson is introduced! The Ogre Soundtrack’s Read-Along/Sing-Along Storybook Also accompanied by a 2-CDR set available for $15, contains material by Chris ‘ChrusherComix’ Stevens, Matt “Galletta’s” Stevens, RaYzor C., Eric ‘Babs’ Babbitt, and A.C. Murphy! Story & art from 1992-93 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with SEVERAL PAGES of crazy fan art / comics that we often just include as canon. We crazy like that, son.

ERA TWO: 1994-1996

#22 | The Return of Crusher #1: “The Scourge of The Scovillian”

ChrusherComix (Christopher’s Crusher Comics) has returned after a few years on hiatus after high school, and the main protagonist of the series – Chace “Chrusher” Stevenson  – has been kidnapped by his fellow high school vigilante from a neighboring school. But why would his good fellow freedom-fighting friend kidnap and mock him after both have graduated high school and begun their adult lives? And Welforce may have disbanded after the events of Welf-War, but the does not stop RaYzor the Hitman from attempting harm upon Ronald Foule just like his high school days, while Ian Babblet is out to assemble new agents. Part of a three part series, fully inked with colored covers. Story & art from 1994-95 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#23 | “Old Friends | New Enemies” | The Return of Chrusher #2

As Welforce gains new members in Corey & The Shark, old Conquerors are tempted by the Welf-side. Flashbacks to part-tie Conqueror Jo-Jo Bunn’s backyard football game rampages begin to weave the tale of the downfall of the Conquerors as we know them. Story & art from 1994-95 by Christopher Galletta Stevens with additional retconned material from 2014-15.

#24 | Scherzo for Latex Muscle Suit & Orchestra at RaYzor’s Funeral | Return of the Chrusher #3

RaYzor is dead? The funeral proceedings with a large contingent of old and new ChrusherComix characters all conglomerated in a funeral home? With RaYzor’s corpse in a casket?! It seems like a recipe for disaster to me. Story & art from 1995-97 by Christopher Galletta Stevens (but as the issue was never finished, additional retconned material is yet TBA).

#25 | “The Arrival of the Dark Conquerors” (10-Minute Quickie-Comic Series #1):

Darkness surrounds The Conquerors. Chrusher, Mush, RaYzor, Cow, and Ricktor have become twisted vigilantes, far from the goodie-two-shoes justice-seekers they had been for years. Chrusher has been slowly refining his mysterious and latent telekinetic powers, but seeing “goodness” steadily leaving the normal populace, he has turned from the way of peace and forgiveness that his eccentric, yet God-fearing mother Mare would prefer. Instead, he and his brethren have turned vengeful on those who have wronged them. This starts at the local speedway where arrogant, mildly retarded red-necks with too much disposable income and random Welforce agents stumble upon painful interludes. Beat-downs, pain, hospitalizations, and laughter will ensue. Watch as their enemies finally get a come-uppance… yet do not perish in the sight of what are clearly lethal injuries grievously inflicted upon them. Drawn as a goof with a beer buzz in 10 minutes or less. Not my best art nor story, but chock-full of sadistic violence and some quite funny moments if you like that stuff. And wait… what?! NO! Danny Boyce’s complete and utter victory?! How is this possible?! Find out. Story & art from 1996-97 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#26 | The Dark Conquerors #2: “Danny-Boy Triumphant?!”

Finishers Off The Roof!! Danny B The G f’n’ rules! No plot, just profusely beating on people & throwing them off hospital roofs into a pile and then mocking them as their ruined bodies simply do not die. If you like that kind of stuff, then read it. If not, then skip it. When it comes down to it, people who read these get a big kick out of them. People who don’t.. miss out. Your choice. Story & art from 1996-97 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

ERA THREE: 1997-2006

#27 | The Dark Conquerors #3 – The Introduction of the Welphys

As the Dark Conquerors pummel their enemies, rendering them into ruined, barely alive zombies at the Oswegonian Hospital, The Welphys enter the picture. Elderly, obese, coprophiliac, cantankerous, abusive, hateful, two-faced… the Welphy family take the ChrusherComix Universe to all-new lows. Don’t believe me? Just read it. Stain your eyes for good. See, what you cannot unsee. Learn, what you cannot unlearn. Story & art from 1997-98 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#28 | The RaYzor’s Edge [& The Lunaticials Are Coming…]#1 (1997)

After the tragedy of “The Dark Conquerors vs.” and “Meet The Welphys” – long-time friend of ChrusherComix creator/author/artist Christopher Galletta Stevens – RaYzor Castaldo attempts to take over the comics again for the first time since 1989 with “RaYzor C.’s Hitman Comics”. Chris enjoys when other people assist in the ChrusherComix universe, and Ray’s efforts are usually made canon and built upon. Such is the case here. Ray’s comic leads us on a dark path… a path that takes us to a whole new world of insanity… a band of merry creatures called…. The Lunaticials. Read NOW! Story & art from 1997-98 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#29 | The Arrival of the Lunaticials | The RaYzor’s Edge #2

Chrusher and the gang look on in horror as RaYzor has been attacked by the loose cannon mercenary named Keith “Slasher” Clarkson – a grown-@$$ madman who wears a hooded mask like Cobra Commander and sports very sharp Wolverine-like claws (since the “Raked @$$” incident of 1988 – see “Rake Science”). Keith is coming for revenge after their once friendly rivalry started getting out of hand (see the “Slasher Comics” fan art section). What will happen to poor ol’ RaYzor, who’s life seems to always take on these odd twists and turns of proud triumph followed by humiliation.

Meanwhile, an all new chapter is unfolding. An all-new batch of characters, complete with a roll call! From a short bus crash emerges a most peculiar lot — The Lunaticials!!! Rest assured, you will NOT find a comic anything like this anywhere. But if onoriginality is what you desire, move along to some other foodstampcopy webcomic out there. Want to read? Well then… proceed. Story & art from 1997-98 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#30 | Clogged Butts & Lunaticials | The RaYzor’s Edge #3

The Lunaticials have arrived. So have some very angry, low-blood sugar, fence-post-up-the-@$$ Welphys. Not to mention a roadkill-(zombie?) Ronald Foule. Suddenly, a karting event turns into a giant bruhaha involving Conquerors Chrusher, Musher, RaYzor, Ricktor, and Overlord Cow in the middle of a freak-show royal rumble in the Conquerors’ back yard. And why the hell do these people like playing with feces? Okay, c’mon now… guys, you’re making me draw WHAT now? Story & art from 1997-98 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#31 | The RaYzor’s Edge #4 – The Defecation of Elephantitus

As the battle rages on between the united clans of a possessed Bastard Bucky’s Lunaticial Forces against at first Scott “The Cow” Gagnoni and then the Mighty Ricktor “Equalizer” Eicholzerson,
the possession of a far stronger and more powerful body than Bucky may turn the gathering into a virtual slaughter. Read now! Story & art from 1998-99 by Christopher Galletta Stevens.

#34 | Holiday Special Annual – A Very Welphy Christmas

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The not-so-holiday-cheery, War-on-Christmas-type Welphys go to the mall during the holiday shopping season. Some familiar characters are also there, and some new ones. Yeah… scene set… hijinx begin! Read now, or perish, kind sir (and/or ma’am). Go. To hell. Now. Story & art from 1999-2000 by Christopher Galletta Stevens, with additional material retconned annually.

The Adventures of Towner & Friends Comics

None of this your thing? Like lighter, more child-friendly fare? Well, take all of the ChrusherComix characters and put them in a Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes timewarp. And you’ll have:

Welcome to the little-brother comic of ChrusherComix. Imagine if some of the zanier characters from the ChrusherComix Universe were put in a time-warp, adult-humor, mature situations and violence filtered out, and properly infused with Calvin and Hobbes DNA. What happens? The Adventures of Towner & Friends is what happens. A family-friendly/all-ages-appropriate comic strip! Want a book for yourself and your kids to read? The complete collection  is available via a printed anthology at IndyPlanet! Sample the book on the website here! (If the above Towner website is down, the old site is still up.)


 

Over 1,000 comic book pages & strips ain’t enough? Want more, and quicker? Help the author!

This graphic novel is a time-consuming work in progress and is assisted primarily by fan participation (pages read, viral-fan sharing interactions, printed editions sold, votes on voter websites – something that comparatively amateur comics get immeasurably lot more of than I do). This means it is not yet done, and the pace is deeply impaired by the fact that the author has two day jobs to pay the bills. So how can you help? Read the comic (over 1,000 mostly undiscovered pages), buy printed copies, and vote/rate/review it on webcomic rating sites. Thank you and come back often!

It all began in 1988, Oswego High School freshman and young aspiring artist Christopher Stevens started drawing comics in study hall to amuse himself, friends and new classmates. Everyone who read them thought they were a freakin’ riot! They were a hit. AT first, teachers did NOT agree and Chris served a few detentions, in-house suspensions, and even a suspension for his comics. Over time, those skills were put to good use when the high school newspaper decided to bring him aboard for periodic cartoons (that won several top awards in its three years there). It kept going on and off after that.

Keep in mind, these were done before the internet or smartphones, before affordable PCs or Macs and Photoshop, and 8-bit video games had “state of the art graphics”. Hand drawn on lined school paper, their humble and silly beginnings evolved into an epic comic spanning over decades (Wow, I didn’t feel old until I wrote that. Ow.).

Chris and his friends NEVER forgot the fun of these comics, and in 2005, he started scanning, remastering, and posting every single one of those comics on a free webcomic host – ComicGenesis. The project took a few years, and was almost completely ignored by 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of all web visitors. Only Chris and his buds read it with great relish, and zero people outside of that read more than a handful of pages (think about how small of a percentage of the story that is? Think about your favorite novel, movie, video game, comic book, or television program? Think if you only sampled maybe the first 1-2% of it and then left before giving the rest a chance? Or you try to show it to someone and they blow it off after a 1% sampling? That’s the way we feel when people leave the epic saga undiscovered after a handful of pages. Sure, some of the early stuff from the 1980s and 1990s is helter skelter. Sure, some of it is juvenile/immature humor and slapstick gory violence. And sure, the new graphic novel is a gritty, international crime thriller with political intrigue, weaved into a love story with lustful sexuality, but it has been on hiatus for a bit (after two 20+ page issues that 99% of web audiences ignore, and when it gets ignored, it makes no money and I have two day jobs)… sure, sure, sure… but what good is not reading it? People leave Welforce undiscovered? Cow and his “Rake Science”? Steven “The Hybrid Renegade Barbarian” Howeird? Jo-Jo “The Bully With…” Bunns? The Welforce version 2.0? The Welphys? The Lunaticials? The sensational graphic novel that I mentioned above – the graphic novel that I always wanted to read, so I made it myself? With around 1,000 comic pages, three main volumes, four eras, and each visitor only read 1-10 comics before leaving, while studiously reading pure drivel comics and giving them much higher ratings and audiences.

Chris had almost given up. But then he found WordPress and Comicpress/Comic Easel and decent SEO. He began migrating his old comics, remastering (and coloring) them. And here you are. Will you read the entire saga and then eagerly await new pages? Or will you read a handful, leave, and fap to bad gaming comics, internet memes and your naked trolling exercises? Your choice. Chose wisely. Join the masses or start a trend. Enjoy!

Chrusher Comix  (Chris’ Crusher Comics) is TM and ©  1988-up Christopher Galletta Stevens & Chrusher.com. All rights reserved. No unauthorized duplication without expressed permission from the copyright owner.

 

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Galletta’s Karting Club & Backyard Speedway

 

Welcome! We are a Karting Club that invented and races extremely affordable 5hp, Single Wheel Drive “Gas stocker” karts for a Points championship every summer at Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Speedway and a Gas Stocker division at local speedways upon invitation. We also record weekly dirt karting classes in the Oswego area and make them available on DVD! Join us racing by either building your own or renting one of our team backup karts. Or just watch in person, or by buying our DVDs. Please read on and learn more about our extremely affordable brand of highly competitive racing!

COMPLETE SEASON APPENDIX:

Enjoy each of our two decades worth of point-racing seasons with these over 200 race pages by clicking on the picture to each season. Each season will have its own list of full race descriptions and YouTube videos to each race:

Main Page for Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club’s Backyard Speedway!

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2016 Season at Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club’s Backyard Speedway!

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9/24/2016 – 21st Annual Klassic 200: THE World Championship of Gas Flathead Karting & Undisputed Karter Of Oswego

SEPTEMBER 2015 - TWENTIETH ANNUAL POINTS SEASON AND 200-LAP CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP OF ALL ***OVERALL*** OSWEGO DIRT KARTING!

20th Season: 2015

OCTOBER 2014 - TWENTY-THREE KARTS, ALL TIMING WITHIN 0.66 SECONDS OF EACH OTHER ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE 19TH RUNNING OF THE KLASSIC 200. MOST ARE UNFILLED. WHY DON'T YOU BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KARTING CLUB DRIVER AND TRY TO BECOME THE NEXT GALLETTA'S KLASSIC CHAMPION?

19th Season: 2014

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18th Season: 2013

17th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Klassic Championship 200 - 10/6/2012

17th Season: 2012

16th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 Start

16th Season: 2011

15th Season: 2010

14th Season: 2009

2009 (History & Banishment from Oswego Kartway)

13th Season at Galletta’s: 2008 

Chris, Wes, and Matt Stevens sweep top 3 spots 2 years in a row at Oswego Kartway Classic!

3rd Season @ Oswego Kartway: 2008

12th Season at Galletta’s: 2007

2nd Season at Oswego Speedway Kartway: 2007

11th Season at Galletta’s: 2006

1st Season at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt Track: 2006

10th Season: 2005

9th Season: 2004

8th Season: 2003

7th Season: 2002

6th Season: 2001

5th Season: 2000

Chris Stevens sins his 1st Klassic in 1999 in the Galletta's #2 !

4th Season: 1999

Matt dominates the 1998 Klassic in his Galletta's #3!

3rd Season: 1998

2nd Season: 1997

1996 Season & Klassic!

2nd Season: 1996

The Early Years: 1980’s!

Where else can you race for gas-and-parts pocket change weekly in competitive racing karts and hone your skills against the two most-experienced karters in Oswego, NY — Galletta’s Karting Club founders and brothers Matt and Chris Stevens who have combined for 212 Feature wins out of 363 feature events the duo has run on both Galletta’s and Oswego Kartway racing against 258 different drivers between the mid-1990s to now! You haven’t truly raced in a go-kart race in Oswego, NY until you have raced against whom many refer to as the “Galletta’s Brothers”. And you can’t say you truly won one unless you win one with them on the same track. ENJOY!

The COMPLETE HISTORY of the Annual Galletta's Go-Kart Klassic Championship 200!

THE 13TH ANNUAL GALLETTA'S KART KLASSIC 200!RACE IN THE 13TH ANNUAL GALLETTA'S KART KLASSIC 200!

The Galletta’s Go-Karting Club was founded by brothers Matt and Chris Stevens in the early 1990s when they modified yard karts for racing purposes. They are the inventors of “clockwise 5hp flathead gas stocker kart” racing, and have a 13-kart race team that includes several backup karts available to be rented and raced at both Galletta’s and Oswego Speedway all summer. Invented with specifically “gas stock 5hp motor” rules so that a person doesn’t have to spend thousands of dollars to race in extremely competitive racing events, the class grows in talent and competition every single year. Join us by building your own kart for around $200-500, or rent one of our team karts on two tracks all Summer & Fall in Oswego, NY!

John J. Galletta Memorial Kartway Oswego Speedway's Kartway
The Oswego Gas Stocker Kart Club races at Galletta’s Greenhouse Kartway & formerly at Oswego Speedway Kartway.http://www.jimlosurdoisawhineyloser.com/

Due to the fact that the karts are so affordable and the oldest veterans have been racing for nearly two decades, it is one of the most difficult karting divisions to win at, but yet you can be instantly competitive for just a couple hundred dollars IF you’re a good driver. You can’t outspend your opponent due to our gas-powered stock-only rule, so you must out-race them and out-setup them. In fact, nobody has ever defeated Matt & Chris in the open challenge: race a stock 5hp flathead and stop them from scoring 1st & 2nd in a points season. Though hundreds of people have tried in hundreds of races since the early 1990s, Chris and Matt have scored 1 & 2 every year. But it’s not just them you have to race. Our regular drivers are all talented and experienced. You can prove your skills against the winningest karters in the local area AND you won’t even have to spend a lot of money to get started! We dare you to try! Make your own or rent one of our racing team karts. Sound like fun? Read on, explore the website, and join us!

More Galletta’s Go-Karting flips, crashes and tight racing carting highlights on:
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YouTube And the complete and high quality races found on this site and YouTube can be purchased in our Galletta’s Go-Kart DVD store!

Galletta’s Greenhouses
60 County Route 20
Oswego, NY 13126-6512
(315) 343-0879 or (315) 343-4281

Need directions? Here they are!

 

Chrusher: End Cycle | A Graphic Novel by Christopher Galletta Stevens

End Cycle – Part #1

Chrusher: End Cycle #1 now available online & in-print! Support the title today!

Chrusher: End Cycle. #1
Written and Illustrated by Christopher Galletta Stevens

Standard Comic Full Color Page Count: 20 POD

A serial killer systematically slaughters three people. And although forensic artist/private detective Chace “Chrusher” Kristoph has been tracking the psychopath, a mysterious psychic detective named Neeja Sakra alerts him that he may have unwittingly become the target of the killer he seeks. Part one in the series that will form a Graphic Novel. This is the Mature Audience/Uncensored edition of the book (A censored version is also available).

A serial killer has been systematically slaughtering people all over the world. And although forensic artist/private detective Chace “Chrusher” Kristoph has been tracking the psychopath for over a decade, he may have unwittingly become a target. All the while haunted by a beautiful woman from his past. A globe-spanning thriller about crime, love, hatred, and revenge. This Graphic Novel is being debuted in serialized comic book format before released as a book. This is the Rated-R edition of the book. Go to the 1st page to begin reading!

Chrusher: End Cycle #1 (Rated-R Edition) TM and © Christopher Galletta Stevens. All rights reserved.

On sale in print at IndyPlanet: Rated R edition – $3.99 PG-13 Edition – $3.99

 

Chrusher: End Cycle – Part #2

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End Cycle: Issue #2

The End Cycle graphic novel continues as we meet a Senator Foule, the intriguing relationship he has with his beautiful assistant, and we learn more about the grizzly murder scene as Dr. Welker examines the corpse found in issue #1.

20 full-color pages. Go to the 1st page to begin reading TODAY!

Want more, and quicker? Help the author!

This graphic novel is a time-consuming work in progress and is assisted primarily by fan participation (pages read, viral fan-t-fan sharing interations, printed editions sold, votes on voter websites – something that comparatively amateur comics get immeasurably lot more of than I do). This means it is not yet done, and the pace is deeply impaired by the fact that the author has two day jobs to pay the bills. So how can you help?

Did I say there’s 1,000 more page backstory?

Yep, you read right! Don’t leave yet! There indeed is is an over 1,000 page backstory to the graphic novel! Don’t forget to not only read the graphic novel, but the archives featuring the character and adventure-driven ChrusherComix from 1988-2000, as seen in the posts below! And “Like” and “Share” each and every page you enjoy on socal media! It costs you nothing but a second or two of your time, and helps the author out. And buy the printed editions where available, which also helps!

Thanks and read on!

 

200-Lap Oswego Karting Championship Annual Klassic at Galletta’s Greenhouse Speedway

Galletta's Go-Kart Klassic History - THE World Championship of Gas Flathead Karting!

Galletta’s Karting Club – Klassic Championship Race History:
The World Championship of Gas Flathead Karting is always decided in 
late September/early October annually at John J. Galletta Memorial Backyard Speedway:

Galletta’s Go-Kart Club & Backyard Speedway started in the early 1990s as a fun way to race affordable, equally-matched go-karts in the backyard of Galletta’s Greenhouse, around where founding brothers Matt and Chris Stevens used to host backyard football games in their high school days – and named John J. Galletta Memorial Kart Speedway after Chris & Matt’s late grandfather who always considered making a kart track on the land. Although much glory and praise has been given to modern “clone” go-karts in terms of affordability and competitive equality, oddly everybody ignored (sometimes out of ignorance of what we do; sometimes an intentional snub) the fact that Galletta’s had hosted 100% box stock 5hp (gas-fueled flathead) 1-WD go-kart races all Summer through Fall annually at Galletta’s Greenhouse Backyard Speedway between 1990-2004(until local dirt kart racer folk altered our motor rules and forced us to upgrade or be called “whiners”), and still race 100% equalized karts from 2005-up. Now, although we have raced every year since 1990, the first recorded points series and “Klassic Championship Race” was held in 1996. We also have every points season from 2000-up on this website as well. Here we go with the quick rundown of every Klassic in Galletta’s history: (By the way, the intentional snubs led us to believe that they were inferior racers who pretend that they are professionals in their $2,000-4,000 karts but got destroyed when they raced with us in our equalized karts).


The Galletta’s Karting Club started in 1990 when Matt purchased a used yard kart and made a track around the property of Galletta’s Greenhouse, where he lived with his family. It was basically a huge road course that went over the normal track, then through the front yard, through trees and to the driveway, then around the greenhouse and back to what we now know as the traditional track. When his brother Chris (yours truly, the webmaster of this site) got a used concession kart a couple years later, we shortned the track to an oval and raced, sometimes having friends over to hop from kart to kart and have fun. We did this for a few years until the mid-1990s when we created a points system and began counting points and wins. The greenhouse founder John Galletta – who originally wanted to build a go-cart circuit but never had enough interested parties to help build one – was pleased with the track, commenting how large it was (most kart tracks are indeed very small in comparison), and helped us with some safety improvements. In 1996, following the passing of Chris & Matt’s grandfather and founder of the Greenhouse that we race in back of, we did the very first “Galletta’s Go-Kart Classic”, which we have held every year since.


THE 13TH ANNUAL GALLETTA'S KART KLASSIC 200!1996 – The 1st Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 70(?): The 1st-ever Galletta’s Klassic had just three karts; Matt in his trusty Galletta’s #3 (an old, rebuilt-for-racing Manco yard kart), Chris in the original Galletta’s #1 (an old, rebuilt-for-racing Thunder Island kart), and Wesley “Ogre” Stevens (in a BRAND-NEW, but rebuilt-for-racing Manco yard kart) battled it out. The two brothers and their father passed each other back and forth countless times – some clean and some not so clean – but Matt Stevens emerged on top on the final lap of this first Klassic, also winning the 1st points series as well.


Chris (Galletta's #23 - re-named #4), Matt (Galletta's #3) and Ogre (Old Galletta's #1)1997 – The 2nd Annual Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 80: Although no pictures have been found of the 1st Klassic, we did find some grainy photos from our 2nd Klassic in 1997. We see the Galletta’s #4 (back then #23) driven by Chris, and Ogre inherited Chris’s #1 (before it was scrapped for being too heavy; its parts salvaged to create a new, lighter kart, the Galletta’s #2). Matt Stevenswon this 2nd Klassic virtually unchallenged in his Galletta’s #3.  Chris was peeved and Wes was stupefied at how badly Matt defeated them.


 Matt dominating a 1990s Klassic with an ear to ear grin.Wesley Ogre Stevens gets a beat down from RaYzor!1998 – The 3rd Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 80: Again, Matt Stevens won the 3rd Klassic in utterly dominant fashion in his Galletta’s #3, again leaving his brother Chris (in the new Galletta’s #2) and father Wes “Ogre” Stevens (in the Galletta’s #4) in the dust. (Despite Ogre’s disgraceful loss, he did at least win best appearing kart while being kicked award).


 1998 Klassic Go-KartsChris Chrusher posing with the Galletta's #2 before winning the 1999 Klassic!1999 – The 4th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 80: This Klassic had 4 karts, as the newer Galletta’s #1 was built. This one saw RaYzor C. pose with the kart in womanly fashion, but shared the ride with Dangerous Dan Boyce. This was the first Galletta’s Klassic ever recorded on videotape (and hence also now on DVD, as every one since is), and we see Chris Stevens win in in the Galletta’s #2, combining it with a victory in  the total points series for the year as well, breaking Matt’s 3-year streak of power.


2000 Galletta's Klassic (Look at how narrow the track was back then!)2000 Galletta's Klassic - the race was starting to get bigger and better every year!2000 – The 5th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 80: Chris, Matt, and Wes ran 33 events and built the Galletta’s #6 and #5 making it so 3 more people could race with us. Chris Stevens was the dominant factor all year, winning 15 & 1/2 features (including 7 straight) en route to winning his 2nd straight Klassic in his brand new #5. Brian Galletta and Larry Dishaw upped our Klassic count to five.


Snapshot from the 2001 Galletta's Box Stock Karting Season!Galletta's Kart Club season 2001!2001 – The 6th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 80: This season, we started having big track guest racers join us and have a ball! Fran Rowe, Cameron Rowe, Gordon Smallidge, Randy Ritskes, Joe Miller, and Team Syrell pit crew members Eric Syrell, Sean Stevens, and Brian Galletta. Cam helped Matt create stagger on the karts, which increased the speeds about one second. Cam also won a feature (becoming the 1st visitor to ever do so in our 1990-2001 history). Chris Stevens completed a 3-year Klassic and track championship sweep in his Galletta’s #5 kart, matching Matt’s previous 3-year reign. The #7 was the new kart built this year.


2002 Galletta's Klassic!Tom Culeton challenges Matt, Chris, and Ogre Stevens in the '02 Klassic!2002 – The 7th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 90: A talented crop of rookie drivers in Tom Culeton, DJ Barnes, Dan and Chris Lupa, Dan Alnutt and friends joined us in 2002, increasing the regular driver total yet again. Matt Stevens in the #3 snapped his brother Chris’ 3-year domination by taking the Points Standings on the final night and then taking the Klassic, although Chris challenged him late in the Galletta’s #0, a rebuilt old racing kart donated to the club.


2003 Klassic Staring Grid!The 1st of 100-laps for the 8th annual 2003 Galletta's Go-Kart Klassic!2003 – The 8th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 100: We upped the Klassic to 100 laps this time, and Brian Galletta and friends – all inexperienced rookies – filled the karts for this one. The race was close between the more experienced Brian, Chris, Wes and Matt, with Chris leading late and looking strong, but due to walking on the wet grass during a caution break, his foot slipped off the gas for a split instant enabling Matt Stevens to sneak by and emerge the victor late in the race in his Galletta’s #3, also taking the points title.


2004 Klassic & Recap!2004 Galletta's Kart Klassic2004 – The 9th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 100: For the 1st time ever, we had competitors starting to bring their own karts instead of them all being onlyGalletta’s karts, and it made for a great season! Ed Maynes and Dan Murdock shared co-rookie-of-the-year honors in another batch of talented young drivers. Chris was the fastest time-trial-er in his brand new  #8 kart, but broke down early on. Ed broke out and tried to lap the whole field during the first half of the race, but broke down before he could do so. Matt Stevens then pulled away after Ed’s break, and was never even challenged Galletta’s #3, again also taking the points title.


2005 Galletta's Kart Klassic 125The infamous pileup thanks to a wet turn at the '05 Galletta's Klassic!

2005 – The 10th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 125: Another full field for the 2005 Klassic. This season saw several people start bringing their own karts, including Gary Miller, who shared rookie-of-the-year honors with Rob Jimenez, who used Chris’ backup #5 all year. This Klassic saw Gary, Fred Collins, Ogre Stevens, and Rob duke it out, but it was Matt Stevens who AGAIN took the win in his #3 when everybody else spun and wrecked in front of him on a mid-race restart. Again, he also took the points crown. Oddly, for the 2nd straight year, Matt, Jason, and Chris finished 1-2-3 in the Klassic. On a side-note, this was the first season that we were not 100% box stock. We “shaved” or “milled” our heads to compete against 6.5hp OHV karts that raced with us in the regular season, but when it was decided to split the two different motors into two classes before the Klassic, the OHV karters dubbed themselves “The Outlaws” and never came back. This was also the year that we created our website, which has helped us gain new drivers and also fans all over the world... and cause some local 2-WD methanol karters to actually hate us (My only guess is because they disrespect our type of karting and overrate theirs? I always respected them before they kept mocking us. And, coincidentally, two new dirt kart tracks popped up around this same time.).


2006 Galletta's KlassicThe 16 starters take off for lap 1 of 150! By far the most racing excitement for the buck!
2006 – The 11th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 15016 karts made for our biggest – and the closest finish – in Klassic history. This one was an epic battle, as Rob Jimenez, Chris, Matt, and Wes Stevens all battled for the lead throughout the race. However, it wasWesley “The Ogre” Stevens who won it in the Galletta’s #4 – in a motor bought off of ebay for $20 – when he passed Rob late and held off a last-lap charge by Matt in his brand-new #33. Matt did still win the points title, however, making the first time that we ever had two different Klassic and Track Champions. We also had Kelly Miller as a big-track guest-star driver. This season, we also doubled our race schedule by racing at Oswego Speedway’s fledgling new dirt kart track, being the largest and most competitive karting class for the first two seasons on the track. It was fun other than being forced by the track operator (a disgruntled, failed 1-3 time driver at Galletta’s) to race vs. the OHV Outlaws (the same people who quit our track the previous year) and even an “Open” class methanol kart by the track operator, or else not race at all. Even so, Matt Stevens still won the points title and several Galletta’s karters scored wins despite being overpowered in the motor department. Wes Stevens also took the season-ending unofficial 1st 15-kart/40-lap “Mixed Motor” Classic before Labor day when all other methanol/WKA classes refused to race because the track was too bumpy. Those wussies! And some of them looked down on our class? :^P


Chris and his lovely wife posing after the win!Oswego Speedway Classic - 8/30/20072007 – The 1st Oswego Speedway Dirt (Mini) Classic 50In 2007, we again doubled our races again and raced at Oswego Speedway’s Dirt track, where Matt Stevens won the points title andChris Stevens won the 1st-Ever 50-Lap Oswego Speedway Dirt Classic in his Galletta’s #8. Perhaps even more impressive than any other division (we shared the track with WKA methanol karting classes), because the Galletta’s Kart Club had to again race against a “6.5hp OHV Outlaw” kart class using their stock 5hp flatheads (with only shaved heads to equalize the difference). In fact, Galletta’s brought 12 karts and fielded 11 in the 16 kart Gas Stocker Classic. Chris, Wes, and Matt swept the trophies and Classic tickets in the undisputedly largest and most exciting race in the Oswego Kartway’s history.


2007 Klassic 175Early leader, Ogre Stevens!2007 – The 12th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 175Our 12th Annual Galletta’s Kart Klassic saw rookies Kyle Reuter, Ryan Coleman, Mike “mc” Howell, and Buddy Cottom (all with prior racing experience on other tracks) provide a challenge for the 3 vets, but Matt Stevens again swept the Klassic and Points Championships in the Galletta’s #33. This season we also helped our two heavier drivers by allowing them race cams, where all normal-weight drivers needed to remain box stock. It helped equalize competition even more, which is what our race rules are all about since day one. On a bad note, the only significant injury in the history of our track happened in this Klassic when a rookie unintentionally cut off early-race leader Wesley Stevens into a tire barrier, causing him to violently flip and break his shoulder blade and a few ribs. He healed up fine in a month’s time and effectively retired from full-time racing (only racing a few ’08 Oswego shows to help us fill the field) due to the accident.


2008 Oswego Kartway Classic DVD set!Chris, Wes, and Matt Stevens sweep top 3 spots 2 years in a row at Oswego Kartway Classic!2008 – The 2nd Oswego Kartway (Mini) Classic 50This was our final season at the Oswego Speedway’s newly renamed “Oswego Kartway”, as the track operator admitted to selling our OHV Outlaw co-competitors Animal motors, forcing us to change our rules to compete (this was the first season that race cams were fully allowed in our club, due to rule changes forced on us by the Oswego Kartway), and he only allowed a motor class split after the Outlaws mutually agreed to it. He then awarded Wes Stevens the Classic win after he passed race dominator Matt under caution on the last lap at the stripe, then angrily berated us for bringing it up to him on is message board. In the following off-season, he then banned our entire class, following it up via he and his friends proceeding to childishly mock us (and even threaten us) on two web forums for nearly a year afterwards. After 13+ years of racing problem-free on our own track, but then being barred from another track for breaking no rules, getting in no fights (unlike other classes), no bad wrecks (plus less wrecks than other classes), never cheating (despite accusations in the other classes), and 3 years of bringing 8-16 karts in our division (when other classes barely had any early on, and usually only maxed out at 3-10 total each class), forcing us to change our rules away from box stock (then banning us for left-turn box stock “clone” motors), producing affordable $5 DVDs of their weekly races, giving free online promotion to, and doing uncompensated logos and web-banners for – was simply appalling. Although in the end it was a mutual split, the lack of respect and child-like mockery by supposed professionals (ha!) was disgraceful, worth pointing out here for anybody who did not know, and is the reason why we – for now – just race on our home track. Our negative experiences with that track’s belligerent operator and his ‘yes-men’ has made our club’s decision to go to other local tracks onlyvia personal invitation from track officials allowing us our own class without altering our tried-and-tested rules. We’ve raced here for 14+ years – before all of the other local dirt karting tracks even existed – and won’t be going anywhere. It’s the reason we developed our affordable brand of backyard racing and chose to race $400 karts instead of $4,000 karts – to race 100% for fun and pure competition only, letting driver skills (and not money invested) decide the outcome, and not have to deal with the cheats, the dishonesty, and the spoilsports commonly found in “organized” racing.


The start of the 13th Annual Galletta's Klassic - this year 200 laps!

Matt Stevens pulls away from Buddy Cottom and Chris Stevens late to seal another Klassic and Track Championship win!2008 – The 13th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200Our 13th Annual Galletta’s Kart Klassic went 200 laps (after we technically did 200 last year counting cautions). Chris Stockham was a big-track guest star driver, and early on challenged leader Buddy Cottom along with Russ Hockey. But shortly after the mid-way point, Matt Stevens put the #33 in 1st again and clinched yet another Klassic and Galletta’s Track Championship with the win. The new Galletta’s  kart built this season was the #80, driven by Matt’s wife, Melissa, who was the first first female feature winner at Galletta’s during the prior 2007 season.


Starting grid of the 14th Annual Galletta's Klassic 200!

The 14th Annual Galletta's Klassic 200 (10/3/2009)2009 – The 14th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200Our 14th Annual Klassic went 200 laps (technically 210 after counting cautions and green laps on tape). Russ Hockey scored the pole with a 16.22 and set a very fast pace while dominating the vast majority of the race, holding off challenges by Jesse Vivlemore, George Russell, and Chris Stevens. That was until late in the race Matt Stevens took the lead in his #33 on lap 162 and then held off his brother Chris–who had to come back from the rear after being in the top-3 all race and losing a drive-wheel nut late–to take the win, his 10th Klassic victory. However, Chris did break Matt’s 8-year-straight Track Championship winning streak by racing and finishing consistently in the top-3 all year long, despite Matt having more total wins. This race became legendary for the fact that the top three karts did not pit and went all 200+ laps on one tank of pump gasoline! Russ, despite leading 152 laps, finished 2 laps down due to running out of fuel.


CLICK TO ENLARGE the starting grid on lap 0 of 200!CLICK TO ENLARGE - The climatic battle for the top-4 with 25 laps to go!2010 – The 15th Galletta’s Go-Kart Klassic 200: On Saturday, October 2nd, 2010  A 14-competitor 200-lapper was in store for the 15th Annual Galletta’s Karting Klassic 200-Lap Championship, and again did not disappoint as a close, competitive race with a lot of drama. Point-leaders Chris and Matt — while running a strong 2nd & 3rd late behind the slowing Gary Miller Sr. — tangled together and had to  go to the rear. After the restart,  Kyle Reuter–who did lead over 100 laps early in the Galletta’s #1 before having to change karts due to a sputtering motor–took the lead late and was not challenged. Reuter, The Oswego Kartway Track Champion (Medium-Weight Methanol Flathead Division — the premiere one at that track), racing his 1st Feature at Galletta’s since the 2007 Klassic, emerged from the marathon race on top in the Galletta’s Greenhouse #0 kart. He became 1st non-founding/visiting driver to ever win a Galletta’s Klassic (Matt Stevens won 10, Chris won 3, and the since-retired Wes won 1)! In addition to being the 1st Non-Founding driver to win it, Kyle also became the 1st driver to come back from the rear using a back-up kart that did not start the race to win (which also exposes how many potent “Arrive-and-Drive” Galletta’s karts are available and go unused by the high volume of [from Chris & Matt’s point of view] rather cowardly local karters who do not elect to enter the open-to-all invitational, “build-your-own or arrive-and-drive” race). There were many battles and tremendous racing from 1st lap to last.  It was his third Galletta’s Klassic entered, and Kyle said afterwards, “I still can’t believe I won it! This was the most fun I’ve ever had in any race in any kind of kart. ” That’s exactly why and how we race, and we are thrilled to hear it said by so many drivers of other local racing classes!


16th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 Start16th Annual Galletta's Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 Start2011 – The 16th Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic 200 – SATURDAY,OCTOBER 8th, 2011: A grueling 200 laps. But yours truly – webmaster Chris Stevens – broke a 10-year dry-spell by winning his first Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Klassic since 2001 (while running almost on fumes)! It was not easy, as he time trialed 5th, and had to come from the back of the field twice when he blew a tire in 2nd early, then clobbered a tree in 2nd late. But everything fell his way when the leader of the first 157 laps of the race, Matt Stevens, decided to refuel putting Chris in the lead with barely sputtering off enough fumes to get him the win with Matt all over him. Several competitors didn’t finish the marathon event, and the closeness of competition made this the HARDESTKlassic to date, with tough competition form first to last, including 2010 defending Klassic Champ Kyle Reuter (who lost a front wheel while in 2nd himself, crashed into the buckwheat in turn 2 and retired). For most of the first 100 laps, Kyle pressured Matt to set a fast pace, which in the end was the deciding factor that forced Matt to refuel with 43 laps to go, which put Chris – who made it back to 2nd for a third time in the race – in the lead. Chris actually benefited from blowing a tire early and conserving gas in the rear during the 2nd 4th of the race, which led to him having enough gas to take the checker, the first time the Galletta’s #8 kart won a Klassic – Chris’ previous Klassic wins came in the Galletta’s #2 (1999) and Galletta’s #5 (2000 & 2001). Chris has had several close calls in those last ten years (many 2nd and 3rd places, and a few bad luck breaks while up front in position to win). Outstanding show from start to finish with some close racing and a few exciting accidents to keep you viewers satisfied. Complete race videos on DVD only $5 each disc and are ready. Meanwhile, here is a recap of the 2011 season thus far, including the 2011 Finalized Point Standings, where Matt Stevens led enough laps in the Klassic to earn enough bonus points to surpass his brother by two points! This after Chris had enough top-3 points to beat Matt by 1/2 point in 2010! And consider that going into Klassic, the top 6 were all up for grabs That’s racing, folks!


The 17th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club Klassic 200 – SATURDAY, October 6th, 2012: The 17th Annual Galletta’s Greenhouse Karting Club Championship 200 had 14 karts on the starting grid. And what a complicated story it was – the most controversial Klassic in the first seventeen years of the annual season championship finale’s history. In short, the race was highly competitive throughout, with Brian Galletta, Kyle Reuter, Randy Platt, Matt Stevens, and Chris Stevens all leading significant portions of the 200-lapper with karts easily fast enough to get the win. With the exception of Platt spinning out while in the lead, every other lead change in the 200 lapper occured in lapped traffic. And none more controversial than the final two lead changes between Matt and Chris Stevens – the founding brothers and winners of 14 of the first 16 Klassics (only Wes Stevens in 2006 and Kyle Reuter in 2010 won the other two). The brothers passed each other back and forth behind the lapped traffic of rookie Dave Spanfelner during the last 20 laps of the race, and with 5 laps to go, contact changed the outcome. Matt put himself in the back after his #33 bounced Dave into Chris (and the caution came out for Dave after he went off the track and the start-line pilon got stuck in his bumper). This put Chris Stevens in the lead to the the checker via passing the line in 1st place on lap 200 – which would’ve sealed him his 2nd straight Klassic 200 victory and put him ahead of his brother Matt for the 2012 points title. However, the race win was lifted. Why? Well, Matt Stevens and Mary Stevens both deeply protested the fact that Matt needlessly and voluntarily went to the rear of the field after he and Chris were battling back and forth for the lead through traffic and bumped the Dave Spanfelner #54 off track during their battle with 5 laps to go, and Matt put himself in the back of the pack, leading to Chris crossing the finish line at the checker, The race was then declared no winner, and Ogie Stevens stepped up to the winning kart and took credit for the win. It is Ogie’s 1st career win of any kind, although he claims that he has won everything he’s ever tried, including things that he never knew he even was trying. Due to the controversy, the likely decision will Chris and Matt technically tie (with nobody else losing a position), but will split 1st (Chris’ final position) and 5th (Matt’s final position)’s points. With this being the case, Matt holds on to the points lead and takes the 2012 Galletta’s Track Championship. Oh, that tricky Matthew, stealing wins even after he didn’t win! 😉