June 4th, 2009

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Interweb Stuff: Beth Cooper Art And A Geek List

Preview pages of some of the comics from the movie tie-in release of I Love You, Beth Cooper (written by Larry Doyle, drawn by me): click here.

Some people who write for an apparently professional-type website on the internet called Topless Robot made a list of the top 10 geeks in pop culture, and for some reason the Eltingville Club made it on there. Considering the other characters on the list are all easily recognizable, it's a little weird to see.  It's like a list of top 10 favorite famous pop songs that has a Jandek cut on it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for seeing an Eltingville reference out of the blue, and maybe a few folks will watch the Youtube clip, but, I have to agree with some of the Eltingville-types in the comments section, because I don't get it, either.
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Nick Magazine RIP

Aw, crap. I mean...crap.

Apparently Nick Magazine has been shut down. I've read conflicting reports, some report that the magazine was closed down effective immediately, others say the magazine is closing at the end of the year. Either way, my best wishes go out to the staffers, and to Comic Book section editors Chris Duffy and Dave Roman in particular.

Sarah and I have been contributing to the magazine for over ten years now, mostly gags and some illustrations, along with some comics stuff and two covers for the Comic Book section. I loved freelancing for them, I loved being in the magazine alongside some great people, and I enjoyed working with Chris and Dave very much. They are good people, and good "comics people", and I hope they find their footing asap, jobs-wise. Or win the lottery. They helped a lot of small press folks pay some bills, and the comics section was just top-notch stuff from a host of swell cartoonists. Ugh. This is going to be the talk of MOCCA, I bet, half the exhibitors have probably freelanced for them at some point.

This doesn't affect us too badly as far as pure economics goes, we've only done a few things for them every year or so, and we knew they were slowing down purchases due to the economy and the bad publishing atmosphere. Still, I wasn't expecting them to shut down, and it was nice to know Nick was there, and to pitch a few gags every now and then, and sometimes a bigger assignment came your way. And it was always a good experience. And as a bonus, you owned your work. Ugh. Now a lot of freelancers are left with one less venue, worse for the fact that Nick was one of the friendliest magazines out there for cartoonists. After Mad's gut shot wound...this is just very depressing news.

I wish this was a gag.

Wonder what's next.