Comics culture is pretty cool. It’s more than movies that make a billion dollars or TV shows featuring angsty or logically-impaired characters. Comics as a hobby are cool in a way stamp collecting never could be.
They are not paper movies… they are bigger, brighter and bolder than any celluloid dream. You know what the budget is on a comic book story? Imagination. If you can dream it and draw it, it can be a comic. Like I said, comics are pretty cool and the most amazing medium invented – words and pictures working together.
What I always wanted was a magazine about comics and comic culture that didn’t talk down to me or insult my intelligence. I mean, Wizard is fine but I couldn’t hand it to my 60-something father and say, “this is where comics are at today!” Likewise, he couldn’t care less about reading the Comics Journal because it didn’t feature what he liked – golden and silver age DC heroes.
I wanted a magazine about comics and the cool culture it represents. I wanted a Blender/Rolling Stones/Entertainment Weekly for the comics industry. The closest thing was Tim Leong and Laura Hudson putting together Comic Foundry magazine. And now word has come down the next issue will be its last. And that sucks.
In my murky past, I worked in the magazine industry producing a highly niche magazine. A lot goes into producing a bi-monthly. I understood the daunting task and time commitment it was to put quality out on a semi-regular basis.
The thing is, its not because it was in trouble financially or everybody hates the first few issues. It’s because CF was a side project. CF founder and Editor-in-Chief Leong’s full-time gig is with Complex magazine overseeing the hot photoshoots that end up on Popholic, Egotastic! and Hollywoodtuna. He simply didn’t feel he could commit 100% of his effort to the magazine and his philosophy is never give anything less than 100%.
There were plenty of freelance contributors to the magazine, like me, who were adding their unique spin and POV to the comics industry. I simply asked if I could contribute and they happily allowed me to write. I’d like to publicly thank Tim and Laura for their efforts and allowing me to write about funny books.
Good luck to everyone who was a part of the Comics Foundry. I hope to work with you in the future.