Anybody who was surprised about the upheaval in newspaper publishing just wasn’t paying attention.
As entrepreneurial journalists create new ventures to bring their work to wider audiences — both online and in print — their pen and brush colleagues are doing the same.
Take Magic Bullet Comics, for example, a self-published newspaper highlighting the work of artists and writers living in the Washington, D.C., area.
“Initially, the project was to just kind of showcase our work,” said cartoonist Matt Dembicki. “You know, we liked the paper format.”
In 2005, he and a group of artists formed the DC Conspiracy, to find new outlets for their comics. Soon after, they launched Magic Bullet, a tabloid-sized newspaper filled with original artwork and writing.
“We just felt like maybe that was our in since newspapers were kind of going out of print, out of style,” Dembicki said. “This kind of left us with an opportunity to showcase our comics in a bigger format too. It appealed to a lot of folks in the group that instead of having mini-comics where you draw fairly large and you have to reduce it, here you can kind of play with a larger format and try different things.”
Magic Bullet’s sixth issue hit the streets in February with a four-color cover and centerfold.
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