• MAD cartoonist Tom Richmond reacts to yesterday’s news about cutbacks at the legendary humor magazine, which include layoffs, a move to quarterly release, and the elimination of MAD Kids and MAD Classics. “Obviously this is very sad news,” Richmond writes on his blog. “I’m a little too busy right now to write much about it, but needess to say I’ll be having a lot more free time in the future for blogging.”
• Cartoonist Evan Dorkin, who also contributes to MAD, wonders how the changes will affect free-lancers: “… I wasn’t aware of how bad magazine distribution has become, and a venerable magazine like Mad, a comic but in some ways never thought of as a comic, well, seeing it take a gutshot like this shakes one up. Or at least me. There are people who live off their Mad income, we’re not one of those, and I can see this affecting a lot of freelancers who relied on 12 issues of material for their income.”
• Mark Evanier, who wrote a book on the history of MAD, assures us that the cuts aren’t the beginning of the end for the magazine: “MAD will not go away. It’s too valuable a brand name to ever disappear. […] Its new configuration is not a long-range plan … and maybe that long-range plan, whenever they arrive at it, will restore MAD to its former glory in some venue.”
• With The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press reducing home delivery to just three days a week beginning in March, some readers are wondering how they’ll get their daily dose of funnies. It turns out the comics section will be included in the newspapers’ e-edition, available to subscribers in digital or PDF formats.
Spike: “Young American Comics going out of business, Diamond upping the benchmark, MAD Magazine going quarterly. Has there been any GOOD comic news?”
Engström: “Any good PRINT comic news you mean.”
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