Monday, March 19, 2007

March 19, 2007
Bob Brink brought me in an obit from The New York Times this morning and said, "Isn't this one of the editors we had lunch with?" Yes, Jay Kennedy from King Features was one of the guys who we had lunch with and not only remembered Honkytonk Sue, but remembered I lived on MacKenzie Street. He interviewed me when he wrote "The Underground Comix Guide." in 1982. He drowned in a riptide while on vacation in Costa Rica last Thursday.

Jay is credited with reviving "Prince Valliant" and introducing "Mutts", and "Zits," written by my good friend Jerry Scott. Kennedy was also guest editor for the "European Humor" issue of the National Lampoon in 1985.

Robert Ray, Abby Pearson and I took a field trip to see 300 this afternoon. I wanted them to get excited about the graphics and they did. This state of the art CGI film is really making waves in the industry and we need to be up on those kinds of things. Robert hadn't been in a theatre in about eight years he said, so he was blown away by the sound and optical effects. Of course, this is my second viewing so I noticed a ton of things I missed the first time around. When I mentioned to Paul Hutton that there are some here who don't get it (the movie) he laughed and said, "The reason you and I get it is because when you and I die we will both still be twelve."

I have nothing to add to that succinct commentary.

Came back to the office and worked late getting some of our June issue together. Had a good talk with Trish Brink and Seth Hoyt about Fesitival of the West and some of the market trends we spotted. Trish and Samantha interviewed quite a few festival goers about their internet usage vs. the magazine and that was quite enlightening.

Onion Headline de Jour
Breathalyzer Big Hit At Cop Party

For the past several weeks I have not had a chance to work on the Top Secret Project, but it is there, not far from my thoughts. And, recalling my insecurities of late about the project is painful, but I made a vow to tell the truth about the entire project and that's how these things go. Need to get going again, and I will.

"Like an ox-cart driver in monsoon season or the skipper of a grounded ship, one must sometimes go forward by gong back."
—John Barth

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