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July 16, 2009


McSweeney's Working On Newspaper Prototype; May Showcase Cartoons

A new interview with Dave Eggers at Salon not only has the author name-dropping Josh Neufeld's A.D. but mentioning that his publishing house, the very comics-friendly McSweeney's is working on a newspaper prototype and comics are to be involved.
"We [i.e., McSweeney's] have been working every day on a prototype for a new newspaper, and a lot of what we're doing is resurrecting old things, like things from the last century that newspapers used to do, in terms of really using the full luxury of the broadsheet newspaper, with full color and all that space.

"I think newspapers shouldn't try to compete directly with the Web, and should do what they can do better, which may be long-form journalism and using photos and art, and making connections with large-form graphics and really enhancing the tactile experience of paper. You know, including a full-color comic section, for example, which of course was standard in newspapers years ago, when you'd have a full broadsheet Winsor McCay comic. So we'll have a big, full-color comic section, and we're also trying to emphasize what younger readers are looking for, what directly appeals to them."
So that could be great news for any number of cartoonists that get involved, and is generally hopeful news no matter what happens. I want my gourmet newspaper now.
 
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