Friday, April 25, 2008 

Comics art: Once again, I have chosen the right friends

Here's some extraordinarily cool artwork from a couple of upcoming projects I'm writing. First, from Kade: Rising Sun #1, a samurai epic from Arcana Studio:

Man, that's badass, and it's just dudes drinking tea! At the opposite end of the spectrum, we've got a piece from the upcoming anthology "Dear Santa, I Can Explain...", a collection of tales of Christmases gone horribly wrong. Mine's a story about dressing up as Santa for my kids, but before that, I used to don the beard in college:

Those of you who were at those old Flat Hat parties back in the day will remember--that's exactly what it was like. No artistic license taken by the spectacular Mr. Wes Molebash whatsoever. (The final version will be in full, glorious color.)

The Kade series is scheduled for later this summer, with the Christmas anthology slated for -- imagine this -- Christmastime.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 

USA Today & The Eisners

Some fun news of late ... I made it into an issue of USA Today a few days back when this post I wrote for Yahoo! Sports got picked up by the national media. Seems Forbes decided Atlanta was the nation's most miserable sports city, and I tried my best to fight back. I think you can read it there, midway down the second column:

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Yep, I may be the first person in history to get the phrase "Thanks a pantload" into USA Today. My parents raised me right!

In other news, the amazing Postcards anthology, for which I wrote the story "Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland," has been nominated for an Eisner Award. For those outside the comics industry, the Eisners are comics' Oscars, the most prestigious awards in the industry, and I'm just glad I didn't torpedo the book myself. If it wins, I'll officially change my name to "Eisner winner Jay Busbee," even if I only deserve 1/32nd of the credit. Huge congrats to my man Jason Rodriguez for some well-deserved recognition for pulling the whole damn thing together.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008 

Stupid Writers! Nobody Reads Magazines Anymore!

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When I was a wee lad of about sixteen or so, I had dreams of moving to New York and going to write for Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the other big-name glossy magazines. Well, soon afterward, I found out that you could write from wherever you were without having to survive on table scraps and ketchup packets in New York City. And then along came this thing called "the Internet" that reworked the whole conversation.

So moving to New York isn't in the immediate plans any longer. But I remain fascinated by magazines -- I'm a regular subscriber to RS, Esquire, The New Yorker, the Oxford American, and plenty of others. They pile up in my office, threatening to crush small children.

What's interesting is that I'm apparently part of a dwindling breed, at least according to The New York Observer. In an article entitled "Freelance Fizzle," writer Dorree Shafrir breaks down the many ways in which the once-dominant magazines have lost their hegemony, their influence, and their status as nirvana (lower-case n) for young writers:

“There’s not one path anymore,” David Hirshey, executive editor of HarperCollins and former longtime deputy editor of Esquire magazine, said the other day. “Thirty years ago, you worked at a newspaper, you moved to a magazine, and then you wrote books or screenplays. Today you can be a blogger who writes books or you can be a stripper who wins an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.”

Hey, he's talking about me! (The first part of that last sentence, not the second. I still haven't won an Academy Award.) Anyway, it's a fascinating look at the "decline and fall," as the subhead goes, not just of the freelance magazine writer, but of the magazine industry itself. Well worth a read. Oh, and the comments are good too, both the informative ones and the nakedly jealous ones too.


Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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