A Head Spinning Week

So, what sort of week has it been?

Let’s review:

On Monday, it was back to work and the routine, playing catch up on deferred projects and what I may have missed from the time out for the funeral. That evening it was back to the gym for the first time in a week followed by an hour-long interview. I was partnered with John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell, and Karl Kesel – the original team behind Suicide Squad. We did a gang interview for Wizard, which is looking at the first incarnation of the title in time to promote the new miniseries Johnny O is writing and the rest of us will be reading. It was great catching up with the guys and reliving the glorious days when the project was new, fresh and coming together. Following that, I spent an hour on some website writing.

Tuesday was another day at the office followed that evening by another session with my Special Committee. We spent two more hours hashing through the Demolition Delay, what it means to the town and what shape it should take. We’re inching closer and may actually finish in August.

Wednesday we got word at work that management has some ideas for the paper and the next two weeks will be reprints as we begin to retool. For weeks now, we’ve been hearing some changes are in the wind that were likely to amend the game plan that went into action on April 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. That night did some more website writing.

Thursday we got into high gear on the reprints. I was informed by our pre-press people that they neglected to properly archives issues 17-19 from this year. Thanks to Paul Kupperberg, we had hi-res PDFs to work from and they tested just fine so crisis averted. Word reaches us that the Board of Directors wants something to change but can’t make up their minds. Maybe we relaunch. Maybe we add some one-shots. Maybe we go web-only. Maybe nothing changes. We’ll know Friday morning. That night, the Democratic Town Committee held its caucus to pick the slate for the November election. I am once again running for representative in the 8th district. I also oversaw two special meetings where we added a new member to the DTC in District 8 and voted in a new RTM member to replace one who had resigned. Lots of rah-rah.

Friday morning, Jeff Rovin comes in for a meeting and then the staff was to be called in. He’s looking harried, not at all relaxed. At 11:30, we’re finally shown into an office where we are told the Board of Directors has chosen to close Weekly World News. The reasons given make no sense. We’re stunned and shell-shocked. We’re to stay on through August 3, finishing the reprint issues and then we’re done. A glorious, funny, odd publication, born in 1979, will go out with a whimper and all I can think is that something’s going on that they’re not telling us because it just doesn’t make sense.

That night, still somewhat stunned, Deb and went out for a quiet dinner and then saw Waitress which was just what we needed – it’s a funny, charming, fresh film with hearty and soul and some terrific performances by people we like (with Andy Griffith of all people nearly stealing the movie). We go home and I stay up late hitting the network and e-mail.

I have a strong, wide and deep network thanks to being in the business since 1980. However, I hit the network pretty hard in January 2006 after DC and I parted ways and I feel bad about hitting it again so soon. Still, I got some leads pretty quickly and a ton of support which helps emotionally.

Today, the day began and is ending with me on line, getting in touch with contacts, reconnecting with old friends. In between were routine things like household errands. Spent the rest of the day with the family and my mother at the Southern Connecticut Renaissance Faire, which is small and definitely downscale from what we’re used to but a nice time was had by all.

18 comments

  • Unbelieveable. I just got hooked on WWN April of 2005 and have faithfully bought each issue every single week, and as such “collect” them….I actually put them in a plastic slipsleeve (like they use for comics) and store them in chronological order. It became my hobby and certainly my most favorite reading material out there.

    I’m utterly mind blown. American Media sucks, plain and simply goofy. The BatBoy shirt would’ve been nice but apparently it’s a good thing I chose to buy myne instead of subscribe. If you ever find the reason for this completely horrible decision of their’s, perhaps you might post it and let us know!

    Rev. Queue Von’Qu – Church Of The Subgenius

  • Unbelieveable. I just got hooked on WWN April of 2005 and have faithfully bought each issue every single week, and as such “collect” them….I actually put them in a plastic slipsleeve (like they use for comics) and store them in chronological order. It became my hobby and certainly my most favorite reading material out there.
    I’m utterly mind blown. American Media sucks, plain and simply goofy. The BatBoy shirt would’ve been nice but apparently it’s a good thing I chose to buy myne instead of subscribe. If you ever find the reason for this completely horrible decision of their’s, perhaps you might post it and let us know!
    Rev. Queue Von’Qu – Church Of The Subgenius

  • Unbelieveable. I just got hooked on WWN April of 2005 and have faithfully bought each issue every single week, and as such “collect” them….I actually put them in a plastic slipsleeve (like they use for comics) and store them in chronological order. It became my hobby and certainly my most favorite reading material out there.

    I’m utterly mind blown. American Media sucks, plain and simply goofy. The BatBoy shirt would’ve been nice but apparently it’s a good thing I chose to buy myne instead of subscribe. If you ever find the reason for this completely horrible decision of their’s, perhaps you might post it and let us know!
    Rev. Queue Von’Qu – Church Of The Subgenius

  • Julio Diaz

    Bob, I’m sorry to hear that you’re out of work again so soon, but I hope that some comics company will wise up and bring you in — you are a boon to the comics industry.

  • Amen to that. I wish you a very speedy return to full employ, Bob!

  • Sorry about WWN. It was the only real news that I could count on.

    As for Andy Griffith, it’s no wonder that he stole scenes. He’s a great actor. If you have never seen Elia Kazan’s “Face in the Crowd”, do so.

    Elliot

  • Andy Holman

    Wow. I’m really sorry to hear about Weekly World News, Bob. It’s of little consolation, I’m sure, that last year taught you how to land on your feet. Good luck with the hunt!

    -Andy Holman

  • Paul Balze

    Damn, Bob, that sucks. WWN never failed to entertain with its insane headlines and wacky retouched cover photos (like the ugliest pets on the current issue). It sounded like it was a fun place to work, too.

    Here’s hoping you find something else soon.

    Paul

  • Man, that hits me like a punch in the gut. I worked with National Enquirer for many years and always aspired to WWN. Best part, for me, was putting in a day’s work and then heading over to a bar with Eddie Clontz, Joe Mullins and a bunch of other tabloid greats.

    WWN never — never! — failed to entertain. I think it beats The Onion as far as satire.

    I’m sorry, Bob, for you and your colleagues. Best of luck.

    Chris R.

  • So sorry to hear the news. I’m a long time fan and agree with Chris R’s comment; much funnier than The Onion by a long shot. WWN will be missed.

  • Oh Bob, I’m very sorry to hear of Wiggly’s demise. I’ve enjoyed it very much over the past few decades.

  • Damn! Have always loved WWN, used to read it while growing up in New Zealand. Best of luck with the work search!

  • I hate this. I have loved reading your magazine for many many years. it was a nice refreshing relaxing read.

  • I hate this. I have loved reading your magazine for many many years. it was a nice refreshing relaxing read.

  • I hate this. I have loved reading your magazine for many many years. it was a nice refreshing relaxing read.

  • Okay, I just saw Jesus in a mound of whipped cream on my wife’s belly! Who the hell am I going to tell this to now!

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  • Rob

    Murdock must by the rights to WWN. I have been a subscriber for years. I have given out subscriptions every year for holiday gifts. WWN, Bat Boy, Ed Anger must live on….in print!