A Head Spinning Week
So, what sort of week has it been?
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.