We set the dial on the Way Back Machine way, way back! This bit is from my college humor magazine, The Plague, circ. 1979. I don't know if college magazines generally did Christmas themed issues, but we did and I jumped all over it. If the graphics look very much like a regular newspaper ad from the day, there's a reason for that. I worked my way through college at K-Mart (R.I.P.) and I was friendly with the woman who laid out the ads did for the local paper. She let me go through her discarded company "clip art" and I was able to grab a bunch of it (enough for 2 future bits in The Plague). Oh, the frustrations I worked out in this 2-pager, mocking the store and it's cheapest, both in prices and employee benefits, with a mix of store graphics and typewriter inserts (since we didn't have the budget for graphic lettering; and that would have been a pain to do that lettering one letter at a time!). And, as I mention elsewhere on the blog, I was able to pitch this bit to Cracked magazine in 2000. Comedy life lesson: Never throw anything away!
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So, there I was, minding my own business when 25 years later The Plague contacts me about submitting something to their anniversary issue. Imagine that! And they actually kept the "NYU's Only Intentionally Funny Publication" tagline.
...And, no, I don't know what this cover is about either.
My final issue (for awhile) with a cover that I just don't understand. It was probably just time to go.
My favorite cover. It's mine. I conceived it. I had all the statues and comic stuff. I had to borrow my brother-in-law's 35 mm camera to take it. Then one of the co-editors added the Plague-centric stuff and we turned it into a cover. Needless to say, we were doing the Sgt. Pepper cover. Or maybe I needed to say that.
The Christmas issue. Cover was my idea, featuring our mascot, Zol.
My first post-graduate issue, featuring the recently arrested professor on the cover. One of the few times we attempted "topical" humor, since our lead time was so long.
Over the summer we got together to prepare a mini-issue that we could hand out at the start of term 1979 at the big NYU clubs and teams street fair. That way we could both amuse and recruit students.
The 4th issue of our second year.
This was my last issue...as a student of NYU. I didn't let a little thing like graduation keep me from being involved. Apparently it saved the staff the grief of bringing in new members. Which, as we would discover, would cause a lot of grief to the old members.
Freelance writer, still hacking away.