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 NYU archive doesn't have this issue. I sent them a link to this. We'll see what happens.
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.
I don't know how we got two issues out in the Spring of 1979. We tried to do 3 a year, Fall, Winter and Spring. I don't remember why we did issues two months in a row, for a total of four for the semester. Maybe we had a lot of submissions to use. Maybe our budget had been increased and we had enough to do another issue. It was my farewell issue and the guys gave me (and Amy Burns) a shout-out in the masthead. We were the first two members to leave, not just disappear or submit one & done, but to graduate and move on, kinda.
Anyway, the whole issue is here.
The Mutant Issue. We decided to go "theme," much like National Lampoon, excluding the readership. And the theme.
The whole issue is here.
To be honest, it was like we were doing clip-art before clip-art was a thing. We even put an old Zoetrope photos in one corner to try and get a flip-book moving picture effect.
Hey, it's our first Christmas issue!
Whole issue is here.
The highlight for me of this issue is the authentic Kmart ad parody. Having made friends with the lady in advertising at Kmart, (where I was working my way through college) she let me go through the old graphics so I took enough to do a bunch of fake ads for the magazine. People who are paying attention will notice that I duplicated the ads for Cracked several years later.
Issue three of the first year. Got to mock the campus with our first ever "Theme Issue." And I got to write my first Staten Island-centric bit, along with an NYU Q&A.
For the rest of the issue, go here.
Issue three of our first year. We had to paste this stuff to layout boards by hand. Oh, the rubber cement! We were still shy a decent artists, so I would draw my own stuff. To do the cover, we had to outsource. I roped my brother Glenn into doing it. Then we all went nuts with the lettering and various borders and doodads, like using counting fingers to number the pages. Anyway, these are my bits. I don't know why we weren't doing bylines here. But my stuff; Fun Things to do in NYC, Hooray for Hollywood (Part 2), and Joke Alarm. You can see the whole issue here.
Oh, what might have been. After the Plague was up and running awhile, it seemed that we only had a core group of about 5 people working it. Now, I missed the original sign up meeting and came aboard after its charter was established. But one of the co-founders did tell me about that meeting and the list of names that had signed up. One of those names? Chris Columbus. Funny, right, Christopher Columbus? Signed up, but never joined. I wonder what ever happened to him?
Cover trivia: the infected half of the face is a photo of the tile floor of the NYU library.
(whole issue here)
I was lucky to find a place in college; alas, it was in my junior year after transferring to NYU, but find it I did. I got to be part of the founding staff of a new college humor magazine, "The Plague." Met some smart and funny guys. Got to be part of a team. Got to see some of my first work published. Got to work with rubber cement. Fortunately, they were starved for material and pretty much printed anything. And I wasn't exactly knocking myself out creating new material for them at first. But here is my first article from the first issue.
And here is a link to the whole issue.
Good times: writing and creating for the NYU humor magazine, The Plague. We were few but we were mental. We could write, do graphics, draw cartoons, photograph stuff, anything we wanted so long as it was funny. We also had to lay it out ourselves and get it to the printer and deliver it.
This was a cover I created (with tweaking by John Rawlins) where I took items from my vast collection of comedy icons and attempted to mimic the Sgt. Pepper's album cover. Then John did some copy and pasting (with a copy machine and real paste; it was the 1980, you know) adding some of the characters from the magazine. Along with the actual name of the magazine.
Also, this issue contained my story, "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes and the Angry Author" which, as you may know, was recently published in France as part of anthology “Sherlock Holmes Dans Tous Ses États.” For some reason it wound up in the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, item C22131.
Freelance writer, still hacking away.