- The Drawn Word
Digital Magazine and Video Project
- Seth Kushner and I had put several years into Graphic NYC and were gearing up for the book version, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, to come out. With GNYC, we'd changed the approach to comics journalism, elevating it to that of a mainstream, slick magazine like GQ or Vanity Fair. With The Drawn Word, it was time to experiment with digital distribution and take a different approach to comics magazine editing.
With a co-producer, I also created a series of short interviews with comics luminaries, looking for more of a late night TV approach than a fannish "geek culture" one.
- Comics magazines had lost their authority by turning into blogs that were either news of the day, or written by PR shills. The Drawn Word would revive the prestige of the old pre-Internet magazines.
- No one had really been thinking about how things should be read on tablets, particularly The Kindle Fire. The Drawn Word was designed for the Fire, specifically, knowing that it would still translate well to the iPad. The trick was to use a 16 point font: it wouldn't appear too small on a Fire screen, or too large on an iPad.
- The content would be geared towards the new or casual reader, making sure to provide coverage on all different genres of the comic book form.