|The Inside Out|
There's no pressure with a first issue. It comes out when it comes out. But once it does, if you want to keep it going, the second has to follow rather quickly. The indy world is full of first issues but few second issues or beyond.
loved Megazeen#1 so much that we refused to allow it to languish like
Cross Press did, so before the first issue even made it to the printers
we began throwing around ideas for the next ish. There was a lot of
rethinking going on. As Crossett wrote in his editorial, "Talk
is cheap, starting a revolution is expensive."
Drew Pocza had become a kind of "third Beatle" back then, joining us in our nightly planning meetings on MSN IM and kicking in a graphic design for the cover of issue 2. His opinions mattered a lot to us, so much so that he merited an interview in this issue. Also interviewed in this issue was James Kochalka, whose work had influenced Crossett heavily. Some questioned our motives behind interviewing someone who was not a believer. Think about it. Don't make me spell it out.
bowed to some of our critics in three areas. First, gone from this issue
were the music reviews and interviews. Readers were far more interested
in comics and comic news, and could read about music anywhere. Secondly,
the font size on the editorials increased to a point it was legible.
Seriously, you could go blind reading MZ1. Finally, the comic page count
increased to 16 pages, more than half the book now.
recruited this newcomer kid by the name of Jamie Cosley, whom we discovered
on the net. He'd done this crazy comic called Nippy Wallaboosh for Blindwolf
Studios. I don't think Jamie missed an issue since. My daughter actually
learned how to read by reading Jamie's bound book, "Big Honkin'
Bugnut". Jamie and I have become great friends over the years.
I laugh when he thanks me for including him in Megazeen- sometimes I
wonder what Megazeen would have been like without him, and I don't like
the idea at all.
there was a guy who I felt we really had to have in this book. My best
friend and brother-in-law Tom Hall is a brilliant writer with amazing
comic timing, and I talked him into presenting his "Life of Fred"
comic to Megazeen. From that point, Tom became the fourth Beatle. He
also co-scripted the Johnny Crouton installment this issue, and he and
I went on to work together on many projects together.
issue was that Joseph, for some reason, wanted to review a comic Tom
had done years ago called "The Fart-Hand Book." It is a VERY
funny book. But I couldn't see why we'd want to review a Fart comic
in a Christian magazine. Further, Tom wasn't crazy about the idea- in
his mind, The Fart-Hand Book was old news, artistically weak and now
worth reviewing. We ended up scratching the idea.
The biggest issue came up when MZ2 came back from the printer and was all screwed up. Apparently, the wrong copy had inadvertently gone to the printer, and the most obvious casualty was that Tom's 2-page comic became one page printed twice. While we tried to remedy this with an insert, the damage was disappointing. There were also a few typos, the worst of which was crediting Tom Week's comic to Tom Hall. We never heard from Tom Weeks again.
Live and learn. But, hey- we made issue 2.
And before it even went to print, we were already discussing the tenth issue.
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