Essentially, the project lost its primary Ad Salesperson and the whole project was predicated on having a full time contractor at that position. My one rule for Nix Comics Monthly was to be that everyone involved with its publication, including myself, would be paid for their efforts. When it became apparent to me that this would no longer be possible, I put production on hold.
Special thanks to all of the folks who have helped me out along the way on Nix Comics Monthly. In no particular order, I give special thanks to Jenny Robb and Cailtin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Brian Cheek of the Wexner Center, Derf, Michael Daniels, Brian Kraft, Michael Brown of Experience Columbus, Rafer Roberts, Matt Dembicki, Max Ink, James Moore, Joel Jackson, Eric Palicki, Lee Smith, Jon Steventon, Colleen Clark, Julian Dassai, Michael Neno, Rich Trask, Darren Merinuk, Liz Valasco, Canada Keck and of coruse, Bob Ray Starker.
I would like it to be clear that this is "back to the drawing board" as opposed to "the end." The purpose of Nix Comics Monthly was two-fold: Make sure that there are regular recurring pay gigs for local cartoonists and to show EVERYBODY in Columbus that those cartoonists are frickin' Rockstars! There's no doubt that there is a good thing going on here in Columbus for Comic Books and their creators. It's my intent to build the resources and community support to keep it going for a long time.
One thing at a time, though. I need to clear my plate before I can rejigger the Nix Comics Monthly plan. That means get the current kickstarter fully funded. I hope you'll check that out and give it some support if you haven't already. Also, don't forget the Indie Comics Fair at the Ace of Cups on March 8th!