A Coffee-Table Newspaper
Arthur Magazine: Back from the Dead
by Ned Lannamann (Portland Mercury)
IT’S BEEN four years since we last held a hard copy of Arthur magazine in our hands, but it’s made an unlikely—and very welcome—return to the printed medium with issue 33. Editor Jay Babcock has teamed up with Jason Leivian of Portland’s Floating World Comics, who’s now co-publisher, and while the new incarnation takes on a very different format from those last issues of Arthur, the ideas and attitude are happily the same. Arthur’s lens is on fringe music, art, and ideas—the “New Weird America” scene, as some have termed it—and perhaps due to Leivian’s involvement, there’s more of a visual emphasis on comics than before.
Issue 33 is something new: a coffee-table newspaper, printed on 16 immense pages of newsprint with minimal ads, and almost every inch covered with words or pictures. The cover, a gigantic piece by surreal comics artist Rick Veitch, is gorgeous, and the crispness and clarity of the print is perhaps the best I’ve seen in a newspaper…
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