If you’re on the lookout for some great humor writing from National Lampoon, SNL, Monty Python, and Simpsons alums, look no further than Michael Gerber’s new print quarterly The American Bystander, which began as a Kickstarter campaign last year and recently released its debut issue. Jack Handey, Brian McConnachie, Terry Jones, George Meyer, and Al Jean are among the long list of writers featured; check out the full writer/illustrator lineup below:
Writers: Michael Gerber, Brian McConnachie, Julia Wertz, Steve Young, Joey Green, Mallory Ortberg, Mike Reiss, Dave Hanson, George Meyer, Sport Murphy, Liana Finck, Daniel Immerwahr, Sam Means, River Clegg, David Etkin, Jack Handey, Ron Barrett, Mark O’Donnell, Christopher Austopchuk, Terry Jones, Mike Sacks, Sloane Tanen, Stefan Hagen, Roz Chast, Al Jean, Ellis Weiner, R.O. Blechman, Mimi Pond, Dennis Perrin, Scott Marshall, Ethan Persoff, M.K. Brown. Illustrators/artists: Ron Barrett, Kate Beaton, Louisa Bertman, R.O. Blechman, Chris Bonno, M.K. Brown, John Caldwell, Roz Chast, Seymour Chwast, Liza Donnelly, Xeth Feinberg, Liana Finck, Emily Flake, Shary Flenniken, Patricia Gerber, Robert Grossman, Stefan Hagen, Ron Hauge, Danny Hellman, Farley Katz, Adam Koford, Ken Krimstein, Eugenia Loli, Scott Marshall, Ethan Persoff, Mimi Pond, Arnold Roth, Cris Shapan, Mark Simonson, Grant Snider, Edward Sorel, Akiko Stehrenberger, Tom Toro, D. Watson, Julia Wertz, Nathan Yoder, Steve Young, and Jack Ziegler.
Here’s some more info on the magazine via the American Bystander website:
We’ve gathered some of the funniest, most celebrated writers and artists from several generations, with the idea of resurrecting — and improving! — the classic humor magazine format. Using print-on-demand publishing and the ability of the internet to collect like-minded people, we can provide books at a fair price while paying our contributors. (Paid work, what a concept.) And they keep the rights to their material. But we need your help. Newsstands are a mug’s game, and advertisers hate humor magazines. That’s why there hasn’t been a new one since the late 90s. The American Bystander uses a super-lean publishing model where the money comes from readers — like the old MAD, minus the newsstands. The web is our newsstand; it’s always open, and you don’t have to deal with guys nicknamed “Jimmy Three-Fingers.” The implosion of book and magazine publishing has left a lot of established artists and writers with no way to reach the readers who love their stuff. And for younger talents, an always-difficult career is now practically impossible. We just couldn’t take it anymore, folks, we had to do something…so we created the first issue. What happens next is up to you.
Gerber and crew have already started working on the second issue, but they can only pay for it by selling enough copies of #1, so get yours here.