Note: This was a newsletter sent this week to Inkwell members who support The Nib. I’m making it public for the occasion of our birthday and all that is going on with the publication right now.

The Nib — celebrating six years of comics
The Nib — celebrating six years of comics

This week marks six years since I launched The Nib as an outlet for political cartoons and non-fiction. Since then we’ve been through two major publishers and as of last month are now running independently. As you might imagine, I’ve been thinking a lot in recent weeks about what we’ve done and where we’re going from here.

If you signed up recently for membership or have been supporting us from the beginning: thank you. You’re literally the only reason we’re publishing comics right now. …

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Illustration by Sim Mau for The Nib

It was reported Friday that First Look Media made the decision to end funding for The Nib along with shuttering the web magazine at the end of July. That is true and something that I’ve been dealing with the results of for a few weeks now.

That leaves me writing yet another post on Medium (heh) about what the future of The Nib will look like.

First Look is working with me to return the publication to my control, preserve the work published online, and allow me to continue the publication on my own. If you are a supporting member, you should know the Scams issue of the magazine is currently at the printer and will ship this month. And the following issue — the Animals issue — has already been commissioned. I will publish it independently.

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Unbelievable, if true.

Donald Trump won not only the presidential election but the whole country. Did some states go blue? Only if you see colors. Electoral college vs. popular vote? Here’s another way to think about it: don’t.

I’ve run the numbers every way and there’s no mistaking the results.

Using a poll of polls model with my proprietary alt-cuck algorithm, I discarded all math and hired Macedonian teenagers to map a map in Mario Paint. The result? An image that indisputably shows a red America that you can share across Facebook to reinforce your beliefs without even reading these words. …

Get that classic look.

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More on The Nib.

Last week we solicited reader comments on the election. We illustrated some of the best—and one of the worst.

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Drawn by Mark Kaufman

Hi. Today we’re relaunching The Nib with a new website, daily newsletter and two weeks of non-stop convention coverage because we were really not going to sit this election out.

We’ve teamed up with First Look Media to do more of what we’re good at: scathing political satire, great journalism, powerful non-fiction, all in comics form, the best medium.

In Cleveland and Philadelphia we have cartoonists in the streets, on the convention floors and all up in the candidates’ mentions.

It’s a good time to come back. Not just for covering this shitshow election and imploding world, but for the weird moment we’re at in New Media. Outlets have become bogged down with indistinguishable garbage posts, re-written news and thirstily re-posted #viral content. …


Matt Bors

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