the future of “my life in ypsi”

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  1. mark
    Posted June 18, 2006 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I never really finished that thought. Sorry. I was drawing this in the car, as the baby slept, and she woke up… What I was trying to say is that, after about a two year run, my comic has come to an end, due to the fact that “The Ann Arbor Paper” has ceased operations. The publisher has told me that she

  2. kez
    Posted June 18, 2006 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    i want to buy a copy of (what you’re selling at) the july 15 event.
    how much $$$ should i send you?
    it’s very late. i sleep now.

  3. dorothy
    Posted June 19, 2006 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    how sad. by the way, i don’t think i ever thanked you for the comic you sent me. i showed it to my acupuncturist—he was vastly amused by your illustration of rivers of blood flowing from your ears. he also suffers from ocd, but not to the extent that you do—his is a very mild form, but he was able to empathasize.

  4. Dirtgrain
    Posted June 19, 2006 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I volunteer my body. You can continue your comic strip by tatooing it on me. Not a ball shaver, though.

    Seriously, I love your comic strip. Have you tried to sell it to other papers? The Metro Times? Or some “alternative” (AKA they will take risks in publishing some of your risky pieces) magazine?

  5. Greg
    Posted June 19, 2006 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I think your comics could work quite well online, but I suppose a lot of people don’t take the time to read lengthier pieces online. Have you ever thought about trying to combine a blog-type essay approach mixed with the comic? Something sort of like:

    Maybe that would work? At any rate, I’m sorry to hear the Ann Arbor Paper is ceasing print publication, but glad to hear that it will continue on in some fashion.

  6. chriso
    Posted June 19, 2006 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I was opposed to online comics for years. I think that was mainly because most online comics have been weak at best. I think that has been gradually changing.

    Anyway, it would be sad to see your comic go, it was one of the first things I noticed when I moved to Washtenaw last August.

  7. mark
    Posted June 19, 2006 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t approached other papers. My guess is, given the cost of newsprint these days, that no one in their right mind would sign-on someone doing full-page strips. (Hmmm…. I wonder if maybe that’s what did in the Ann Arbor Paper.) Anyway, like I said, I might try to do some shorter, two-panel pieces and see how they turn out. If I’m not happy with them, then there’s the option, as one of you suggested, of just incorporating my sketches into posts, like I did here. I’ve been thinking about that for a while now, and I think it might be cool. I just don’t know that I have the time to add another layer of complexity to a blogging process that’s already draining my life away.

  8. chris
    Posted June 19, 2006 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I am an immense fan of your comics and would be saddened that they were not enjoyed by as amny people as possible….hmmmm, I have an idea.

    Would you consider sending me an email w/ what you believe is your best (or maybe most praised) comic in an attachment? I would like to forward it to a friend who is into comics of an original bent.

  9. chris
    Posted June 19, 2006 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    BTW, they do work online and very well I might add. We are just persuaded otherwise by our increasingly hoary old age.

  10. mark
    Posted June 20, 2006 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    OK, Chris, I’ll try to get something off to you in the next few days… I appreciate your offer to help, but, to be quite honest, I’m not getting my hopes up… As I recall, you were also the one who told me that you might be able to pull a few strings and get me hired on at the Daily Show.

    (Seriously, anything that you can ever do on my behalf is much appreciated. If anything ever happens with my career, it’ll have to be because of outside people like yourself taking an interest. I’m incapable of doing anything on my own.)

  11. chris
    Posted June 20, 2006 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Yes, but the daily show required that I raise this guy’s dog for him (if you will remember). AND, I would do this for you if you would agree to raise one of my children.

    That’s fair isn’t it?

  12. Dirtgrain
    Posted June 20, 2006 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Your life isn’t draining away. We are sucking it up. Slurp, slurp, slurp.

  13. UBU
    Posted June 20, 2006 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    So it WAS you in that rag — since the “pieces” were unsigned I thought it was just a really bad Mark Maynard rip-off…

  14. mike_1630
    Posted June 26, 2006 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Mark – I just sent you an email about this – let me know if you don’t get it…

  15. mark
    Posted June 27, 2006 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Sometimes I feel like I’m living a poor impersonation of Mark Maynard’s life, Ubu.

    And, as for your note, Mike, I did get it, and I liked it. I posted it on the front page. Thanks.

  16. sfifeadams
    Posted September 21, 2006 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mark, I was “Deep Background” and I’m bumming about the AAP’s demise as well. It would be cool to try to resurrect something, since there’s really no other local outlet for your kind of stuff. (I always thought you were THE reason to read our little rag.) I’m looking forward to reading your blog, now that I know it exists. (I’ve got one going now as well … here )

  17. mark
    Posted September 22, 2006 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Hey! It’s nice to know that someone’s out there googling “My Life in Ypsi.”

    I’ll check out your site and write back to you about the “Paper” when I’m more awake.

    Thanks for dropping in.

  18. Ol' E Cross
    Posted May 5, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Why are you naked when you draw and what is the hand under the table doing? Oh … nevermind .. I get it.

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