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Posts Tagged ‘Deb Vankin’

Banksy Posts; New Yorkers Show Up [Updated]

Do you consider yourself a New Yorker in the know? Do you follow what appears to be a brand new, official Banksy Twitter account? If the answers to these questions are respectively yes and no, you may want to remedy the latter.


The famed, stealth British-born graffiti artist has set up artistic residency in Manhattan and triggered a Twitter account pointing to the website The site is chronicling his various NYC street efforts and causing lots of excitement each time around. From a New York Daily News report:

To Pace student Mathias Watson, 21, it was an exciting opportunity to see an authentic Banksy in-person. “I just love the chase,” he said, adding that he found the location after Banksy tweeted it. The Chelsea piece has already accrued new tags, from a black stencil of embattled Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei to other graffiti artist tags.

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Comedian Tig Notaro’s Cancer Prognosis is Good

Good news from earlier this week. If you’re on the Internet, which you clearly are, you likely heard of LA comedian Tig Notaro‘s battle with cancer, after Louis C.K. announced he was releasing one of her standup performances on his website–in which she had just been diagnosed and was dealing with the news onstage.

The LA Times spoke with Notaro, who let everyone know her prognosis is quite good. She also apparently pantomimed the sound of her double mastectomy to reporter Deb Vankin. It sounds like this: “Broing!”"Burrh-burrrruup!”"Phweesh-Phwipt!”

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Marc Maron’s WTF Relaunches With Spiffy New Design

Comedian and podcaster extraordinaire Marc Maron just relaunched his website WTF with a cool new design. The site has a new blog feature to go along with the old podcast list. Maron posted a super-nebbishy video explaining the relaunch on his website. You can almost see the specter of his father hovering over him yelling, “Can’t you do anything right!?” Can’t embed, so check it out here.

Maron, incidentally, was also just quoted in this LA Times piece on Conan warm-up man Jimmy Pardo. Worth the read.

LA Times Calendar Section Defends Itself

Yesterday we listed all the people who are no longer at the Calendar Section of the LA Times. We noted it makes the section look pretty dysfunctional. We don’t hear of en masse exits from say the Sports Section. But it’s been pretty consistent at the Calendar section.

The newspaper has sent us a statement saying we forgot to mention they’ve hired people too. Hear that obit writers? You should also talk about how people are being born. Otherwise it’s only half the story.

From Nancy Sullivan:

LA Times Calendar section: The Mass Influx

NEW HIRES (in the same frame):
Joy Press, Randall Roberts, Melissa Maerz, Gerrick Kennedy, Yvonne Villarreal, Nardine Saad, Nate Jackson, Rebecca Keegan, Nicole Sperling, Ben Fritz, Joe Flint, Steve Zeitchik, Julie Makinen, Deb Vankin, Jori Finkel, Amy Kaufman, David Ng

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LA Times’ Deb Vankin Pens ‘Party Noir’ Graphic Novel

Former Brand X editor and current LA Times feature writer Deb Vankin has a new graphic novel out called “Poseurs.” The story revolves around three teens lost in the Hollywood party scene. Vankin told Newsarama that the book was born from nights covering the club scene for the alt-weekly world.

“At the time I wrote the book, I was editor-in-chief of Metromix LA, a website and weekly paper published by the LA Times covering events, food and nightlife for twenty-somethings. So I was especially steeped in this world.  That’s partly why I set Poseurs against that world.”

Poseurs is set to be released on February 16, 2011 by Image Comics.

A Few Dumb Questions For Eric Almendral

1554248196_m.jpgEric Almendral, former art director at Filter, has been plucked to be the art director for Metromix’s print edition. What does this mean? We have no idea. So we thought we’d ask.

In return for us mentioning that the tireless (and talented) Christopher Saltzman will be replacing Eric at Filter, Mr. Almendral agreed to answer our dumb questions.

1. How is this gig different than your post at Filter? This is the first time since the demise of New Times LA that I’ll be focusing primarily on a single publication. Filter publishes 5 full magazines a year, then another 5 of the free Good Music Guide mini magazines, and in between those I was usually working on marketing projects for record labels, movies, TV and various promotional events.

In some ways that was great — I’d shift from editorial layouts to die cut South Park air fresheners to a custom zine for the American Rag clothing label. At the same time, the pace was breakneck and nonstop; there was hardly time to stop, breathe deep and organize thoughts.

Filter has such a small staff that I had much more influence over non-design issues and decisions than an art director would elsewhere. I’m trading that in for the impressive resources of the LAT. Already, I feel a little like a country bumpkin in the big city: “There’s a whole department here to color correct photos? Gawsh!” Sure, I’m going to miss being able to do full-bleed colors on beautiful glossy paper and heavy mate cover stock. But I’m also looking forward to the structure and discipline of a weekly. I’m getting too old to handle successive 20-hour days and all night deadlines with the dedicated Filter team, much as I love them.

2. This publication is geared toward “young professionals.” Can we expect the design to be anime-meets-pottery-barn-catalogue? Anime-meets-Pottery-Barn-Catalogue? We’re aiming higher than that. Anime-meets-DWR. Or at least West Elm.

I could throw out a bunch of adjectives (“dynamic,” “lively”), but it would all sound like business doublespeak. I don’t officially start until later this week, and am looking forward to a lot of discussions with editor Deb Vankin and creative director Annastasia Stafford about the overall look and feel. As far as specifics, I have some ideas but can’t share until I try
them out, play around with them, and run them by my new co-workers.

In general, though, I think we’d like to take a magazine-like approach and apply that to a newsprint tabloid. I don’t think it will look like anything else coming out of the Times building — not because there’s anything wrong with that, but because we’re tasked with a different mission and hope to snag a different demo.

Mix It Up With Metromix

nightla.jpgDo we normally use this blog to list job postings? No. But job postings aren’t normally for an outfit with as fun a name to say out loud at Metromix.

Metromix. Metromix. Metromix. Say it backward, and a kid from the fifth dimension loses all his powers.

In any case, Metromix, a new LAT/Tribune online entertainment site geared toward those thick-walleted 18- to 34-year-olds, is looking for online writer/editors, and we told LA Metromix’s editor Deborah Vankin that we’d help get the word out because we’re nice like that.

In addition to the job description below, Vankin says she’s also looking for a number two who can “work with the Assoc. Producers on the site. 5+ years experience as writer-editor — both online and print experience preferred.”

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