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Posts Tagged ‘Janine Kahn’

FBLA Interview With Roy Rivenburg

zell3.jpgWe LOVE NotTheLATimes.com and had to learn more about its creator, Roy Rivenburg, a 15-year features writer at the LAT (he quit last year). Rivenburg was a syndicated humor columnist for two years, and enjoyed a brief stint writing Recall Madness, a humor column on California’s recall race.

Despite his pedigree, he agreed to answer a few of our dumb questions:

That looked like it took a tremendous amount of work. What inspired it? Thanks for noticing how much work was involved (actually, the hard part was teaching myself enough Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash to put everything together; the writing part was fairly swift).

What inspired it? A few things. I had long thought it’d be fun to parody the paper, but figured there was no way to duplicate the look of the site. Earlier this year, I had dinner with Janine Kahn, a friend who was then web editor of OC Weekly. Somehow the spoof idea came up and she said I could easily reproduce the look of latimes.com by copying their html coding (I can explain more if you want me to get technical). Well, she was wrong about it being that easy, but by then I was determined to do it. So I bought all the software and started in.

How often will you update it? If someone writes me a million-dollar check, I’ll be happy to hire a staff and update weekly. But aside from an occasional update when inspiration strikes, I have no plans on that front.

That’s too bad!

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Luke Thompson: The Colossus of Comic-Con

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Luke Thompson, the tri-colored wizard of the OC Weekly, writes about the color of Comic-Con and gets a Todd Nauck- drawn cover, to boot. He had such a good time:

It’s 1:30 a.m. late Friday night/early Saturday morning, and I’m lying on a sheet of cardboard in the back of a minivan headed God-knows-where amid sliding packages of toys, many of them mine that I’ve hauled around all day in addition to the laptop slowly gnawing its way down into my shoulder.

Janine Kahn played Boswell, and followed the geeky trail. She seems to have had fun:

I hop aboard a pedicab driven by a college boy from Russia. He pedals his furry white legs off, and I almost feel guilty for the burger I wolfed down for breakfast.

This was art director Joey Santos’ last cover for the OC Weekly–he’s joined the LA Times. Bet he won’t have as much fun there.

OC Weekly Gives Rare Props To OC Register

11trash1_md.jpgIt’s a terrifically unusual day when the OC Weekly cops to anything the OC Register does right — but today Janine Kahn (who is rapidly becoming one of our favorite local bloggers) invites readers to “compare and contrast” stories by the Register and the Daily Pilot.

The comparison is astounding. Bully for Kahn for pointing it out — however grudgingly.

Former LAT Blogger Watches Online Baby Die A Slow, Tortured Death

schoolmeplate.jpgOC Weekly’s Janine Kahn admits to going back daily to her former blog LAT’s School Me, to watch as her former overlords “morbidly dismantle my baby.”

She continues with the gruesome imagery, talking about how her former boss Bob Sipchen convinced her to endure “sleeping bags crawling with bugs and peeing in the river” in Utah.

She may pine for her good old days, but we’re personally happy to read her insider-y musings at her new home. So, sorry for your loss, Janine. But it may be our gain.