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MetroMix Now Has Sex With Peter Gilstrap

451898_ratio3x4_width180.jpgMetroMix today debuted its new sex column “Hot & Bothered” with perennial trouble-maker Peter Gilstrap. The sex expert (who says he’s not a sex expert, just someone who, you know, has had sex) offers some pretty sage advice, only some of which involves udder balm.

Gilstrap took time out of his busy schedule of, um, research to talk with FBLA about his new gig:

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BAM! BOOM! Graphic Novel Panel Kicked Ass

serie_zlott.jpgAtonement notwithstanding, comics are where it’s at book-wise — as the L.A. Times Festival of Books Graphic Novels panel proved.

Moderated by Deborah Vankin of Metromix, lots of people turned out for the panel. Including one of our spies:

It was pretty straightforward. (and hot, as the air conditioning was broken). Panelists were Jaime Hernandez (1/2 the Hernandez Brothers whose “Love and Rockets” has been a big, big influencer of indie comics in this country, Joe Matt (‘Peepshow’) and Cecil Castellucci (‘Plain Janes’).

It was a good representation of the indie publishers (Fantagraphics for Jaime, and Drawn and Quarterly for Joe) versus more mainstream (DC Comics for Vankin and Cecil). Lots of differing opinions/perspectives but the overall ‘unifying thread’ was an affection for the genre and agreement as to how difficult/complex it is to create! And how graphic novels are generally “misunderstood’ by the mainstream media and public was a theme (i.e., they’re not just for kids… they’re not porn!… and they’re not easy to whip up/create.)

Also discussed: the recent explosion of graphic novels and manga… how the genre is becoming accepted as a credible literary medium and a way to tell all kinds of stories, not just superhero stories. Like literary memoirs (Fun Home, Alison Bechdel) and Persepolis or the forthcoming Period Piece set in 1920s called Incognegro, by Matt Young. Etc.

Jaime told some interesting stories about growing up with comics in his house — they were always around! His mom helped cultivate his pride in the genre– and Cecil spoke about witnessing a terrorist bombing when she was a kid and how that scene made it’s way into her recent book Plain Janes. Joe talked a little about struggling with writers block and how he’s taking notes for his next book, which will be about his experiences in LA.

All the panelists agreed L.A. was one of the best cities to create art in these days. But that there wasn’t a central or easily accessible “comics scene” for comic creators.

Metromix Kicks It Old School — Web Site Goes To Print

100_2547.JPGThe LAT’s appeal to the hipster set, Metromix, started appearing in newsboxes this week.

We ask editor Deborah Vankin: How cool is that?

“Reaction has been great — pretty much unanimously, people are saying it looks amazing; and we’re hearing a lot of comments about the writing — that it’s smart and fun. Which is nice, because we put a lot of effort into that — it may be lighthearted, but it’s real, reported content.”

How’s it feel to see it in the boxes?
“Surreal and wonderful at once — it took nine months to get to this place (the combined efforts of a lot of people); so seeing it in the hands of readers at cafes and on sidewalks, through tired eyes, sort of feels like we’ve given birth … to a litter of, well, upcoming issues I guess!

“But seriously: seeing the way people are reacting — emptying boxes on the streets and kind of ravenous for this sort of thing, for something smart, well-informed and fun at once that’s also slim enough to easily navigate — makes us realize a) there was a need for it and b) print is obviously not dead. It’s just evolving and fusing with the internet. It’s interesting to be a part of.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

typewrit.jpegBest Subhead of the Day: This Patrick Goldstein story bears the subhead, A recently published history of screenwriting reveals that Hollywood’s contempt for writers goes back decades. We can’t think of a use for this book — unless a writer wants to climb up a stack of them and then kick them out from underneath his dangling body should the WGA vote to strike on Thursday.

33549453.jpgThe Factory: Reporter Ann Powers sets a beautiful scene of an animated Kanye West performing for Marc Jacobs, who is mouthing every lyric of West’s hits, while Takashi Murakami bobs his head along to the beat inside the Louis Vuitton store that opened as part of an exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. There were probably other cross-pollinating bold-face names at the opening, but Powers had our head spinning enough.

227206_ratio4x3_width152.jpegGreat. More Editors: Gannett Co. is getting a piece of the Metromix action. The Virginia-based media company is working on a joint effort with Tribune Co. to expand the entertainment sites throughout the U.S.

Metromix Staffs Up, Some Jobs Still Empty


Metromix, Tribune’s what-to-do, where-to-go site has staffed up for Los Angeles. Site goes live in June.

Editor: Deborah Vankin, formerly of Variety,
Managing Editor: Alexandra Le Tellier, still at,
Music: Scott T. Sterling, former eic of URB,
Events: Alie Ward,
Restaurants and Style: Jiyeon Yoo,
Editor at Large: Ann Donahue, former news editor at Premiere.

Still looking for:

freelance style editor/blogger, copy editor, photo editor, multimedia editor and assorted interns.

Mix It Up With Metromix

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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