June 9, 2023

Founder, editor, and contributing cartoonist Matt Bors introduced in the present day that his on-line and print journal comics publishing operation The Nib will shut down this summer time. Matt cites many financial and social media-environmental components resulting in the choice. Hyperlink to his assertion right here.

Matt says,

“I am actually pleased with what we’ve completed. Over the previous decade, The Nib has revealed greater than 6,000 comics and paid out greater than $2 million to creators. Numerous e-book initiatives have launched from Nib items and quite a few creators had their first skilled comics revealed with us. For ten years we had been the outlet supporting political cartooning and showcasing the probabilities of nonfiction comics. Moderately than enduring years of painful cuts and diminishing output, I would slightly exit whereas The Nib remains to be in a spot that feels respectable, slightly than run the publication into the bottom.”

In an e mail to his cartoonist contributors, Matt wrote: “It was an excellent journey and it was the glory of my lifetime.”

It’s superb what Matt completed with The Nib, creating probably the most vital and revered comics publications within the historical past of the artform.

After all, accolades for The Nib and Matt have been many, but it surely’s ironic that this announcement comes on the heels of an Eisner nomination for Finest Anthology for The Nib journal. And simply this morning, Cory Doctorow gave Matt and his comedian e-book sequence Justice Warriors a rapturous evaluation:

The web didn’t create Matt Bors, however the web could be a a lot poorer place with out Bors and his acerbic, scorchingly humorous webcomics, which he publishes at The Nib (a website he based), amongst a few of the internet’s most iconic humor: hyperlink

Founding The Nib and creating a house for all these nice webcomics could be legacy sufficient for one creator, however Bors monumental accomplishment with The Nib is topped by his savage creation, Mr Gotcha, the only best rebuttal to essentially the most annoying Reply Guys on the entire web:

Dayenu: if he had solely based The Nib, it might be sufficient. If he had solely created Mr Gotcha, it might be sufficient. However Bors continues to amaze and delight. In Justice Warriors, a graphic novel he co-produced with Ben Clarkson, we get a distillate of all of the bizarre, crazed issues each grotesque and lovable concerning the web of a thousand lies: hyperlink

After all, Matt will proceed to create his incredible comics, and if there’s any silver lining from the unhappy information of the termination of The Nib, perhaps he’ll have time to do much more.

From a private perspective, my very own cartoon “Tom the Dancing Bug” has appeared commonly after which intermittently in The Nib, and I contributed an unique comedian to its print journal. So the operation has meant loads to me, and I do know to a variety of cartoonists. And, most significantly, to a variety of readers.


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