by Frank Faillace
The cover features the near-perfect backside of a young lady called Misty who started out dancing at the Rimrock in 1991, and for whom quite a few men (and boys) have fallen for over the years. You can still find her around town if you know where to look...
Somehow we ended up with two big exclusive interviews this month. The first with South Park co-creator Trey Parker about his new porno-comedy film Orgazmo, and the second with former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton about his new music and band Fantomas. Imagine that: Major articles set up by, written for and paid for through a local magazine. The wonders never cease...
Speaking of local magazines (and why I would do that in this column completely eludes meand deludes me), anybody out there thinking about starting a magazine should get at least one thing straight: Its not about making money, its a labor of love (and ego). Anyone who thinks their gonna make a fortune is just ignorantnot stupid but ignorantof the bottom line. It costs more than $20,000 in production costs alone to print a magazine of this quality and quantity, and another $10k to $15k to pay people for quality work and another $5k for your basic office and telecommunications. Add it all up and it leaves very little pocket change, if any. Unless you start cutting back on quality...
Using the above-mentioned telecommunications, I had a vindicating conversation on the phone the other day with Neil Avery from the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. He called me back to assure me that having Exclusive Distribution Agreements between stores or clubs and free publications is acceptable practice. If anyone else besides the 40 or so places in town that have already agreed to do this would like to, give us a call and well talk.
On a personal note, a very special thank you to whomever bashed in both side windows of my car last week, right outside my friendly neighborhood strip bar. Its nice to know that someone thinks about me. Perhaps it has something to do with my sexual and business habits that a couple of other incredibly talented publishers in this town like to darkly murmur and write about. Scary stuff... And just in time for Halloween...
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