The New Daily Cross Hatch

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Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Mozart—through history, endeavors have relied upon patronage in some form or another, in order to flourish creatively. In recent centuries, of course, the nature of these relationships has become decidedly less altruistic, as the role of the patron has been largely ceded to that of the sponsor. Art for art’s sake is no longer a reality. The ability to create is frowned upon, if said creation is unable to simultaneously move product.

It’s an unfortunate reality, perhaps, but it’s a reality nonetheless, one that has long since infiltrated the Web. The days of the frontier Internet have long since passed—those who can’t monetize their site can’t survive. Slate has MSN, Engadget has AOL, heck, even Newsarama has Imaginova. It only made sense that sooner, rather than later, The Daily Cross Hatch would find itself a place in the shade of some friendly media umbrella.

It goes without saying that, in our search for a new home, we were seeking a place with a true acceptance and understanding of the sequential art medium. Fortunately, that home came to us. According to the higher-ups at Wizard, we first came to the magazine’s attention shortly after a recent interview. To paraphrase the executive who contacted me, “we love what you did with Liefeld, and would like to see what you can do with Red Hulk.”

With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that, with this new ownership comes some editorial changes. The indie comics scene to which we’ve long devoted our coverage, has never been the most profitable wing of the publishing industry, as any poor college student stealing copies from Kinko’s for their most recent mini can tell you.

Beginning today, the Daily Cross Hatch will be shifting its focus to more mainstream titles. And we’re just getting started. Well, most of us, at lest. At the behest of our new owners, we’ve had to let go of some of our writers who don’t quite mesh with the future of the site. Of course we wish them all the luck in the world. In the meantime, stay tuned for exciting new features like Friday’s Mountain Dew Extreme Superhero contest. What other comic book site is giving you the chance to jam with Blink-182 or get snowboarding lessons from Shaun White? No one, that’s who.

With that in mind, welcome to the new Daily Cross Hatch, and prepare to get rocked.

–Brian Heater

18 Comments to “The New Daily Cross Hatch”

  1. oliver east | April 1st, 2009 at 7:34 am

    lame

  2. oliver east | April 1st, 2009 at 7:37 am

    sorry, just got it. jesus i’m gullible, i swear april fools day was made with me in mind

  3. DUSTIN HARBIN | April 1st, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I love you, Brian Heater.

  4. Liz B | April 1st, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Every year, for half a second, I forget it’s April 1st. Then I read something ridiculous and I remember, hahaha

  5. jeffk | April 1st, 2009 at 8:47 am

    FINALLY. Those “art comics” are for ne’er-do-well hipsters and unshaven grad students.

  6. danno | April 1st, 2009 at 8:54 am

    SWEET!
    Interview Todd McFarlane!
    Find out where he gets his ideas for such new and unique looking characters from!!!

  7. Ryan Dow | April 1st, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Love the revamped Nubby.

  8. Kyle | April 1st, 2009 at 9:28 am

    It’s about time!!

  9. Mark Hensel | April 1st, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Hilarious! I especially like the logo redesign.

  10. chuck mcbuck | April 1st, 2009 at 9:38 am

    you just got hatched!

  11. acowan | April 1st, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    YAY! Mountain Dew AND Blink 182? I’m in mainstream HEAVEN. *sobs*

  12. Rich | April 1st, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Jesus. This post is so shameless. Great job, Heater, you’re totally selling out your site, its writers, and your readers. Way to go.

    I suppose this would be a dandy move if Wizard Magazine had any hope of weathering the shit storm that’s befallen print media, but I’m not so sure that’s the case. And I know this is a move on their part to build their online presence, but if they want to do that, they should really work on wizarduniverse.com, cause that place needs some SERIOUS work.

  13. Rich | April 1st, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    You guys might want to do two things:

    1) Post – my comments.

    2) Change your mission statement:
    “The Daily Cross Hatch was created with the intention of spotlighting the absurd amount of talent currently toiling away in the world of alternative comics, and bringing into focus some of those artists attempting to break into this largely thankless field. Our goal to provide information in the form of news stories, interviews, reviews, and features, in order to keep fans a bit more connected into the goings on of this sometimes enigmatic field. We’re also attempting to keep things relatively ‘underground.’ We love tights and taglines as much as the next blog staff, but let’s face it, if that’s what you’re really looking for, there are more than a few places around to appease your needs.”

  14. Craig J. Lane | April 1st, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I do hope that this is your idea of an April Fools joke. If so, very funny. If not, you almost stopped my heart.

  15. Rich | April 1st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Damn. Oh damn. That was GOOD.

  16. Inkstuds | April 1st, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Damn, that was good.

  17. Kevin | April 1st, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    That’s, uh, quite a pencil you’ve got there, Nubby.

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