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Posted by: Rich Watson on February 9, 2007 at 12:22 am

The shorthand way we’ve been describing it is “Wizard meets Vibe.” That only scratches the surface, though, of what we hope to accomplish with this new magazine.

Like any comics magazine, you’ll get your feature articles, your news, your reviews, your fun stuff. While Ron and I will keep tabs on stuff from the Big Two, as you would expect, we will also do our part towards promoting quality independent work. In that sense, it won’t be too different from what I do solo with Glyphs.

UVC will be bi-monthly starting with this month. As I said, Ron and I will be at the New York Comic-Con handing out free copies of the first issue and just talking to people about the magazine. It will be free at first, like Comic Shop News, but the plan is to eventually turn a profit from it soon.

Advertising is gonna be very important, obviously. Anyone interested in advertising in UVC should talk to Ron at the show. For now at least, you can also email me and I’ll pass it along to him.

During and after the con, we’re gonna work on distribution – local at first (meaning NYC) and national as well. I’ve already provided Ron with a list of the better comic shops in the continental US that he will be targeting, while I intend to hold up the local end and work on getting it in New York shops. Any retailers reading this, local or national, who are interested now can email me and again, I’ll pass it along to Ron.

As editor of UVC, I’m gonna write feature articles and the news section, plus I’d like to recruit more potential reviewers. We have a couple on staff already but we can always use more, so anyone interested in writing reviews for black-themed comics, anime, sci-fi/fantasy films, stuff like that, should email me at cptsisko318@aol.com.

Yes, there will be a UVC website. Once it gets running (which I believe should be soon), we’ll have supplementary features to go there, including contests, polls, pictures, and more.

So what will be in the first issue? We’ve got an interview with Fantastic Four writer Dwayne McDuffie, for starters. Plus we talk to the creators of Blokhedz, which looks poised to become a breakout hit this year. Ron has an article about a young self-publisher named Korby Marks who has a new superhero book coming out this spring called Stormbreakers. Writer Brandon Easton has a regular column; in his first one, he provides advice on writing. And there’s plenty of other stuff too.

So make sure you come see us at the New York Comic-Con in two weeks.

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9 Responses to "UVC"

1 | Bahlactus

February 9th, 2007 at 1:04 am


I wondered if you’d be getting down with NYCC, since you’re around the way. I’m sure we’ll cross paths on the floor. Looking forward to what UVC has to offer.

2 | Guy LeCharles Gonzalez

February 9th, 2007 at 7:54 am


Sounds interesting. Looking forward to checking it out.

3 | Elayne Riggs

February 9th, 2007 at 11:59 am


Looking way forward to seeing you there, Rich! Please save me a copy, I want to review it on ComicMix. I’m psyched there are so many new comics-related ventures coming out this year! What’s Ron’s surname?

4 | Alex T

February 10th, 2007 at 4:53 am


Looking forward to snagging a copy! I’d like a few actually.

May I suggest these fine stores:

Comic Book World
6905 Shepherdsville Rd., Louisville, KY, 40219
Ph: (502) 964-5500 (Ask for Doug)

The Great Escape
2433 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY, 40205
Ph: (502) 456-2216 (Ask for Sonya or Robert)

I will start working at a new comic store opening in about three weeks. I’ll have an address for you then.

5 | Rich Watson

February 10th, 2007 at 12:56 pm


It’s Ron King. Like I said, the idea originated with him, and he came to me because he wanted me to be editor. I don’t have much experience as an editor, and certainly none on a magazine, so expect a few kinks here and there in the beginning. Ironing them out will take some time, but I’m confident that it’ll happen.

Thanks for all the encouragement. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the show.

6 | Tim O'Shea

February 10th, 2007 at 6:57 pm



You’re going to be great as an editor. Congrats on this new venture.


7 | chris Chambers

February 11th, 2007 at 10:52 pm


Best of luck and we may even have some Vibe writers interested in “crossing over.”

Either Gary Phillips or I will be at NY Comic Con; hope to met you.

8 | Robert Garrett

February 12th, 2007 at 2:57 pm


This is great news Rich…, I hope to get you to do something with our stuff at Xmoor Studios.

9 | Fred

February 17th, 2007 at 10:32 pm



Congrats on turning UVC into a reality. Like Glyphs, this magazine will fill a much needed void by exposing Black America to the diversity, relevence and fun of Black comics.

Following Alex T’s lead, here are some more shops you should check out:

Alliance Comics
8317 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-588-2546
(Ask for Troy)

HAL Comic Strip
5438 Marlboro Pike
District Heights, MD 20747
Phone: (301) 967-6300
website: http://www.halcomicstrip.com
(Ask for LeMar)

Liberty Books & Comics
7315 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-699-0498
(Ask for John or Jim)