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    Aug132009

    JAY - OH - BEE

    The time has come.  It's been a real fun year and a half, and it's more time than most people get, but I can't support myself any longer by just doing iFanboy.com.  The fact is, the whole time has been amazing, and we've grown exponentially since I quit my job in February of last year.  But the economic downturn has made it hard to produce enough revenue to make enough money to live on, at least not for two people.  But thanks to the members, Conor's still at the wheel, making sure we can keep the best comic site on the web going strong.

    Before I go on though, I want to make this clear.  The site's not going anywhere.  I'm not going anywhere.  I'm still on the shows.  I'm still writing. 

    But, I need a job.  I have to make more money.  I have to have insurance. I also didn't want to keep it a secret.  For one thing, it's too hard to pretend I'm not looking for work.  Also, it can't hurt to have a whole bunch of people looking out for something you might not have known about.

    If you're asking what I'm looking for, I'm not entirely sure.  I'd love to say in comics, but there aren't a hell of a lot of jobs available at the moment.  I could maybe go back to TV production, but I don't really want to.  After working at home for the last 18 months, I don't think I'd want to do something I already decided to stop doing 5 years ago. 

    So there it is.  Thanks everyone.  As you were.

    Reader Comments (21)

    Sorry to hear that, I'll keep my ears open in case some of my friends in NYC say something that screams Flanagan.

    Hopefully the economy swings back and you can quit again.

    August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

    good luck

    August 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbroderboy

    Good luck to you, sir. I don't have a ton of contacts in NY outside of the book publishing work, but I'll keep my ears open and let you know if I see anything that (as Ryan said) screams Flanagan.

    And here's hoping that the site gets to a point you can make it your full-time job again.

    August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJChristie

    Best of luck to you Josh. I know it's rough to balance finding the thing you love to do with just earning money to live. Something will present itself I'm sure, just get yourself out there!

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDez

    Even though I still have a job, but I'm doing the same thing right now. Trying to find another job so I would have to deal with this one. Good luck. Hope we both get something that we are comfortable and love.

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterexcalipoor

    Good luck, sir. The two of you are going to be just fine.

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Cachero

    Good luck Josh. I wish you all the best. Your talent is obvious and the show speaks for your determination and ambition. I'm sure somone will scoop you up.

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

    Sucks. Hope the journey back to paychecks isn't too painful, but it sounds like you're making the right decision.

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiyo

    Good luck. The economy has started to tick back up, so some new jobs may start to pop up (and ad revenues may start rising, again). We may have bottomed out: http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2009/08/fed-watch-the-recovery-edges-forward.html

    Have you guys discussed any sponsorship opportunities with Rantz Hoseley or any of the other digital distribution guys? That seems like a solid match. They need to exposure and you need the funds. Not telling you guys how to do your job, just throwing some ideas out.

    I would offer to keep an eye out for job openings, but I doubt you are interested in a move to Georgia.

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstuclach

    Good luck man. I wish I could help, but I don't really have any NYC contacts. I get the feeling though that you'll do fine.

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

    You could get an assistant editor position at Marvel for $22K a year! It's tantamount to child abuse.

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill Scurry

    Ugh. Who can live on that?!

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

    It can be done. $22K is the average annual income in Portugal.
    It could always be worse. The average in China is $6,000. The average in Afghanistan is $750

    August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstuclach

    But I don't live in those places. I live in New York City. I went to college.

    Don't come at me with your cultural relativism!

    August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

    The per capita income in New York City was $22,000 ....... in 1999.
    Would we call that intertemporal relativism? Did I just invent new discipline? I'm always doing that.

    August 15, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstuclach

    Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do with the show. Both shows are highlights in my week. Good luck on the job hunt, and thanks again for continuing to bring something special to all of us.

    August 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremergencyexit

    Josh ... my cousin runs this company http://ivpnewmedia.com/ ... might not exactly be up your ally ... it's also in jersey. But he's fairly well connected and, minimally, might be good to network with. Drop me a note if you're interested.

    August 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid DeCheser

    I don't know details about the New York City Library system, but perhaps a job in their circulation department might work for you. A decent size library system should have pretty good insurance too. The recent economic downturn might mean they're not hiring, but it doesn't hurt to check.

    September 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeffR

    Oh man, now I feel bad I didn't order a Power/Responsibility t-shirt. I guess I was holding out for a t-shirt with a pocket in it. (Perhaps I could buy one, and then attach my own pocket to it.) I try to wear my iFanboy Members t-shirt whenever I can, hopefully giving you guys a bit more street level advertising.

    Not to make this too political, but I'm just curious, if insurance wasn't an issue (meaning, you didn't have to rely upon an employer for it), would you still be looking for work? I guess you did mention the money aspect too. I'm just curious, since I know issues such as "single payer" or "government run" or "employer based" health care is such a hot topic right now, and iFanboy basically is a small business.

    Anyway, enough of my rambling, Good luck!

    September 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff / PowerDad

    I was thinking today about the 22K for the Assistant Editor positions at Marvel. I'm now surprised that Assistant Editor month doesn't consist of comics with pages and pages of desperate pleas for food and clothing.

    Or perhaps the opposite, in which they show Tony Stark is super-wealthy because he only needs ONE roommate to make rent. "Wow! Can you imagine it?" they say to themselves as they pass around the single Assistant Editor pencil, hoping Mr. Scrooge will let them place another coal on the fire.

    They probably totally get Peter Parker. And that's the month in which the character really gains his total realism.

    On the other hand, perhaps the only people who can take such a job are those who need no money. Perhaps the Assistant Editors are nothing but a bunch of Paris Hiltons and friends, and thus they're the ones who figured Mary Jane Watson should get like a total down to earth job such as like a Super-Model! Ya-sure! And she would only have ONE penthouse, so she's like totally gets Peter!

    -jeff

    p.s.
    I joke about this, but seriously 22K in the U.S.? According to the United States guidelines for poverty, a family of four (two parents, two kids) are considered to be at the poverty line if the annual household income is $22,050. (This number comes from THE 2009 HHS POVERTY GUIDELINES).

    p.p.s.
    Again, good luck, Josh!

    September 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff / PowerDad

    My company is actually hiring. It's not excting work, but it's a job in NYC with a decent salary, good benefits, low stress, and an annual bonus. You can go to the website (www.fitchratings.com) and check out the careers section. If you decide to apply for anything I'll definitely put in a good word for you.

    September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAli

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