In October 2015, an agglomeration of genial weirdos came together to create The American Bystander, the first national humor magazine in nearly 20 years. We wanted to show there was a place for print humor in the 21st Century; in a dumbness-forward era, we wanted to present if not an antidote, at least an alternative. What the world needs now is therapy on a species-wide scale; until then, there's The American Bystander.
After a bunch of issues, and $200,000 in hard cash from readers just like you, it's clear we're onto something. Each jam-packed book collects a diverse group of nearly a hundred top writers and cartoonists in a great looking, full color, softcover format. Bystander nestles on the coffee tables of comedy cognoscenti in New York and LA, Chicago and London. The New York Times called us “an essential read for comedy nerds,” but please don’t take their word for it. Check out some sample pages here, or read material from the magazine on our blog.
To get this done, we're having to invent a whole new way to publish professional magazines. The American Bystander is revolutionary: No squeamish advertisers. No clickbait. No big corporate parent susceptible to political pressure. Bystander relies on readers. And it's working.
But to keep this going, we need your help!
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Publishing's decades-long seppuku left a lot of wonderful artists and writers with no way to reach their fans. And for people just starting out, a difficult career became practically impossible. Meanwhile, the world just kept getting dumber. We just couldn’t take it anymore, folks, we had to do something…so we created The American Bystander.
What happens next is up to you.
Editor & Publisher
to buy issues from us, because we are lousy at business
Charles Barsotti (The New Yorker)
Michael Ian Black (Stella)
George Booth (The New Yorker)
Steve Brodner (Rolling Stone)
M.K. Brown (The National Lampoon)
Roz Chast (TNY)
Seymour Chwast (Push Pin Graphic)
Billy Collins (US Poet Laureate)
Larry Doyle (The New Yorker)
Liana Finck (The New Yorker)
Drew Friedman (MAD)
Tom Gammill (Seinfeld)
Jack Handey (SNL)
Todd Hanson (The Onion)
Al Jean (The Simpsons)
Terry Jones (Monty Python)
Peter Kuper (MAD)
Merrill Markoe (Letterman)
Brian McConnachie (SNL)
George Meyer (The Simpsons)
Mallory Ortberg (The Toast)
Mimi Pond (The National Lampoon)
Mike Reiss (The Simpsons)
Mike Sacks (Vanity Fair)
Nell Scovell (SPY)
Edward Sorel (Vanity Fair)
Steve Young (Letterman)
Alan Zweibel (SNL)
and many, many more.