Coury Turczyn, editor

Mr. Turczyn began his illustrious journalism career in the mid-’80s as an editor at the evil publishing empire known as Whittle Communications (based in Tennessee, it was responsible for the nefarious high school news network Channel One). Deciding to make his fortune by screenwriting, Mr. Turczyn quit his extremely important and highly respected position as an assistant editor and moved to Hollywood—where he mostly wrote freelance articles about monster trucks. After two years of abject misery in Los Angeles, he returned to Knoxville where he at last found his niche as the editor of Metro Pulse, an alternative weekly newspaper he helped create. Since its launch in 1991, Metro Pulse has won a few hundred national and regional awards for its writing and design. Mr. Turczyn had something to do with it. He now lives in Los Angeles where he works as an editor at G4.com.

Lisa Horstman, graphic designer

Another refugee from Whittle Communications, Ms. Horstman became art director of Metro Pulse in 1995, quickly giving the publication not only an award-winning look but also a new sense of cheerfulness. She left Metro Pulse in 2002 to pursue illustration work full-time (she did the nifty illustrations you see here). Her children’s book Fast Friends (which she also wrote) won the first-ever Dr. Seuss Picturebook Award in 1994. Since then, she’s also created The Great Smoky Mountain Salamander Ball and The Troublesome Cub. (Attention book editors: she's represented by the Transatlantic Literary Agency.) Ms. Horstman selflessly designed the extremely limited-edition print version of PopCult, which looks much, much nicer than the website you see here (which you can blame on Mr. Turczyn, as well you should). Check out her personal website!

 

Writers:

Chris Barrett is a thoughtful crafter of words and images who lives in the wilds of Virginia where he runs his own video production company, Tutto Buono.

Betty Bean is a nationally recognized reporter (Vanity Fair called her "The Molly Ivins of Knoxville") who loves them Lady Vols.

Rob Bloom is a freelance writer trying to make an honest buck. He likes candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and Coca-Cola Slurpees. In addition to being published in The Flagpole, The Toastmaster, and several pop culture websites, Rob will soon be featured on NPR's "All Things Considered." To read his regular humor column, as well as his rants on obscure pop culture icons, visit RobBloom.com. You'll think. You'll laugh. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Joey Cody is a writer based in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Hillari Dowdle loves her kitties when not editing Natural Health magazine. She also has been known to speak in Sanskrit on occasion.

• David Madison was the editor of The Independent Weekly in Durham, North Carolina. Now he's rumored to be at large in Montana somewhere.

Adrienne Martini is an instructor of mass communication at SUNY-Oneonta.

Jesse Fox Mayshark is living large in New York City where he earns a living at some paper called the Times.

Spike Gillespie is a writer of no little renown based in Austin, Texas. Visit her website for even more personal info.

Kim Mellen hails from Austin, Texas and is the proprietor of The Excitment Machine.

• Chris Neal is a staff writer for Country Weekly magazine in Nashville.

Jack Neely is the author of several books about Knoxville history and he really knows his barbecue.

David Pelfrey is associate editor of Black & White, a bi-weekly paper in Birmingham, Alabama.

Phillip Rhodes edits articles about healthy things for men.

John Sewell is a punk who lives in Chicago when he's not on the road playing bass for Duvall.

Dr. Deborah Shaller is the co-director of the Cultural Studies Department at Towson University in Maryland.

Cynthia Turczyn leads the PopCult European Bureau in Berlin; she also teaches grade school.

Zak Weisfeld is a producer of fine basic-cable programming as seen on such networks as A&E and CourtTV.

 

Artists:

Ron Bell is an illustrator whom I can't locate. He did the illustration for the "Perchance to Slime" piece many years ago. I hope he doesn't mind that I posted his illustration.

Bruce Cole is a globe-hopping photographer who does mysterious things at ipix.

David Luttrell is a professional photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Check out samples of his work here.

John Mayer is a multi-talented illustrator and designer who really knows his pulps. Check out samples of his work here.

Kate Niblick is a graphic artist and illustrator working out of Atlanta, who is seriously considering chucking it all to work at the beach.

Ed Richardson is a scrappy, bass-playing, vegetarian rock star/photographer in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Jen Funk Segrest is a professional web designer in Middletown, Ohio. She created the marvelous background patterns for the PopCult department pages. You can download free patterns at her Pixel Décor site, or hire her for big jobs at Very Big Design.

Stan Shaw is an illustrator nonpareil who lives in Tacoma, Washington. He did the fantastic John Waters caricature.

Roy Tompkins is the kick-ass comic-book illustrator behind the delightfully demented Trailer Trash (available from Fantagraphics). Check out his own website, Astro Pimp.

Joel Trussell is a fantastic freelance illustrator/animator/web designer who created the lovely image of monster warefare for our T-shirts. You can see his online portfolio at his Cartoon Cockfight.

 

Fonts & Dingbats:

Blue Vinyl offers many hip fonts and dingbats, free of charge. I used almost all of the shapes from "'60s Chic" and "Eeronauts" as bullets or to set off menu subheds. I heartily endorse the Blue Vinyl design aesthetic.

Dave Bastian Dot Com can supply you with several "Guilt-Free Fonts From the Typographic Cretin" that are wonderful. And he's put together a damn cool website, to boot!

Font-a-licious also offers many wonderful fonts and dingbats for free. I used many bits of clip-art from "Glamocom *RetroBats*" and "Return of the Retrobats" to imbue the site with that ironic-retro look our modern society has so come to adore. Truly a delight!

Font Diner doesn't have many free fonts, but it does have very swanky, affordably-priced sets. I actually purchased (!) the "TV Dinner" set and used "American Cheese" for the main department heds.

Iconian offers lots of nifty free fonts; particularly nice are the spacey ones like "Space Cruiser" and "Alien League."

Nick's Fonts are freakin' fantastic—and they're free! Nick specializes in "retro" font styles of the '20s and '30s, but they are graphically timeless if you ask me.

 

 

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