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Issue #6 of the all-star print humor magazine. Amazing writers & artists from The New Yorker, The Simpsons, The Onion, EVERYWHERE!
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A VITALLY IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MIKE: OK, people, here's where I usually talk to you about the new issue and how great it is. Well Bystander #6 IS great, and it's going to press in the next two weeks, and you should back it. All of your friends should back it. (All of THEIR friends? It's a free country, but you can probably guess my opinion.)

Before I talk about that, there's something I have to share: I've just adopted two kittens, and one of them is going to be HUGE. Max is only five months and his paws are already the size of freakin' golf balls. I need two hands to pick him up. So far, we have been able to purchase enough food to feed him and his sister Lola -- but I am frankly terrified of what might happen if (when?) the food runs out. So please buy issues, so we can keep this leviathan at bay; he is already eyeing me hungrily. If I am found dead and covered in kitten-spit, IT WAS NO ACCIDENT. 

BACK TO BYSTANDER #6.
Feast your eyes on this awesome Arnold Roth cover: 

Arnie is the BEST, and you should meet him if you ever get the chance.
Arnie is the BEST, and you should meet him if you ever get the chance.

The idea behind Bystander is simple: gather a bunch of super-funny folks from places like The Simpsons, SNL, The New Yorker and so on, and print stuff they can't do for those august institutions. Then we put it all together in a nice-looking book that feels just like the beloved humor magazines of the past. This crazy scheme has proved to be a huge success, as you can read here and here. If you crave yet more details, please go to our website. (There's even some material from the magazine on our new blog.)

American corporate publishing is simply not equipped to produce this type of content — so we're turning to readers. And readers have responded, pledging over $168,000 to our crowdfunding campaigns. Wow, even typing that is kind of impressive. The American Bystander is the first successful US print humor magazine in 20 years, and it's all because of backers like you.

(Some of) THE PEOPLE IN #5:  Roz ChastMimi PondRick Geary, Merrill Markoe, Ed Subitzky, Liza DonnellyDrew Friedman, Brian McConnachie, Sam Gross, MK Brown, Steve Young... and many more! (We're not kidding. There's a TON of stuff in every issue.)

Your Bystanders are, as ever:

Michael Gerber (Editor & Publisher): The American Bystander is the culmination of over 25 years as a writer, editor, and magazine consultant specializing in humor. I've written for The New Yorker, SNL, and many other places; my books have sold 1.25 million copies in 25 languages. In 2003, Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody fried the brains of a generation of English tweens, and now we have Brexit. Sorry.

Brian McConnachie (Head Writer): Brian began his comedy career as an editor at The National Lampoon and the Lampoon's "Radio Hour." From there, he went to Saturday Night Live, and SCTV, completing the Holy Trinity of Seventies comedy. In the 80s and 90s, Brian amassed the coolest bunch of cameos in the history of cinema. In more recent years, he has written for The Simpsons and recorded pieces for NPR.

Alan Goldberg (Senior Editor): has been making non-fiction television and radio for more than 35 years. His work includes biographies ranging from Fidel Castro to the Beatles; science programs with Dr. Richard Leakey; programs on drugs and epidemic diseases; histories of American railroads, diners, The Forbidden City and the Golden Gate Bridge -- and even live rock and roll and gospel concerts. Alan will be overseeing Bystander's podcasts and live-event programming.

Risks and challenges

The issue is totally done, and looks el superbo. As soon as we hit our goal, we'll send it to the printer and begin fulfillment.

I suppose Max the kitten is a challenge, but I've already told you about him.

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    Mike's Thai Food & Acupuncture Fund

    Putting this together issue after issue is super-hard. Please help buy Mike the Thai food and acupuncture he needs to KEEP GOING!

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    Issue #6 in PDF only

    Bystander #6 in PDF for your tablet, desktop, or wherever else you read PDFs.

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    #6 in PRINT and PDF

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    Full Set (#1-6) in PDF

    All six issues of Bystander in digital format. We've made these a bit cheaper because we want to addict you. Please reward us for our honesty.

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    Catch me up! (#6 in paper; #1-6 in PDF)

    You get a paper copy of the current issue, plus all six Bystander issues in PDF. (So there's some cover-rubbing, lots of reading.)

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    BRING IT! (Full set #1-6, paper & PDF)

    Who says you can't have it all? That totally doesn't sound like us. Here's every issue we've done, #1 through #6, in luscious paper and useful PDF.

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    Ten copies of Issue #6. Really only appropriate for retail outlets (and over-proud grandmothers, and since all of Mike's grandmothers have passed away, IT'S UP TO YOU).

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