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Issue #8 of the all-star print comedy quarterly.
107 backers pledged $3,077 to help bring this project to life.

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The American Bystander is the only thing I can read these days without wanting to kill myself." 

Our idea is simple: gather a bunch of folks from places like The Simpsons, SNL, The Onion and The New Yorker, give them the freedom to write whatever they want, then put it all together in a nice-looking book that feels like the beloved humor magazines of the past. (And hope nobody kills themselves.)

American corporate publishing is simply not equipped to produce this type of content — so we've turned to readers. And they have responded, pledging over $215,000 to our campaigns. The American Bystander is the first successful US print humor magazine in 20 years, because of thousands of backers, just like you. Someday, if we're lucky, we'll become "The Failing American Bystander"!

You can read more of our story in Newsweek and The New York Times, not to mention our website. And there's some material from past issues on our occasional blog. But don't be confused: from the first page to the last, The American Bystander is all about print — and if you miss high-quality print as much as we do, you're going to love it.

Do you know what beloved 80s movie Emily Flake is referencing here?
Do you know what beloved 80s movie Emily Flake is referencing here?

 In addition to Emily, Bystander #8 has material from Steve Brodner (Rolling Stone), Ron Hauge (The Simpsons), Charles Barsotti (The New Yorker), R.O. Blechman (The New Yorker), George Booth (The New Yorker), M.K. Brown (National Lampoon), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Drew Friedman (SPY), Tom Gammill (Seinfeld), Rick Geary (National Lampoon), Sam Gross (National Lampoon), Stan Mack (Village Voice), Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer), Brian McConnachie (National Lampoon), P.S. Mueller (The Onion), Mimi Pond (National Lampoon), Mike Reiss (The Simpsons), Dan Vebber (The Simpsons), Ed Subitsky (National Lampoon), Steve Young (Letterman), Jack Ziegler (The New Yorker) and many others!

We love baseball, the Babe, and Barry Blitt.
We love baseball, the Babe, and Barry Blitt.

While printing and shipping costs are more or less covered by our subscribers over at Patreon, our Kickstarter campaigns allow us to pay our contributors. Each pledge increases, dollar-for-dollar, how much we can pay for material. So please do pledge at the highest level you can, and tell everybody about the campaign!

Your Bystanders are, as ever:

Michael Gerber (Editor & Publisher): The American Bystander is the culmination of over 25 years as a writer, editor, art director and magazine consultant specializing in humor. Mike's written for The New Yorker, SNL, and many other places; his 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): Alan 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

We are putting the finishing touches on the issue, but all material is in and laid down. As soon as this Kickstarter funds, we will go to press.

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    Issue #8 in PDF only

    A PDF of Bystander #8, right? All right!

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    #8 in PRINT and PDF

    Our most popular pledge level -- Bystander #8 in creamy luscious print. You will be tempted to eat it, but please don't.
    (You also get a PDF.)

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    Full Set (#1-8) in PDF

    All eight issues of Bystander in PDF. Try it, you will like it.

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    Catch me up! (#8 in print; #1-7 in PDF)

    You get a paper copy of the current issue, plus all eight Bystander issues in PDF. For completists on a budget.

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    FIVE PAK

    Five paper copies of Bystander #8 (and the PDF, of course). One for home, one for the car, one for work, one for the shed, one for your secret place in the woods nobody knows about (they do now).

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    THE COMPLEAT BYSTANDER (#1-8 in print)

    Print (and PDF) copies of every issue so far, #1-8.
    "One of humankind's greatest achievements."— Bertrand Russell

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    TEN PAK

    Why would you need TEN print copies of Bystander #8! We don't know, and we don't care -- but we'll sell 'em to you!

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