San Francisco Panorama

08Dec09

Well done David Eggers. Over in San Francisco the author of ‘A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’ has just launched his latest project, a one-off newspaper called the San Francisco Panorama.

What’s great about this is that unlike most publishers Eggers and his fellow McSweeney’s staff haven’t tried to compete with the internet, instead ignoring the media cluster-fuck to create a new quality format for top-level content.

In fact, though it does contain news, the SFP isn’t really like a newspaper at all. It gives a more focussed look at issues, contains fiction from Michael Chabon and Stephen King, and has an emphasis on rich visuals, including comics from Dan Clowes and Art Spiegelman.

The thing itself is huge: 15 by 22 inches across, over 300 pages and with a couple of pull-out sections for food and books. It also costs $16, which would make me pause before taking out a subscription, but I’m sure there are people out there who are willing to shell out.

At the moment it’s just a one-shot, and McSweeney’s has had financial trouble in the past, so it might just be a flash in the pan. But good on him for giving it a go. Considering how screwed up journalism is right now, it’s encouraging to see people taking risks to create something good, and not just looking to line their pockets. Here’s some pics:

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