Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Making a Scene

Every Chris needs a Martina, and every Time needs a Newsweek. So I guess it's high time the Advocate got some competition. Enter Scene, a new monthly gay news magazine. With its glossy cover, timely news articles, fun features and nice color photography throughout, Scene is a welcome addition to an admittedly overcrowded newsstand.

Reading the letter from the publisher I found out that Scene is actually celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. It's published by Mark Lund, who recently appeared as a judge on the surprise hit reality show "Skating With Celebrities." Lund was also a figure skating analyst for CNN during the 2002 winter Olympics, wrote the book "Frozen Assets: The New Order of Figure Skating," and is the former publisher of International Figure Skating magazine (this guy's busy).

Living at the epicenter of gay life in New York City, I'm surprised I'd never even heard of Scene before noticing it on the stand yesterday at Rainbows and Triangles (is that a gay enough name for a store?). Nonetheless, it certainly seems like they have a winner -- and I'll be curious to see how it does in the years ahead.

One thing is for sure: it certainly doesn't hurt that Scene is quoting guys like Michael Mings of the HRC in its articles. Who knew that a McClintock High graduate could be more than just a pretty face ...

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