Fans of The Hoboken Journal all across America were saddened when the lights went out there on March 8, 2010.
That included me.
Because The Hoboken Journal is where the 'Grafix Avenger' was born, its closure meant no more venue for my satirical graphics which HJ's proprietor, Kurt Gardiner (a.k.a. Reformerus Giganticus and The Bard of Hoboken) had published with little editorial input. OK, I did hear the occasional, "that's disgusting", or the "no way I'm going to put that on my site", or "that's not funny", but those were few and far between. (Kurt, you may have seen naked people in that graphic, to me it was art. Ever heard of Spencer Tunick?)
So after Kurt closed shop, I had no recourse but to start my own blog in order to publish my own crap. Now, nobody tells me what to do! And I never get in any trouble! Oh, wait a minute...
But I digress.
Former fans of The Hoboken Journal who have been paying attention may have noticed some rumbling over there. No, that wasn't the leftover bean tamale you had for dinner last night. Or Ricky Mason going over Beth's checkbook. It looks like that lovable, overgrown German galoot is BACK!
At least in the capacity that he wishes to be.
My guess is that there will be a new incarnation of HJ. Whatever it is, thank goodness our gigantic reformer has got his health and his mojo back.
Now, for the real news: the Grafix Avenger blog was able to obtain EXCLUSIVE video footage of the moments before, during and after The Hoboken Journal's reanimation.
That's Kurt there on the gurney, in case you don't recognize him.
Welcome back, Kurt!