My Comrade Magazine newsprint cover B&W magazine SUMMER 1993
Drag/Humor NYC Nightlife Mag
In 1987, Les Simpson (also a contributor toTime OutNew York) started to publishMy Comrade, using his alter-ego Linda Simpson, a drag queen involved in New York City's gay nightlife, as editor. The original format was that of azine: a group of black and whitephotocopiesstapled together. Over that period, 10 issues were published, and its success allowed it to continually grow in format and content.
The publication self-proclaimed itself the "court jesterof thequeer press"; it opted for acampapproach to gay lifestyle, talking ironically about popular culture, andparodyingother types of magazines. The publication also acted as a showcase for photographers, illustrators, and writers of the queer subculture. It was very popular among the underground queer scene of New York City, and is still considered by many a great embodiment ofManhattanLower East Side’s andEast Village’sLGBT cultureof the period.