Some of you may remember a while back I wrote a blog that said we were putting the Home Companion magazine (AKA MEHC) on hold for a while, but to never say never.
Well, now we’re officially, finally saying never.
We have decided not to go any further with our efforts to bring back the magazine. We thank all of you who signed our petition to republish and said such wonderful things about how much the Home Companion meant to you. There is really no interest from publishers anymore in smaller print magazines, at least of the quality we would want and that you came to expect from us. The advertising is just not there to support it. The world is changing rapidly, and we have to keep pace. We could do an Internet magazine, but the same cost issues apply, and frankly, I’m not crazy about looking at magazines online. Also, putting out a magazine even 4 times a year is a full time business, totally separate from my art licensing business. I’m at a point in my life where I’d like to really concentrate on just my drawing and making sure those drawings get turned into great products for you! And when I’m not drawing, I want to spend time with my family, especially Mikayla, who is growing up at the speed of light!
It was great while it lasted, and it lasted 11 years! Don’t be sad. MEHC is just moving on to that big magazine rack in the sky, where it can see all of it’s old friends again, like Country Home and House and Garden Magazine. I think, if I do say so myself, that it was one of the very best decorating and creatively inspirational magazines ever. Several have tried to recreate it, but in my opinion, I don’t think they come close. That is because of the FABULOUS people we had working there—– Barbara Martin, Angel Clark, Kathy Curotto, Toni DiMartino, Nicki Dwyer, Marcy Spanogle, and many others, not to mention all the amazing artists and homeowners we featured over the years. I’m very proud of The Home Companion and very sad to say a final goodbye to it. BUT there are so many new things to be excited about, I hope you’ll take the leap with me into whatever’s next!