Seth Combs, CityBeat's former arts and culture editor and one-time editor-in-chief of Pacific San Diego magazine, plans to launch a new web 'zine called GFYSanDiego.com next month. He says he'll work with contributors to cover music, art, food, sex and nightlife with an irreverent twist.
“For me, there's a void in the type of stuff I would like to see covered, the type of stuff I would like to see discussed and I would like to see analyszed and artistically interpreted, and there's a lot of people that seem to agree with me," he told me over the phone.
Right now, there's nothing on the website except a short clip of Anchor Man's Ron Burgundy declaring: "Go fuck yourself, San Diego." Combs plans to go live with coverage on January 11, 2011.
He doesn't have any financial backing, he says, and contributors will work for free for now. But he plans to work out some kind of payment once the website starts making money, "so everybody gets a piece of the pie." He declined to name contributors but he says that Sammi Skolmoski, a former CityBeat intern who was on the 91X Morning Show team before the show was canceled, is helping out with the project.
The website will have a blog's populist bent, he says. He's in it for the "love of the game" and he wants to start out free from corporate backing. "It doesn't always have to be about the money, the bottom line," he says.
Drop by Soda Bar on Saturday, Dec. 11, to pick up a printed 'zine with sample articles. Pretty Too Bad--a new band featuring members of The Transit War, Irradio, Demasiado, Spell Toronto and The Gift/Curse--and Roxy Jones will perform.