The Columbia, S.C., alternative newsweekly City Paper has announced plans to publish the Asheville City Paper, a new publication that will appear monthly at first and plans to print twice a month as early as next Spring. Former Mountain Xpress writer and editor Cecil Bothwell is a business partner in the venture and will run the news desk, according to a statement from City Paper posted at Bothwell’s blog and on Ashvegas.
“The Asheville City Paper, targeting an 18-45 liberal demographic, will feature hard-hitting investigative journalism and will cover national politics, local news and music,” the statement says. “Additionally, the paper will feature nationally syndicated columns from Ted Rall and Dan Savage. Comics will include Red Meat, Perry Bible Fellowship, Get Your War On and Strip Wax. Like Columbia City Paper, the Asheville edition will also feature original humor in sections like Letters to the Reader and Gov. Easley’s horoscopes.”
Ashvegas adds further information by sharing an e-mail from City Paper Managing Editor Todd Morehead. The message reads, in part: “A truncated, pre-Cecil version hit the streets yesterday. It’s basically just a 12 page preview of the national columnists and tone of the paper. We’ll release a normal 24 to 28 page edition in early December and keep it monthly until we build up enough revenue to release every other week (most likely by Spring). We’re all super excited and Cecil already has a gutsy investigative piece in the works that he says Mountain Xpress was ‘too timid’ to publish.”
— Jon Elliston, managing editor