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City Pages art director Vlcek leaving

I’ve considered adding a line to my MinnPost bio that reads, “I’m not blogging your journalism award unless I agree with it and your work had real impact.” 

Truth be told, I’m not sure how Nick Vlcek has changed the course of Minnesota history, but the City Pages art director may have won more hardware than anyone in town — and that’s something I agree with. Now, after eight years and 400 covers, Vlcek is departing in a little over a month, editor Kevin Hoffman confirms. The ad is here.

I haven’t yet connected with Nick to see where he’s going (Hoffman says the destination is uncertain), but he’s been a very well-liked survivor of a tumultuous time as CP become webbier and flashier.

The best nod to Nick is his work. Under his direction, City Pages’ covers often pop, and Nick is a pretty damned good photographer in his own right. (Two recent covers and a Nick feature photo are below.)

Whomever snaps this guy up will be a lucky title indeed, and City Pages faces a formidable challenge replacing him.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by William Souder on 09/01/2010 - 11:54 am.

    I’m sure I’m not the only person in town who sees a strong thematic and typographical parallel between the City Pages “Days of the Gun” cover and the dust jacket art for our mutual friend David Carr’s book, “The Night of the Gun.” Nothing wrong with that at all…I’m sure David would appreciate City Pages’ paying of their respects, as the reference only affirms his book’s place in the zeitgeist.

    But it’s ironic, is it not, that Carr was for several years the editor of City Pages’ now-departed arch-competitor, The Twin Cities Reader. I always thought City Pages owed a lot to the older, pioneering alternative weekly and to its many gifted alumni. So it would still seem.

  2. Submitted by Beth Hawkins on 09/01/2010 - 01:42 pm.

    Nick is one of the sweetest, most thoughtful folks working in local media today. He has a genius for grasping the emotional spine of any story and rendering it clear and compelling to the hurried, distracted masses, who are more likely to walk on by that newspaper box than not. I’m sure CP staff will miss him personally.

  3. Submitted by Karl Pearson-Cater on 09/02/2010 - 10:25 am.

    Nick is a great art director and a great person. He did a lot of great covers at City Pages. My favorite cover (biased, perhaps):

  4. Submitted by David Brauer on 09/02/2010 - 11:22 pm.

    Bill –

    That CP cover was an explicit homage, but it was perfectly executed. (As was a similar Bachmann cover parodying Palin’s book.)

    I miss the days of all-out weekly competition, and the new days don’t feel quite the same.

  5. Submitted by William Souder on 09/07/2010 - 09:22 am.

    Yup. Good times, good times…

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