I’ve always been amazed at how people expect a new year to be different from the last, based on a crystal ball dropping or fireworks. The most effort many of us will make is to create a nonbinding resolution or two. Why does the first day of January signal a new call to action and why is that call so often fleeting?

I am not completely immune; I’ve been to yoga four times in my life. Three of those times were 2 January 2005, 5 January 2007 and 3 January 2008. It took me a while to realize that anything I thought was worth starting in the New Year should be undertaken as soon as I could, no longer waiting for the change in calendar to incorporate change in my life.

That being said, this New Year has ushered in change for Topcoat Magazine as well. Some of it planned and some of it unforeseen. We had to say goodbye to two our best writers, Joel Sherman and Brock Duke. Both have left New York for other exciting opportunities, but we hope to still hear from the two in the future.
Because of our loss of Sherman , we have done away with the Covering Him and, subsequently, the Covering Her sections of the magazine. We will still be covering what you need to know. It just won’t fall under that heading. Other changes may not be apparent in this current issue, but look for subtle and flashy new changes to take TCM closer to where we want to be in the future.

As we continue to bring underground and blazing talent to light, we decided to dedicate our first issue of 2011 to bringing the light to light. TCM goes beyond the bulbs and shades and looks into the true innovation of the lighting industry. We also take a look at some of the artists around the world willing to take art to newer heights, like Emily Lane and Hermes Payrhuber.

Whatever you resolve to do in the New Year, we wish you all the best for 2011.


EJ Jacobs, Editor-In-Chief

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