It’s Printout time again, and with independent food (and drink) magazines on the up it seemed appropriate to take a look at some of our favourites.
So on 28 May we welcome Rosa Park from Cereal, Jon Saxon from Doghouse, Fraser Allen from Hot Rum Cow and Paul Sethi from Special Request to share what makes their take on food/drink special. And if that isn’t a rich enough menu, we also have video contributions from Put A Egg On It (USA) and Mood (Belgium).
It’s all being served up at The Book Club, Leonard Street, London EC2 on Tuesday 28 May. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start.
Tickets are available for £5 here.
The latest Printout took place earlier this week. The evenings have now developed their own structure and routine. Steve and I have learned not to worry about advance ticket sales, we almost always fill the Book Club basement, however late people leave it to book; there’s usually a good mix of familiar faces and newcomers attracted by a particular magazine; and there’s the inevitable last-minute tech problems to do with the projector (this week my laptop died and the remote control didn’t work with the replacement so I spent the evening pressing keys). The speakers deliver their talks, there’s a quick Q&A Session, followed by some beers and talk.
Before I sign off for the holidays, some quick updates.
The next Printout! takes place on January 22, when we’ll be looking at new magazines for the new year. If you’re launching/have just launched/know of a new independent magazine please get in touch with Steve or me.
Making Magazines 2012
This day-long conference at St Brides was a personal highlight of 2012. As several people have pointed out, Simon and I promised a follow-up publication as a memento for all attendees. We haven’t forgotten, it’s been harder than expected to get it completed but the good news is it’s in production and should go to print early 2013. Something to look forward to!
The Modern Magazine
I’ve just completed a new book to be published in 2013 by Laurence King. More news nearer publication date.
Two exhibition projects I helped with continue over into the new year. Graphic Design: Now in Production is in its last few weeks at the Hammer Museum, LA, while at Helsinki’s Design Museum The Home continues until January 13. And The Rise of Print is available for further venues in 2013.
All orders to date have been mailed. Any placed over the holidays will be sent out early January. And talking of the shop, it’ll be expanding early next year with a new partner. Full details next year.
Thank you as ever for sending in your magazines, for reading the posts and using the shop. We’ll be helping you through the holidays with a daily dose of recent arrivals here at magCulture.
Have a good break.
Holiday cover above via Newmanology.
Carefully avoiding statistical or jury-based methods, we’ve rounded up a group of experts – magazine editors, designers and commentators – and asked each of them to make the case for their favourite magazine. Hugely complex technical solutions are being arranged to enable international particiapants to participate – all other awards programmes will pale by comparison.
Here’s a complete run through of last weekend’s ‘Rise of Print’ exhibition that we curated as part of MagFest in Edinburgh. The exhibition featured 40 magazines – 30 international independents plus ten magazines showing the range of Scottish publishing.
We also produced a poster of the covers from the exhibition.
Click here to download a copy.
Yesterday was day one of PPA Scotland’s MagFest event, and Andrew and I arrived early to fine-tune our magCulture ‘Rise of Print’ exhibition. 40 magazines are represented by a poster-sized front cover, written description and copies for visitors to flick through. The selections were made a while back, the boards designed and sent to print ten days ago, and this is the first time everything has been brought together.
Seeing the magazines together was a very exciting moment. The exhibition wasn’t conceived as a definitive ‘best of’ selection; rather it provides a snapshot of the creative power of current independent magazine publishing. For those unable to make it to Edinburgh, we’ll post the full set of magazines later this week.
Plans are coming together well for the PPA’s MagFest in Edinburgh (August 26/7 at Our Dynamic Earth museum, above). I’ll be taking part in a design workshop, while Andrew Losowsky and I will each be speaking alongside an impressive list of magazine folk – see site for full list.
A few pieces of magCulture news to share.
First, our shop at The Church of London offices in Shoreditch returns next week, this time on a permanent basis. It’ll feature eight of our favourite magazines at any one time, with an ever-changing line-up. The shop space has been completely redesigned, and acts as the entrance to TCoL’s impressive new Gallery 71a exhibition/event space. It’ll be open (cash only) Mon–Sat, 10am–53-pm from Wednesday 6 June (meanwhile our online shop remains open too).
71a Leonard Street London EC2A 4QS
Second, we’re proud to be participating in Edinburgh’s MagFest this August. Andrew and I are compiling a list of 40 of our favourite magazines for an exhibition that’ll be open 26–27 August alongside the conference organised by PPA Scotland. The magazines will be displayed in the spectacular glass opening hall of the Our Dynamic Earth museum. We’ll also be taking part in a workshop with local designers on Sunday 26. Among the many speakers froma cross the industry, Andrew will be addressing the future of publishing on Monday 27.
Thirdly, keep July 24 clear for the next Printout! Details to follow.
Lastly, if you’re going to Utrecht this week for National Cover Day I’ll see you there.
The Telegraph asks ‘Are magazines just dead wood?’
Put A Egg On It team interviewed by the New York Post. Egg-stra, Egg-stra!
The Tooting Zine Fair takes place Saturday 25 February.
I’m one of the speakers at Utrecht’s ‘National Cover Day’ event later this Spring. Also on the extensive line-up: Richard Turley, Mirko Borsche and Jaap from Coverjunkie. Details here.
Meanwhile in London next month (March 16), the first magCulture event takes place. ‘Making Magazines 2012’ has been organised in partnership with Eye magazine, and tickets are now on sale. Full details here soon.