I’ve taken to describing what we do here at magCulture – on the blog/writing side of things – as propaganda. It’s partly tongue-in-cheek, yet it’s true that so much is written elsewhere about failure in magazine publishing that the good news (that people still make beautiful, striking and innovative publications) can easily be drowned out. For us here at magCulture good news arrives every day, the postman dropping several new magazines worth investigation. One such title is the dramatically named Print Isn’t Dead.
You’ll have figured I’m excited about the World Cup, and to mark the start of the tourmament tonight we celebrate with a very special edition of Colors. The Football issue is the perfect antidote to the madness that is FIFA, the worldwide body ‘responsible’ for running the sport.
Boat has long been a favourite project here at magCulture, for its ambition in setting out a brave new nomadic idea of magazine publishing. But this new issue, created in Lima, Peru, takes a huge step forward with a redesign that shifts the magazine into mainstream territory.
Following on from the previous post about kids mags, here’s a magazine for grown-up kids. And the two posts back-to-back explain one of the many great things about magazines: they are so varied. Toilet Paper is published from Italy by art provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaulo Ferrari, and consists of a series of heavily edited full-bleed images that subvert the history of consumer culture via contemporary ad retouching techniques. Sex, money, food and advertising, all gone weird in garish colour. Wonderful but disturbing!
Eye magazine will be familiar to most magCulture readers, but this new issue is a great reminder of the team’s commitment to magazines. Not only is it a great example of high-quality print itself, with different papers and beautiful reproduction, it also features this overview of the ever-growing selection of indie food magazines including magCulture faves Put A Egg On It, The Gourmand and the late Fire & Knives.
Enjoying The New Yorker and wordplay meant the arrival of an email about a little publication called TheNewerYork jumped straight out at me, just as the magazine itself did when a couple of issues arrived in the post. This tiny (100 x 165mm) perfect bound mag is a rare gem.
There are plenty of independent cycling mags out there, but few motorcycle mags (Australia’s Head Full of Snakes is the only one that comes to mind), so it’s good to see Esses turn up promising a fresh look at motorbikes and associated culture.
One very distinct genre of new magazine is the website/blog print spin-off. Various smaller blogs – including this one – have experimented with print, while others have made significant inroads into regular publishing (It’s Nice That, Freund von Freunden, Slanted etc). This new example is particularly interesting, as the apparent death of the music magazine has been, in part, blamed on the rise of online music coverage. And when people talk about online music writing they generally mean Pitchfork, a site that’s been reviewing music online for 17 years now.
It’s been a busy old end of the year here at magCulture, so apologies for the lack of magazine reviews recently. I’m not planning an end-of-2013 review, but sometime contributor Andrew Losowsky has been delving into the year’s posts to compile an overview of highlights and I hope to get something a little more forward-looking up over the holidays. But if I were to note some highlights, this final Magazine of the Week of 2013 would be among them.