Out now: Metazine

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Nottingham is proving to be a surprise hotspot for magazine-lovers; it’s the home of Alex Smith’s Ideas on Paper magazine shop and the base for his and Matthew Gill’s Raw Print evenings. This speaker series has proved really popular – I spoke at one of the evenings last year and was impressed by the crowd that turned out to hear me and Mike from Boneshaker.

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Matt’s done a great job encouraging speakers to visit from London and elsewhere, and rather than let the events fade away he’s just published a unique record of the first year of Raw Print. The six events of 2015 have been compiled into a beautifully produced risograph-printed publication, published last week.

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Each Raw Print features two speakers, and all 12 participants from the year are represented by images from the evening of their visit. These are all printed in blue, providing a strong visual record of the events first year.

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Just recording the events wasn’t enough for Matt though; he followed each up with a visit to the speaker to photograph them in their office/studio and interview them about their work. The smaller pink pages (above) carry this content; turn over the pink pages and you reveal the interview text (below).

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It makes for a really lovely rythmn and pace through the piece; it’s highly visual with bursts of writing. The risograph printing and hand-bound production make Metazine a very tactile, pleasing object – check the brass pins holding it together.

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Metazine is one of those special little projects, a unique record of print lovers celebrated, appropriately, in print. It’s not a complete overview of the indie publishing scene, but does offers valuable insight from some of those involved.

The featured speakers are:
Sanj Sahota, The Quarterly
Eli Ankutze, Joshua’s MagazineMiranda West, Do Books
Rachel & Jody, Another Escape
Lindsay & Clare, Ballad Of
Timba Smits, Little White Lies
Alec Dudson, Intern
Steve Watson, Stack
Emma & Luke, The Recorder
Simon Lyle, Hot Rum Cow
Mike White, Boneshaker
Jeremy Leslie, magCulture

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That’s Matt there, signing off at the end of the issue.

We’ll soon have copies of Metazine available in the magCulture shop.

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