Koshka Zine's focus is on presenting diverse viewpoints on Central and Eastern European culture in well-designed packages!
In the Summer of 2011 I finished publishing the first issue of Koshka Zine, which focuses on art and culture in Eastern Europe as well as from those who are generational immigrants outside of the region. I was doing a lot of my graduate artwork about Eastern European history and my experience (or lack thereof) with it, and I wanted to step away from the drama of history and show that there is a lot about the East worth talking about aside from Turbofolk and Kalashnikovs. What began as a way to distance myself from the anti-culture of my homeland, the US, actually ended up being somewhat analogous to the former Soviet Bloc--both places are large but are more diverse than they are similar. With relatively no resources I sent emails to artists I never met and culled writing and art from friends, bought some paper and offset 200 copies on my school's one-color Heidelberg GTO offset press.
Koshka #2: "Homesick and Hungry"
Now I'm ready to produce the second issue of Koshka, under the theme of "Homesick and Hungry". I'm looking to offset print 1,000 copies of the second issue, which will be a giveaway to visitors of my art installation of the same name, and feature content from a variety of contributors. The theme "Homesick and Hungry" is a way to think about food and nostalgia, and the way we nourish our sense of who we are and where we come from in literal and metaphorical ways. Thus far we have a cover-in-progress by Robert Krums (http://www.cargocollective.com/robertkrums), a photographic series of Czech greenhouses by Riley Arthur (http://rileyart.tumblr.com), a mini-comic by Milena Simeonova frm Bulgaria, and a hilarious tale of dodging the Russian Police just in time for them to not discover gay porn in your bag by Jonathan Sanchez-Leos (http://elchivochicagoense.tumblr.com/). By the way, we are still looking for contributors for issue #2! If you are interested, please visit http://koshkazine.tumblr.com/post/16829012809/call-for-submissions-for-koshka-2-homesick-and !!!!!!
Where YOU come in!
Since I don't have the option of performing the offset printing myself (and my neck, shoulders, and back are thanking me), print costs this time around are much higher. The majority of my goal is to have 1,000 copies of issue #2 printed, with a bit left over to mail issues to contributors and maybe throw them a couple bucks for the amazing (but free) work they contribute to the publication.
Koshka Zine is pretty much 100% MY project, despite references to "we's" in this text...I created it, I run all aspects of it, and I've even printed it. It's a self-publishing labor of love that I pretty much make zero money on, and probably lose a lot more money on than I care to keep track of. I do it because I think the content is important and doesn't exist elsewhere, it is content I really care about, and above all else it is a lot of fun! I want Koshka to grow and expand and right now I'm at the crucial point where I need to keep publishing to keep stamina going. Issues #3 "The Latvian Issue" and #4 "Soviet Mix Tape" (yes, this will be a non-print issue in the form of a mixtape!) are already in the ideation process and set to be created later this year, and my hope is that you all will help me exceed my goal so that additional funding can go to the production of those issues so the publishing stream can continue!
What you get for your support!!
All supporters will be thanked in the masthead of issue #2 of Koshka, and there are many great tiers of incentives that include back issues of Koshka #1, copies of Koshka #2, and automatic subscriptions to issues #3 and #4, as well as awesome goodies with our "Koshka Kat" logo seen above, designed by Robert Krums. I might also mention that I am a longtime penpal to many across the world, and sending gift packages is kind of my "thing", so these will be well-produced packages right down to the tape used to seal them! I don't think you'll be disappointed!
Please help Koshka #2 come to fruition and SUPPORT SELF PUBLISHING!
--Kaitlin Kostus, February 2012
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Feb 25, 2012 - Mar 28, 2012 (32 days)
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Your name will be published in the masthead of Koshka #2 as our way of saying thanks!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Your name will be published in the masthead of Koshka #2 as our way of saying thanks! You'll also get a personalized, handmade thank you note mailed to you with a Koshka Kat 1" button!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Both thank you notes, PLUS a copy of Koshka #2 and a Koshka Kat 1" button!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Both thank you notes, Koshka Kat button, a copy of Koshka #2 and a back-issue of Koshka #1!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Both thank you notes, back issue of Koshka #1, the new Koshka #2, 1" Koshka button, and an auto-subscription to Koshka #3, "The Latvian Issue" (Issue #3 estimated Summer 2012).Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Final week special!!! Everything at the regular $50 level PLUS an original of the Eastern European product drawings, your choice!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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ALL OF THE ABOVE plus an amazing Koshka Kat tote bag, as well as an auto-subscription to Koshka Issue #4 "Soviet Mix Tape" (estimated Fall 2012).Estimated delivery: May 2012
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ALL OF THE ABOVE plus a hefty box of Eastern European food treats mailed to you, and a "Homesick and Hungry" 18x 20" poster print utilizing collaged imagery and design from Eastern European food packaging.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012