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Knee-Jerk's 2nd print edition is filled with fiction, nonfiction, interviews with writers, color comics, and illustrations.
Knee-Jerk's 2nd print edition is filled with fiction, nonfiction, interviews with writers, color comics, and illustrations.
34 backers pledged $1,043 to help bring this project to life.

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Knee-Jerk is a literary journal that publishes new fiction and creative nonfiction by both emerging and established writers; interviews with established writers and artists on craft and process; Reviews of Things, humorous reviews of anything at all that function as essays-in-disguise; and color comics and illustrations.

Since July 2009, we've published quality content online at www.kneejerkmag.com. Last year, we expanded into print with Knee-Jerk Offline VOL 1. Now our second annual print edition has been edited, designed, and laid out and is ready for the printers. 

This volume features nearly 200 pages (including color illustrations) of all new content from some of our favorite writers and artists:  

Schuyler Anderson

Kyle Beachy

Tom Bissell

Michael Capozzola

Trinie Dalton

Sarah Rose Etter

Pete Gamlen

Kelsey Heinrichs

Gary Lutz

Adam McOmber

Dinty W. Moore

Hal Niedviecki

Ben Percy

Shann Ray

Rowland Saifi

Adam Schuitema

Drew Shannon

Brenda Sieczkowski

Patrick Somerville

Chris L. Terry

Donna D. Vitucci

Leni Zumas

We've set what we felt was a reasonable goal at $500, although, to be honest, surpassing that goal would continue to help in cutting our out-of-pocket expenses. Your donation will help put a huge dent in our printing costs. In return for your generosity, we have several gift offers (including free print issues and copies of our chapbook by Steve Tomasula), listed to the right. Even the smallest donation will be greatly appreciated and help get this magazine into bookstores and in your hands.

Thanks for reading,

Jon, Steve, and Casey

*About The Risk-Taking Gene: In Steve Tomasula's The Risk-Taking Gene, a man attempts to discover what genetic predispositions lead to his young subject's dangerous lifestyle. The story, told in alternating narratives, features design and illustration -- including DNA coding, Scantron forms, and action movie storyboards -- by Graham Ebetsch. 

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    We'll email you mp3s of each of the original songs we wrote and recorded for our backers last year. They told us something they desired, we wrote a song about it (including, among others, a Kitchenaid 600 series mixer, a kitty, and pumpkin pie).

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    You'll get the mp3s of the songs, plus a PDF copy of The Risk-Taking Gene, a chapbook by STEVE TOMASULA (author of VAS: A Novel in Flatland and TOC: A New Media Novel and winner of The Mary Shelly Award for Excellence in Fiction). Check out a description of the chapbook at the bottom of the About This Project section.

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    mp3s of the original songs, a PHYSICAL copy of STEVE TOMASULA's The Risk-Taking Gene mailed to you, PLUS an mp3 of our full, uncut, hour-long interview with film writer, director, and actor, HAROLD RAMIS.

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    mp3s of the original songs and HAROLD RAMIS interview and a PDF of STEVE TOMASULA's The Risk-Taking Gene emailed to you, PLUS a print copy of KNEE-JERK OFFLINE VOL. 2. If you're mostly looking to get a copy of the new issue, this is a great way to go!

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    mp3s of the original songs and HAROLD RAMIS interview emailed to you, PLUS physical copies of STEVE TOMASULA's The Risk-Taking Gene, KNEE-JERK OFFLINE VOL. 2, and KNEE-JERK OFFLINE VOL 1.

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    mp3s of the original songs and HAROLD RAMIS interview emailed to you, and physical copies of STEVE TOMASULA's The Risk-Taking Gene, KNEE-JERK OFFLINE VOL. 2 and VOL 1. PLUS a limited edition CD of readings from STEVE TOMASULA's VAS: An Opera in Flatland (beautifully presented with music by the Alloy Orchestra: VERY COOL!)

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    K-J SPECIAL OFFER:
    An autographed copy of VOL. 2 contributor SARAH ROSE ETTER's TONGUE PARTY (Caketrain), a copy of KNEE-JERK OFFLINE, VOL. 2 & The Risk-Taking Gene, a phone call from Sarah describing the terrible things she did over the weekend, and mp3s of the original songs.

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    An original song written and recorded for you about a choice you wish you had or hadn't made (you tell us, we write it). PLUS mp3s of the original songs from last year AND THIS YEAR and HAROLD RAMIS interview emailed, and physical copies of STEVE TOMASULA's The Risk-Taking Gene and KNEE-JERK OFFLINE VOL. 2.

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    An original song written and recorded for you about a choice you wish you had or hadn't made. PLUS mp3s of the original songs from last year AND THIS YEAR and HAROLD RAMIS interview emailed, along with physical copies of STEVE TOMASULA's The Risk-Taking Gene, KNEE-JERK OFFLINE VOL. 2 and VOL 1 and the limited edition CD of readings from STEVE TOMASULA's VAS: An Opera in Flatland (again: SO COOL!).

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    Everything from the $60 reward, PLUS a Knee-Jerk trucker hat (with K-J logo, adjustable band) and fun items from the K-J households (including books, DVDs, music, and collectibles). Guaranteed not to suck!

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