Relaunch Hip Mama!
I'm returning as full-time editor of Hip Mama with expanded arts, food, and political coverage. Become a backer and revitalize the original alternative parenting magazine for a new generation of mamas (as well as those of us who've been around the block a few times too many).
Hip Mama was founded in 1993 as a forum for real parents and others who want to think critically, make art, eat well, raise kids, and change the world. From that first issue (500 copies / my senior project in college!) we built a thriving international community, inspired countless kindred projects, and published 53 issues as well as a half dozen books.
I left Hip Mama five years ago to care for my new baby and my mother. The radical and devoted mamas who took over did beautiful work with the zine, surviving and growing through an economy that meant the end of so many independent print publications and making Hip Mama probably the oldest continuously published feminist parenting magazine in the country. But that good run ended with issue #53 in October, 2012 when a health crisis tipped the balance in the collective.
One plan was for Hip Mama to go completely digital.
That got me thinking… DIGITAL ONLY? SERIOUSLY? NO WAY!
Print's not dead.
We don't need more screen time any more than we need more corporate takeovers and media conglomerates.
We need luscious, tactile recycled paper inspirations we can hold in our hands and take to the park.
We need media that's authentic and home made.
We need the kind of free press you can only have when you own it.
We've regrouped to establish a sustainable plan to move forward and to bloom. IN PRINT. Teen Mom NYC blogger Gloria Malone, political editor Victoria Law, and Rad Dad Tomas Moniz are just a few of the visionaries on board to relaunch Hip Mama.
In the first four issues of the new Hip Mama, we'll bring you expanded lifestyle coverage including...
• Creativity Bootcamp: Songwriter Amani Malaika on Getting Back Into Your Creative Groove
• Airstreams, Sailboats, and Tiny Houses: Living Small with a Family
• Not Now, I'm Working on My Children's Book: New Yorker Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler Teaches You to Draw Even With Kids Crawling Across the Table (Hint: It involves a lot of coffee)
• Sushi for Superheroes: New Study Shows that Wearing Costumes in the Kitchen Makes for Better Dinners!
• School Lunch Revolutions--Organics Aren't Just for Rich Kids Anymore
• A Queer Argument Against Gay Marriage
• Radical Cupcakes with Inga Muscio
• Concrete Ways to Help Families in Social Justice Movements
• Nomadic Teen Moms With Superpowers
• And in every issue, AT LEAST ONE PIE.
All this and more printed on silky, beautiful recycled paper...
Won't you join us? With your help, things can only get better.
We already have in-kind donations pledged for Hip Mama's editorial development, web support, and redesign (the first redesign since 1994!). We're renovating an old Airstream we found out West for the new Hip Mama head quarters.
Our funding goal represents the minimum we need to relaunch the magazine. If just 750 backers can pre-subscribe to the magazine--a $20 pledge--we'll meet our goal.
If we fail to meet our minimum goal we will not receive any of the funds pledged and Hip Mama will not resume publication. Please help out in any way you can. Become a backer at any level, and share the project with your friends and on your blogs.
Thanks in advance. PRINT LIVES.
Risks and challenges
We're set with a new editorial team of co-conspiritors, a fresh designer, our union print shop eager to get the presses rolling, distributors new and old who believe in Hip Mama, and lots of energy to relaunch.
What happens if one of our collaborators goes on maternity leave to Bali without her computer? We've got other mamas & rad dads on the team to step in.
What if we get evicted? Or the earth opens and swallows our homes? No problem. We're already moving Hip Mama headquarters into an old Airstream & we're ready to hit the road.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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