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Visit us at http://obsolete-press.com

“WTF? 12 Grand? You guys are joking, right?”

Yes, we know. But putting out the paper the way we do now costs A LOT of dough.

Here's how it breaks down per issue:

Printing, web press newsprint tabloid– $650
Contributor payments– $1200
Shipping– individual copies, media mail bundles and supplies $480
Editors– Volunteer
Layout– Volunteer
Guerilla Distributors– Volunteer
Packing/Shipping Labor– Volunteer

That means we are laying out $2330 per issue right now. Multiply that times 4, and add the cost of the swag for this fundraiser. Costs are going up and we would like to grow a little. We would like to throw a bone to the great people who have been helping with the grunt work for free, making the last few issues the best yet. Is that too much to ask? We don't think so.

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More about life in the seedy underbelly of the true, underground

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From its inception, OBSOLETE! has embraced the challenges of publishing a print publication in the face of the digital ghettoization of media. We have explored the artistic and informational backwaters of analog media and found rich and fertile creative ground, beyond the sterile confines of web-only reality. In each issue of OBSOLETE! we attempt to plant seeds for the future by re-examining technologies of the past. OBSOLETE! re-examines the medium as well as the message.

Since 2010, we have distributed over 16,000 free copies of OBSOLETE!, through a network of guerilla distributors. Unfortunately, issue #8 is going to be the last freely distributed issue and perhaps our last issue, period. We need to raise enough money right now to keep publishing in the newsprint tabloid format and paying our contributors fairly for their work. We are using a Kickstarter campaign to sign up subscribers, advertisers and retail distributors in the hope that we can make that happen. It's a very, very long shot, but it is totally up to the readers and advertisers now. Please visit http://goo.gl/2Sou8, share the link and help spread the word! For a pledge of $25. or more, you will receive upcoming OBSOLETE! issues #9-#12. If you pledge and we do not make the goal, you will not be charged. It's all or nothing for OBSOLETE!

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    The SciFi writer William Gibson pointed out that, “We're all living in someone else's past”. This statement might not always have been so profound. As a society, we are less aware than ever of our place on the cultural timeline– and how tiny this space is in comparison to what came before and what lies ahead. In each issue of OBSOLETE!, we dumpster-dive for yesterday's holy grails and build a newsprint reliquary, pay homage to those technologies, respect their history and beauty and showcase their continued usefulness as tools of creativity. We connect the past to the future in a way no blog or twitter feed can.

Please accept my sincere thanks for your past support of OBSOLETE!. I hope that you will help us continue our mission into the future (ie: keep us out of the deep, dark garbage pit of obsolescence!).

Risks and challenges

A NOTE ON THE FUTURE OF OBSOLETE!

OBSOLETE! Magazine is at a turning point. Unfortunately, the “Free Press” model is rapidly wiping us out. We have given away a BUTTLOAD of free copies through our guerilla distro campaign AND we have paid our contributors for their original work. I know, shitty business model, right? That's what happens when artists and writers start a magazine! Now, we need to raise some real money to keep the paper alive, and we are putting it in the hands of you, the readers. By using Kickstarter and the “All or Nothing” approach, we will raise the funds to make the next four issues possible– or we will cease to publish in our current format.

If, by some amazing longshot, this fundraising campaign succeeds, we will have the subscriber base, advertisers and retailers in place, and the funds to get the paper out to those people who really appreciate it. If not– it's back to printing zines on a ditto machine for us.....

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    You've never read OBSOLETE!? Pledge $4 or more, and we'll send you the latest copy right away. Just make your pledge, then send us your mailing address through the “contact” page at obsolete-press.com. We hope you will like it enough to increase your pledge, and enourage your friends to support OBSOLETE!

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