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Before it was a business, marijuana was fun! STONED AGE is going to be fun, we promise! So let's have fun.
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Stoned Age

Before it was a business, marijuana was fun! STONED AGE is going to be fun, we promise! So let's have fun.

Goal: $1,500

About STONED AGE:

STONED AGE is a brand-new publication that will be distributed (for free!) around the New England/New York area. It’s being published by people who were involved with High Times magazine in the 1970s, '80s and '90s (before it became “The Corporate Giant of the Cannabis Industry.”)

What is STONED AGE all about?

STONED AGE intends to bring back the fun of 20th century marijuana culture, when it was the choice of hipsters, beatniks, jazz musicians, hippies, and other misfits. Not that we are opposed to making money from marijuana: In fact, we plan to celebrate its legalization as often as possible. However, we hope to remind people why cannabis is a totem of outlaw cultures, rebels and outcasts.

Who is contributing to the first issue and what’s in it?

We don’t want to ruin the surprise of who will appear on the cover of the first issue just yet. Anyhow we are still putting everything together. Stoned Age is a newspaper that will cover things of interest (especially related to the east coast cannabis scene), as well as the past history of marijuana, humor, pot culture and a lot of fun stuff you will hopefully enjoy.

 Harry Crossfield Jr.:

Publisher Harry was the High Times Advertising Director in the 1990s, when he helped to push the magazine to unheard-of levels of advertising revenue. Harry and John have been working on the Master Plan for STONED AGE over the last few years! 

John Holmstrom:

Editor John met Tom Forcade, the founder of High Times, in the 1970s. Forcade named Holmstrom as one of the the best magazine people in the world back in the day. In 1987, Holmstrom began to work at High Times magazine as an editor, then the (print) Publisher, and created the first High Times magazine Website.

 Aido MacSpade:

"Head" Writer Aido and John are working on new Hep Cat comic strips, which were a staple of High Times in the late 1980s. They've been collaborating on creative projects since 1982, when Aido hired John to draw a cover for his song "Big Fun" (which can be seen and heard in our kickstarter video!).

We’re in contact with some other former High Times contributors who are interested in working with us but we also plan to showcase new writers, illustrators and creative people. Stay tuned!

The Print Issue

Page size: 11 3.75” X 15” page size

Copy area: 10” X 14”

Color covers and centerfold

Black and white interior

Paper Stock: newsprint (30-pound)

Number of pages and print run: To be determined

Why are we raising money through Kickstarter?

We don’t need a lot of money to publish STONED AGE since it’s a small newspaper. This is an easy way for us to gain the support of friends, family and fans. We do plan to “grow” Stoned Age quickly, because we think that people are going to like it once they check it out.

Pledge Rewards

A copy of Stoned Age Magazine #1:

It will be mailed directly from the printer, hot off the presses. Be the first head on your block to get Stoned… Age!

A “Thank You” in our “Credits” list:

How often have you appeared in the very first issue os a publication? Well, here’s your opportunity.

The Stoned Age T-shirt:

Available in most sizes, it sports the infamous STONED AGE logo. Wear it proudly! And loudly!

An original sketch of Hep Cat:

This is a rare opportunity to get an original artwork by John Holmstrom of STONED AGE's own pet: Hep Cat!

An advertisement in STONED AGE #1:

This is a simple, old-school way to promote your business, your Website or whatever you want. Take a look at out advertising prices! They sing like a bird: Cheap! Cheap!

Risks and challenges

John Holmstrom has edited and/or published dozens of magazines, ‘zines, comic books, etc.: Punk magazine, Comical Funnies (with Peter Bagge), STOP! magazine (with J.D. King), High Times magazine (from 1991-1997), the NORMLthon comic book, High Life comics, the Bosko #1 comic book, DomeLand #1 (in 1973), and more. Barring a natural catastrophe, an invasion of Bigfoot creatures, a UFO alien takeover of the U.S. government (or worse)? Stoned Age #1 will be published in Spring 2018.

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    THANK YOU email from STONED AGE

    If you do not have enough money to buy anything but support us anyway (believe me, we can relate), and you like what we are doing (like maybe you are planning to take a bunch of freebie copies of STONED AGE #1 at our upcoming events to (hopefully) give away to everyone that you know), please support us with a few of your hard-earned dollars. We will send you our thanks for supporting us and we will add you to our newsletter email list!

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    A copy of STONED AGE in the mail!

    If you can send us $10 for the first issue of STONED AGE, we will be very "Grateful. "(But not "Dead," hope that is OK with you.) We will be shipping the first issues of STONED AGE directly from the printer right after it is published! So do not worry. This will happen, and you will receive a first-edition copy of STONED AGE! Free shipping! Just send us $10.00. You will also be added to our email newsletter list and get our initial "Thank you" message.

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    Masthead credit

    Show the world that you support us! For just twenty bucks we will publish your name in our masthead as a Kickstarter supporter. You will also receive a copy of STONED AGE #1 directly from the printer hot off the presses, and receive our newsletter emails.

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    STONED AGE T-shirt!

    For a donation of $30, we will send you a T-shirt (you will have to send us your desired size or else we will have to guess it). You will also receive the coveted credit on the masthead as a STONED AGE backer and a copy of the very first issue. Both the shirt and the publication will be shipped from the manufacturer at no cost to you (as long as you live in the United States!). You will also be placed on our email newsletter list.

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    An original Hep Cat sketch

    Get all the stuff described above (special thanks, a copy of STONED AGE in the mail and a t-shirt) AND a sketch of Hep Cat! john Holmstrom will draw and sign it. A personal message or dedication is also available (at no extra cost to you). And yes, you will be added to the STONED AGE email newsletter list.

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    Be a STONED AGE advertiser

    Buy a 1/8"-page display advertisment in the first issue of STONED AGE #1! (Sized: 4 3/4" wide by 3 3/4" tall OR 2 1/2" wide by 7" tall). You'll also get a t-shirt (make sure we know the size!) and five copies mailed to you so you can give them to all of your friends. If you have more than five friends? Talk with us, maybe we can work something out. Everybody needs friends, right?

    Of course you will also receive a t-shirt and be added to the email newsletter list.

    You will need to send us the advertising artwork before this kickstarter project ends. If you fail to do so, then we will apply the advertising contract to STONED AGE #2.

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    Be a Bigger Advertiser

    Contribute $300 to our launch a new marijuana publication and we will will get a 1/4 page advertisement!

    Only one format is available: the quarter-page Vertical: 4 3/4” wide by 6 3/4” tall. We will also send you 10 copies of STONED AGE #1. You also receive a free t-shirt and will be added to the newsletter list.

    You will need to send us the advertising artwork before this kickstarter project ends. If you fail to do so, then we will apply the advertising contract to STONED AGE #2.

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    Be an even BIGGER Advertiser!

    For $400, we will run a display advertisement (A half page, which is pretty big, vertical or horizontal sized) in the first issue of STONED AGE, send you 50 copies of the premiere issue and mail two t-shirts. Magazines and t-shirts will be sent out directly from the manufacturers hot off the presses!

    Advertising sizes:
    Half Page Vertical: 4 3/4” wide X 14” tall
    Half Page Horizontal: 10” wide by 6 3/4”

    You will need to send us the advertising artwork before this kickstarter project ends. If you fail to do so, then we will apply the advertising contract to STONED AGE #2.

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    BIG TIME advertiser!

    You want to make a Big Splash for your business? Take out a full-page advertisement. For the low price of $500, you will get a full-page advertisement in our first issue (Copy area: 10” X 14”, black and white only). You will also receive 100 copies of Stoned Age #1 (shipped for free, directly from the printer) and we will send you three STONED AGE t-shirts (make sure to tell us what sizes you prefer).

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    The BIGGEST and the BEST!

    Do you want a coveted cover advertising position? Like the inside front cover or the back inside cover? And in glorious color? You got it! Reserve this coveted area soon since we only have three cover positions to sell. You will also receive 100 copies of STONED AGE #1 and five STONED AGE T-shirts in return for your contribution.

    Copy area: 10” X 14”

    You will need to send us the advertising artwork before this kickstarter project ends. If you fail to do so, then we will apply the advertising contract to STONED AGE #2.

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