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Thistle Magazine (θɪsəl mægəzin), n. An experience of the infinite variety and intimacy of life, its memories and dreams. Read more

Syracuse, NY Periodicals
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Thistle Magazine (θɪsəl mægəzin), n. An experience of the infinite variety and intimacy of life, its memories and dreams.

Syracuse, NY Periodicals
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"Thistle Magazine is a cabinet of curiosities; a showcase of the beauty and wonder in the everyday. We are interested in what is overlooked - the stories hidden in the footnotes, contained in an etcetera, growing between the cracks in concrete. In the usual and the unusual, the parochial and the sublime, we search for inspiration, and, above all, truth - as bittersweet and contradictory as we may sometimes find it. Thistle is for those with withered rose lungs and peach fuzz hearts. Thistle is for those who question. We encourage you to appreciate the intimacy of your surroundings, learn about the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future. We want your art, your words, your stories, your memories, and your heart."

Since the release of Thistle's first issue, we have blossomed as a team and as a magazine. We are now working on our eighth issue, and have been blessed to work with Magcloud as we evolve from a digital publication to bringing print copies to our readers. 

A Look Inside Thistle Magazine:

However, Thistle has been continuing to grow, gain more readers, and accept more submissions, so we are ready to become a more serious business. Our survey results show that our magazine through Magcloud is too expensive. Unfortunately, we are offering at the cheapest price we possibly can due to the policies and rules of our publisher. We are opening this Kickstarter in hopes of raising money to self-publish. Self-publishing would open so many doors for both the magazine and its readers. We would have our own shop, be offering a cheaper magazine, pre-orders, collaborations, personalized mailings, subscriptions, and so much more. This is the first step in helping us bring you the best version of Thistle that we can. 

Thistle Magazine Prizes:

Prize Bundle including tote bag, dream journal, and magazines.
Prize Bundle including tote bag, dream journal, and magazines.
Available photo prints by Kelsey Ipsen
Available photo prints by Kelsey Ipsen
Mermaid Skirt by She + Reverie
Mermaid Skirt by She + Reverie
 

Risks and challenges

Thistle Magazine started as a very tiny Tumblr project. We are extremely proud of what we have become since then, but achieving our goals as a business requires plenty of hard work, knowledge, dedication, and inspiration. It is an uphill climb, but we are excited about the direction we're going with this, and are confident that everyone will love the view from the top. Every member of Thistle's team plays an integral role in the creation of the magazine, and we are all 100% committed and ready to make our dreams come true.

One of the most unique aspects of Thistle is the amount of distance we cover on a map. Our team is composed of people from all around the world, and our magazine is put together solely via the Internet. While this poses some obvious challenges - time conflicts, possible delays, language barriers, etcetera, it also offers us the opportunity to fill our pages with very rare and diverse content. Our team members have traveled the world. We each have a distinct personality that we bring to the magazine due to our different cultures, upbringings, memories, and experiences. The potential 'problem' of distance is one that we hope to thoroughly tackle by turning it into something positive.

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    3 backers

    With a $1 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed digital Thistle thank you card, as well as your name printed on a dedication page in the next issue (November).

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    About $5 USD

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    With a $5 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you postcard delivered to your doorstep, along with your name printed in our dedication pages in the next issue (November).

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    With a $10 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you postcard, your name in the dedication pages, and a pocket-sized sketchbook/dream journal designed by Thistle's Manager, Erin Fassinger. The journal measures 4.25" x 5.5" and contains 50 sheets of white, unlined, high quality sketchbook paper. Both front and back covers are reinforced for durability and longevity. Each notebook features a clear plastic spine. These are intended to be a space for you to document, brainstorm, observe, organize, create, and, most importantly, dream.

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    About $15 USD

    6 backers

    With a $15 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you postcard, your name printed in the dedication pages, and an 8x10 glossy photo print by Thistle's Film Editor, Kelsey Ipsen.

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    About $20 USD

    4 backers

    With a $20 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you postcard, your name printed in the dedication pages, and a digital download of all our issues so far.

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    6 backers

    With a $25 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you card, your name printed in the dedication pages, and a print copy of the next issue (November).

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    3 backers

    With a $50 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you card, your name printed in the dedication pages, a print copy of the next issue, and a Thistle tote bag featuring a hand-sewn and embroidered version of Thistle's bunny!

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    5 backers

    With a $100 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you card, your name printed in the dedication pages, and a 1-year subscription for Thistle. A 1-year subscription includes 4 magazines, and would begin with our November 2014 issue.

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    Pledge $125 or more
    About $125 USD

    1 backer

    With a $125 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you card, your name printed in the dedication pages, and a Mermaid Skirt from our beloved partners, She + Reverie! (We will request your size.)

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    About $200 USD

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    With a $200 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you card, your name printed in the dedication pages, and a story written about you in the next issue (Winter Issue, Nov. 2014).

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    About $500 USD

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    With a $500 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you card, your name printed in the dedication pages, and a print copy of issues 2-8.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

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    With a $1000 pledge, you will receive a custom-designed Thistle thank you card, your name printed in the dedication pages, a story about you in the next issue, and a tote bag stuffed with a dream journal, a print from Kelsey, the Mermaid Skirt from She + Reverie, and a bundle of all the issues of Thistle thus far.

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Funding period

- (30 days)