Opus is a print magazine and multimedia website made for high-minded queer readers, a community that transcends race, religion, politics and country. The magazine opens a window into the diverse and rich cultures that make our family unique. It will change the way we view the world, and hopefully ourselves in the process.
Eloquent and informed, Opus curates captivating stories, noble issues and independent thought that enriches our lives. Featuring profiles and essays of and from the most iconic and influential minds of the global queer community, the magazine inspires and instigates critical thinking. In the end, we want to bring people, minds and cultures together in a printed product that anyone can enjoy.
Our promotional page: http://its.anop.us
WHY A PRINT MAGAZINE?
We want Opus to endure. We want it to be collectible and live on your bookshelf next to your favorite stories and titles. Publishing only online or by means of tablets was definitely on the table when we were forming our ideas for what this magazine should be, and we decided that Opus deserves so much more than just closing a tab in Firefox or tapping to another app on your iPad. We believe that the best reading experience comes in the form of ink and paper and glue. The stories told are only as good as the dog-eared pages and underlined passages.
WHAT KIND OF CONTENT WILL YOU PUBLISH?
Here is a brief breakdown of our unique editorial mix:
- Briefings on style, food, drink, art, design, economics and entertainment
- Interviews with icons and intellectuals -- people who incite change and thought locally, or globally
- Long-form features about common people around the world with extraordinary stories
- Photo essays of people, places and things
- Literature such as creative non-fiction, poetry and short fiction
- Writings about travel and leisure in the most interesting places on earth
- and more...
WHERE ARE OPUS WRITERS AND CONTRIBUTORS?
All over the world. We have contributors from almost every continent. Our list of cities is constantly expanding:
- San Francisco
- Buenos Aires
- New Dehli
- New York
WHEN ARE YOU LAUNCHING?
The print magazine will launch in January 2012 and the website (anop.us) will go live in late November. We’ll keep you updated as the date solidifies. Launching in 2012 has a special significance for us. It’s going to be a big year, so we think it’s a great time to bring Opus into the world.
WHY SHOULD I FUND YOU?
So far, Opus has thrived on a shoestring budget. It’s the result of long nights in crowded cafès, impromptu meetings and conversations with our contributors in downtown apartments and sacrificing much of our sleep and sanity for the love of what we are creating. There is nothing better than putting together a magazine. It has tested our endurance, our determination and the sheer sturdiness of our credit cards. With your help, we can make Opus into a sustainable and enduring publication. We just need that initial kickstart, if you will.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE $20,000?
All of the money raised on Kickstarter will go directly into the first issue of Opus. The $20,000 will be used to pay for the basic parts of the magazine: paper, ink and glue. It will also go toward the storytelling, the photography, the design, and the content that makes Opus great. It might not sound glamorous, but in the spirit of making a beautiful and enriching publication, we’re going to utilize every penny in the smartest and most efficient manner possible. In the end, the operations and process of creating our first issue will help us build a foundation upon which we can grow a successful and meaningful magazine, brand and community.
SHOULD I KEEP FUNDING YOU AFTER YOU MEET YOUR GOAL?
Absolutely, yes! All of the money we receive beyond the initial $20,000 will go towards our rapid expansion, obtaining the most brilliant and influential writers and photographers from around the world, making the magazine available in more places, building an amazing multimedia website and investing in stories, literature, art and photography that will make a difference in peoples’ lives.