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The online magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk is printing its first physical issue!

New York, NY Periodicals
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THE FINAL HOURS: Last minute patron add-on!

Wow, we can feel the love! Thank you to everyone who has upped their pledge, shared the campaign, and sent us notes. You're pushing us toward the goal to make an ad-free magazine, backed entirely by you!

As a last minute add-on, we’re upping the ante and adding “patron tiers” to the thank you page in our first issue, giving more prominence to those who pledge more.

  • Pledge $1,000 or more = be thanked as a Platinum Patron! 
  • Pledge $500 or more = be thanked as a Gold Patron 
  • Pledge $300 or more = be thanked as a Silver Patron 
  • Pledge $150 or more = be thanked as a Standard Patron

UPDATE: Two new print-first interviews—Tavi Gevinson + You Choose!

With 6 days left, it's the final push to reach our goal, and we have exciting news: We're adding two print-first interviews to The Great Discontent Magazine, Issue 1!

We've chosen the first: Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, and we want you to choose the second print-first feature! Keeping in mind the theme of leaps, who do you want us to interview for our first printed issue?

Send us your suggestions here.

Hello, there. We're Ryan & Tina Essmaker, the husband-and-wife team behind The Great Discontent (TGD). Since we launched the first digital issue of TGD in August 2011, we've published over 115 long-form interviews with individuals from a variety of creative disciplines, reached readers in over 170 countries, and made many, many friends along the way. We've encouraged the TGD community to take risks and make the things they love—now, we're taking a leap to make something we believe in.

We want to take The Great Discontent to print!

We started TGD as a digital publication, and we'll continue to release digital issues, however, we've always dreamt of making a physical magazine. And now we're doing it! The Great Discontent Magazine, Issue 1, will be a beautiful way to preserve some of the content we've featured online and allow it to be enjoyed virtually anywhere. 

The magazine will be a gorgeous, full color piece around 240 pages. It will feature 15 interviews with individuals who have also taken leaps, including Sara Blake, Scott and Vik Harrison of charity: water, James VictoreZack Arias, Elle Luna, Ike Edeani, Debbie Millman, Joshua Davis, and more! Select interviews will include updates and/or commentary, and we might throw in a surprise or two.

Speaking of surprises, we've teamed up with our friend and TGD alum, Frank Chimero, to help us design the magazine and work with us on the project from start to finish. He's already been hard at work on a few layouts, which are shown below.

Your support means the world to us.

We're thrilled about the prospect of seeing The Great Discontent in print, and we hope you are, too. There are a variety of costs associated with a project of this size, and your support will allow us to:

  • Set aside the time to focus on creating the magazine
  • Edit existing content and create new and/or supplementary content
  • Hire photographers to shoot new images as needed
  • Compensate Frank for his time and expertise
  • Pay for the printing costs up front
  • Build a foundation for the future: we’d like to publish two print issues each year, and reaching our goal will help set us up to do that

The Rewards

We've put together a variety of rewards for you to choose from. The details:

Pledge $5 or more: get a digital version of the magazine and access to project updates from us.

Pledge $35 or more: get a print magazine + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates). 

*Add $20 USD to ship outside the US.

UK ONLY - Pledge $45 (approx. £28) or more: get a print magazine + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates).

*Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $35 tier.

Pledge: $50 or more: get a print magazine with a poster + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates).

*Add $20 USD to ship outside the US.

UK ONLY - Pledge: $60 (approx. £37) or more: get a print magazine with a poster + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates).

*Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $50 tier.

Pledge: $75 or more: get a print magazine with a TGD tote + all of the above (poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates). 

*Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

UK ONLY - Pledge: $90 (approx. £55) or more: get a print magazine with a TGD tote + all of the above (poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates).

*Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $75 tier.

Pledge: $100 or more: get 2 copies of the print magazine + all of the above (tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates). 

*Add $45 USD to ship outside the US.

UK ONLY - Pledge: $115 (approx. £70) or more: get 2 copies of the print magazine + all of the above (tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates).

*Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $100 tier.

Pledge: $150 or more: get your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine + print magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates.

*Add $25 USD to ship outside the US.

UK ONLY - Pledge: $165 (approx. £100) or more: get your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine + print magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates.

*Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $150 tier.

 Pledge: $300 or more (only 10 available): get a press sheet + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates.

*Add $50 USD to ship outside the US.

Pledge: $500 or more (only 20 available): enjoy a 15-minute phone call with a TGD alum of your choice (pending availability) + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates.

Please note: many of our alum have already agreed to participate in a phone call, however, not all will be available to participate; you will be asked to choose three alum of interest and we will do our best to schedule a call with one of them.

Additionally: the phone call will be scheduled and facilitated by Tina Essmaker and will be arranged according to everyone’s availability and schedule; if we receive a large amount of requests for one person, it will be on a first come, first served basis.

* Add $25 USD to ship outside the US. Estimated delivery for physical items is June 2014. Estimated delivery for phone call is by Dec. 31, 2014.

 Pledge: $750 or more (only 2 available): conduct a TGD interview with us and get credited on the site (Skype or in person, if in NYC) + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates.

Please note: this reward is for individuals only; groups of any size will not be allowed to participate in the interview.

*Add $25 USD to ship outside the US. Estimated delivery for physical items is June 2014. Estimated delivery for participation in interview is by Dec. 31, 2014.

 Pledge: $5,000 or more (only 2 available): a TGD live experience; we’ll come to you and conduct a live interview at your event, school, business, etc. (you can choose who we interview, pending availability, or we’ll choose) + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates.

Please note: backers are responsible for travel and lodging costs for TGD (Ryan & Tina). Backers are also responsible to set up and host the event and coordinate event logistics; backers may promote it as a TGD event or it can be part of a larger event or experience.

*Shipping for physical items is included in tier price. Estimated delivery for physical items is June 2014. Estimated delivery for live experience is by Dec. 31, 2014.

Please message us if you have questions about availabilty, scheduling, or additional costs.

Pledge: $10,000 (1 available): a TGD video project; we’ll come to you and do a Two Minutes with TGD style video project for your conference or event (see details below) + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates.

Please note: backer is responsible for travel, lodging, any additional gear rental, and music licensing costs. This reward includes one day of shooting at your conference or event (with our gear), editing after the event, and delivery of the finished video.

*Shipping for physical items is included in tier price. Estimated delivery for physical items is June 2014. The earliest we are available to shoot is August 2014. Estimated delivery of video is by Dec. 31, 2014.

Please message us if you have questions about availabilty, scheduling, or additional costs.

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Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Since we launched in 2011, we've received countless notes from readers about how the stories told on The Great Discontent have resonated with, inspired, challenged, and given them the courage to act. For us, that is the best reward, and it's why we believe in TGD. Thank you for believing in it, too.

Now let's go to print!

Cheers,
Ryan & Tina

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A note on international shipping:

Kickstarter doesn't offer very flexible shipping options for international folks, and we’ve done our best to make it as straightforward as possible. Please see our FAQ below for information.

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Additional images:

Poster: photo side (shown for proposed scale); photo by Chris Ozer
Poster: photo side (shown for proposed scale); photo by Chris Ozer
Poster: folding animation
Poster: folding animation
Even cats love it
Even cats love it

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Video credits:

Footage shot by: Brent Christy
Music: Lullatone

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Download Press Kit w/ hi-res images

Risks and challenges

Putting out a publication is rewarding, but it doesn't come without challenges. However, we've done an extensive amount of research and have already considered how to address some of the common challenges that might arise when printing a magazine.

First, the majority of our content already exists, and we're pros at creating more if needed. Second, we're collaborating with people who we've already had experience working with. Third, we've done due diligence to get estimates from three printers, one of which Frank has previously worked with. Plus, we've gotten estimates for every printed piece and reward item. Last but not least, we have fulfillment services ready to go and we've calculated solid shipping figures.

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FAQ

  • Domestic (US) shipping charges are built into the reward amounts. We are tentatively shipping domestic orders via USPS Media Mail, which is more cost effective.

    Last updated:
  • When the campaign launched, we had one distribution center in the US, however, we have since added a distribution center in the UK, which lowers the shipping rate from $20+ to $10+ for UK-based backers. The UK is our second largest reader base and, in lowering shipping rates to the UK, we hope to make the magazine and other rewards more accessible to our community there.

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  • We’ve done our best to offer a fair shipping price based on estimates from our fulfillment centers according to the magazine specs (240+ pages and 2-3 lbs.). Since it's not currently possible to tailor shipping charges per location, we are charging an average rate for those outside of the US and UK.

    If you live in Eastern Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, or New Zealand and your shipping fee is going to be significantly higher, we will contact you about the difference prior to shipping.

    Last updated:

Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    580 backers

    Digital Magazine: a PDF/eBook version of the magazine and access to project updates

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    1,110 backers

    Magazine: print magazine + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    57 backers

    UK ONLY - Magazine: print magazine + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates)

    Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $35 tier.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    273 backers

    Deluxe Magazine: print magazine with a poster + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    13 backers

    UK ONLY - Deluxe Magazine: print magazine with a poster + all of the above (digital magazine and access to project updates)

    Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $50 tier.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    75 backers

    Extra Deluxe Magazine: print magazine with a TGD tote + all of the above (poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $90 or more

    8 backers

    UK ONLY - Extra Deluxe Magazine: print magazine with a TGD tote + all of the above (poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates)

    Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $75 tier.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    28 backers

    Double Magazine Bundle: 2 copies of the print magazine + all of the above (tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $115 or more

    0 backers

    UK ONLY - Double Magazine Bundle: 2 copies of the print magazine + all of the above (tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates)

    Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $100 tier.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    74 backers

    Patron 1: your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine + print magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $165 or more

    3 backers

    UK ONLY - Patron 1: your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine + print magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates

    Includes shipping to the United Kingdom. US and other international backers should choose $150 tier.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    Patron 2: press sheet + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)

    Fan Experience 1: TGD will faciliate a 15-minute phone call with a TGD alum of your choice (pending availability) + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates (see details in main section).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $750 or more

    2 backers All gone!

    Fan Experience 2: conduct a TGD interview with us and get credited on the site (Skype or in person, if in NYC) + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates (see details in main section)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $5,000 or more

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    TGD live experience: we’ll come to you and conduct a live interview at your event, school, business, etc. (you can choose who we interview, pending availability, or we’ll choose) + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates (see details and additional costs to be covered by backer in main section)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    TGD Video Project: we’ll come to you and do a Two Minutes with TGD style video project for your conference or event + print magazine, your name on a "thank you" page in the magazine, tote, poster, digital magazine, and access to project updates (see details and additional costs to be covered by backer in main section)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (29 days)