About this project
Wow, the midpoint date came and went, and it wasn't until someone pointed it out that we came to realize it. We reached our goal a little while ago, but are still looking for backers: the more contributions we have, the better each copy of the magazine will look and feel! So don't be shy, tell your friends that you want that awesome magazine with the stickers, and help us make the best possible publication we can! To all who have contributed, we are very grateful and working hard to get this magazine to your doorstep as soon as possible. Hooray!
Hello! We want to raise enough money to print the first issue of The Gopher Illustrated, a collectible, limited-print magazine founded by a very small team in Chapel Hill, USA, Caracas, Venezuela, and London, UK. We hope to print 2000 copies for this first issue, which will be hand-numbered, letter-pressed and distributed with much love.
The Gopher Illustrated [url: www.gopherillustrated.org] is a quarterly magazine that we created hoping to achieve what we think a magazine should be: a publication that is substantial but also leisurely, meticulous but also fun, featuring different kinds of content We don't cover current events and place no limits on article length - there are also no length constraints for literary works. These two very simple adjustments allow for pieces that are well-written, well-researched and... well... complete. The content aims to be timeless ( A plus for the environmentally minded - no last week's celebrity scandal means no discarded publication this week!) and is printed accordingly. The magazine is printed (or will be) on high quality, matte paper with brilliant -read: beautiful- inks and durable binding so that they will earn a place in your shelves.
The magazine and its content is divided into three big sections. First, each issue has a themed section, which is guest edited by an expert in whatever theme that particular issue is about. Secondly is the "body" of the magazine. In this part we have a Portfolio section, featuring four bodies of work by emerging and established artists, designers, typographers, photographers, and whatever other medium can be printed. The "body" also features interviews, opinion pieces, chronicles, essays, music reviews (always reviewed by other musicians) investigative pieces and salon-style literary reviews. The third portion of the magazine is reserved for a single literary work, un-edited, and non-published, to close the magazine.
We want each copy of the magazine to be unique to its owner. In order to achieve this, we have left blank spaces within the magazine to be completed. Every issue contains three pages of stickers with original artwork and graphics that can be placed within the spaces in the magazine. These exist so that the final editorial choices of the magazine are up to the reader. You can, of course, also place them anywhere you like, so if you're not that much into magazines but very much into the sticker culture, this is also the right project for you.
For this first issue we are honored to feature work by collage artist Mario Wagner [url: http://www.mario-wagner.com/], Illustrator Jessica Hische [url: www.jhische.com/] , Photographer Estelle Hanania [url: http://morepaper.free.fr/], a short collaboration from the folks of GOOD Magazine [url: http://good.is], as well as an original work of literature by William Giraldi. We'll leave our guest editor a mystery for now. It should be around a hundred pages in length, and will measure 205 x 255mm. If we exceed our funding goal, we will put the funds towards either of the following *the decision is up to you folks*
a) Print more copies of our first issue
b) Invest it towards making this issue available in other digital formats (Kindle, for example or an IPhone app)
In addition to the print magazine, we run a website that is an extension of the magazine (but by no means a mirror). On the website, we post interviews, articles, music, video and art a few times a week as well as daily briefs, with links to artist's websites, interesting articles and the like. Check it out at gopherillustrated.org [url: www.gopherillustrated.org] and please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate and thank you for all your support, we think you will really enjoy the magazine!
The Gopher Team.
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