What I am doing
I have published 13 issues of my own magazine, K Composite, which consists of interviews with my friends and non-celebrities. Now I am working to launch the next issue in an amazing new edition on the iPad, distributed through Apple's App Store.
K Composite Magazine began as a fanzine in 1991 and the first full-color edition was released in 1999.
The early issues gained a cult following and national attention through features in Rolling Stone, Harper's, The Chicago Tribune, and NPR's Talk of the Nation. Ira Glass of This American Life beamed, "I love K Composite."
Since then, the magazine has expanded to include other contributors who interview and photograph their own friends.
Moving the magazine to the iPad is already an exciting project. Gorgeous layouts will no longer be limited by the number of pages available, distribution costs will be dramatically decreased, and availability will be unprecedented.
How I am doing it
I have worked intensively with the Mag+ production team at Bonnier Magazines in Stockholm, Sweden, for six months.
As a result, I will be able to produce this new edition of K Composite using the same professional Mag+ production tools that are employed for the iPad versions of magazines including Popular Science, Transworld Snowboarding, and MacWorld Sweden.
Mag+ publications are stunning magazines with multiple layers and rich content. Steve Jobs himself hailed Mag+ in his 2010 keynote when discussing publications on the iPad, particularly Popular Science.
Standing on the shoulders of those giants, the innovative finished product of K Composite #14 will be a truly unique reading experience.
What the money is for
My goal is to make the magazine free of charge to readers.
The funding raised through Kickstarter will go toward design and production in the Mag+ environment and the costs of moving the magazine through the necessary gateways for worldwide distribution in the App Store.
The interviews in K Composite are edited to make them as entertaining as possible. Nothing will be added or altered, but just like any magazine, there are editorial guidelines and general rules of what fits in the magazine and what doesn't. The flow of your interview may be rearranged, but the things interviewees say will never be manipulated or misrepresented.
You will be presented in a way that is both true to your personality and enjoyable for people who have been reading K Composite since the 1990's. In the unlikely event that someone's interview is unusable (purposefully or not) the right is reserved to not publish any interview.
There is simply no way that a self-taken photo from a handheld camera will be published, so keep that in mind. This is a magazine, not MySpace or a dating site.
If you have a friend who is a photographer, it would be great to get their help. In certain cities it may be possible to send a photographer to take pictures of you. If you are a photographer and would like to contribute, please visit http://www.kcomposite.com/participate to get in touch. All contributed work will be credited and a special section in the magazine will provide short bios and links to contributors' websites.
Photos should be simple, clean, and of very high resolution. Photographers cannot be paid, so be sure you have the rights to any photo of yourself that you provide for publication. K Composite cannot accept liability for that. You will be asked to submit a signed release for any materials that are reproduced in the magazine. Any legal troubles that arise from your photos will be your responsibility.
Naturally, images that are goofy, depict people in disguises, are pornographic, et cetera, will not be accepted. In the unlikely event that images are unusable (purposefully or not) the right is reserved to not publish any image.
If you'd like to see someone other than yourself interviewed in K Composite, you should make sure that person is okay with it before you make the pledge. These rewards are offered with the understanding that you won't pledge to get a reward that you can't use.
If something falls through with the person for whom the reward was intended, just find someone else to use it, or dive in yourself! It'll be fun either way.
Like any magazine, K Composite is created with established design and editorial aesthetics that longtime readers expect to be maintained. Every effort will be made to work your interview and images into the flow of the magazine so that it fits in seamlessly.
After the completion of funding, those who have pledged to receive a level of involvement in the project will be contacted with regards to how the interview process will work.
In order to complete and release the magazine in a timely manner, strict deadlines will be adhered to for the receipt of images, release forms and other materials. It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that their materials arrive within the designated timeframe.
If interview subjects intentionally provide responses, images, information, et cetera, that are deemed to be erroneous, bogus, promotional, or otherwise disruptive to the ideas K Composite is based upon, every right is reserved to not publish such material. If an interview cannot be published with the materials you provide, the overall objectives of the project will not be sacrificed to accommodate disjointed material.
To be sure you understand what kind of magazine K Composite is, just check out the website at http://www.kcomposite.com and read some interviews from previous editions.
Every previous issue of K Composite has contained paid advertisements in order to finance printing and distribution.
I think K Composite's readers would much rather see another interview and get new insights into how more people think, than see that same page as a commercial for something. I think this is a lesser evil than running more advertisements.
I have editorial and idealistic standards for my magazine, and paid participants will be able to fit into that presentation in a way that is much more seamless and entertaining for the readers than advertising has been in the past.
The interviews are typically fun but investigative. To get ideas about how it works, you can read dozens of previous interviews online at http://www.kcomposite.com.
Some questions will cover your basic biography and tastes, while others will be more personal. Everything in your life should be considered fair game. Embarrassing or graphic descriptions are extremely rare and are generally only published if the subject thinks they're funny.
As a general rule, if you're in a band, there won't be questions about music. If you're a filmmaker, you won't be asked about films. If you're "known" for something, the readers will only know that if they already know that.
Yes! If you are a photographer and would like to contribute your work to this project, please visit http://www.kcomposite.com/participate to get in touch.
Contributions to K Composite are on a volunteer basis. Even though you won’t be paid, your photography have the potential of being exposed to thousands of iPad owners worldwide. All contributed work will be credited and a special section in the magazine will provide short bios and links to contributors' websites.
Nope. If you would like to be interviewed in the magazine but you don't have the extra money to shell out on supporting this project, please visit http://www.kcomposite.com/participate to get in touch.
K Composite is all about regular people and I have a really bad habit of being curious about the lives of strangers. Let me know about yourself!
Nope. The rewards are offered only if you want them in exchange for your help. After the funding is completed, I'll contact everyone who pledged reward-level amounts. If you'd prefer to remain out of the third-degree of questioning, you can simply let me know at that time.
Feel free to pledge. This just indicates what is included in that pledge amount. I can contact you after the funding is complete to calculate your shipping cost and charge your card separately for that additional amount.
You may simply want to visit http://www.kcomposite.com and click on "Store" at the top of the page. At that site, you can order the books and other stuff a la carte with shipping to any address.
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