Thanks to all of you for helping us meet our goal! Now here are our Stretch Goals:
$11,000 - Issue 5 Launch Event:
We'll book a venue in Cambridge, Massachusetts and host a launch event for Issue Five. The launch event will coincide with Nat. Brut's patron-themed feast day in late March. Besides much merriment and frolic, the launch event, we hope, will include a film screening, readings, and a panel with contributors discussing race and gender disparities in art and publishing.
$11,500 - Limited-Run Comic:
We'll release a never-before-seen comic by artist Lee Baxter Davis. The limited-run comic will be printed on 100% post-consumer, recycled paper.
Any further funding will go toward the printing of Issue Six!
Nat. Brut has a bone to pick with art and literary magazines.
Many literary magazines are stuffy, boring, and less than welcoming to readers who may not have a “sophisticated” appreciation for poetry or fiction.
Many art magazines are pretentious, sterile, and glorify the elitist, often obtuse art world.
Many online magazines value celebrity over content and are either too rarefied to navigate or too dull to hold our attention.
Many print magazines lack commitment to quality design and, frankly, give us no reason to justify the forests felled to print their issues.
Many magazines seem to disproportionately value the work of white males, which is just plain shameful.
Nat. Brut is the ONLY socially progressive, environmentally sustainable magazine that is obsessively committed to crafting a well-designed collection of interesting and engaging work from every corner of the creative universe and making it accessible to everyone!
Nat. Brut is already available for free online, but we feel it’s crucial to preserve a physical record of art, which is why we’re expanding the magazine into the realm of print!
Nat. Brut is the future of the art/lit mag. We’re doing our damnedest to be the change we want to see in the world, and we warmly invite you to join us in making this a reality!
After two successful years online, Nat. Brut* is going analog.
Nat. Brut (pr. nat bro͞ot) is a cinderella story in the works. What began as a cool idea and a laptop has now grown into a full-fledged, bi-annual artistic industrial complex and a desktop. After two years online, Nat. Brut has decided to carry its cutting-edge combination of humor, multimedia art, and literature into the realm of print. Whether you’re a Nat. Buddy or a Nat. Benefactor, consider being our fairy godmother and pledge today.
Founded in 2012, Nat. Brut began as a modest magazine (or more precisely, online literary and art journal) with a modest goal: to publish literature and art online and free of charge, so long as it was good. With its first issue, Nat. Brut quickly established itself as a dark horse with preternatural taste. McSweeney’s called us an “exceptionally designed and well-curated collection of interesting works of art.” Earlier this year, About.com ventured a hearty "hear! hear!"
Since Kayla E. and Axel Severs took over as managing editors in January of this year, Nat. Brut’s mission has been driven by the belief that art, literature, and humor are most surprising and nuanced when juxtaposed together. Accompanying this belief is the equally large commitment to making the world (both literary and otherwise) a better place. As a result, Nat. Brut strives to showcase the work of underrepresented demographics as well as leave the smallest possible carbon footprint. Nat. Brut’s projects have grown enormously as well. Nat. Brut’s tumblr publishes original work by editors and contributors. Nat. Brut TV is a video series that plumbs the depths of the Public Domain and investigates the imaginative potential of attention spans conditioned by channel surfing. Nat. Books publishes obscure or out of print works, making them available online and free of charge in high-resolution pdfs. To date, Nat. Books has published two works: Inevitable Papers, a collection of surrealist collages by Cooper Edens, and My Cousin Perry, a nightmarish comic book by Austin English. In August 2014, Nat. Brut published its largest issue to date: Issue Four. Featuring work from over 75 contributors from all echelons of literary and artistic stardom, Issue Four boasted work by Mark Newgarden, poems by Stephen Burt and R. Flowers Rivera, an animation by Carson Mell, visual art by Helene Silverman, humor by Ellie Parker, an interview with Gary Panter, and comics by Esther Pearl Watson, Carol Tyler, and Ian Huebert.
When not at work on these large-scale projects, Nat. Brut also dabbles in smaller, more niche undertakings. This year alone, Nat. Brut has produced a set of postcards charting the dystopia wheezing away beneath Manifest Destiny, two limited-run mini comics, and a line of hand-painted T-shirts.
Pledges will finance the production of the Issue Five Bundle Pack as well as provide Nat. Brut with the resources for expanding its brand name and pursuing future artistic projects during the next calendar year.
A brief summary of fund use: (1) $6,000 for the production of the Issue Five Bundle Pack; (2) $1,000 for festival expenses; (3) $1,000 for future projects; (4) $400 for legal expenses; (5) $1,600 for Kickstarter fees and prizes.
(1) First and foremost, $6,000 of pledges will cover the production and distribution of the Issue Five Bundle Pack. The Bundle Pack will contain three items: Issue Five, SALE!, and a limited-run poster featuring selections from Issue Five's Early Edition.
Submissions for Issue Five closed December first! Issue Five will feature a curation of found photos by Rebecca Weisberg, work by Susan Te Kahurangi King, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Chris Ware, and Deborah Grant along with other artists and writers. In accordance with Nat. Brut’s environmental commitments, Issue Five will be printed on 100% recycled paper.
Included with Issue Five will be SALE!.
SALE! is a concept piece.
SALE! is composed only of advertisements.
SALE! is a foray into print culture’s capitalist underbelly
SALE! is a Sunday morning spent with the funny papers.
SALE! is an absurdist free-for-all with biting social critique.
SALE! is a fun idea.
SALE! is designed in-house and in stunning technicolor by Kayla E.
SALE! will feature the work of Michael Kupperman, R. Sikoryak, Alexis Wilkinson, and Rebekah Frumkin, and many more.
SALE! SALE! SALE!
As if Issue Five and that advertisement thing weren’t enough, the Issue Five Bundle Pack will include an Early Edition poster.
Early Edition is Nat. Brut’s comics section. Issue Five's Early Edition will be co-curated by Best American Comics editor Bill Kartalopoulos! The poster will feature a selection of Issue Five’s comics.
(2) $1,000 of pledges will be used to travel to and showcase Nat. Brut's latest and greatest projects at literary festivals across the country. Nat. Brut strongly believes that fostering personal relationships with other publications, artists, and readers leads to greater innovative collaboration for the magazine and more exposure for the writers and artists whom we publish. As of now, we plan to visit the Associate of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in April and the New York Art Book Fair in September.
(3) Another $1,000 will go toward funding all of Nat. Brut's future side-projects during 2015. Currently in the works are a set of Gertrude Stein, Besse Smith, and George Herriman action figures, an artist monograph on the influential East Texas artist Lee Baxter Davis, the sponsorship of an endurance athlete, and next season's line of Nat. Brut merchandise.
(4) In July 2014, Nat. Brut officially became Nat. Brut Inc., a legally-recognized non-profit corporation in the state of Texas. $400 of pledges will go toward financing Nat. Brut Inc.'s registration as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. This tax-exempt status will allow Nat. Brut to apply for large grants offered by various foundations for the promotion of arts and letters.
(5) Finally $1,600 will be used to cover the fees charged by Kickstarter and Amazon as well as the production of Nat. Brut's limited-run swag.
We've got a plethora of fun prizes to offer anyone who supports this project! Whether you donate $10 or $1000, we'll list you as a Supporter of Nat. Brut on our website for a year!
- Sanskrit Śloka: Because every buck means a lot, Associate Editor Tyler Richard will compose for you an original Sanskrit verse!
- Not All Men! by Kayla E.: Not All Men! is a black and white, 20 page comic printed on pink recycled paper. Not All Men! (based on the #NotAllMen meme) re-appropriates public domain comics from 1950s and uses copy from advertisements and quotes from real YouTube comments.
- Kayla Sees America by Kayla E.: Kayla Sees America is a black and white, 24 page comic with a full color cover. The comic is composed of two elements: street photographs of American cities taken by the artist, and YouTube comments from videos about each corresponding city.
- Issue Five and SALE! Bundle Pack: packaged in a custom-designed parcel, the Bundle Pack will contain three items: Issue Five, SALE!, and an Early Edition poster (not pictured).
- Hand painted T-Shirt: Each shirt is thrifted, pre-washed, and available in men's and women's styles from S-XXXL. Comes with Early Edition logo (pictured) in a variety of colors.
- Nat. Brut Out West Postcards: The postcards come in a set of 15, are in full color, printed on recycled paper and are hand packaged, numbered, and signed by the editors. The cards chart a dystopia running beneath Manifest Destiny.
- Original Portrait by Peter Manges: a portrait of you by cartoonist and NB Design Assistant Peter Manges. Your portrait will be published in both print and online versions of Issue Five, and you get to keep the original artwork!
- Axel Interviews You on the NB Blog: NB co-editor Axel Severs will interview you on the Nat. Brut blog. The interview may be as in-depth as you wish, and you may choose most of the questions. Axel works hard and restores mid-century furniture in his spare time.
- Tyler Interviews You on the NB Blog: NB associate editor Tyler Richard will interview you on the Nat. Brut blog. The interview may be as in-depth as you wish, and you may choose most of the questions. Tyler cheats for kicks and regularly watches television static.
- Lifetime Subscription + Feast/Holiday: Kayla, Axel, and Tyler will grant you a lifetime subscription to all Nat. Brut print publications, and will celebrate an annual, moderately publicized feast in your honor.
Kayla E. is a cartoonist and performance artist in Dallas, TX. She's the Editor-in-Chief of Nat. Brut. www.kaylaework.com
Axel Severs is a writer and educator pursuing his master's degree in English at TCU. He's Managing-Editor of Nat. Brut.
Tyler Richard is a poet and PhD student in South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He is the Associate Editor of Nat. Brut.
*You may be wondering, “What does Nat. Brut even mean?” Nat. Brut is a piece of found language that cannot be found in any dictionary. It’s meaning, we believe, is whatever and whoever we associate with the Nat. Brut name. Happy-go-lucky existentialists, we define our essence through existence (and postcards).
Risks and challenges
This is Nat. Brut's first foray into print, and as such, we're learning. That said, our senior staff has significant experience with the designing and production of print media. Our Co-Editor-In-Chief Kayla was the art editor of The Harvard Lampoon, and our Associate Editor Tyler oversaw the production of four print issues while in charge of The Harvard Advocate. Their practical knowledge, along with that of the other members of our talented staff, make us confident that we'll be able to complete this project well and on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)