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Please Hold Magazine First Issue: So It Begins

We're releasing our first issue of Please Hold Magazine, an experimentally formatted multimedia arts and literary magazine.

Please Hold Magazine First Issue: So It Begins

We're releasing our first issue of Please Hold Magazine, an experimentally formatted multimedia arts and literary magazine.

$696
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17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 25 2014 5:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 25, 2014

About

Image courtesy of Julia Überreiter
Image courtesy of Julia Überreiter

The Beginning of Please Hold

Please Hold Magazine (www.pleaseholdmagazine.com) is an endeavor launched in the summer of 2014 by Kristie Wickwire, who has dreamed of running an art and literary magazine for as long as she has known such a thing existed. 

Rebecca Tochtrop got on board with the project in July 2014 when Please Hold went live with a call for films/video art, which led to an international short film festival that took place in St. Louis, MO on August 30, 2014, and included films from students, professors, self-taught artists, and professional filmmakers (including an Academy Award nominated animator). 

The purpose of the film festival, besides giving artists another chance to have their work seen by the public, was to announce our goal to include multimedia work in our art and literary magazine. 

Please Hold Magazine Short Film Festival: Somebody's Reality, 08/30/14
Please Hold Magazine Short Film Festival: Somebody's Reality, 08/30/14

Our Mission

Please Hold Magazine is a quarterly multimedia arts and literary magazine interested in publishing risky, experimental, unconventional work of all media and showcasing it in surprising ways that encourage viewer participation.

We don't want to limit ourselves to traditional contents of literary journals; we want to show art in as many media as we can and to encourage experimentation and play. We plan to exhibit video work, audio work, still visual work, written work, and work that can only be experienced by interacting with it. We believe artists should feel free to explore new media without sacrificing the chance to show that work in a public forum. We hope our audience will come to trust that they can look through our publication and not only discover new artists but also discover new ways of considering art. 

As publishers, we are also excited to experiment with pushing the limits of a magazine. Why not make it more interactive than the typical magazine, more conducive to exploration of the work within it? We find ourselves asking why fine art tends to be presented in a strict, serious format, discouraging viewers from playing with it or engaging with it more dynamically. We want to consider these questions and more with each decision we make in putting together our magazine. 

Each issue is themed and open to submissions from anyone. 

Where You Come In

In order to launch the physical version of our magazine, we need $1,500, which will cover the cost of producing two of our unconventionally formatted issues. For our first issue, we plan to produce a box of assorted materials that presents the artwork in unexpected, playful ways. If you are as excited about this endeavor as we are, we hope you will consider donating something, submitting to future issues, or simply letting us know you like the idea! We are so grateful for any contribution!

image from the series "Fallen" by Lisa Niemiec, which will be in the first issue of Please Hold
image from the series "Fallen" by Lisa Niemiec, which will be in the first issue of Please Hold

Get to know your editors 

See what the editors of Please Hold Magazine do in their own artistic practices and determine whether you'd like the reward package that includes an original artwork from the editors.

Kristie Wickwire: www.kristiewickwire.com

Rebecca Tochtrop: www.rtochtrop.wordpress.com

*In our video, many of the artworks displayed around the workspace are part of a private collection and are not affiliated with Please Hold Magazine except by being in the possession of the editors. We showed these things to express our long-standing interest in art, writing, comics, zines, and other literary journals.*

Other ways you can help

Even if you can't contribute to our campaign, you can still help us reach our goals! Share our campaign with people you know who may be interested in helping us reach our goals, and subscribe to the magazine or learn about open calls here.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

There are many challenges involved in producing an art and literary magazine. Kristie Wickwire, the editor-in-chief, has worked as intern and apprentice to the editor-in-chief of an established contemporary art and literary magazine, PIECRUST Magazine, for over a year. In that role, she asked countless questions about the ins and outs of running a magazine and continues to benefit from the endless wisdom of her friend and mentor.

That said, there is a chance production time will be longer than anticipated, so we may not be able to release the physical magazine on the same day that we release the online version. This mostly depends on how long it takes for funds from Kickstarter to become available to us.

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