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Anxy is a beautiful magazine about our inner worlds. Now we're looking at the spectrum from work to workaholism.
Anxy is a beautiful magazine about our inner worlds. Now we're looking at the spectrum from work to workaholism.
Anxy is a beautiful magazine about our inner worlds. Now we're looking at the spectrum from work to workaholism.
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Our personal histories shape the way we think about jobs, and our experiences at work can control—even dominate—our personal lives. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion happen all the time, whether you’re doing a paid job, voluntary work, or caring for family members.

Where does hard work stray into something addictive, controlling, and dangerous? Why are we working so hard? For many it’s to achieve something, to build a future. But sometimes work also helps us avoid the other things we've got going on. So: When you live on a spectrum between work and workaholism, what’s the real cost? 

We’ve got interviews with people who are making their work struggles public, reporting and essays from around the world, and haunting photography. And that’s just the beginning: Anxy No.2 is 144 pages of beautiful design, astonishing art, and powerful storytelling.

Highlights include: Neal Brennan interviewed by Zoneil Maharaj, with photography by An Rong Xu; Talia Herman on life and death on the Russian River; Kenneth Rosen on anxiety and war; Amanda Rosenberg on the myth of mania; Preston Gannaway and Lauren Smiley on the uberization of work; and poetry by Musa Okwonga.

 

 Plus stories, photography and artwork from: Jana Ašenbrennerová, Isabel Castillo Guijarro, Richard A Chance, Billy Clark, Malissa Clark, Petra Eriksson, Kübra Gümüsay, Jesse Hicks, Hilda Hoy, Sarah Hutto, Max Loeffler, Chau Luong, Jeong Hwa Min, Victor Mosquera, Hisashi Ohkawa, Sebastian Pranz, Krystal Ramirez, Laura Reagan, Jao San Pedro, Abby Seif, Ori Toor, George Wylesol, and Matthew Wyne.

 

 

And readers love Anxy: We know because they’ve told us. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for collecting these profound narratives"— S, from New York

"Sophistication… editorial intelligence… pure craftmanship in writing, editing and designing… brilliantly done"— M, from Austria

So why are we doing another Kickstarter campaign? We were so lucky to get lots of support in our last push. Today we've made great progress—and we are still dedicated to making excellent products, paying our contributors, and bringing their work to a larger audience. 

But printing is expensive. Last time around, printing and shipping made up over 60% of the money we raised. If it's successful, this campaign will cover those costs, allowing us to spend more on the contents. You can read more about these breakdowns in the FAQs.

Overall, our goal is to get Anxy into every therapist's office. Supporting this campaign will help us get there. 

Indhira Rojas is the founder and creative director of Anxy. She’s a partner at Anagraph, and has worked for publications and platforms including Modern Farmer, Atlas Obscura, The Bold Italic, and Medium.

Bobbie Johnson is Anxy’s editor-in-chief. He’s a partner at Anagraph, former head of editorial at Medium, and was founding editor of Matter, the ASME-winning, Pulitzer-shortlisted online magazine.

Michelle Le, our director of photography, is an award-winning editorial photographer and photo editor based in the Bay Area; Jennifer Maerz, Anxy's editor-at-large, is program chief of The Lean Startup, a longtime music editor, and the former editor-in-chief of The Bold Italic.

Kati Krause, Anxy’s contributing editor, is a writer, editor, and magazine maker based in Berlin, and correspondent for Monocle; Senior editor Madison Kahn is the content lead at Light, and was previously senior editor at Medium and Matter. 

Associate editor Katie MacBride is a freelance writer and essayist whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan and The Establishment; assistant editor Yu Vongkiatkajorn is a journalist based in San Francisco whose work has been published in Mother Jones, VICE News, The Guardian, and more.

Livia Foldes, is Anxy's senior designer and art director, as well as design lead at AnagraphAlma Avila, our junior designer, is a graphic designer born and bred in Oakland, California. And Matthew Zampa is a writer, editor, and Anxy's editorial assistant.

We’re also lucky to have a group of mental health professionals and advisory board members who help guide the content around specific issues: Thank you to Natalie Harvey, Coley Williams, and Natasha Vianna.

 

Questions? We’ve answered a range of questions about the project in our FAQ. Go read!

Risks and challenges

We've tried to make the risks for this project as small as possible. We’re experienced makers, and we ironed out a lot of kinks when we made Anxy No.1. Our biggest challenges are probably related to unforeseen printing or delivery hiccups, but we’ve been working closely with our vendors over the last year to make sure that it doesn’t happen.

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    Thank You Card

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    Work Postcard Series

    Get a collection of postcards with quotes from all over the world—as featured in Anxy No.2—with a special extra by illustrator George Wylesol for the first 100 backers.

    Postcard Details:
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    • Set of 6
    • Printed on FSC® certified paper

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    Anxy No.2: The Workaholism Issue

    This is what it's all about. Be one of the very first to receive the second issue of Anxy, featuring our signature mix of personal stories, photo essays, reporting and more.

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    The Tote Bundle

    Get a copy of the magazine, and your pick of tote bag to rep your Anxy pride.

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    New: T-Shirt + Anxy No.2

    This is what it's all about. Be one of the very first to receive the second issue of Anxy, featuring our signature mix of personal stories, photo essays, reporting and more. *PLUS* Get the Anxy T-shirt!

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    The Anxy Subscription

    Give yourself a full year of Anxy by getting issue 2 and a second magazine (pick either No.1 or No.3!) plus your choice of tote bag. Already subscribed to Anxy? Take a look at our Believer bundle, made especially for you.

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    The Believer Bundle

    If you're an existing subscriber you can pick up our goodies without having to double up on the magazine. Plus we'll throw in a Risograph-printed zine from Chau Luong as an extra thank you.

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    New: T-Shirt + The Anxy Subscription

    Give yourself a full year of Anxy by getting issue 2 and a second magazine (pick either No.1 or No.3!) plus your choice of tote bag. *PLUS* Get the Anxy T-shirt!

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    The Office Bundle

    Dazzle your colleagues with a copy of our second issue and a tote, plus a specially-designed notebook and pencil to bring a little Anxy to your work.

    Notebook Details:
    • 5” x 7”
    • Blank pages
    • Sewn binding

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    The Anxy Friend Pack

    Share Anxy with a friend with our get one, give one package. Not only do you get a magazine for yourself, but you can send another to any person of your choice. Plus a tote, workbook and pencil!

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    The Anxy Poster:

    Get a limited edition poster by Ori Toor, taken from Anxy No.2—plus the magazine itself.

    Print details:
    • 24” x 32”
    • Limited edition, 100

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    The Everything Bundle

    Fear of missing out? Then get every piece of Anxy swag in one handy bundle.

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    • Anxy workbook and pencil
    • Limited edition Chau Luong zine
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    Anxy Patron

    You’re truly a patron of the magazine. Get the everything bundle, plus your name prominently displayed on the credits page of Anxy No.2.

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    Episode Patron

    Get two months of special mentions in Episode, our bi-weekly newsletter. Great for brands who want to reach our smart, compassionate readers. If you're an individual, maybe you could donate on behalf of a non-profit of your choice. Let's talk.

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    Anxy Benefactor

    This is our corporate-level patronage, aimed at companies who are a great fit with Anxy's creative, mindful readers. Your brand will get a spread in the magazine, and you'll get two months of mentions in Episode, our bi-weekly newsletter.

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