We're launching a magazine residency inside of Hello Mr. called 'The Issues.' Help us print the first issue of BRUNCHCLUB!
Hello Mr. is a magazine about men who date men. We are a collective of artists and writers that reflect the diverse perspective of the LGBTQ community. When we launched in 2012, we sought to create a platform for emerging talent and unheard voices, and add to the momentum for more inclusive representation in media. With your help through our first Kickstarter, we brought Hello Mr. into the world.
Eight issues later, we are expanding that mission, and introducing an artist residency that propels the creators of tomorrow. We’re calling it The Issues.
Using our global distribution experience and mentorship from industry leaders, we are providing the tools and resources to get new ideas from queer voices off the ground. We think of it as an academy for editors, art directors, and media-makers of the future. With your support, we will help launch our first magazine-in-residence, and distribute it inside the next issue of Hello Mr.
Meet our first magazine-in-residence!
BRUNCHCLUB is about the quest for truth, culture, and diversity within the LGBTQ community. The creators, Colby Anderson and Ernest Macias, are both 24-year olds and graduates of Texas State University. They are unapologetically “queer & hungry.”
Over the last few months, between shifts at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Soho, NYC, we have been working on their first issue which explores the lives of queer POC in unexpected corners of the country. You can expect poetry from the West Texan desert, a day-in-the-life account of a gender queer babe in Ohio, an exploration of the Latinx body in nature, a profile on Costa Rican model, activist, and artist Hazkel, and more.
We have a stellar team lined up for this collaboration––apart from the Hello Mr. team, BRUNCHCLUB is also being mentored by TeenVogue’s Phillip Picardi, Instagram's Jeffrey Gerson and Graphic Designer Nijel Taylor.
Returning to Kickstarter to launch The Issues residency is the perfect way to remind us of our original mission. We are more than a magazine, we're a community that believes changes happens from the ground up. And coming back as a Kickstarter Gold project helps us raise awareness for the new stories we want to tell with The Issues.
The funds raised will support the production costs of BRUNCHCLUB and allow it to be distributed inside the next issue of Hello Mr. later this Summer. And, if we exceed our current goal, Colby and Ernest will also join us at the printing facility to watch their first issue come to life on press!
What about future residents?
Applications for our next “Issue” will open this Fall. Anyone around the world with a great idea for a magazine will be able to apply. The goal is to produce two zines a year, aligning to the Hello Mr. publishing calendar. However, excess funds from this Kickstarter will also allow us to package our insights resources and develop the curriculum into an online course so anyone can learn how to make a zine too!
The role of print is to inform readers of important issues and inspire them to take action. And we believe that our responsibility, as creators, is more important than ever. Don't believe the hype, print is not dead. In fact, its independent presses and zines that continue to stir up social change throughout history. Let’s continue inspiring action together, one issue at a time.
- June / July - Finishing touches on BRUNCHCLUB & Hello Mr. issue 09
- Early August - Print and produce the issues!
- Late August - Open applications for our second residency
- Early September - Shipping begins
- Late September - BRUNCHCLUB launch party in Brooklyn, NY
Risks and challenges
The Issues is a 12-week residency, designed to fit the publishing calendar of producing two new zines a year. Three months is a tight window of time to launch a magazine, so we will be relying on the selected mentors and an organized timeline of assignments to meet the deadline of each Issue. Additionally, we are keeping the residency open to anyone in the world, so residents will need to be comfortable with remote working styles and be able to communicate ideas effectively across time zones and geography. That said, we’ve definitely learned a lot working through the kinks with BRUNCHCLUB, and feel confident in welcoming the next resident into the fold this Fall.
We have a lot of experience in the print world already, but should any conflicts occur, our backers will be the first to know! Honest and open communication is the name of the game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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