This just happened.
Putting a creative thing out in the world and owning it (seriously, all the mistakes in Saucy mag are mine) is scary. Also absurdly fun. Feeling supported by the Kickstarter team through all of it is a big shot of confidence.
Thank you for supporting the next issue of Saucy Magazine.
A few more days left in the campaign! Here’s the cover.
The latest issue of Saucy is complete!
DIY magazine app.
Exciting progress on Letter to Jane, an iPad art magazine and an open-source code project to build your own.
The preview app has been built and released, and the lineup for the issue is stacked — including features with Wim Wenders, Marc Maron, Miranda July, and many others.
Letter to Jane: Issue 04 List of Contributors
In no particular order:
Plus more original artwork and features. Coming soon…
SOILED is an architectural magazine that likes to get dirty.
Each issue breaks open issues of public space and urban design to share messy stories about the world we’ve built for ourselves. The team is currently funding its next issue, Windowscrapers — an exploration of surveillance, voyeurism, and privacy from an architect’s point of view.
How We Spent ItView on Kickstarter
Where does the $ go?
Tomorrow is a magazine about figuring out what’s next. After seven writers and designers were laid off simultaneously, the crew banded together to create a one-off publication with their new-found free time.
After running a successful Kickstarter project and producing the magazine, the team just posted an update on Tumblr that breaks down some of the costs. All told, it’s a daunting figure — but one that nevertheless allowed for each contributor to receive some pay for their hard work.
Well, now that (most of) the dust has settled and we’ve made a magazine, we want to show you all how we did it. Er, at least how we figured out the finances. See the full breakdown here.
Major takeaway? We set our Kickstarter ask way too low. If we had merely hit our goal ($15,000) and stopped there, we’d have lost money on this endeavor. A lot of money. As it turned out, though, with our awesome backers funding us at three times our goal, some generous sponsorship from folks like MailChimp and Flipboard, and additional online sales, we’ve been able to pay ourselves and our collaborators a little something.
After we paid our startup costs and printing and shipping fees, how’d we allocate the profits? We divided them equally among three tiers: Founder tier (for those of us who have been putting in hours and hours since June and worked ‘round the clock during the magazine production period), feature tier (for contributors who pitched in on major aspects of the design, those who reported feature-length articles, and those who did a lot of fact-checking or copy-editing), and contributor tier (for illustrators and writers of shorter articles). Then we divided the money equally among everyone in that tier and rounded down, as we’ve still got a few lingering bills to pay and want to keep a small cushion in the bank account.
It shook out to about $1,000 for each of the founders, $500 for feature contributors, and $200 for other contributors. These figures are low. We openly acknowledge that they do not reflect the amount of labor that went into making the magazine. But this was a passion project for everyone involved, and we think that shows in the final product.
We were going to do a side-by-side comparison with what the magazine would have cost had we paid fair market rates, but once we started tallying it up, we realized it was just too depressing. Also, we’re still busy mailing out Kickstarter incentives like stickers and totes. Being your own shipping and fulfillment house is no picnic, people. Many thanks for your patience! And thanks again to everyone who supported us financially. We hope you think of it as money well spent.
Read in the dark.
First laugh is the deepest.
The Annual is a new humor magazine positioned somewhere between The New Yorker and laughing at a guy who just fell down.
The modest crew behind this chuckle-filled rag are looking for just 500 people who wouldn’t mind laughing uproariously on a bimonthly basis. We can use a good laugh, but this ain’t no joke: The Annual is our Project of the Day.
I hope you aren’t sick of campaigns, because the next one starts today!
That’s right, today marks the beginning of The Annual’s Kickstarter campaign. That means we have 30 days to raise $1500 to bring our first issue to print. Help us bring laughter into at least 500 homes (one of which could be yours).
Simply click the picture to be taken to our Kickstarter page, OR follow this link:
Illustration by: David Luna
The Annual is a new bimonthly humor magazine created by Yoo-hoo-swilling editor Kevin Cole and his merry band of contributors from around the country.
With an estimated lifespan of more than 200 years and an uncompromising creative vision, The Annual seeks to find the infinitesimally tiny common ground between MAD magazine and the New Yorker — or, as Cole puts it, like National Lampoon without the “straight-to-DVD phase.”
Backers can support the project and score a copy of the first issue for just $5.
Saucy is an independent food magazine with a kick.
Along with drool-inducing photography and thoughtful recipes (like this guide to the ultimate Thanksgiving sandwich), Saucy shares stories from the kitchen’s darker side, including deadly snacks, diabolical eating habits, and the elusive art of satiation.
Just in time for the season of ritual feasts, Saucy is our Project of the Day.
Vinyl nerds, rejoice.
iCrates is an online magazine devoted to the world of music on wax. With contributions from every wavelength of the musical spectrum, the magazine celebrates rare finds, unsung heroes, and new jams in equal measure.
The creators have produced iCrates from Berlin for the past two years, gathering contributions from across the globe to produce their web-only magazine. But given the site’s focus on vinyl culture, it only seems fitting that the digital publication would finally end up in print.
The team’s new Kickstarter project seeks the funds to produce the iCrates Annual, a high-quality print mag celebrating the past year in musical archaeology. Backers can look forward to exclusive vinyl-only mixes for supporting the project, which will sound pretty sweet — even if they’re jamming on your iPod.
Many of you know the story by now. A team of eight writers and journalists, after being unexpectedly laid off, rally together to create a one-shot magazine about creative destruction. They are calling it Tomorrow, and it will be complicated, sexy, and weird — filled to the brim with the “kinds of things that might just get you fired.” Sounds fresh! Sounds like our Project of the Day.
If Audrey Hepburn started a magazine, say the creators of Darling magazine, it would be this one. The mission of Darling is simple: to rediscover the art of being a woman and to be a catalyst for positive change. They want to truly lift their readers up, providing them with wisdom, wit, advice, and a little bit of good ol’ fashioned entertainment. Their first issue made it’s digital debut just six months ago, but managed to attract tens of thousands of visitors — many of whom left behind enthusiastic testaments to the magazine’s positive effect on their lives. Buoyed by the feedback, the team is now ready to bring their next issue to print. We’re ready to bring them to our Project of the Day.
The latest edition of Incite Magazine is centered around New Age concepts, and features, you guessed it, all sorts of experimental media that Enya would probably vibe on. For instance, this lovely four-color print by Peter Glantz, Becky Stark and Jacob Ciocci, which pretty much sums up how we feel about all of our projects.
Almost halfway funded! Ka-pow! If you haven’t seen our kickstarter campaign yet, clickity click. Some fun magazine things that I wrote/helped with:
- “Horoscopes” - seriously the most hilarious thing that’s ever partially come from my brain. (We sat around in ACKC Cocoa Bar and thought these up for a few hours.)
- Story of my trip to Hollywood Mirror in Belmont (and you know, some stuff about the store itself). A more “interesting” and thoughtful approach to your typical “check out this store it’s awesome” article.
- Song-memory: How the song “Ceremony” by New Order makes me feel.
- Why I love (and how I came to love) Thaddeus McCotter so much.
We are really curious about that Thaddeus McCotter bit…